Wednesday, October 1, 2008

I'm Raising a Toddler?

Today Aiden had his 15 month checkup. The Dr. kept referring to him as a toddler and all the things he does are appropriate for a toddler. Excuse me? This is my baby.
BTW: Raising a toddler is much harder than raising a baby. I find myself more tired than I was when I was waking up several times in the middle of the night.
On to the stats:
Weight 18 lbs. 11 oz. (again no longer on the charts, if they had to guess -25%)
Height 30 1/2 inches (25th percentile)
Head 48 cm (75th percentile, he gets that from his dad)

The rants begin... Why is there even percentile charts if every kid isn't on them? The Doctor said his weight is a concern and if he doesn't start gaining weight we have to consider a feeding tube. WTF? (Yes I am think those words in my head, tsk tsk). You want to stick a feeding tube down a perfectly happy healthy little boy, who eats more than me and has crazy energy and super smarts. She said it isn't a health concern since he is developing appropriately but a caloric concern. So you want to traumatize my son cause he is little? Some people are just small. They wouldn't starve an overweight baby or pump his stomach. This is the first appointment I didn't leave crying. I left angry. I mean MAD. Hell will freeze over before they stick a tube down my son's throat.
So Aiden gets to eat Peanut Butter Moo'd's from Jamba Juice for breakfast (one of the top 10 most fattening food in America). Butter on everything and qwik in his milk. Lucky little kid. What an issue I am going to have getting him to eat healthy once we get him up to par.

My little toddler has decided he likes Zeke the best lately. Sorry Toby. And I am even more sorry Zeke. He is little and Aiden can hold him or thinks he can hold him as he puts both hand around his neck.

Any first since last checkup. He is now walking, well he has moved onto running.
Words: He says "Oh Wow." When something cool happens. He says "Cheese" when we get out the camera. Grandma said he said "Candy" but I am yet to hear it.
First Real full blown tantrums. Yippee! First time out. I am sure there are more...


mindy said...

So I kind of think you should try to find a new doctor for doesn't sound right to me at all to torture a kid (and yourself) with a feeding tube when he doesn't need it. I had to do a feeding tube for David at 6 months old for 2 months but he had reflux and hadn't gained weight for a month. If I were you, I would at least go to one other doctor for a 2nd opinion.

jennybrum said...

I agree about maybe finding a new doctor. Aiden seems perfectly healthy to me. A feeding tube seems a little extreme. We really like our pediatrician if you want to try him sometime...his office is just across from the Jordan River Temple on 104th south and 1300 west.