Monday, September 29, 2008

two, dos, zwei...

Harper is two-weeks old today. How can that be? The past fourteen days with this munchkin have been tiring, fun, tiring, delightful, tiring, awe-inspiring, tiring... you get the picture. Jeff and I love her to pieces, and we sometimes have to pinch ourselves to believe that this love bug is all ours! (Oh, and Wrigley's...I am convinced Wrigley thinks Harper is her baby, too.)

Turning two-weeks old also earned Harper a trip to the pediatrician. Everything checked out great - Harper was given rave reviews by all. Her latest stats are as follows:
7 pounds, 2 ounces (25%)
21 inches long (75%)
In other words, we have a long, slender baby. I have no idea where she got that build...certainly not from her parents! We were repeatedly told that Harper is a very cute and happy baby, so it was nice to have our own thoughts reaffirmed! She passed with flying colors today - good weight, good coloring, no jaundice, etc. Hopefully, this is just the first of many tests she will ace in life!

Following that appointment, our pediatrician sent us to the lab at Providence to have a second PKU test done. The first PKU was done at Hillcrest before we checked out. The test involves pricking the heel of the baby and placing droplets of blood onto a piece of card stock. The test screens for whether a newborn baby has the enzyme needed to use phenylalanine in his or her body. (Phenylalanine is an amino acid that is needed for normal growth and development.) Harper didn't mind the foot prick so much as she protested having her foot restrained for a couple of minutes. She is a feisty little thing! (And unlike her long and slender figure, I do know the source of that personality trait!)

We won't go back to the doctor until Harper is two-months old. She will be ecstatic when she hears the news!
Harper has no idea she is about to be assaulted in the foot! Poor, sweet thing!

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