a trip to the pediatrician

On Tuesday we had a double appointment with Dr. Romesh.  Zoey needed medical clearance for her procedure on Thursday and David had his 2-month vaccinations and check-up.  Both were weighed and measured. Little Half-Pint has stayed at 28 inches for the past four months, or as our nurse told us: 2 feet and 4 inches.  Z has gained a size in clothes, but as her head has rounded, it has also shortened.  Our pediatrician mentioned that usually the first point of concern would be low weight, which eventually causes loss in height.  Since Zoey is still gaining weight at her own consistent rate, he said not to worry about it at this point.  At the visit she was just under 22 lbs.  I’m no longer worried about Zoey’s growth since she has already established that she is just not going to be very tall.  It is especially hard for me to stay away from the comparison game though, now that I am looking at David next to her every day. He has been eating and growing like a champ from day 1.  On this visit, our smiling 9-week-old little boy weighed in at just under 13 lbs and 23.5 inches long.  His measurements are really similar to what his dad’s were, according to some old baby pictures.  It has been a challenging shift for me going from extreme to extreme with the kids.  Zoey was always a great sleeper, but didn’t eat well, and David eats all the time and won’t sleep very long.  This month I want to work with David to have a more consistent feeding schedule, since lately he is tending to wake up every hour all night.  We’ll see who breaks first.

Lessons learned at nine weeks…

My wife and I are breezing through the 9th week, about time to start looking to make some appointments!  I just wanted to take a moment and share some things that might help out some of you other dads-to-be.  First, as always, it is ok to be scared out of your mind.  Granted, we are 9 weeks in and a long ways to go,  but twice this week I have had to go out to the car and cry/pray that I am going to be the best that I can, that I will be there for my wife and child, and that I am as ready as I can ever be.  If you think that this makes me less of a man, feel free to come tell me that, I would LOVE to discuss this with you.  Second, the excitement comes in waves, much like the fear.  The neat thing about this is that no matter how into work I am all that some people have to do is ask about the baby, or my wife, or how we are doing… and I begin to smile.  Third, TAKE PICTURES.  We did not start until the 6th week and we are taking pictures daily… and let me tell you, even if you think you are noticing that little life start to grow in her belly… take a look at the pictures and you WILL see it grow. Lastly (for now), men, remember to rub her legs and back.  Even this early on my wife is noticing stiffness and some pains.  Needless to say, I do what I can, even when exhausted, to try to comfort her.  Gentlemen, we have the honor of breaking our backs and learning what the word ‘clean’ means for our wives for nine months as they carry this life and bear it into this world.  I, for one, have tried to make it as easy as I can on my wife for this simple reason.

I AM GOING TO BE A DAD, I am scared out of my mind, and I am learning a lot more then what they taught in ‘family life’ at school.