Thursday, June 10, 2010

Mike’s six month checkup…

Ahhhh – the pediatrician “well baby” check-ups.  Always a mixed bag of emotions with those!  The parents are more than ready to find out those “vital stats” and find out what the doctor has up her sleeve as far as his development goes.  But, on the other hand, you know that the shots are coming.  And somewhere, maybe not so far back in your mind, you start to think that the baby is going to somehow blame it on you.  “Why did you let that doctor poke me!!!!   WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

So, first we’ll talk about the shots.  There was all of the usual poking and prodding and temperature taking.  Then it’s time.  Out come the needles.  “I’m sorry Mike!  It’s for your own good!”  He looks longingly in to your eyes.  Then comes the first stick.  Then the second.  Then the third.  Then the crying begins…

But only for about five seconds!  No – I’m not exaggerating.  Just minutes after the shots, and he’s rolling around and playing in the exam room while we are waiting to make sure there is no allergic reaction!  I guess that after those two weeks when he wore his brace before his tenotomy, three little shots must seem like nothing…  He’s such a trooper!!!

And what about those “vital stats”?  Well – he is officially 15 pounds, 8 ounces and he grew an inch and a half in 6 weeks!  He’s up to 25 inches long.  He’s still small for his age (10th percentile in weight, 4th percentile in length, but 21st percentile in head circumference – he takes after his dad in that department!).  He is packing on the pounds and getting longer at the perfect pace and the doctor is absolutely pleased with his progress!

The doctor was impressed with his “consonant sounds” which currently consist of “ba ba ba ba ba ba” (Mike’s favorite) along with the occasional “ma ma ma” (mom’s favorite) and the occasional “da da da” (dad’s favorite).  She officially wants him to spend some time in his “car” to bounce along and build leg strength – and more time in his bumbo sit to build his core strength.  An exercise program for a 6 month old!  We’ll be getting him a gym membership next.  Or maybe a bike!!!

We also took a trip out to see Megan Parker last Saturday.  Yep – that’s right.  Megan Parker the photographer!!!  Mike really had a great time getting his picture taken.  He is really turning in to a big flirt (just ask the ladies at church – or at daycare – or next door – or at the grocery).  We’ll be getting the proofs soon and we will share them with you all as soon as we get them.  In the meantime – Megan graciously posted three pictures from our “photo shoot” on her website.  Wanna see them?  Just click here…  http://meganparkerphoto.com/photoblog/cant-get-much-cuter-knoxville-portrait-studio/

We really can’t say enough about the work that Megan does.  She is absolutely phenomenal!  The way she works with the kids is amazing enough.  But to see the photographic results – it’s truly spectacular.  If you are sitting there right now and thinking “hmmm – we should go get some pictures made too…” and you happen to live anywhere near Knoxville – I simply can’t give her a high enough recommendation.  And no, she is in no way compensating me or giving me any discounts for the high praise.  She really is “just that good”!!!

And lastly, someone recently asked if Mike still enjoyed his bath time.  Oh my goodness YES!  It makes the perfect end to a day.  He loves getting in his tub and splashing around (all while mom and/or dad try to rub a little soap on him).  After he gets out – it’s lights out and off to visit the sandman for a great nights sleep.  It is such a great routine…

Splish splash!

Man – bath time is GREAT!

Tired baby...

…but all that splashing makes me tired!  When I’m done, mom carries me off to bed…

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