Friends of Orphans and Vulnerable Children

Friends of Orphans and Vulnerable Children
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Thursday, July 31, 2008

First doctor appointment--check!

Amelia's doctor appointment went fine yesterday. Her heart, tummy, eyes, ears, hips, etc. etc. were just fine. The doctor thought she was very alert, plenty social, had good head control, etc. etc., too.

However, we have confirmation that she is officially really, really little! She weighed in at 10 pounds, 7 ounces; length is 24 inches; head circumference is 40 cm. Basically, she's not yet on the charts--at all--for any of her measurements. (But she'll grow!)

The orphanage had told us she weighed just 3.3 pounds when she first arrived there in February. Honestly, I think our doctor was amazed at how much weight she has gained since then, and how well she is doing. I asked, and he agreed, that we should make an appointment at the International Adoption Clinic at Children's Hospital in Denver. We think very highly of our doctor, but this is his first Ethiopian infant adoptee patient. Both he and we would be interested to hear what the Clinic can tell us.

The plan is to keep up the good work in terms of her feeding and care. He wants us to help her continue to develop her neck muscles and also to give her plenty of opportunities to bear weight on her legs. (We won't do much of that today, however, as she's suffering the effects of the three shots she received.) We'll start cereal in three weeks, and go back to the doctor in a month.

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