Friday, August 8, 2008

First Pediatrician's Visit

Bri's "well-baby" pediatrician's appointment kept getting moved back because she wasn't a well-baby. But! We finally visited today, exactly one month from her birth day. The doctor chatted with us for quite a while initially, before the examination, to be sure we are all on the same page when it comes to Bridgette's long term care and special needs. Her actual examination revealed that she is strong and kicking.

The techs also measured Bridgette's head circumference, weight, and length in order to check her percentiles. At 37 cm., her head circumference measured at 50% (meaning it's completely average), while her weight and length were unsurprisingly on the small side. She's grown 2 inches since birth to a whopping 20" long... which is actually quite short. In fact it correlates to the 10% mark (meaning approximately 90% of babies her age are longer.)

The cool news is that Bri is now about 8 lbs! The doctor's office got an "official" weight of 8 lbs. 3 1/2 oz. However, I happen to know that she had a wet diaper and had also just drunk 1 oz of milk. Her weight-for-age percentile is 25%. Given that she lost weight every day for the first two weeks of her life and only maintained that weight (6 lbs. 6 oz.) in the third week, it basically means she's gained over a pound in the last week and a half!

At this very moment, Bri is lying on top of daddy's chest as they both take a (several hour) nap on the couch. It's fun to watch them spending quality time together. As you can see below, napping isn't all they do...

Bridgette's first computer lesson with Jeff.

As funny as this is, the bright screen really did capture her interest.

I love the photos where she's craning her neck to see things. So adorably small!


123 checkoutourfamily said...

I love the pic where baby and dad are looking at each other. I must be a preggo mom b/c it makes me teary. :)

I'm so glad things are better and that she's putting on some pounds.

Chelsea said...

8 pounds!! She's almost as heavy as Max, who is a full 3 weeks older. He'd better not mess with this battle maiden.