Monday, November 19, 2007

9 month well-baby

Alex had his well-baby checkup today and weighed in at 21 lbs 2 oz. and is 28 3/4 inches tall... doc said he is doing fantastic! He is more advanced physically and mentally than many babies his age... he can do everything that 10-11 month old babies can do and Doc was pleased... in spite of us ignoring almost all the parenting advice he gave us in the beginning... Then he said we had to get his iron levels checked..... for those of you who have never had to stand there and watch them draw blood from your precious baby, all I can say is you can't understand till it's your kid screaming!

We went to the pediatrician's office lab and they would not allow me to nurse Alex during the draw so we decided to go to another facility to have the blood drawn... I was nursing him just fine... the phlebotomist stuck him with the needle.... he looked at her like "what'd you do that for" and went back to nursing... then, because she did not get the vein on the first try, starts moving the needle around and trying to get the vein... that was it! he started crying at the top of his lungs tried to get his arm away from her, but daddy was holding his arm still and he could not move it, I tried singing to him, tried nursing him, nothing worked... finally it was over the EVIL woman got the blood she needed and put a cotton swab on his HEMMORAGING arm (okay so the lady was doing her best and it wasn't really bleeding much, maybe I am exaggerating, but he's my baby!) and let me rock him, she then tapes the swab to his arm and I gave Alex to his daddy who danced around the room talking softly to Alex till he was calmed down and snuffling from the AGONY of it all.... I hope Daddy's back doesn't pay for that later....

so all in all it wasn't so bad, but it was the first time Alex has had a needle touch him since his PKU test when he was 2 days old! I hope his other firsts go smoother....

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