Friday, September 25, 2009

What's up, Doc?

Bright and early this morning, Bret and I took Gillian Grace for her two month checkup with Dr. Shearer. Knowing that Gillian would be receiving her first round of inoculations, I have been dreading this appointment since making it over a month ago. Luckily for all involved it was much ado about nothing, as Gillian Grace triumphed over the nurse and her wicked needles. With little more than a few tears and a brief, albeit mind numbing, shriek, Gillian breezed through today's appointment. By the end of our office visit, Gillian was giving out smiles like doctors give out lollipops---freely and often! Not willing to forgive and forget just yet, Gillian's smile was replaced with a quivering pout as she caught a glimpse of the needle nurse on our way out.

Growing like a weed, Gillian now weighs 11 pounds 13 ounces and is 23 and a 1/2 inches long. Dr. Shearer commented that she resembled a 4 month old, and after hearing that she now takes nearly 8 ounces of formula at each feeding, fondly referred to her as a chunk on several occasions. He also told us that Gillian would likely hit a limit with the formula in the upcoming weeks. It was then, when Dr. Shearer uttered the most beautiful six letter word in the English language, that our hallelujah moment occurred. The word was C-E-R-E-A-L, and it means a fuller tummy for Gillian which could facilitate a full night's sleep for everyone. Hallelujah and can I get an Amen?!

Gillian's measurements place her in the 75th percentile for growth, which Dr. Shearer said is, "stone cold normal!" Showing off for the Doc, Gillian held her head upright and quite steady for some time during one portion of her exam. Impressed by her strength and growth, Dr. Shearer gave us two thumbs up and Gillian a clean bill of health.

After seeing how much Gillian has grown in 2 months, we are so excited to see the changes that await us in the weeks and months to come.

Hey Doc, bring it on!

Gillian is reflecting upon the events of the morning.

Seriously Mom, no more shots and I mean it!