Thursday, April 03, 2008

"What a happy baby!" they all said. "Yep!" says I.

We had Ben's 6 month well baby check-up today! He weighs 18 pounds 6 ounces. That puts him in the 60th percentile for weight. He's 27 inches long, which is in the 40th. So he's a little short and a little fat! :-)

This is my third time into this clinic, and second time to see the doctor, both for well child visits. I like the doctor fine, I guess. But I really am not impressed with the nurses. First of all, I see a different one each time, plus a different one for the immunizations. What happened to the doctor having his own nurse?!

The doctor himself is cheerful, but the nurses all seem a bit jaded, and the one who gave him his shots this time told me the wrong percentiles! She mixed them up, telling me 18 pounds is in the 40th, and 27 inches is in the 60th. Not a huge deal maybe, but it caused me to request the doctor again, since Ben's weight gain had apparently dropped! The doctor said that didn't sound right and rechecked the weight chart, and noticed that the numbers had been switched.

What's really annoying is that I had mentioned to the nurse that 40% at 18 pounds didn't seem right, but she wasn't at all interested in even thinking about my question, much less re-checking herself. If she had, she would have saved the doctor another trip in! I kind of hope he mentions it to her, not really for that reason, but it's important that she makes sure to impart correct information!

I guess in a way it's good that I'm not totally in love with this clinic, since after we buy a house we'll be switching doctors again. At that time I'll really make an effort to find a doctor- and clinic- that we love, since I'd really like to find one to stay with while the kids grow up.

oh! and something for your amusement. At 18 pounds? Kaia was a year old!

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