Tuesday, November 3, 2009

And on the Meatball front...

He is napping and I have laundry going, and will be straightening around the house so...

He had his 4 month checkup (can you believe it?! already?!)

17 pounds 13 ounces (when he was weighed last he was 18 pounds and 0.4 ounces, but that was in clothes and a diaper, and the diapers themselves are 3 or 4 ounces). 27 inches tall. 43 cm head circumference. He is doing well. Doc said to be sure he gets on his tummy a lot and doesn't get a flat head. He has a little lopsidedness in the back. That's ok--soon he'll be rolling over and wanting to crawl :).

Two shots today; he got mad when he realized that he had been stuck but was nursed to comfort.

I told the pediatrician that we had Meatball's tongue tie clipped 2 months ago and that it changed our lives. He said that now he is starting to come around to having babies checked out for it, after hearing from me and a few other parents that it was such a positive change. Back in the day, they just used to clip all the babies' tongue ties right away. Then they stopped doing it. Now they are swinging back to a more moderate stance, where they will check for it if there is a problem. I'm glad that now he has that in his consciousness, so that if another mom approaches him with similar problems, he can check it out. Same for the La Leche League leaders--now they think about it too, when moms have problems like mine.

If it's all the same to everyone else, I'd rather not have to be the example for EVERYONE's medical issues but I guess if anything can be learned from my children, it's worth a shot.

Update on our friend Riley: they are heading to Chicago. They are going to try the stem-cell rescue treatment. If I'm not mistaken, it consists of a stem-cell harvesting from the patient, then high-dose chemo, followed by a transplant of those stem cells. It's an autologous transplant, meaning that it comes from the patient herself. I'm not sure if they ever use matching stem cells instead; if so, we're covered should, heaven forbid, The Boy ever need them.

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