I wish I had something more interesting to talk about but seeing as I’m living life on the low-key (read: boring) track right now you get to hear all about Nathan’s 12 month checkup! Excitement! Intrigue! Not really!
Anyway, we went to our pediatrician today to have Nathan weighed and measured before injecting him with a bunch of crap. It turns out that Nathan’s height has caught up with his weight a bit. Previously this child has been in the 75th percentile for weight but only around the 25th for height. Combining this with the fact that he crawls with his elbows sticking out and you have the human baby equivalent of a bulldog. He grew approximately 4 inches in the last 3 months which makes him better proportioned and keeps my pediatrician from trying to tell me Nathan needs to be put on the South Beach Diet or some other ridiculous shit.
While it was a bit surprising that my child has finally gained some height, the real surprise of this visit is that our doctor told us we can front face Nathan’s car seat. For those of you reading this who are not parents or who do not frequent the American Association of Pediatrics website the recommendations for car seats were updated a few weeks ago. Apparently toddlers are 75% less likely to sustain major injuries or die in a crash if their car seats are rear facing through 2 years.
It always surprises me a bit when doctors aren’t advised of new policies but it’s especially surprising when it’s a pediatrician. I mean I’m glad that I personally keep track of the recommendations but I question why my son’s pediatricians don’t seem as well advised. Are they questioning the recommendations and don’t agree with them? Do they not have any type of continuing education or notices about updated recommendations? Do recommendations change so frequently that they just ignore them now?
Aside from the conflicting information between the AAP and our doctor we came to find out that Mr. Nathan is working on his bottom molars. This explains so goddamn much. In the last few days he’s been extra cranky during the day, taking shorter naps, and waking up between 4:30 and 5:00am for the day. I was just about to trade him in for a kitten but now I’m thinking twice. At least now I can (lovingly) medicate my child and hope to tame the cranky, toddler beast that lives in my house.
Ok, now it’s your turn. What do you think about doctors and new AAP recommendations? Do molars suck as much as everyone tells me they do? Why aren’t babies just born with all their teeth? What variety of whiskey/tequila/vodka/rum should I buy to help me survive the crankiness of molars? Help me internet, you’re my only hope!