Friday, May 22, 2009

Logan's 2 year check-up

Yesterday, I took Logan to his pediatrician for his 2 year well check.

Weight: 25lbs 7oz (16% on the regular chart-75% DS chart)
Height: 32 inches (3% on the regular chart-50% DS chart)

Ever since he was 6 months he has been at exactly 50% for height on the DS chart. His weight started off above 90% at 2 months and stayed there until this last check-up and he has fallen down to 75%, which is not a bad thing. But, he did loose a pound over the last 6 months. His doctor was happy with his growth and was glad to hear that his over health over the last year has been fantastic!! What a change from the first 12 months of his life. I think we saw a doctor just about every week for a while and now, over the past 12 months, we have had nothing but well visits and routine check-ups at the ENT, audiologist, cardiologist and ophthalmologist.

At this appointment, we discovered that one of his ear tubes had completely fallen out and the other is out of position and will likely fall out any day. I plan to make an appointment with the ENT to make a plan for watching for fluid and to continue to monitor his hearing closely. We do hope to avoid placing another set of tubes, but that will all depend on whether he has a lot of ear infections or fluid over the next few months. His tubes did last at least a year and that is much longer than the usual 6 months.

Logan also had blood drawn for a CBC, to check his thyroid function and to check for celiac disease. Hopefully we can avoid medication and/or a drastic change in his diet.

My one wish for Logan right now is that he would have more energy. He tires easily (really always has) and wakes up from sleep very slowly. I think this can be typical of children with DS, but I am not sure. For a two year old, he definitely does not share the same energy level of typical kids his age. I am also not sure whether to pursue the reason behind this, or just to write if off as just the way Logan is. I may just be looking to far into it, but if there is something I could do to improve his energy, I would do it. I just feel awful when he lays down on the floor when he should be running around exploring the world. He does lay down in the middle of the floor like this often, at all different times of the day.

It is still awesome to see him walking! The newness of it hasn't worn off yet. He continues to get better and better at it everyday!


Heidi said...

It sounds like Logan is doing great!

Do you know if Logan has sleep apnea? I have heard from other parents that one of the symptoms is being tired all of the time and not sleeping well. Joel has some days where he does the same thing. I will look over and he will be lying on the floor like he wants to go to sleep. I need to schedule a sleep study for him over the next year to find out if he has sleep apnea or not. I'm not looking forward to that at all!

Anonymous said...

I would get the sleeping checked, Eric does not do this and they are the same age (Eric (T21) is May 20th). He wakes up at 6 am refreshed and ready to go - naps from 12:30 pm - 2 pm, and goes to bed for 7:30 pm. He only gets really tired if it's a crazy busy day or he's sick.

Wouldn't hurt to bring it up!

Felecia :)

Yo Mamma Mamma! said...

Hey Melanie - great report on Mr. Logan. It is amazing how much easier this second year has been isn't it? Sounds like he's doing great.

I'm with Felecia - I'd get the sleeping checked as well after you hear how his thyroid is. Violette is on the go all day - she wears me out and never takes rests other than her normal hour to two hour nap. She's up at 7:30 and to bed at 8 a.m.

Cammie Heflin said...

I have worked with children with DS for years and they all seem to tire more easily. I'm pretty sure it's due to their low muscle tone, they have to work so much harder!