Saturday, July 18, 2009

12 Month Checkup

As a preemie mom, one of the greatest phrases I've heard since Marino has been born is "he's all caught up from his prematurity at this point." What a blessing! Today we had Marino's 12 month "well baby" visit and that's exactly what the doctor had to say.

Marino is now 20 pounds, 14 ounces, which puts him in the 20th percentile for his actual age. He's 29.5 inches, which puts him in the 35th percentile for actual age. And his head...well his head is enormous...48.5 cm, which puts him in the 93rd percentile for actual age!! Perhaps the most amazing part about all this is that, even 6 months ago, Marino wasn't even on the charts for height and weight (head is a different story, of course:)). He's really made remarkable strides and we are so proud. This also means it's time to put him in the big boy car seat (the seat he's in now only goes to 30 inches).

He had a couple shots today, but after a long nap, he was back to his old self today. We also got the thumbs up to stop formula (yay! extra money!!) and to feed him any food we want to give him, with the exception of nuts and shellfish. She also recommended we see a dermatologist for his eczema (which continues to get worse each month) since a couple of new products that have been FDA approved for infants have been released recently.

It was a great visit and I'm hoping at our next well baby visit (15 months), Marino is able to walk to the exam room on his own!

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