Avery turned 19 months old today (well, I'm scheduling this post for another day, but you get the point). She had her 18 month well visit with Dr. K because he has been on a month long vacation in Jordan! Daddy went with us because Avery typically has doctors office meltdowns and my lonnng list of questions become a hassle to ask while holding a toddler who is going through a meltdown. Everything went just great. And although I seriously doubt anyone cares, I'm going to list the answers to my questions. As I've said before, this not only serves as a fun blog to share stories, but also stores Avery's medical records! HA! So here goes...
- First things first: Avery Grace is now in the 25th percentile for weight (highest yet) at 22 1/2 lbs!
- She is in the 50th percentile (highest yet) for height at 32 inches and 25th percentile for head circumference at 18 inches.
- Paci problems: Dr. K said, once again, to take our time and since she usually only has the pa-pa while she's sleeping it shouldn't hurt anything. His own kids had it until age 3!
- Bottle: Basically the same advice - One bottle at night won't hurt, although I think we'll shoot for Sept 1st to kiss the bottle good-bye forever!
- Sleeping Through The Night (STTN): He laughed and said he's read every book available and still couldn't get any of his children to STTN. He said it just takes time. I am currently reading "The No Cry Sleep Solution" and will also read Dr. Ferbers cry it out book and hopefully come up with a plan so that we can ALL get more sleep at night! Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!!!
- The fact that she is on Miralax every night does not concern him; in fact, he told me to continue and increase as needed. I will incorporate at least 1 fiber-rich food every day going forward (prunes, FiberOne bars, etc.) and hopefully wean her off (although he said it's fine if she does stay on it).
- I am concerned that she only says about 10 words and doesn't combine any words yet - he is not. He doesn't recommend toddlers for speech therapy until Age 4.
- We have to schedule an appt for shots - yuck!
- She can stay on the Older Infant formula for up to 24 months. This will help her stay less constipated than whole milk.
- The only foods necessary to avoid are popcorn, hot dogs and any type of nuts (but not peanut butter) because these are choking hazards.
- She is teething w/ molars (we'll wait till' they break through to start sleep training!)
- She doesn't need to see a dentist until age 3 or 4 unless there is a problem. (By the way, if anyone is STILL reading this - when did you take your baby to the first dentist visit?)
- The little spots left on her face from the virus will fade over time and there is nothing more we should do about them.
Well, that about sums it up and if you're still reading this let me say WOW! Sorry this was such a boring post. Here are some pictures before the visit.
It was raining so she got to wear her raincoat for the very first time! YAY!
I have a fake smile and Avery isn't even trying...oh well!
Oh...annnd I figured out her tag was still on the raincoat a few hours later :)
On our way to see Dr. K...can you get a ticket for doing a mini photo shoot at a red light?
The best part of going to see Dr. K...
a good ole' fashioned Dum Dum sucker!
She decided she'd rather sit in mommy's lap than her chair,
I love it when she plops down in my lap without being asked to...
this was my best attempt at a picture of us, with me holding the camera...YIKES!