15 month stats

Today Owen & Emmy saw their pediatrician for their 15 month checkup. We have such a wonderful doctor–we’ve had some concerns recently about Owen’s development and weight gain, and she spent quite a while talking to us about each of the things we’re worried about…you never feel rushed in her office and you feel like she’s genuinely listening and taking into account your concerns as a parent.

Emmy is doing great…her weight gain is steady and strong (believe me, we’ve got great arm muscles to show for it!) and she’s hitting her developmental milestones just as she should. While she’s not necessarily “caught up” in terms of her age, her progress is steady, which is just what we want to see. Her stats today were:

Weight: 22 lbs. 13.5 oz. (46th %tile)
Height: 30 inches (28th %tile)
Head: 47 cm (78th %tile)

Owen is slowing down, and even regressing in some areas. There’s not a lot going on with his language development, some of his motor skills are quite slow in emerging, and he cries incessently. Having a content, smiling Owen is a big treat around here. He’s still struggling with constipation and eczema, which could both be contributors to his mood. We got a prescription for a stronger steroid for his skin, so hopefully that will help us stay on top of that issue. We’ve also been concerned about his weight gain, and for good reason. In the three months since he last saw the doc, he’s lost 8 oz. As time went by, we started noticing a big difference in the two babies’ weights….after holding Emmy, Owen felt like a skinny little shrimp. The loss of weight was a big concern for the doctor, and she speculated that some of his delays (particluarly motor delays) could be due to his lack of weight gain. What is causing the weight loss isn’t known yet, but our first course of action is to attempt to fatten this boy up! She gave us a list of ways to increase calories and fat in his diet (Daniele, what worked well with Logan?), and we’ll go back in a month for a weight check. If we aren’t seeing progress, she’ll refer us to a nutritionist or to the nutrition clinic at Primary’s. She also sent in a referral to early intervention for an evaluation of his other skills. Whether or not there is a significant enough delay to require any services remains yet to be seen, but a least we’re on the path to figuring out why he’s not progressing as well as he should be. His stats today were:

Weight: 20 lbs. 3.5 oz. (3rd %tile)
Height: 31 inches (44th %tile)
Head: 46.5 cm (27th %tile)

They also got one shot today, which they both tolerated well. Overall, it was a good appointment….not so much in terms of walking out feeling great about how they both are doing, but being heard by the doctor and having her offer up as much help as she can is reassuring.

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3 Responses to “15 month stats”

  1. Beth Says:

    Sounds like Emmy is doing great — hopefully Owen can start gaining, too! Good luck!

  2. Marissa Rasmussen Says:

    Jenn,
    Owen sounds just like Logan. Maybe see if you can get him on pedisure. Logan has one of those a day and he is not picking up rapidly he is not regressing anymore. Feel free to email me and I can give you some of the ideas we have been given.

  3. Kala Tolman Says:

    I remember the day when my twins were in the 5th percentile, and progress always sounded gloomy rather than positive! It took a couple of years to start getting great progress reports! I hope you can find something that works well for Owen!

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