Over the last two days, Mom, Bo, and I have all been to the doctor.
Bo – Bo had his 18 month check-up yesterday (he’s 19 months today!!). He weighed 27 lbs. (60% percentile) and was 34 1/2 inches tall (90% percentile). All of his growth patterns fall right along the curve so he is growing normally.
The doctor and I discussed his vocabulary and he said that around 30 words at this point is great and he is probably ahead in language now (which totally shocked me – I need to make a list of his words.) **Sidenote: Bo and I played a fun game in the car yesterday. I drew on the Magna Doodle and then he told me what each drawing was — I find it amazing he can recognize my very primitive drawings of cars, trees, cats, birds, ducks, etc.** Now we need to keep working on using words and strive for 2-3 word phrases by his second birthday. I’m so glad he doesn’t think we have a language issue. He had me scared after our last appointment.
The doctor also discussed potty training and encouraged us to have a kiddy potty in each bathroom (we do) and to encourage interest in them whenever possible. I told the doctor I wasn’t pushing it at this point and he said he would just like to see him potty trained by two and a half. So that buys me a little time at least… Potty training with newborns. Should be joyous.
Bo won’t need to be seen again (except for shots — which we are several shots behind — intentionally) until his 2nd birthday so this was probably his last visit with his current doctor. I can’t say I’m sad – he’s a strange duck. I have found a new pediatrician that is covered by our insurance and fairly close to our new house. I’m hopeful they will accept three new patients.
Me/Twins – I met with the nurse practitioner yesterday and all appears to be going well with the twins. My weight is on target, blood pressure in check, and I am measuring at 29 weeks at nearly 24 weeks with twins. Most of the appointment was spent discussing what will happen at future appointments and what to watch for with preterm labor.
Starting at 28 weeks I will have growth ultrasounds regularly to make sure that both twins are continuing to grow at the same rate. After 32 weeks, I’ll have weekly NST monitoring sessions to monitor for contractions, etc. I’ve been so focused on getting to 24 weeks for so long that it seems crazy to think about actually reaching 28 weeks — or even thinking about 32!
I go back in two weeks on a Thursday. Anyone want to babysit Bo that day?
Mom – Mom has cataracts on both eyes that need to be removed sooner rather than later. The doctor is not sure if the cataracts were caused by a lack of oxygen during her recent stroke or some other factor (i.e. smoking). She is struggling with vision out of her right eye and this needs to be done as soon as possible. An exact date for the surgery has not been set but I’m encouraging her to set the date for as soon as possible. The surgeries will most likely take place two weeks apart in a town that is about an hour and a half away. Mom will not be able to drive or lift for at least four weeks.
Her surgeries are definitely another curve ball and stress factor that all of us do not need at this point — but vision isn’t something to mess with. Bo and I will have Olney as our permanent residence until Mom can drive again — even if we are able to move into the new house before then. Cataract surgery is performed every day so I am not really worried about the surgery itself. I am hopeful that they are able to totally restore Mom’s vision completely and that after the recovery period Mom will be better than ever. I am, however, worried about the 4 weeks that will follow and how we will all deal with the situation. Mom will hate not being able to see well during the transition, drive, or lift Bo. I also worry about what our options will be if I would go into labor or have complications with my pregnancy. Let’s knock on wood that doesn’t happen.