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September, 2011

  1. 15 Months – Still Small & Growing

    September 27, 2011 by Michelle

    Aside from the shots, the 15 month checkup last Friday was easy compared to our last few. Our pediatrician said she’s done all the testing she can and thinks it’s probably genetics (though we still have the specialist appointments next week) so there isn’t a lot left to say.

    Latest Stats

    Height: 28 inches
    1.49 percentile CDC
    1 percentile WHO

    Weight: 17 lbs. 2.4 oz.
    0.14 percentile CDC
    3 percentile WHO

    The printouts from the doctor give me exact percentiles to 100th of a percent on CDC and a plotted chart for WHO. I have to look up numbers on WHO charts so they aren’t as exact.

    The height is a huge jump! She’d pretty much fallen off the chart before. I knew she must have grown since she recently stopped walking under the dining room table after hitting her head constantly.

    Weight is right on track. At least on the WHO charts, she’s stayed right along that 3rd percentile line most of her life.

    So the numbers are in and still low. Until next week, there’s nothing more to do.

    Big Smart Head

    Despite her small stature, this little kid has got a good head on her shoulders. Head circumference is 40th percentile; a healthy size head, without being huge. All the better for that big little brain that has her developmentally hitting milestones they don’t look for until 18-24 months. Dancing, pointing out her nose, ears, and other body parts, and her vocabulary and beginning to string words together occasionally, to name just a few.

    In fact, she’s always been ahead of the curve developmentally. The only real challenges have been skills affected by height. Stairs took a bit long to master, for example. When her peers started climbing down, she still had to jump down each step.

    As long as I have to deal with the extra doctors appointments for her size, I’ll take the pleasure of hearing them tell me my child is quite smart.


  2. Test for One Thing, Find Another

    September 8, 2011 by Michelle

    After a little bit of procrastination & getting through a summer cold, I finally bit the bullet and did the urine test with Grace last week.

    This was not a fun test. To do it, we had to literally attach a bag with adhesive to her and wait. She took it much better than I was expecting, and once we managed to collect & get it to the doctors office, I relaxed.

    Test Results Call – “Good News and Not-so-good News”

    As baby bunny was racing around downstairs and I was gathering the energy to put her to bed last night, the pediatrician called. “I have good news and not-so-good news.”

    Good News – She does not have what we were testing for, Renal Tubular Acidosis (RTA).

    Not-so-good News – She was positive for a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI).

    Ugh. As if having a UTI isn’t bad enough on it’s own, if she’s had it for a while undiagnosed, it could contribute to low weight gain. However, it’s a very unlikely cause she tells me. Could be totally unrelated and caught by chance!

    She also tells me, it could be a false positive. The only way to know for sure is to catheterize her and test again. She asks us to come in as soon as possible. Double ugh.

    Rush to the Doctor, to be Sent Home

    Tonight, after work (and two awful commutes with the flooding everywhere) I rushed right back out with baby bunny to have the follow up test done. Unfortunately, one of the docs never made it in today and when we showed up, no one could take us. So now, this semi-urgent test is delayed at least one more day, possibly two.

    Until then, I wait, wondering if she’s in pain and uncomfortable or perfectly fine. Though I don’t know anything yet, I can’t help but feel guilty that she may have been in pain for a long time. I can only hope the next test shows the first one was a false positive, then I only have to think about her being small.

    Update 9/9/11
    Second test showed no UTI. Phew.