Wednesday, July 16, 2008

How big is he?

Before we left for Dallas on Monday morning, we had (what we thought was) Alex's last well-child visit at the NWA Pediatric Clinic. Before we met with the doc, a new nurse got his measurements. To put it kindly, the girl had the personality of a doorknob, and Alex shot her "The Look" when she scolded him for pressing buttons on the scale as she was trying to weigh him. She must've entered the measurements incorrectly because when the doc came in to go over his stats, he noticed that the height measurements were obviously off from what they should be. So the nurse came back to measure him again and blamed the doctor for screwing things up. Classic.

Anyway, after much ado, the nurse finally got accurate numbers, and we were finally able to find out how big our chunky monkey really is. Turns out, he's not that chunky. He currently weighs 23 lbs. 1 1/2 ozs. (in the 60th percentile), is 32 inches tall (over the 95th percentile), and has a head circumference of 18 3/4 inches (75th percentile).

He is very healthy and the doc wasn't at all concerned about his...lack of upright mobility because it is clearly an issue of motivation and not of physical ability. In other words, our little booger could walk but he simply chooses not to. He also got four shots, one in each arm and one in each thigh, which he didn't seem to enjoy very much. Our regular sweet and helpful nurses also got a good ol' dose of "The Look", although they didn't blame Alex one bit.

We thought that visit was going to be his last one before we found a new pediatrician in Dallas, but it turns out that they need to do one final blood draw for the immunization study within the next 4 to 6 weeks. That really puts a kink in our plans because we did not plan on going back to NWA in the next two months because Timothy has the bar exam at the end of July, then just two weeks of freedom before he starts working. We're going to see whether we can get his blood drawn here and shipped to AR, but we're kind of doubtful. So we'll see. I guess any excuse to get back to NWA is a good one, so maybe it was just meant to be...

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