William’s last weekly well child visit was this one, his one month check. As previous appointments had, this one started with measurements to chart his growth process.
Though he struggled, William did so less than he had on previous visits, and without crying, at least at first,
Babies are weighed naked to get a true weight. William is still not a fan of having outfits put on or off, so he cried for his weigh in. The office rounds up so his official weight is 8 pounds and 8 ounces.
Dr. V showed us how William is continuing along the same weight curve he has been since his second office visit. He said that while there are ways to get him on another curve, such as by giving more formula (the exact opposite of my goal), he wouldn’t recommend them for many reasons. Dr. V says his main goal is to get William to his 18th birthday, healthy and happy.
With a head circumference of 38 inches, he’s in the 75th percentile for this measurement. A friend had asked me, prior to our appointment, what his head percentile was, so for the first time I paid attention to this number.
William has been sniffling a bit, so though it was not part of the regular visit at this stage, we had Dr. V look in his nose. He only saw a normal amount of mucous for his nose size. He also said he does not believe William has a cold.
We further reviewed the breastfeeding chart he made me last week and fine tuned a few things.
In response to how to help William settle in and sleep for more of the night, Dr. V said that there was no need to put him down for the first few months. His suggestion was to always have someone, myself, Matt, Candy or someone else holding him. While that sounds like a lovely concept in theory, even if we lived with Candy, having someone hold him at all times, even for just a few months is not realistic for us.