Friday, September 12, 2008

It's a Good Day!

I am giddy right now.  And believe me, that doesn't usually happen by 10:00 in the morning.  Especially lately...but I digress.  We just got back from our doctor appointment for The Boy with his gastroenterologist.  This was a "weigh in" appointment to check on his weight after starting him on the medication to stimulate his appetite.  I will recap what has happened recently to bring you up to date.  He weighed a little over 23 pounds at his 2 year old appointment.  Then in March he was up to 23.7 pounds.  We went back in August and he was up to 23.14 pounds.  Now, just for clarification purposes, these numbers were decidedly NOT GOOD.  My dude is little.  That we know.  So we are never expecting him to suddenly show up in the 50th percentile or anything.  What seems to be normal for him is staying around the 5 - 10th percentile.  That is where his height has stayed and that is what they would like to see his weight at as well.  He went BELOW the 0 percentile around March.  So he basically "fell off the charts."  We don't like this.  Neither do his doctors.  He has not gotten back "on the charts" since.  But for a while I heard things like, "Well he isn't on the chart but he is still making a curve underneath the chart, so that's better than flat lining."  Then on the last couple of visits I have heard the dreaded "flat lining" commentary.  It sucked.  And that was the reason why I finally allowed him to go on that medication to stimulate the appetite.  Today was his first check in since being on the medication.

I had said to friends and family that if he wasn't at least somewhere in the 24 pound range that I was going to poke my eyes out with a sharp stick.  So that is what I was hoping for.  He had been in the damn 23 pound range for almost a year.  And with winter coming, we need him to put on some weight because he always loses weight with the cold and flu season.  So today?  Today my BIG boy weighed in at 25.4 pounds!!!  Holy shit!  He gained a pound and a half in a month.  That is totally unheard of in my world.  I practically danced around the office.  I couldn't believe it.  His height was 34 1/2" tall.  Once his doctor came in she told me that his height is on the 10th percentile!  Holy crap.  He may make it to over 5'4" after all!  Yay Boy!  And the best part?  His weight is now on the charts.  He is between the 3rd and 5th percentile.  It is still small but it is ON THE CHARTS!  You couldn't have given me any better information.  I am seriously giddy.

I have often lamented to my friends with kids that I would kill to have just one appointment with my son where the doctor looks at me and says, "everything looks great.  She him again in ___ time."  Seriously, up until today, that has honestly NEVER happened to me.  I have never had an appointment where I didn't get some sort of "look" or "conversation" about what was going on and what we needed to do to fix it.  But I got that today.  She said he looks perfect.  She does want to see him back for another weight check in 6 weeks, but as of when we left today she said she couldn't be happier with his progress and that he was doing great.  I still can't believe it.  I am so proud of my big boy.  And he was proud too.  He told everyone in the office as we were leaving "I do great.  I big boy!"  Indeed my boy, indeed.

Pictured above, my big fire fighter.  He is using the plant and pretending it was his hose as he ran around the neighborhood putting out fires.  Love that little boy so much!