Monday, January 18, 2010

9 month check up

Sawyer is quickly approaching the 10 month mark here in a few days. But last week was his 9 month check up. He got a clean bill of health from Dr. Oriel. He is now 27 inches long and weighs 19 pounds. That puts him in the 25th percentile for his height and his weight. So he's smaller than an average 9 month old. His head on the other hand.......well he's got a huge head. It measured in at the 97th percentile. That's just about right for a Date kid though. They've got to have big heads to house those giant brains!

Dr. Oriel got wide eyed when he heard that Sawyer is walking. It was the same look he gave me when he heard that Sawyer crawling at 4 months, or when he walked in at his 6 month appointment to see him standing up. I don't know why he's always so shocked though. All of our kids have been the same way. Very advanced little boys. Sawyer had to get two shots. Both of them flu shots. And just like Logan when he gets shots, there were no tears. Just a quick grunt and scrunching of the face, then it was over. It must be the meaty thighs. They provide padding to absorb the needles or something.

I'd like to say that we have the best pediatrician in the world. Dr. Oriel is such a great man and I hope he never retires! He was the one that had us put Brandon in speech therapy when he was 3. When Logan was first born and in the NICU for the first few days of his little life, Dr. Oriel was down there every couple of hours to check on him, and then continued to check in on me to make sure I was doing alright too (thank goodness his office is right next to the hospital). We brought Logan home on a Friday, and Dr. Oriel made us a special appointment for the next day (when he should have been at home with his OWN kids) to make sure that he did okay at home that first night. When Logan had to go into the office to have his stitches above his eye out, instead of letting a nurse do it, which is the normal proceedure, Dr. Oriel made one of his other appointments wait a few extra minutes so that he could do the job himself. Whenever we come in, he always asks how Brandon is doing in school, and makes sure that he's staying out of trouble. He never tip toes around anything and is always very straight forward with me. Most importantly, he's really made a connection with each of the kids and they all adore him. He was born to be a pediatrician. I don't know what I would do without him.

1 comment:

Chris said...

I love Dr. Oriel, too.