Thing 2

Open up and say, “Ah…”

We just got back from NikkiZ’s well-baby check-up. (Why do I always call them that? No one at the pediatrician’s office does.) She is good to go on all vaccinations until she starts Kindergarten which is AWESOME because no one likes getting shots. She is in the 3% range of weight (tiny) 30% for height (tiny) and her head is still in the 97% range of her age group. She’s still rockin’ her Mama’s melon head.

They heard a heart murmur this time, however. Since it’s the first time they’ve heard it, indicating it’s not the more common murmur you hear in a newborn, they want us to get an EKG to just make sure it’s nothing big. MrZ’s mother and a few of her family have mitral valve prolapses so maybe it’s something like that. Who knows. 90% of me is laid back and not worried at all. But 10% of me is kinda concerned.

We found out last week that one of NikkiZ’s classmates has Leukemia. She is currently at St. Jude’s in Memphis. She’ll be 2 in August. She and NikkiZ have grown up together in their short lives and we have pictures of this girl in our albums at home. It’s a very strange thing having this type of tragedy hit in our realm of contact, and I think it’s making me a little sensitive about all things medical in our lives. Babies shouldn’t get sick.

Anyway – the 90% will rule the roost for the next few weeks and that 10% will probably stay quiet until the night before.

All in all though, all is well. She’s happy. She’s healthy. She has a giant head. What more could a mother ask for?

13 thoughts on “Open up and say, “Ah…””

  1. I know how your 10% worried feels. When my son was right at a year old, his doctor found a murmur. We had to do the X-ray/EKG thing, too, and it was nerve-wracking. He has a ventricular septal defect, which is like a teensie-weensie hole in one of his heart walls, and while it sounded scary, it’s not that big of a deal. So more than likely, your daughter will be a-ok. But it’s ok to worry a little about it, too- that’s what moms do, right? 🙂

    So sorry to hear about your daughter’s classmate- my heart goes out to her and her parents.

  2. My 7 year-old has a huge head, we call her Betty Boop. Her Dr. has always drawn a little dot -off the chart to show us how large her head is. Big smart brains need a large head…right??

  3. Keeping my fingers crossed regarding the heart murmur, though I’m staying optimistic that every thing’s going to be just fine.
    Also sending prayers to the power[s?] above for the classmate. I agree, babies should never have to suffer like that.
    Please keep us updated on both! *hugs*

  4. My little one is 2 as well. I know on her birth board, we’ve had lots of little ones with murmur detected for the first time at the 2 year well child check…so far all have been just fine. I hope that’s the case with NikkiZ, too.

  5. It’s good that you’re able to keep a pretty level head about it – I know that my figures would be reversed (90% worried, 10% ok). I hope that it turns into nothing!

    Sorry to hear about the classmate. It’s hard to deal with stuff like that.

  6. Damn. Sorry to hear about the classmate. By the time I was 7, I had lost TWO classmates (one to drowning, the other to chickenpox) – I remember it also being hard on my mom which of course, I didn’t understand at the time.

    Glad you have the 90/10 rule. It’s a good one to have!

  7. They heard a heart murmur in me a few years back (and well in to adulthood), and I was pretty startled that it would just be coming up in my late 20s. My doctor said that with improved technology (stethoscopes have improved? I don’t know; it was his explanation) they are more able to hear them and that some ridiculous percentage of people turn out to have the benign murmurs. So, we’ll be using the power of positive thinking here to ensure that all NikkiZ has is one of those ‘common’ murmurs and nothing more. And we’ll pray hard for your little Leukemia fighter.

  8. I’ve decided to never leave the house again, not make any new friends, not watch tv, not use the internet and live alone in a hole, thus reducing the amount of tragedy that affects my heart. Some weeks it seems I spend time wondering how people go on when tragedy strikes other times I am kinda jaded….life’s a bummer, it a good thing we’re so cute…..

  9. I have Mitral Valve Prolapse. I was diagnosed at the age of 20. Besides taking one round of antibiotics before seeing the dentist or having a medical procedure it really is no big deal. I haven’t had any problems. Good luck with the EKG, I know everything will be just fine!

  10. Alliclaus’ head isn’t even on the chart. We’re getting geared up for CT-scan number 2. I’m sure I’ve said it before, but I think big-headed babies are the BEST babies.

    Good luck with the EKG.

  11. Here in VT they call them well-child check-ups, so maybe you are partially a Vermonter??

    My daughter and I both have a disappearing/reappearing heart murmur. Sometimes you hear it – sometimes you don’t. They didn’t discover mine until I was 16 LOL.

    I am so, so sorry to hear about Nikki Z’s friend…hopefully they can help her. Is the daycare center doing any fundraising or anything for the family?

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