How time really really flies when you’re having fun, no?
Nate snacking on a pizza crust edge
In less than two weeks, the Magnate turns 10 months!
Last week we paid the pediatrician a visit. Well, some good news and a little bit of bad. The good news is: he is now totally cured of amebiasis. Around the time of the Holy Week (Easter holidays), Nate came down with a bad case of diarrhea – amebiasis as the fecalysis showed. 🙁 He was on metronidazole for 10 days. To say that the medicine tasted bad is an understatement. Plus he was pooping about 7 to 8 times a day! So my poor little Nate endured so much. Though he lost a bit of weight, he is now slowly gaining it all back. Whew!
The bad news? The new pediatrician (we switched to a new one; the former was too expensive, besides her clinic was a bit too far from home) says Nate is not gaining weight well enough and his height is a bit on the small side…
HUH? Of course I was surprised to hear all these. All along, I thought Nate was on the big side. Aren’t his fists and feet big-boyish? The pediatrican says, taking previous weigh-ins and the recent illness into account, Nate has not been gaining enough weight since his 6th month.
The new doctor showed me a table of height and weight percentiles. Nate’s fell around the 25th percentile… Hmmm, these tables look familiar from the old days of pedia trips with Patchy and VGood. But Nate’s old doc never did the percentile plotting. So I’m thankful I shifted to the new doctor.
Here are the Magnate’s latest stats:
Age: 9.5 months
Weight: 8.45 kg
Height: 71 cm
Solid food: Still limited to potatoes, bananas, carrots, sweet potatoes, squash; got permission from the new doc to start giving pork and rice with clear broth. (Nate is allergic to cow’s protein, so we need to watch what we feed him.)
Teething: 2 lower front incisors have erupted
Speed Radar Reading: 1 meter/second on his walker (fast rider, eh?)
Visual Stimulants: Elmo’s World, Bear in the Big Blue House, Jojo Circus, Stanley, Backyardigans (preferably on the wee morning hours – 3 or 4am)
Language Development: babble, babble, babble; I sometimes hear (or is it audio-illusion?) hints that he is finally learning to call out “mama”.
Others: fell off the bed 3 times 🙁
These are his updates for now. Meanwhile, Nate and I have got a lot of growing up to do! Time for Operation:Fatten-up (borrowing the term from Christianne). 😉