Today Elise and Seth had their routine yearly checkup with the doctor. Here are the results for those that are interested:
Elise – She now weighs 45 lbs and is 3 ft, 10 3/4 in tall. This puts her in the 5th percentile for both height and weight. That’s where she’s been the last few times we’ve been in, so we are comfortable with that. She is just petite. The doctor says she has a strong back, so we won’t have to worry about any issues with gymnastics for now, he said we’d just need to watch back strength in coming years if she continues. The only other worry with gymnastics he said, is injuries. We discussed her bedwetting issues. The doctor said that it is still within the range of normal to have issues with bedwetting until age 11 as long as it isn’t every night. He still considers it a learning issue though and encouraged a sticker chart and rewards, just like we would do with potty training. I have been considering a chart anyway so I can see patterns perhaps in what works for her and what doesn’t. The biggest improvement we’ve had recently was with moving her bedtime earlier. I haven’t been consistent with that, so I need to go ahead and try getting back on schedule to see if that still has a consistent effect like it did before. I did say that I really did feel it was out of her control at this point, so he did a urine check as well, just to make sure there wasn’t an infection. That came back clear, so that is nice to know. Elise also had her chicken pox booster, which she was less than thrilled about, but she was very good and didn’t cry.
Seth – Seth weighs 26 lbs and is 2 ft 10 1/2 in tall. This is 50th percentile for height and 15th for weight. Thin for his height, the doctor said, but wasn’t worried about it being an issue. I think that is about where he was last check-up, so at least we are staying consistent. We discussed Seth’s possible allergy issues with the doctor. He recommended an over the counter medication if we needed it, but said if it isn’t affecting his activity level, then it isn’t a worry right now. We’ll just need to keep an eye on it and if we feel like it is becoming more of a consistent problem and/or starts to affect his energy level, then we might do some testing. It would be nice to know what his triggers are, but for now, it doesn’t seem to bother him, and I have just gotten used to him having an almost constant runny nose and having occasional coughing fits. He has actually been better recently, other than a coughing fit last week, so perhaps whatever his fall triggers were had finally waned enough for him to clear up. I’m sure we’ll hit more stuff in the spring, so I guess I should enjoy the last few cold weeks this winter. 🙂
Other than that, the doctor did bring up the need to get the kids in for a dental exam soon. Not because he suspects issues, he just thinks that starting them early is a good idea so they have good experiences before the need for any not so pleasant dental work. It’s something that has been on my radar for a bit now, just haven’t called yet to find out how much it will cost.