Wednesday, January 21, 2009

18 Months Old, A New President, and Wellness Appointment!

Colin turned 18 months old yesterday and I really can't believe it! He had quite the historic day on which to celebrate...we watched Fox News literally ALL DAY LONG. Although I did not vote for Obama, I was overwhelmed with happiness that our country has progressed to the point to put an African American in office. Being the sappy person that I am, I cried throughout the day. I love being an American, I love that we are a nation that has peaceful exchanges of power, I love the pomp and circumstance that accompanies the inauguration of a new president, I loved that Obama and Michelle got out and walked during the parade, I loved how precious their little girls looked, I loved how young and beautiful they looked at their first ball when they danced to "At Last" (which is also our wedding song!) and I especially love that Colin will never know a time that a black man had not been our president. I don't believe that there is any place for partisanship on inauguration day and I felt the day was simply beautiful. During all the coverage, it was so evident that it was a special day, regardless of party affiliation. Now if we can elect a woman in the coming years, all will be right with the world!

Today was Colin's 18 month appointment with Dr. Fricker. Here are the stats:

27.5 lbs (75th percentile)
33 1/4 inches long (75 - 90th percentile)

All the percentages are still the same as always, although he did have a bigger growth spurt than the last time we were there. His head circumference is still in the 95 - 97th percentile...I laughed when Dr. Fricker pointed it out. We sure do have some big heads in our family! I can't remember if I ever told the story on the blog, but when I was in high school, I had to have a custom drill team hat made because my head was too big for the ones in stock. I am really not kidding, we have some big noggins! :-) The doctor said, "Bigger head, bigger brain!". hehehe! I love it!

Colin is doing great, but still not a big talker. He says cookie, oh no, I did, no no no, toodles (from Mickey Mouse) and Mama and Dada (although those two are still more "maaaaa" and "dadada"). We talked at length and the pedi said his honest opinion is that we don't need to get any evaluations for it yet. He said that two years old is the magic number for boys and speech and that Colin is obviously easily understanding me and following instructions. He told me to relax and just keep doing what we are doing. He has the six words they look for at this age and is on track. He also talks in his own language all day long, so I know lots of new words are around the corner. I was glad to hear Dr. Fricker agree with me...I am no longer worried about his speech. He is so smart and intuitive and amazes me daily with everything he comprehends. I know he will talk more when he is ready. He again told me that I was doing a great job and that Colin was such a handsome, happy boy. What more can you ask for!? :-)

I was shocked when I headed up to the front desk on my way out...I always make the next wellness appointment while I am there and stick the card on the fridge when I get home. This time, the receptionist looked at me and said, "Is there something else?" and I said, "I need to make his next appointment.". Her response? "Our computers don't go out that far." WHAT?!?! That's right...Colin does not have to go back until he is two! In JULY! SIX MONTHS FROM NOW! I, of course, turned this into a mushy moment and kissed him extra hard when I put him in his car seat. He is getting so more frequent baby appointments!!!
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