Monday, September 15, 2008

Doctor Appointments

Luke has already been to the doctor numerous times in his young life.  I wish that was not the case but I am glad to have him feeling better.  This is basically a post for me to remember the dates and when he weighed what.

July 25:  First appointment; weighed 5 lbs 12.5 oz (lower than the 3rd percentile for his age); 19 1/2 inches long (10% for his age)

July 29:  We went to see the lactation nurse because we were having problems breastfeeding; Luke had gained 4.5 oz and so was up to 6 lbs 1 oz.

August 1:  We went in for a weight check because his feeding schedule and type was changed after meeting with the lactation nurse.  Luke had gained another 2.5 oz.

August 13:  We went in because Luke had been spitting up a bunch and I was worried he was not getting enough nutrition.  Turns out Luke has acid reflux.  The doctor prescribed some medication and said to give it a week.  Luke now weighed 7 lbs 3 oz.

August 22:  The medicine did not seem to be helping all that much.  Luke was still very fussy after eating and spitting up a ton.  We went back to the doctor in the hopes of getting a better solution for him.  Luke ended up with a second prescription.  This one seemed to do the trick.  Almost overnight he was sleeping better and by himself as well as just being a happier guy.  He weighed in at 8 lbs 4 oz.

August 27:  This was a follow up appointment to the one above.  The doctor wanted to make sure Luke was still gaining weight and that the second prescription was doing its job.  He was definitely gaining weight.  In five days Luke was up 8 1/2 oz to 8 lbs 12.5 oz.

September 11:  Luke's Two Month Appointment.  Luke weighed 10 lb 6 oz (25% for his age) and was 22 1/4 in long (25% for his age).  Everything looked great according to the doctor.  Luke also had his first shots at this appointment.  I had Troy come with me because I was really dreading this.  Luke did fine though- only one long cry.  He was fussy the rest of the afternoon and next day with a slight temperature but overall it went much better than I anticipated.

Hopefully, now that we have the acid reflux under control we won't have to go back to the doctor before his 4 month appointment in November.

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