Poppy’s Two-Month Well Baby Check Up

Bandages on Vaccination Injection SitesAt birth, my daughter weighed seven pounds five ounces and measured twenty inches long. On Wednesday at her two-month check up, she weight eleven pounds twelve ounces and measured twenty-one and three-fourths inches long. She had gained four pounds and seven ounces since birth and had growth almost two inches. Poppy is quite the growing little girl!

As far as the rest of her health goes, Poppy is very healthy. Our nurse practitioner has no concerns about my daughter. She is eating well as proved by her gain in weight and height. Mama milk does a baby body good! Her eyes, nose, ears, and skin all look good as well. Poppy is even tracking objects with her eyes and holding her head up independently. My daughter is right on track with her growth and development.

Because James and I fully support the CDC recommended vaccination schedule, Poppy also had her first big round of immunizations on Wednesday. (She previously got her first hepatitis B shot at her first check up on December 15.) Today she received her DTaP-IPV/Hib (Pentacel), Hep B (Recombinant), and Prevnar 13 vaccines. The DTaP-IPV/Hib (Pentacel) vaccine protects her against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, poliomyelitis, and invasive disease due to Haemophilus influenzae type b. The Hep B (Recombinant) shot is her second shot in the hepatitis B series. The Prevnar 13 immunization protects her from seven strains of pneumococcal bacteria. Poppy also received the RotaTeq Oral Suspension, the oral vaccine for the rotavirus.

Poppy cried each time she was stuck with the needle. I felt bad for causing her the momentary pain, but, as I have told her, getting the illnesses prevented by these vaccines would hurt a lot more than getting the vaccines. She is unconvinced and spent the rest of the day sleeping off the vaccines! However, despite my daughter’s dislike of getting her shots, her two-month well baby check up was a success.

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Bandages on Vaccination Injection Sites © 2012 Heather Johnson

Heather Johnson

Heather Johnson is a mother, wife, writer, librarian, and linguist. She earned a BA in English studies with a minor in creative writing from Illinois State University in May 2007, an MS in library and information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2009, and an MS in English studies with an emphasis in linguistics at Illinois State University in December 2011.

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