Seth’s 18 month well-child doctor visit.

Seth is 19 months old, but we were behind on vaccinations and missed his 18 month well child visit, so we took him in today. He weighed 24 lbs 12 oz and was 32 1/2 inches tall. That puts him in the 90th percentile for height and 25th percentile for weight. Pretty much what he’s been running. The doctor checked him over and said he looks perfect. He has met all his milestones, even verbally. I remember I was already concerned about Will verbally at 18 months, but I was counting up Seth’s words yesterday and got over 20 before I stopped counting. According to the nurse’s questions, he is supposed to have at least 8, so I guess he is doing fine.

We had missed both his 12 month and his 15 month vaccinations, so we needed to get quite a few shots today. Because of the combo shots now available, they were able to combine them all in three different actual injections. I had dosed Seth with tylenol before we left and brought his special lovey in case he got upset. The nurse handed him a yellow duckie as his prize and he happily started chewing on it while we positioned him for his shots. First shot, no obvious reaction from him. He merely lay quite still looking very serious. Second shot was the same. Finally on the 3rd shot he winced slightly and whimpered. That was it! I put his pants back on and stood him up and he started smiling and chewing on his “uckie” (his name for the duck). We even lost the duck on the way out to the car, and he didn’t even seem to notice.

Perhaps Elise will have learned a lesson in not over-reacting by observing Seth’s calm behavior. 🙂 I had to break the news to her today that she is still missing one childhood shot (she kept stating to everyone that she doesn’t need another shot until she is 16). What she didn’t realize is she needs a chicken pox booster sometime soon since they were out when I took her in for her last round of shots. She wasn’t really happy, but didn’t start bawling like she would have just last year, so perhaps we are making progress. 🙂

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