Posted by Mandy Briggs
There is nothing more exhausting for a four-month old like a visit to the doctor's office. Kate and Briggs had their 4-month check up this morning and they are now passed out in their bouncy seats in the living room. Here are the updates:
1. "No rice cereal for you" - I was all psyched to start Kate and Briggs on rice cereal tonight. I had their high chairs set up and had purchased bowls, spoons and rice cereal for the little tykes. The old standard used to be that babies could start cereal at 4 months. Per the pediatrician, the new standard - due to potential allergies in children - is 6 months. The doctor did say that we could start earlier though if we wanted (at 5 and a half months) because she personally thinks the standard will go back to the original one (4 months) in the near future. Who makes these fluid rules? Oh, well...formula it is for dinner tonight. Kate and Briggs will be none the wiser.
2. Briggs has a big melon - Well, its official. Briggs has a large head; his head circumfrance is in the 90th percentile. I have no idea what this means. He is also a lanky guy (90th percentile for height and 25th percentile for weight). His length is 26 and 1/8 inches; he weighs 13 pounds and 8 ounces. His lankiness does not surprise me given the fact that he kicks his legs ALL DAY LONG and has started wearing 9-month old sleepers for the length. Surprisingly, Briggs eats more than Kate and he eats more often.
3. Kate needs a new nickname - We recently started referring to Kate as "chubba wubba" because she now has these cute chubby cheeks and rolls on her legs. Anthony even made up a Chubba Wubba song for her which mimics the old Oscar Meyer weiner commercial ("Chubba Wubba has a first name, its C-H-U..."). But, per today's dr.'s visit, we learned that she is in the 48th percentile for weight (at 13 pounds) and 75th percentile for height (25 inches). We are now searching for a new nickname...
4. They have the war wounds to prove it - See the attached pics. which has their legs adorned in cartoon bandaids. This is where they received their shots. Kate got her shots first and warned Briggs with her cry; he immediately started wailing before the nurse even came near him. I don't know what we are going to do when they are toddlers and can run...fast.