Monday, November 15, 2010

Samantha's Newborn Appointment

When we left the hospital, Samantha had lost 6% of her birth weight.  She was weighing in at 7 lbs and 5 oz the night before we were discharged.

The average loss is about 5%, since she lost slightly more, it earned her a bilirubin test to look at whether or not she had become jaundiced.  She passed and we went home.  We were scheduled for her newborn appointment for this morning, at 6 days old.

I absolutely LOVE our pediatrician.  Him and I are alike on so many schools of thought.  He is great with Kaitlyn, she wants to marry him, and I like his stand offish, wait and see approach to things.  I also love that we have never waited in the waiting room for more than 2 minutes.  He doesn't like his patients in the waiting room exposed to everything.  And really, we've never waited more than 5 minutes in his office.  I just love that.

So, Dusty obviously went with us since I can't drive yet and I can't carry Samantha's car seat on my own.  Dusty refused to take her in the elevator, he figured there were too many germs, so they took the stairs and I took the elevator.  We were in there barely long enough for me to sit.  Her head circumference was 14 inches, which puts her in the 40%, which I'm 99% sure was pretty much the same as Kaitlyn's.  Her length was 20 1/4 inch.  Her doctor does believe that this is probably her true birth length since they aren't always very exact after birth.  This was in the 60% tile, Kaitlyn was 20 1/2", so it's pretty darn close!  And lastly, her weight, she is now at her birth weight again!  Since Friday she has gained 8 ounces!  Not too shabby at all!  Her weight was in the 50%.  Kaitlyn was 7 lbs 12 ounces at her newborn check-up.  It's so funny how similar their sizes are.

Everything else went great.  She has some very slight yellowing, which he thinks will clear up in the next day or two on it's own.  He thought her weight gain was absolutely amazing, and she is looking so healthy he sees no reason for her to come in for her 2 week check-up.  Instead, we will not go back until she is 2 months old, which will be in January.  She is doing just great!

While we were there, we also booked Kaitlyn's 6 year physical.  She gets to see Dr. Kono on December 15 :)

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