I think Dr. D is about the only doctor I’ve EVER been excited to go to. Z-man’s doc is a cool fella — a sharp dresser (a Hawaiian shirt our first visit, an awesome multi-piece suit this time), an awesome personality and first-hand experience as the parent of a child with Down Syndrome.
Anyway, at Zack’s visit, he weighed 14 pounds, 3 ounces and was about 26 inches long. And for all of you caring (cough, weirdos, cough) folks who care about this measurement, his head was 16 inches in circumference. And because most of you will have the question of “where does he fall compared to other babies” now, I found this at http://www.babycenter.com:
Based on the data you submitted, your child falls into the following percentiles:
Length = between percentile 75 and 90
Weight = between percentile 25 and 50
Head Circumference = between percentile 5 and 10
Of course there’s a growth chart for babies with Down Syndrome. According to charts provided by the National Down Syndrome Society (www.ndss.org), Zack’s length is above the 90th percentile for length. His weight is between the 75th and 90th percentiles. And his noggin is about at the 75th percentile.
A couple of issues that we were concerned about were addressed with a no-big-deal attitude from our doctor, so I am breathing a little easier tonight. The doctor was so very pleased with Zack and told us that we were truly blessed with how well he’s doing so far.
It couldn’t end on a very happy note though, as The Dude had to get two shots in the chunky part of his thighs.
He cried for a minute or so but was comforted rather quickly and off we went, with two Band-Aids to mark the scene of the crime.
One of the things I love about Dr. D’s office is the inspiration — not just from a positive doctor and his obvious compassion for Zack, but for the messages throughout his office. In the waiting room is a sign that says “Worry ends where faith begins.” So true, right?
Then today, I noticed this message hanging in the room we were in. It was perfect for my latest mindset.
It read, in part:
“All men are driven by faith or fear — one or the other — for both are the same. Faith or fear is the expectation of an event that hasn’t come to pass or the belief in something that cannot be seen or touched…”
“… Faith is to believe in what is not seen. The reward of faith is to see what one believed…”
(and then my favorite part…)
“In the game of life, nothing is less important than the score at halftime. The tragedy of life is not that man loses, but that he almost wins.”
Sometimes staring you right in the face.