Sometimes Average Feels Like an A+

2012-08-09 16:53:44 by Sarah Plant, Patient Family, as posted on the blog.

Rebekah had an appointment at Akron Children’s NICU follow-up clinic last Tuesday. We weren’t exactly sure what happened at follow-up clinic appointments, so we tried to be prepared for anything.

We filled out a paper detailing what Bekah ate, how much she ate, and when she ate it. We tried to keep track of how much she was awake and how much she slept, just in case someone asked. We watched how she played, and all sorts of other things.

I’m not sure what I thought Dr. Langkamp and her staff would be looking for, which is probably good because if I had known I’d probably have made Bekah study like she was going to be taking a baby SAT test. As it was, the Bekster did just fine.

She did most of the things she was supposed to, and my favorite — pretended to eat from the spoon that she was supposed to bang on the desk! We’ve been teaching her NOT to bang her spoon.

When Bekah was discharged from the NICU she was barely on the height, weight and head circumference percentile chart. Right before heart surgery she basically dropped off the chart altogether.

Dr. Diane Langkamp evaluates Bekah with her parents at her neonatal follow-up clinic visit.

We knew from visits to the pediatrician and Dr. VandeKappelle (her awesome cardiologist) after heart surgery that Bekah was beginning to climb the chart. Everyone used to say that as long as she maintained a curve (even if it was below the 3rd percentile) that she was doing fine.

Standing 5’1” if I really stretch, and weighing in at a whopping 105 pounds (with a few rocks in my pockets), I know that someone, somewhere has to be at the bottom of the growth charts. I was fine with her smallish stature, as long as she was healthy and growing.

Chris, on the other hand, is 6’5” and so after heart surgery when Bekah’s personal growth-chart-curve started to go up like Mt. Everest, he was a very proud papa.

Tuesday, when Dr. Langkamp showed us where Bekah was on the chart (even though it was age adjusted for her preemie entry into the world) we were both extremely pleased. She was in the 50th percentile for everything—absolutely average…absolutely perfect!

Read the rest of Sarah and Rebekah’s story through her blog, Following Your Heart.

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