Saturday, November 1, 2014

Happy 15 Months Anthony! -- Your present? The flu shot!

I miss the posts where I wrote about Anthony each month. Those all ended when he turned 12 months old because... well honestly because our month stickers were done! I am going to bring it back this month, and probably just for other "big" age milestones in the future. 

15 Months Old 

*Side note- As I was writing out "15 Months" just now, a conversation I had with Joe, while pregnant, popped in my head. We used to think it was so annoying when parents continued to describe their child's age by month past one year. We thought it sounded crazy to say things like 15 months, or 18 months... couldn't they just say 1 year and 3 months? This required us to do math to figure out how old their kid really was in our terms, and frankly we thought the whole thing was backwards. We swore we would never do that.  

Yet, here I am month after month just continuing the constant counting. I find it quite funny that it is so much easier to say how old Anthony is using months, and a lot quicker. That is how I have been doing it since he was born, so why would I change my method after he turned a year? My mind has so much going on that simply spitting out the months takes a whole lot less effort- and I am all for that! I just hope I find a stopping point to this madness before the day I tell his Kindergarten teacher he is 60 months old. 

Anyway, I just figured I would share that random thought :)

15 Months

Date: 10/25/2014

Age: 15 Months

Weight: 21 lbs 8 oz (75th % on the DS chart and 12th% on the typical chart)

Height: 31 3/4 inches (off the DS chart and 75th % on the typical chart --> tall little man!)

Head Circ.: 44 1/2 cm

Eating: He eats every 2 hours, but has 3 big meals a day. He is eating soft solid foods like pasta, string beans, carrots, pancakes, oatmeal.. etc. He drinks whole milk, and was just introduced to Pediasure to fatten him up. He does not drink from a bottle anymore, and is trying drinking thickened milk with his "cut out cup" recommended by his speech therapist. 

Sleep: He takes two one-hour naps throughout the day and goes to bed at 7:30 and wakes up at 5:00 am.

Likes: reading books, signing time DVD, walking, laughing, playing in his playroom, going outside, his cookie monster, farm puzzle, playing with his cat Marshall, puffs, giving hugs and kisses, splashing 

Dislikes: being held down (by doctors), being told what to do, taking naps when he doesn't want to, diaper changes, getting his hair cut!

Milestones: taking 5 to 6 steps off the couch, drinking from his cut out cup, signing more and all done, mimics facial expressions and gestures, putting constants on the end of his "words", cruising along the side of the couch, giving people things he wants (books, puffs, balls), two bottom teeth!

We took Anthony to the doctors this past Friday (before his 15 month "birthday") because he has been showing signs of having reflux. While we were there, she told us that he needed his flu shot, and without thinking we said okay. That night Anthony wasn't himself, and woke up with a high fever. We gave him infant Tylenol for the first time ever and called the on-call doctor. She said that it was pretty typical for him to react to the flu shot this way. DUH! Why didn't we think of that? If we would have known, we wouldn't have given it to him that day because Saturday we had a family Halloween party planned! Anthony was horribly sick all day- screaming, not eating, not sleeping, burning up. It was awful as a parent to watch him go through that and know there wasn't much to help him. We gave him a cold bath (not too cold, but enough to lower his temp), and snuggled him all day. Needless to say, the party was cancelled. 

Happy 15 Months Anthony! We got you ... sick from the flu shot.

He did get much better by the next day and we were able to go to Linvilla for a family birthday party and to pick out our pumpkin! 

I will post pictures of our Halloween tomorrow- after our party! 


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