"Happiness is like a butterfly;the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder."-Thoreau

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Four Month Check-up

Yesterday afternoon was Abby's four month check up with the pediatrician. Abby did great, until they gave her all of her shots. She now weighs 14lbs 14oz and is 25 inches long. She is in the 75th percentile for height, weight and head size, thus she is a very proportionally sized baby. The doctor said she was a pretty baby and everything looked great with her health. She has a touch of allergies which causes her nose to run sometimes and the doctor said her head was a little bit flat on the back of her head. This is because she sleeps on her back and most of the day lays with her head laying back against something. He recommended we have Abby sit up as much as possible and only let her lay back when she sleeps. Otherwise, we may have to use a CranioCap for a few months to help shape the back of her head. Then came Abby's shots. She got three shots, two in her left leg and one in her right. The proportion of the needles to Abby's body is ridiculous. It would be like you or I getting a shot in the leg with a 4-inch needle. This was the first time I have seen Abby bleed and the nurse has no idea how close she came to meeting Jesus. Abby screamed for about 3 minutes while Cindy sang "This little Light of mine" and I danced around the room. By the time we left the doctor's office, Abby was smiling and laughing.

Last night Abby woke up about 2:30am with a fever and a pitiful cry. Cindy woke up with her and settled her down for a while. She woke up again at 4:00am with the same pitiful cry. I got up with her and held her in the recliner until 5:30am. I put her down in her crib, only to have her wake up again at 7:00am. Cindy got up with her while i slept until 9:00am. Cindy went back to bed at 9 and slept until 11:00am. Abby ate at 7:30 and puked up her apple sauce then took 5 ounces of formula from me at 9:30. She didn't eat again until 3:30pm and took 6 ounces. About 5:00 she started gagging and then puked all over Cindy, herself, the recliner and the throw pillows. She went back to sleep and started sweating, which Cindy recognized as her fever breaking. Tonight Abby is going to bed a bit later than her usual 6:30pm. Hopefully she will feel better by tomorrow morning, if not we may miss church to stay home with her.


Melanie said...

Oh, the puke. It's the worst. Those darned shots! I always tell my kids it was the mean, nasty nurse who gave them to her, not her sweet mommy.

Abby looks like you, Heth. She's her daddy's girl. :-)

The Slocumb Family said...

I have had puke all over me lots of times so I know how you feel. I hope that Miss Abby is feeling much better. She is the cutest little thing!!