Last week was our 2 year check up. I am desperately awaiting the once a year days. We went from every other day when we first brought Jane and Emma home from the hospital 2 years ago, to twice a week, to once a month, to every 3 months, to every 6 months, and here we stand. Some of the things that we look forward to these days at each check up include:
Weigh-ins. The girls went from not even being on the growth chart at under 5 lbs each when we brought them home, to quickly gaining weight and staying steady. At this past visit they weighted in at around 25 lbs., which is in about the 40th percentile for their age. Tell you what, I’m just happy that they are ON the chart!
Height checks. Let me start by saying that I am pretty short. I am only 5’2″, and my 6’3″ husband picks on me constantly for not being able to reach things on the middle shelf. I am prefacing my daughters’ current measurements this way because they are only in the 10th percentile for their age. They are peanuts.
Different Developmental Checks. I had to fill out a very involved developmental survey prior to going to our appointment. They asked about walking, running, jumping, different reactions in situations, speech, etc. Turns out that not only are Jane and Emma just fine, but a bit ahead for their age. They are speaking in simple sentences and following directions (sometimes), and can even “dress” themselves (although the clothes are usually backwards by the time they are finished, IF they haven’t thrown a total s-fit in the process).
Vaccines. There. I said it. The word ‘vaccination’ seems to have become a dirty word in Mommyville, but having our children vaccinated was not even a discussion that Hershey and I had. We just said “YES” when they asked us in the NICU. And we’ve followed the recommended schedule closely ever since. And although we didn’t actually get any vaccines DURING this visit, the girls are scheduled for their 2 year old vaccines next Tuesday and we have to schedule some blood labs for them in the coming summer months. Never a fun time when Daddy has to hold the unsuspecting ladies down and Mama cries even more than the girls do, but such is life. They forget about the shots before we walk out the door, and usually only run little TINY fevers a couple of days afterwards, along with the crankiness and weepiness that is typical.
I like to ask every question that I can think of during these visits, knowing that the doctors specifically put aside extra time for wellness check ups. This time around, I asked about
- eating (toddlers are only expected to eat one GOOD meal a day, and if they throw the other 2 meals all over the floor, “it’s ok, and normal”);
- milk (switch to lowfat at this stage, as they no longer need the full fat for their brain development and the cholesterol is no good for them);
- pacifiers (try to get rid of them, as they are damaging their pallets);
- SLEEP (toddlers at this age are expected to get 12 hours of sleep a day, between nighttime sleep AND naps, and getting up at 6:00 every SINGLE morning is “normal” – ACK!!!)
- potty training (get a potty seat for the toilet and spend some naked time in the summer, but understand that in America the standard age for potty training is 3 years old, so not to push them or get discouraged if it doesn’t happen now because 2 is considered “early” in our culture); and
- dentist visits (yup, it’s time!).
I was happy to hear that Jane and Emma are in the normal range, even a bit ahead, considering they can sing their ABCs from start to finish, count to 14, and are even starting to be able to identify letters. Another thing that they do now that I think is REALLY cool is that they sit and read by themselves, reciting the words on each page of their favorite books the way I did when I was itty-bitty. I’m hoping that this means that I have trained little fellow readers, because I am DYING to have someone to talk about books with, as my students are all sick of hearing me talk about how much I love reading!
I also had to ask about the CONSTANT fighting, as the girls seem to have some sort of the-first-rule-of-baby-fight-club-is-that-you-don’t-tell-mama-it’s-baby-fight-club-time pact going on. We were also assured that this is “normal”. Not so sure about my hair loss due to baby fight club, though.
What are some milestones that your little ones have reached that you are super excited about? Anything shock you? Anything worrying you? I’d love to hear from you!
We are almost done with the school year which means that it’s almost summertiiiiiime, when the living is easyyyyy….
Happy Thursday, friends!