Wednesday, February 23, 2011

6 month check up!

Today we went to Anna's pediatrician for her 6 month check up. She was sick last month from RSV and still has a pretty bad cough so he wants to hold off another week on getting her immunizations until she's 100% better. He sent us home with more meds for her breathing treatments and we will go back next Wednesday to check on her breathing progress and get her shots then. I am glad I didn't have to see her hurt from her shots but sad that she still is suffering with the side effects of RSV. Hopefully, she'll get lots better.

Another thing we've been battling with since she was about 2 months old is allergies. I know some doctors, especially the docs we saw in the hospital while she was in for RSV, looked at me like I was crazy when I said babies can't get allergies but clearly they haven't met Anna. She has been congested and snotty since 2 months old. I'm not talking occassional runny nose or congestion but it's every single day. I have allergies and had asthma when I was little and apparently children of parents with allergies are more likely to also have allergies. Sorry Anna, really, I am. But, we've been discussing starting her on some meds for it since around 4 months, when it never cleared up and each of her appointments she was showing the doctor the same symptoms. Luckily, my doctor does believe babies under 6 months can get allergies. He said, "they come from a 100% humid enironment (the womb) and are bombarded by dust, pet dander, mold, cedar, perfumes, and everthing else floating around and they can be more sensitive to it than other children. So, let's see what we can do to help her until she's 6 months and we can get her on an allergy med and send her to an allergist." So, we are starting the allergy meds tomorrow and I pray it helps her. Her eyes also suffer from what I believe is a side effect of the allergies so I'm really hoping that it helps and we can get some "real" answers from an allergiest.

But, her 6 month stats are: Weight 14 lbs 8 ounces, 25 inches long and her head circumfrence is 43 centimeters. She is in the 25th percentile in all three. She was four weeks early so she is perfect for a 5 month old, waht she is really, rigth now, considered to be, and really, not even too little for a 6 month old. She has caught up so well. She is also chunking up which is adorable. She has rolls on her legs and on her ankles where it looks like rubber bands are wrapped around them causing rolls. LOL! She does seem a little leaner in the tummy and arms and legs but maybe she takes after her daddy's body type and not my short and squaty ones. One thing I am excited about is that she doesn't have cankles. LOL! I have them and so far she has clearly defined ankles. Hahahaa! That is something I wished she get from her dad, his long, defined ankle legs. LOL!

Daycare is still great. I love Apple Tree and all the teachers and staff. Anna loves it too. She smiles every morning at Ms. Linda when i drop her off. I really thought I knew that God wanted me to stay home with my babies. I thought I just knew that's what He wanted for my life. However, as time has gone on and I have gotten back into the swing at work I really don't mind working and having Anna in daycare. of course if I could I would stay home, and we still talk about it, and we could probably actually make it work, but I know that even though I would do things educational with her it's not the constant all-day that she gets at daycare. Being at home I know I'd get caught up in doing dishes or cleaning or whatever has to be done and Anna would be sitting in her bouncy while I do those things. I know they read and play and take pictures and paint and talk to her and spend their whole day helping Anna learn and grow. I also like that she is around other babies constantly, learning from them and getting to know how to interact with other kids. I also love my drive home. I smile the whole way knowing I am going to get to come home to my sweet Anna. We have two to three hours before she goes to bed (I wish it wree longer) but she gets my full attention during that time. I have the rest of the evening to get her bag and all of her other things ready for the next day. We play, then I feed her peas, carrots, squash or green beans, then we have bath time (She LOVES bath time), then we read or have tummy time or roll around on the bed, then i give her a bottle and then she lays in her bed and talks herself to sleep. I love our time together so much. So, I guess it's true, God's plan is always better than our plan. :) Duh.

So, for now that's about all. I will keep the rest of the month updated later! :)

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