9 month appt

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9 month appt

Bleh, ok so Lucas had his 9 month appt today and he weighs 19 pounds exactly and is 28.5 inches. My scale told me a month ago that he was 20 pounds so either he lost weight or my scale is messed. I like the second option because maybe that means i weigh less then what it is reading;)

anyways, she asked the general 'what is he doing' questions and he wasn't doing a lot of them so she wants to see him again in 1.5 months instead of at 12 months. It's my turn to worry though even though I KNOW i shouldn't!! every time we go she asks if he is doing something and i say no and worry then he does it a week or two later. you would think i would learn by now:rolleyes:

so what he isn't doing that he "should" be doing is

pincer grasp- he uses a fist to eat still but sometimes if i hand him something he holds it in his fingers.
sitting for long periods of time- he can sit, he just falls over all the time and doesn't really seem to care. maybe if i let him do it more he will get better at it? i probably don't sit him down as much as i should.
crawling- not sure if this was one of them though i did tell her he gets around fine by dragging himself
looking when his name is called- he does look when he hears voices or sometimes when you say his name, but most of the time he is so interested in what he is looking at he ignores you. i told her this so i don't know if that was one of them either.

she also told me to start giving him meat, but i will start another thread on that one;)

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Home scales are totally messed up. You really can't compare weight measurements taken at home to those taken in the doctors office. If you want to get really picky, you shouldn't even consider a difference of less then 5-6 oz taken on two different doctors scales to be real. Calibration is key. But woot for 19 lbs! Seems like a perfectly awesome weight to me.

Why do doctors insist upon freaking out FTMs? Seriously. If I were you I'd forget to go in in a month and a half. Sounds to me like your doc just wants to bill for another appointment. Lucas may not be doing things before other babies his age but he's doing them well within the range of normal.

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"TiggersMommy" wrote:

Home scales are totally messed up. You really can't compare weight measurements taken at home to those taken in the doctors office. If you want to get really picky, you shouldn't even consider a difference of less then 5-6 oz taken on two different doctors scales to be real. Calibration is key. But woot for 19 lbs! Seems like a perfectly awesome weight to me.

Why do doctors insist upon freaking out FTMs? Seriously. If I were you I'd forget to go in in a month and a half. Sounds to me like your doc just wants to bill for another appointment. Lucas may not be doing things before other babies his age but he's doing them well within the range of normal.

Couldn't agree more. The things you've mentioned are just crap... sitting unsupported is a milestone for 9 months - long periods of time... what does that even mean? they sit for 5 minutes and then fall, so is that long enough? babies get bored and are easily distracted... it's just silly, if you ask me. crawling isn't even a milestone - plenty of babies never do and it's totally fine. this is just the beginning of the pincer grasp - the fact that he feeds himself at all is great!

my first pedi sounds a lot like yours, and you're already on edge as a FTM... it sucked! my current pedi also has twins and he is so laid back about things, it's awesome. maybe it's time for a change?

sounds like he's doing great!

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I say dont stress.. If you do let him sit more, he will sit up faster. I wasnt sitting Natalie up at all, and I found my boppy billow.. The perfect thing to hold a baby inside in the sitting postion. Within a matter of days she was sitting up..

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well, other then this she has been pretty good and she was all on top of his pneumonia. I guess the billing thing is a possibility, but we don't get billed here OHIP pays for it so they would be the ones billed. she has never wanted me to come back before when i told her he wasn't doing something.

i thought the sitting for long periods of a time was weird as well. he does sit, but he doesn't like just sitting there he wants to go and pull on the wires across the room or chase the cat lol. i sat him on the bed when we got home and he sat there for like 20 seconds before rolling over and trying to escape. Of course at the office when she asked me to show her how he sits he wouldn't at all and kept falling over so to her it looked like he couldn't even do it. funny enough she didn't bother asking if he puts weight on his feet or can stand, which he does.

thanks ladies

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Clara had her appt yesterday and I'm pretty sure I lied about a few things. She kept asking all these questions about what she can do, I don't know, I've got 2 other kids and a dog to look after. I don't pay close enough attention to every little thing. I was watching her tonight and I just assumed she was using her pincher fingers, nope, she's not. She asked me if she could put weight on her legs and stand for at least a few seconds, I said sure, I tested her tonight, nope, she can't. Oh well, she'll get there like her brother, a little behind, but eventually.

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Sounds like he is doing great. Don't let the doctor freak you out. Each at his own time. I don't know why they do stuff like that to worry moms.

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it sounds like he's doing fine to me. Like you said, why should he sit still for an hour when there are things across the room he wants to play with!!! And Tobey only this week started properly with pincer grip (I found him inspecting a piece of cat litter...me thinks I need to vacuum more ;))

It's SO hard but we really shouldn't compare babies, they are all so different.

He'll catch up. DS1 didn't crawl until he was 10 months then walked at 12 months. And he only just started talking a couple of months ago...now I can't get him to shut up Wink

We'll stick together with our lazy babies. Oh and since I MADE him stand up it's all he wants to do Smile

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The range of normal is so wide that it sounds like he is doing everything is the "normal" timeframes. Kids aren't textbooks, they are there own little people who do their own thing.

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I agree with PP. It sounds like your guy is perfectly normal. He'll get to other activities when he is ready to.

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Very much well within the range of normal!!! Like you said, give him a couple of weeks and he'll probably be doing all of that. Wink lol.
Sounds like he's growing great though! The other day I weighed DS on my parents scale and it said he was 16 lbs. I started to panic since he hasn't weighed that in quite a while....then I weighed him again that night and it read 20 lbs. Had a good laugh at myself. I think the scale has issues and shouldn't be trusted one bit. lol.