Friday, August 20, 2010

6th Month Appointment

So I really like our new pediatrician here in Twin Falls. He explains everything (even though I pretty much know what he's looking for) and he is really good with Cooper. For a while he was concerned with his weight and how he wasn't really gaining any. He recommended a few things and they worked! Woohoo! He still is a little small but he is no longer in the "worry" zone. He also said he looks healthy :) ALSO he mentioned a few times throughout his exam how strong Cooper was. He's really impressed with his "crunches" that he does and how strong of a grip he has. He said most 6 month babies are not doing the things he is (strength wise). That makes a mother proud!!

Then the scary part...sorta. Cooper does not spread his legs out very far. They are almost always straight and together. It's even difficult to change his diaper because we can't spread his legs out far enough to get the diaper on him well. The doctor noticed he's a little stiff and suggested that we have x-rays done just to be sure he doesn't have hip dysplasia. The usual symptoms of it are a clicking/popping sensation when the knees are brought to the baby's chest and he did not have that so he said he's "borderline" for the condition. If he had it he would have to wear a funny looking brace for a while and then maybe even surgery as he got older.

Poor Cooper did so wonderful during the x-rays. He screamed of course but who wouldn't after getting 3 shots in your thighs and then having to lay on a cold surface with your legs messed with. I got to see the x-rays and everything looked fine to me (but what do I know right? Wishful thinking maybe?) The doc told me someone would call with the results later that day. Well, the day ended and no call. The next morning I got a call and YES! The x-rays looked normal. He's just not very flexible I guess :) Talk about relief!

Here are his stats (I always forget his head circumference but I know it's 15th percentile):

Weight: 16 pounds 8 ounces (15th percentile)

Height: 27.5" (75th percentile)


1 comment:

Kevin & Maryann ZELLER said...

so glad to hear all is well, he is a happy healthy little boy! Keep us updated!