Before I get to the pediatrician appointment, I just have to put in an update about Maggie. She has been such a crack-up these days! First of all, she copies everything Anna does down to perfect tone. I just wish Anna was happy all the time! Second, she has begun pretending things. She watched a video about bugs and then caught a beetle and gave it to me. What beetle? “This one. Right here.” “Ohhh, a pretend beetle! What color?” “Black.” “And blue.” “And red.” Then she showed it to Anna to admire.
There is also a big fish in her room on her rug. A very big one, I guess. And it bit her. And sometimes it scares her. Really. But it’s not there. I checked. No fishy. But this “Big fish bite me” thing has gone on for a couple weeks now. I don’t know if imagination is good or bad! But it’s entertainment value is high!
At 2 1/2 years old Jordan’s stats:
Head: 17.63″ (about 30th percentile)
Height: 33.75″ (about 65th percentile)
Weight: 22lbs. 9.7oz. (about 20th percentile)
Jordan did good at the appointment… looking nervous, but hanging in there. It’s a little frustrating to have to repeat the answer “no, he can’t do that” to every single question, but we know our son is full of potential and we’re looking forward to impressing our pediatrician in six months with the difference between a child in an EE orphanage and a child in a family.
(No, he doesn’t feed himself, no he doesn’t self feed at all, no, he doesn’t babble interactively with us, no, he doesn’t stand up without something to pull up on, no, he doesn’t cruise yet. Yes, he’s beginning to look at us, yes, he’s beginning to forget to turn around backwards when we’re in the room, yes, he smiles spontaneously now, yes, he is beginning to see a point to exploring the room a little now, yes, he really needs a real haircut! haha)
She heard some sort of click in between the normal two “clicks” of the heartbeat… anybody want to hazard a guess as to what that is? She didn’t offer any suggestions. We were planning on doing an echo anyway, so didn’t pursue talking about it at the appointment. Everything else looks fine. He’s eating well, we have our Early Intervention referral…. oh, I asked what to do about his fingers, because a small sore is opening up in between two fingers…. poor guy. She suggested putting neosporin on it. Anybody else have a suggestion? (they are in his mouth lots of the time!)
Girls are coming down with colds. First EI appointment is tomorrow (Thursday). No other EI stuff until after the holidays which suits me just fine. We’ll be doing a blood draw on Jordan to test a host of different things (might as well just go ahead and test a bunch of things while he’s getting a blood draw anyway, right?). Tests are: CBC, lead, HBsAg(Hepatitis), RPR (syphillis), HIV, TSH/T4 (thyroid), and a chromosomal assay for DS. We also get to collect stools to test for giardia and h. pylori. His teeth look good, although they’re growing in an unusual pattern! He has four front teeth total with two more of his incisors just cutting through. He has all four molars and I need to look in there myself, but he has at least one of his next molars and I saw a bulge for another molar back there…. he doesn’t really hold still while I examine his mouth.
Anyway, we have hearing, eye, heart and lab tests to do. Going to try and get the echo of his heart and his lab work done before Christmas, but the hearing and eye exam can wait. Wish me luck… I tend to get a little stressed when it comes to doctor appointments!
Adjustment is continuing here. We haven’t been pushing anything. He resists being held, so we haven’t tried to hold him in the ergo all day, like can help with bonding. We’re just letting him get more and more used to us and the way families work. He does crawl to the edge of his crib and reach for me in the morning. And he definitely gets a hopeful look when we say and sign “eat.” Smart boy.
Oh – oh! On Friday a friend is going to take first family photos of us! It’ll be outdoors, so this is weather permitting. I sure hope I can find clothes that look good on everybody and that match and are warm!!!
And I have tried to get a good picture of everybody, but that’s not the easiest. Lelia…. good luck!