Today Jaxen and I went for his one year checkup. Nik usually goes with us, but had another appointment he could not miss. I missed him being with us. These checkups normally last a long time (today was 1 1/2 hours) and are full of information!
The good news is that Jaxen is a healthy, growing boy!
* He weighs 23.2 pounds. I actually asked the nurse if she was sure he only weighs that much... because he feels much heavier - ha! She assured me she was correct and then also told me that boys feel heavier than girls, typically. He is in the 50% for weight. Which Dr. K was glad to see!
* He is 2 feet, 6 inches long! That is in the 75% for height. Also good.
* His head, however, was in the 95%! A little big...but should level out. (Nik thinks this is thanks to Jaxen's Uncle Ryan.)
We talked about switching from formula to milk and what a good diet should look like for his age. All was well there.... until I told her about Jaxen having a reaction to eggs. Not sure if I have mentioned it on the blog or not, but we tried eggs with Jaxen awhile back and he had a reaction to them. We were advised to wait until he was one, and try again. We did and he still had a small reaction. I shared this news with the doctor and she told us that we need to not give him any kind of egg (even if egg is an ingredient in food) until he is 3 years old. At 3, he hopefully will have grown out of that allergy. We will see then. So that is kind of a bummer. I will have to start reading labels and watching what I give him to eat!
And the other bummer news is that he has Hand, Foot and Mouth disease. It is a common virus among 6 months to 4 years of age. We are assuming he caught it at the church nursery (which is the only time he is around other kids). It is pretty contagious. We realized last night while getting him ready for bed that he had some bumps on his foot. While examining him, Dr. K also saw some bumps on his hands and a blister in his mouth. This explains his extra tiredness from the weekend. There is not much we can do about it. It will go away within 10 days. We just need to keep him hydrated and give him medicine for fever (if he gets it. He currently does not have fever).
After the exam, he was given 2 shots and then had to go to the lab to have blood drawn. He was a trooper today!
I think that is about it as far as his check up goes. We go back again in 3 months.
We celebrated a friends birthday tonight - I made a strawberry cake with cream cheese icing. It turned out really good! Jaxen just had strawberries :(