First Trip to the Pediatrician

Today was Parker’s first trip to the pediatrician.

Thankfully, there is a pediatric office literally within walking distance of our house that has a reputable staff of six pediatricians. So yesterday afternoon, we put Parker in his stroller and walked him down to the office. My insurance provides full coverage with no copay for all well-child visits/lab tests/vaccinations so basically, as long as the trip is not related to an illness, it’s ‘free’.

We went back into the exam room where a nurse checked him out, weighed, and measured him. While he was born at 8 lbs., he went down to 7 lbs. 10 oz. in the hospital. But in the past week, he gained back all his weight, plus some more, which put him at 8 lbs. 6 oz. and put on a half-inch to his ‘height’. In all, he’s in the 50-75th percentile for weight and 75th percentile for height.

His pediatrician is spectacular. We seem to attract laid-back physicians and she is no different. She said that Parker’s color was very good which means that breastfeeding is going well. She spoke with us over certain developmental goals we should be noticing, things/quirks babies have, etc. In all, it was a very good first appointment, and we scheduled another for next month where he’ll be getting his first round of vaccines (he did get his first Hepatitis B vaccine in the hospital).

Parker has been sleeping very well lately, and last night was the best night. We put him in his crib at 9, he slept until 1, ate, slept until 5, ate, and slept until 8, and with the last time, he put himself to sleep.

This weekend we’re heading to my wife’s family in Paulding, and then next weekend, we’re going to Hurricane/Ironton to visit my side of the family. But now, I’m going to go spend time with my son (who looks spectacular in yellow, by the way).

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