Saturday, October 22, 2011
Tate is now four months old and a lot has happened this month. Tate was seen by the developmental pediatric clinic at MUSC as a follow-up for being a NICU baby. The nurses took her measurements and then a resident and student came in to begin working with Tate. Before they started, I asked for Tate's percentiles, and they told me she was in the 90th percentile for everything. I knew that couldn't be right for my baby, so after questioning that, we realized they had plotted Tate's measurements at 2 months instead of 4 and that brought her to the 40th for length and 25th for weight. :) The resident then started examining Tate and her development. They held out a red ring to see how her tracking was; they put her on her belly to see if she could lift her head and chest; they put her on her back to see what she would do; they stood her on the bed to see if she would put weight on her legs; they tested her stepping reflex by putting her legs near the edge of the bed to see if Tate would step up; and they pulled her up from a lying position to see if she could keep her head in alignment with her body. She was able to do everything! The doctor then came in and worked with Tate as well and they said she is great! They will see her again in January for another follow-up appointment, but they assured me that she is developing perfectly. I am extremely thankful and feel very blessed that Tate is developing so well...I think about our days in the NICU often and all that others have done for our family. I keep telling Tate that she is destined to become a doctor!
She had a good four month check up (Oct. 18th) with Dr. Davis - she is 13 pounds 4 ounces (50th percentile) and 24 1/2 inches long (50th percentile). Her head circumference is also in the 50th percentile, so as Dr. Davis says - "She's perfect!" He also said that he is pretty certain that she will keep her blue eyes, which I am happy about! The not-so-good news from the appointment is that she is battling her second double ear infection and that she has two fissures on her bottom that won't heal. We go to the pediatric gastroenterologist on Wednesday, October 26th, so we will discuss the fissure problem with them.
We also took Tate to the pumpkin patch and met up with Teresa and Boris. We had a nice time finding a perfect pumpkin for Tate and taking pictures of her.