Friday, July 14, 2006

When Is Getting 50 Percent A Good Thing?

For those of you who have been following the blog for a while, you will know that my philosophy has been play hard work hard with Parker. Parker and I spend quite a bit of time playing which is really my way of making sure he does not fall behind developmentally. Even before Parker was diagnosed with ADA deficiency at six weeks we were doing 'tummy time'. I remember Parker having an IV in his foot at five weeks of age in General Paedeatrics at the Hospital for Sick Children and I would place him on his tummy for short periods of time as we worked on getting him to raise his head.

All the hard work that we have done has definitely paid off. The first thing that all the doctors and nurses have said about Parker is how strong he is. That said, it is not hard to believe that I would be a little disappointed with Parker if he were to bring home a test from school one day in which he obtained a result in the 50th percentile. But today, when we met with the dietician we were delighted to hear that he was not only at the 50th percentile for his weight and head circumference but also for his length. Yes, my son reached the 50th percentile for his length today.

Today, when Parker's length was taken it read 66 cm. I have been very concerned about his length readings, as the apparatus being used gives way to quite a bit of error if proper care is not taken when taking the measurement. So today, I made sure to help in taking the reading. When we were upstairs in isolation there was a much more accurate piece of equipment that they used so that such care was not needed, but I felt comfortable in our ability to obtain a correct reading.

I was not that surprised when it read 66 cm as I have been noticing that he no longer needs the padding under his feet in his Exersaucer. It has really been the past week that I have not been using the purple pad.

On a less exciting note, but still important Parker weighed in today at 8.000 kg or 17 pounds, 9.6 ounces.


Natalie said...

Way to Go little Pumpkin Face!

I can tell how much bigger and taller that you are getting! I am so happy for you little one that you are gaining weight and getting taller.

Uncle David and I saw the movie Superman earlier this week and it made me think of you! Soon you will be flying around the world...providing inspiration & joy for all of us and many more people who you have not even met yet! You are a little Superman Parker Poo!

Lots of love,
Auntie Natalie xoxo

Elizabeth said...

Yaaaay, Parker!

Well you certainly look like you are getting bigger, and if Daddy has to remove those pads underneath your exersaucer, well then - you are growing, you big boy!

I'm so happy that you are moving up and getting bigger and taller!

Love Elizabeth

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