Hope you all had a nice Easter. Ours was nice and pretty quiet. It was funny that Katie's Easter basket was almost as big as her.
Katie had her four month appointment and she is 26 1/2" long, 14 lbs 4 oz and not sure of head measurement, but she is in 50 - 75% percentile for weight and head, and 97th percentile for height. This is quite amusing, because nobody on either side is really tall.
She was on her tummy on examining table, and Katie hates tummy time. But, she was trying to move w/ her legs. Once her arms get a little stronger, she will be crawling. The nurse said she will be crawling before she even rolls over. I need to give her more tummy time, as she has a little flat spot on her head from positioning and she hadn't rolled over yet, but soon.
I did have a concern, because she is batting at things now and spinning toys on her exersaucer, but she is using her right hand more than her left. I said that to the doctor and she said "That is not good, there should be no hand preference before 3 years old". She checked her out, and while there, Katie was putting both fists in her mouth and pulling her bib in her mouth w/ both hands. She said after checking that she didn't see any evidence or nerve damage and she was doing everything in the normal range for her age. I was quite upset. I don't think doctors know how they talk sometimes. She should have checked her before she said what she said. Don't get me wrong, I love my pediatrician's office, and every other doctor has been great. The doctor she has seen most often was way backed up, so I let her see this other doctor. And when Katie got her first cold at 3 1/2 weeks old, this same doctor also said things that made it seem so serious that it could be dangerous. Sometimes I don't think doctors know how their words affect new mothers, especially first time mothers. Of course, I googled hand preference, and what I found, is that a symptom of cerebral palsy is hand preference before one year old. CP also can result from breech, which Katie was. Of course, this worried me, but she has no other symptoms and after checking, the doctor did not seem to think there was any damage. I have decided not to worry about it, she does use her left hand some, just not as much and other people I know have told me their babies showed hand preference early as well.
I have a friend who had her baby at 26 weeks due to low amniotic fluid, and after 3 1/2 months, she is still struggling in the NICU and probably going to be in the NICU for a few more months. I don't think anything is wrong w/ Katie, but no matter what, I am thankful for a beautiful happy healthy baby.
Katie is just smiling at everything, except when she gets backed up. I have started 2 oz of apple juice twice a day per doctor's recommendation to try to get her regular. She gets backed up every once in awhile, and when she does, the gas gets trapped and she gets cranky. She is such a happy baby, that when she fusses like that, you know something is wrong.
Should be a zoo at my house this week, my brother from California is coming in w/ his wife and 2 year old daughter and 6 year old son. My other brother around here is getting married Sunday, and he and three of his five kids are staying at our house Saturday before wedding Sunday. Holy Guacamole, it will be hectic for us.
I hope you are all well, and it is so cool to see you all posting about teething, sippy cups and rolling over. These are all things we will be getting into soon. They grow so fast.
Loopie, if the rain ever stops here in MD, we will plan a time to meet.
Rio, good luck w/ solids and bottle. I stopped cereal when we were having a lot of gas issues, and then she got a cold. DR said to start again when she is over her cold, which she just about is.
CT Michele, good luck w/ stims
Everyone, your photos on Photobucket are absolutely adorable!!!! I have posted some new Easter shots of Katie.
Have a great day everyone.
TTC 3 1/2 YEARS
ME - 41/ DH - 39
First IVF Jan '08: BFN / 2nd IVF: March '08 - BFP!
Katie born 12/4/08