We went in for our "18 month" check yesterday. They are 19 months old, but our regular pediatrician was out of the office due to a back surgery. We decided to wait until he returned instead of seeing the fill-in pediatrician. I felt like it would take forever to go over their entire histories, surgeries, hospitalizations, etc. It was much easier to wait for our regular pediatrician, whom we love, to be back.
Cade - Cade is now 22 lbs. 5 oz. and 32 inches tall. Our pediatrician only uses chronological age and not adjusted age, so the charts are based on all 19 month olds. For height, Cade is in the 25th percentile. For weight, he is in the 5th percentile.
Camdyn - Camdyn is now 18 lb. 3 oz. and 31 inches tall. For height, Camdyn is in the 15th percentile. For weight, she is not on the charts at all. She would have to weigh about 20 lbs. to even make it to the 3rd percentile. She eats well and drinks high-calorie Pediasure all day, but gaining weight is hard for her.
We also had Cade's first appointment to get his Synagis shot yesterday morning. It was a busy appointment day! Cade qualifies for Synagis this year, but Camdyn does not. Cade will be getting a Synagis shot (actually 2 shots now because of his weight) every month until March. The shot costs $2800 each month. Fortunately, insurance covers it. The expense of the medication is why it is so hard to get qualified. Camdyn did not meet the guidelines for approval for a second season. It feels very strange to know that one child will be protected against RSV, and one will not. Her pediatrician says her lungs sound very healthy though, so if she were to get it, she should be able to fight it off. Just the idea of her getting RSV sends me into a panic attack. She doesn't qualify because she has not had any recent history with lung problems like wheezing, upper respiratory infection, or pneumonia. Regardless, she was still born 16 weeks early with very underdeveloped lungs, spent 5 weeks on a ventilator, several more weeks on oxygen, was hospitalized at 5 months old due to lung issues, and still only weighs 18 pounds. Her lungs can't be that big (i.e. healthy)! We will be in semi-isolation again this winter and washing/sanitizing frequently.
I surrendered and bought the monkey leashes. I always thought those things were terrible until I had two toddlers. Cade runs off into the parking lot while Camdyn is taking her sweet time. I had to have a better system of keeping them together. We could use the stroller, but I think walking, climbing stairs, going up and down ramps, etc. is good for them. Brenna thinks it is a lot of fun to "walk" the babies. Doesn't that sound terrible?
Brenna "walking" the twins
Camdyn looking so pretty in her panda outfit. This was Brenna's. Brenna wore it when she was around 10 months old, and Camdn is wearing it when she is almost 20 months old (and it is too big)!
cute smiling girl - She's probably happy because she doesn't have to get a painful Synagis shot.