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Julian at 18 months
Julian went to the doctor yesterday for his 18 month checkup. He's a healthy growing boy, wouldn't ya know?

I don't have the numbers in front of me so this may not be completely accurate, but here's what I remember:

He is 34 inches tall! That's almost three feet! (95th percentile)
He is 29lbs, 2 oz. That's 86th percentile. THIS KID IS PRACTICALLY 30LBS!! (frankly, I was surprised he wasn't 40lbs)
His head circumference was, um, I don't remember. Nor am I particularly concerned about it.

He's growing well, he's hitting all his milestones. His motor skills (fine & gross) surpass what's expected of a 2 year old (and in some cases a 3 year old). His verbal skills are slower, but the doctor isn't worried and says that he's doing fine and hitting the milestones. He doesn't articulate very well, but he DOES have words for things and he's very good at communicating and has great comprehension levels, so nothing to worry about.

All in all, it was a good visit. Julian's healthy and growing, we haven't stunted his development yet. And for the most part, Julian was well behaved at the office. Hooray.

Oh, and the doctor said to take him off whole milk and to start cutting down his milk consumption.

Current Mood: pleased pleased

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kitsunebeast From: kitsunebeast Date: March 15th, 2005 05:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, and the doctor said to take him off whole milk and to start cutting down his milk consumption.


And congrats on the healthy growing boy!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 15th, 2005 05:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Usually around 2 years old, they tell you to switch from whole milk to 1% or skim. Julian's a big kid (he's not overweight for his height, but he's clearly a big kid), and clearly growing. And he's got a tendency to suck down milk at the expense of eating other food (particularly at breakfast and dinner). Whole milk is very filling, so it's not surprising. But he gets in these moods where the ONLY thing he's screaming for is milk. You can't placate him with water, or snack, or dinner, or toys or TV or going outside, or anything. If he were sucking down 1% milk, he'd get less filled up. Plus, he doesn't like the 1% as much, so he doesn't suck as much down regardless.
From: have_inner_lady Date: March 15th, 2005 07:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for mentioning; I'd never heard that. Let's see; he was four-and-a-half... yesterday!... so I'm only 2.5 years behind in figuring this out. ;-)

Maybe "they" never mentioned it to me because he has always been kinda thin (only 5 lbs heaver than yours). Well, and he doesn't inhale milk unless it's chocolate soy. Ye-ah, lemme ponder that for half a second!

Hmmm, but I think I'll keep giving him whole milk (laced with butter, possibly).
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 15th, 2005 07:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, if he's not sucking it down at the expense of eating other things, then they probably weren't concerned about it. Probably nothing wrong with him having whole milk. In Julian's case, it's not like he needs to worry about not getting enough nutrition without the milk!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 15th, 2005 08:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Remember that I'm not saying that "they" are always right with generic advice like "at two years old X happens." What I am saying is that I asked the doctor about his tendency to crave milk and suck it down so fast but refuse to eat anything else all day. He gets himself far too full on milk sometimes. And if we limit how much milk we give him, he still won't eat anything else and he'll scream and scream because you're not giving him milk. This is a recent thing, by the way. When we give him 1% milk, he sucks it down, but not at the expense of eating fruit and meat and such.
From: have_inner_lady Date: March 15th, 2005 09:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Never fret; I didn't interpret it as such. Given my high opinion of you and your acceptance of others, you'd pretty much have to write in neon lights if you want me to take any generic thing you say as something personal.

I'm glad they had such a easy solution for the milk-chugging. It's amazing how simple good advice can be!

Hmmm, now that I'm thinking about it, when Rain was Julian's age, "they" actually suggested the opposite: He shall drink pediasure. And there was much spitting and cup-tossing.

And so the boy remains 99% fat-free. Eh! At least he eats brussel sprouts.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 16th, 2005 03:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, the spitting and cup-tossing in Julian's case happens when you don't give him whole milk. He thinks of water as something to play with, unless he's really, really thirsty. Then he'll consider drinking it.
galads_forest From: galads_forest Date: March 15th, 2005 07:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
He sounds great.

I have to get mine in for her 18month check-up. She's now 19months. I made an appt. for Taanis Esther (Mar 24). We'll see if I manage to keep it. Wish me luck for my lightweight. (I'm hoping we'll have hit 24lbs. by now. She hit 22 in Oct and has grown a lot height wise, but doesn't seem to be getting much heavier.)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 15th, 2005 07:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Julian's definitely a big boy. He was lighter compared to his height last time. This time he didn't grow as much height as previously, but he's filled out. Which is fine, because he's still proportional. He's quite tall (his biological father is 6'4", so it's not surprising that Julian's running tall).
galads_forest From: galads_forest Date: March 15th, 2005 07:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
We are a short bunch. My husband's about average at 5'10". I just barely hit 5'. I'm not surprised she's small. And it makes it easier on may back which is always causing me trouble.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 15th, 2005 08:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
If I'm ever blessed with pregnancy I'm doomed. I'm barely 5' (though I'm quite round), but my husband is 6'2" and built like a line backer. We are not going to have small children.
galads_forest From: galads_forest Date: March 15th, 2005 08:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Eh, you'll probably G-d willing be ok. Chances are you probably won't have a 10lbs. baby like Gitty. I wonder how she's doing now... Heard anything yet?

My friends went through 5 years and a lot of drugs before having their daughter. Don't give up hope. And enjoy Julian. He's super cute.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 15th, 2005 08:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Haven't heard anything yet. C section was scheduled for 3pm, so I don't expect she's out of recovery yet. It doesn't take very long, but hospital ORs notoriously run late and such. Anyway, I expect we'll hear something later this evening.

Haven't given up home. Mostly, I'm annoyed. That's a very strange reaction to have, isn't it?
galads_forest From: galads_forest Date: March 15th, 2005 08:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nope not at all. Seems perfectly natural to me. It took us almost two years to conceive Chana. I'd just resigned myself to a litany of drugs and stuff when I managed to get pregnant. I felt annoyed and jealous. Yeah, lots of jealousy.... Doc diagnosed me with PCOS from an ultrasound and really really infrequent periods. Don't know if it was a false diagnosis or what cuz the next ultrasound I had after Chana was born didn't seem to show it. (Though the test results weren't in comprehensive English so we don't know for sure.) Now I'm confuzzled and I want to figure out what's up but who has the time for such things. I'm just on the pill now and I'll deal with it later.

Sorry, we were talking about you. I'm terrible. I know this isn't my business, but have you tried the A-time boards? My friend said that they helped her through a lot.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 16th, 2005 03:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's weird, it's not even that I'm jealous or begrudge other women their pregnancies (except screw ups like Julian's mother who get pregnant without even wanting to and then can't or won't care for their kids). I'm just annoyed in general that one of the "in crowd" this time. Not that I'm ever part of the "in crowd" ever. ;)

Probably I've been thinking about it more lately because of Julian. I didn't think of it as much before. I have PCOS and it's evil.

I'm wondering about your initial diagnosis of PCOS. Basing it on infrequent periods and the presence of cysts is a little premature, in my opinion. You can have PCO (Polycystic ovaries) WITHOUT having PCOS (Polycstic Ovarian Syndrome). And actually, it works the other way around in some cases as well (PCOS without the PCO), though most doctors don't agree with that. PCOS means more than just cysts and infrequent periods, usually. So it COULD be that you were misdiagnosed in the first place. OR it could be that you have successfully treated the cysts, but still have the underlying syndrome. The pill tends to clear up cysts. Unfortunately, I can't take the pill (first, because I want to get pregnant, and second because when I was 23 I had something resembling a stroke, which makes the pill a no-no).

Anywho, just random information.

A-time boards? What are these a-time boards of which you speak?
galads_forest From: galads_forest Date: March 16th, 2005 08:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know the other symptoms. Some of them fit, some don't. Most of the fit but to a very mild extent. I have more body hair than most, but no facial hair. I've always been a little overweight for my height and it's been hard for me to lose, but only by 25-40lbs. Whatever it is, it's never been officially treated by anything but the pill. When I'm ready for the next one I'll see what's going on. I know it sounds terrible, but right now, I'm just too busy to worry about it.

A-Time is an online board for frum people who are having trouble conceiving. They have a great online support network and every year they even have a shabbaton. The website is http://www.atime.org My friend Rachel (the one I was telling you about) said that if you have any questions about it, you can contact her directly. Her e-mail address is swirskyr@rogers.com On A-Time her screenname is happyduc (sif). She also said to check out http://www.tefilatchana.org/ She is a mod there.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 16th, 2005 08:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the info; I appreciate it.
arosoff From: arosoff Date: March 17th, 2005 09:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
See reply to estherchaya below. As I said I'm on Glucophage (metformin) and have been for 2 years. it's great. (OK, your digestive system will hate you for a little while. It's worth it, though.) You should think about getting treated now--my gynecologist and endocrinologist said I wasn't being silly by getting treated way before i'd even think about getting pregnant, and that it was actually the best way to go, as it's best to try to get your hormone levels stable well before getting pregnant.
galads_forest From: galads_forest Date: March 17th, 2005 10:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Digestive system problems? I've got enough of those. I should look into it though, you're right. When I take Chana to the dr. on Thursday, I'll get her to run some tests and stuff and see what's up. I do want another baby sooner or later. Better off prepping now, huh?
arosoff From: arosoff Date: March 17th, 2005 09:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nowadays PCOS is less likely to be diagnosed from the presence of cysts and more from the blood work--your testosterone levels and FSH/LH ratio. That's how I was diagnosed. The syndrome's somewhat poorly named now that they understand it better--the cysts are really a symptom and don't have to be there (you can not be ovulating properly, but not forming cysts). This is what my endocrinologist said, anyway. :-)

Best way to clear up the problem is with Glucophage. Gave me my periods back, I lost 40 lbs (plenty more to go though :/ ) and my blood levels are normal. Yay! Also recent studies indicate that continuing glucophage during pregnancy can put the risk of miscarriage and gestational diabetes down to normal in PCOS pregnancies.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 17th, 2005 09:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sigh. Glucophage is evil. Though after months and months it does seem to have regulated my periods. I'm still not ovulating without assistance, though. And I haven't lost any weight despite several attempts.

I'm starting to exercise more now, though, so maybe I'll start the ball rolling. Who knows. I have a lot more than 40 pounds to lose, but I'd be THRILLED with 40 lbs.

Mostly, I don't like the side effects. I spend far too much time feeling light headed and icky.
arosoff From: arosoff Date: March 17th, 2005 10:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, it's taken me 2 years to get as far as I have. I think I'm happy with it partly because at least it's going down rather than up, and I'm not hungry nonstop.

I can totally understand the ickiness, though it did eventually go away for me. The only advice i can give (if you haven't worked this out already!) is 1) take it towards the end of meals, and 2) get your blood retested regularly so they can make sure you're on the right dose. Oh, and try keeping a food diary. I did for a while and discovered what was most likely to trigger problems.
galads_forest From: galads_forest Date: March 15th, 2005 09:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Jealousy and annoyed BEFORE I got pregnant, not of myself after.

My paragraph structuring needs help.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 16th, 2005 03:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
LOL! I knew what you meant!
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