And the doctor said, ‘Charlie is growing, he’s very well fed’

Last night we went to the pediatrician for CW’s 9-month well visit plus flu shot booster. He was in high spirits for the first half, tearing all the white crinkly paper he could grab, goo’ing and gah’ing when we let him roll around on the table in his under-britches. But the second half…dear Lord. They had to draw blood using a tourniquet, then do a TB test and the second flu shot. The poor baby had stick marks and band-aids all over him. (And, being someone who hates needles and has to get stuck quite frequently for thyroid tests, I could totally empathize.) CW let us know, loudly and to the point, that he did not like the rubber band on his arm nor the way his father and the nurse held him down for the indignities of needle pricks. Then, when it was over, he continued to express his anger until he became completely distracted by the little white tabs that came off the band-aids. In his fascination, he forgave us.

The highlight of the visit, however, was the weigh-in. I don’t know if it is this way for all mothers, but I love the scales. CW was a tiny puppy at birth, weighing 6 lbs and 2 oz. Then, during our attempts at breastfeeding, he dropped to 5 lbs and 11 oz. Ever since, I have been overly eager to find out how much he weighs. This time, though I was worried he would top it out at 30 lbs, he put it in a respectable 24 lbs and 11oz at 30 inches. A big, bouncing baby boy, growing as he should, according to Dr. S.


One Response to “And the doctor said, ‘Charlie is growing, he’s very well fed’”

  1. sz Says:

    shots suck. drawing blood is even worse. there’s just no way around that. the good news is that the shots should be fewer and farther in between in the future!

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