Friday, September 5, 2008

visits to the doctor for everyone

Eli had his 15 month checkup on Tuesday. He received the Hib and the DTaP shots, and now he is caught up with his immunizations. I am so thankful that he won't need more shots for a while. It is so scary for him. He spent the 1st 3 months of his life in the hospital before he was transferred to the orphanage, and we wonder if going to the doctor reminds him of that time. He always gets so upset. He cried and cried, and didn't stop until we were almost back home.

He is doing well. He is 24.5 lbs and 32" tall. He has grown 2"! He is still around the 50% percentile for height and weight, which is fine.

Then the next day, I had my checkup. I'm 28 weeks now. The baby's heartbeat was strong and regular, and the uterus was the right size, so she's growing. She is very active now, especially at the end of the day. I am so thankful she seems healthy.

It has been challenging for me. My feet and ankles are very swollen, and I'm exhausted all the time. If the timing had been up to me, I would have chosen to be pregnant after Eli had been home for at least a year. Being pregnant for the 1st time and not feeling well physically at the same time as bringing him home and adjusting to being a new mom has been the hardest thing I have ever done. When we started our adoption process, I had a different vision of our 1st months at home. The only thing that has gotten me through is the knowledge that this is God's plan, and I trust that He knows what is ultimately best for us. Right now, I don't know why this was His plan, but someday I will fully understand why things happened this way.

Then R goes to the doctor next week, and hopefully, his checkup will go well too.


Troy and Rachel said...

Glad Eli is growing so well and your check up went well also. I can only imagine how tired you are being pregnant on top of being a new mom! It's all worth it!

Debbie B said...

So many doctors. I hope Eli learns that doctors aren't all bad. It can be scary for kids.
Glad the baby girl is growing well.

Teresa said...

Hi Ana,
I am so glad Eli is doing well- That must be so hard to see him get those shots. Wow - You are almost due! I can only imagine how hard it is to be exhausted with a baby running around. I was exhausted just babysitting for my 2-yr old nephew for one weekend.
Take care of yourself.
Best wishes...Teresa

Michael and Carrie said...

Glad to hear things are going well for everyone! I can't imagine how exhausted you must be, but it is great you got a good report! Eli sounds like he is growing so well! That is wonderful!

Michelle R said...

I have 3 words: Mother's Morning Out.
As soon as you are both ready, give it a try. :)

(PS.. I am looking forward to girly pictures to come!)