Monday, September 13, 2010

18 Month Checkup

We had Charlie's doctor appointment this morning - the last one until he's 2. After that I think they're annual. Crazy. Seems like just yesterday we were taking him weekly and then monthly! Not that we ever go too much time around here without visiting the pediatrician's office. But he's definitely our big boy now. Sniff.

The most important news of the day: Charlie's lungs sound great. Mostly clear of fluid and his cough is minimal. Hopefully (knock on wood) we are done with antibiotics for a while. Four rounds since mid-July. I really hate that.

Charlie is right on track for everything else. Eating, sleeping, vocabulary, etc. His ears looked good *hallelujah* and none of the other poking, prodding or examining seemed to result in anything alarming.

I asked about separation anxiety and the doctor said it will be cyclical until about 2 1/2. That some months will be better then others, but each child seems to have a baseline amount of anxiety you can pinpoint.

Charlie was actually never that bad about separation anxiety until about a month ago and then he was very upset when I left him at daycare. It's been awful ever since. I'd love to go back to the old way where he finds something interesting to play with and it's like See Ya Mom.

I guess time will tell. It was pretty ugly when we left him with a sitter he is very familiar with on Saturday night to go out. I hope we're not in for a year of that kind of thing. Perhaps it's just a matter of acclimating to our new schedule.

I also asked if there was anything at all we needed to do about potty training before the next visit and he said no. The potty is out, Charlie can see it, and now I will forget about it for 6 months.

He got 2 shots, tetenus and flu. The H1N1 strain is accounted for in the seasonal flu vaccine so no need to hunt down a separate shot this year. What a relief. That was such a pain last year.

Here are Charlie's stats:

Height: 33 1/2 inchs (75th percentile) - 2 inches of growth in the past 3 months

Weight: 24 lbs, 4 ounces (25th percentile)

Even though the same thing happened 3 months ago, I was surprised his weight percentile dropped again given how much he eats. I guess one of these days I need to quit being surprised about it. He is thus far blessed with a magical metabolism.

So yeah. That's all. Short visit, nothing too exciting. And nothing more for 6 months. Sniff.

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