Saturday, January 24, 2009

Day 485 - 15 Month Check-up

This week the kids went in for their 15 month check-up. Thankfully the kids have not made a connection between the doctor's office and large metal needles being stuck into their innocent arms.

Even a hypochondriac like me doesn't get too nervous when walking into our kids' doctor's office. The waiting area is pretty colorful and inviting. There's a little television in the corner usually playing a Disney movie. And the walls are murals of underwater sealife. This is in stark contrast to my childhood doctor's office whose theme was the 1979 Iran hostage situation. Although walking into a waiting area with President Carter's gigantic teeth did make me want to floss more often.

Before getting to Emma's and Andrew's height and weight, both of them seem to be developing quite well. They both have a healthy appetite and eat a nice variety of food. We weaned them off of their bottles, but our attempt at getting rid of their pacifiers has not been achieved. Our doctor noticed that Emma likes to engage in communication a little more than Andrew, but Andrew's motor skills are more advanced. She said this is quite normal and is one difference between boys and girls. I asked if another difference is that boys are good at math and girls are good in the kitchen. The doctor just stared at me and then hit me with a tongue depressor.

And now for the measurements! Andrew is 30 1/2 inches tall and 21 pounds and 12 ounces. This puts him in the 40th percentile for height and 15th for weight. As for Emma, she is 32 1/2 inches tall and 24 pounds and 7 ounces. This puts her in the 95th percentile for height and 75th for weight. We knew Emma was taller (and heavier) than Andrew, but we didn't know she was 2 inches taller. That's quite a difference when you're not even three feet tall yet.

The kids got a couple of shots, cried a bit, and got over it. As we left the office, the receptionist gave each of the kids a little something for the car ride home. Andrew got a little elephant bath toy that squirts water out of its nostril. And Emma got a honey baked ham.

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