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Eighteen-Month Checkup

Today Simon has his 18-month and 9 day check-up. He’s a growing boy! Stats are:

Height: 32 3/4 inches. Still in the 65% percentile. Now over half my height.

Weight: 25 lbs. 3 oz. This puts him into the 40th percentile, up from 30th. Dr. Newstadt was happy to see him continue to gain here. Interestingly, it puts his Body Mass Index (BMI) at what, for an adult, is a super-model-skinny 16.5.

Head circumference: Always the amusing high point of any vist: 19 3/4 inches, now back up to 96th percentile. No surprise here as I’ve had to search out brands of clothes that put shoulder, neck, or back snaps on clothes for babies up to 24 months. (Boden and Tea get high marks here). Otherwise, things get stuck on his noggin. This trip, even Dr. Newstadt joined in on the joking.

Dr. Newstadt watched Simon cruise and is not worried about the non-walking at all. He’s clearly very close, and we’ve begun the process with First Steps to help us out. More on that later. He also noted Simon’s considerable overbite, something my brother noted when Simon was only hours old, and suggested we start weaning from the pacifier to avoid making it worse. Oh boy.

Simon hated this trip even more than the last, shrieking once the exam got started and not calming down until it was time to leave. That part is getting old and got me so discombobulated that when I tried to jokingly suggest Simon might not cry so much if Dr. Newstadt were a young, pretty, woman, I instead managed to suggest Simon might cry less if Dr. Newstadt were just more attractive himself. I hear insulting your dedicated, talented pediatrician is a great way to get better care! While I’m at it, I think I’ll also call his home phone line at 1:00 a.m. with a question about vitamins…

Thankfully, we’re not due back for 6 whole months. Whew!

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