Doctor’s orders

Ben, if his runny nose [see below] clears up, has been given the “all clear” for trick-or-treating.  This makes his parents super happy since he isn’t exactly going to be eating the candy he  weasels out of neighbors merits by being so cute.

No.  Really.

Ben sniffles for the doctor

He is, as you might be able to tell, under the weather.  Nothing serious (just the sniffles) so don’t worry.  His peer group is certainly jealous of these numbers:

Height: 33 in.  (94th percentile)

Weight:  23 lb. 3 oz. (30th percentile)

Head circumference: 49 cm (93rd percentile)

The worst part?  He uses that head of his as a weapon.  I had a pretty nasty bruise on my temple after a good-night kiss that didn’t quite go as planned.

Bonus Pru in Rangers gear!


One of only two kids east of the Mississippi rooting for the Rangers

For those keeping score

Ben had his well-baby visit for 12 months this morning. He was a total sweetheart to the nurse and, for the first time, allowed her to get a real, honest-to-God measurement of his head. (He was also a total show-off and stood on the adult scale when it was time to get a weight.) Things look good so far – no allergies or illnesses or weird growths – so you won’t hear us complaining.

Still has a big head

Why is the bunny looking at me like that?

Weight: 23 lbs. (50th percentile)
Height: 31.5 in. (89th percentile)
Head circumference: 49 cm (91st percentile)

The New Stats

No, really, this is his smile

Head back, eyes squinty

It may be baseball season, but the only averages we care about here in Dwyeropolis are ones we get at the doctor’s office.  Here’s how Ben stacks up against his peers:

Weight:  20 lb. 4 oz. (43rd percentile)

Length:  29.5 in. (88th percentile)

Head circumference: 47 cm (78th percentile)

He’s a pretty fluent crawler at this point but still resists the urge to try to pull himself to standing.  We’re pretty sure he won’t be walking quite as early as his sister was but since Pru showed no interest at all in crawling, that is probably to be expected.  All that means is that batting practice will probably have to wait until next Spring.  One thing he has on Pru at 9 months:  a tooth!

Check out the Flickr link on the side to see Pru’s budding photography and painting skills in action.

… we’re still waiting for the “made glorious” part.

Doctor's orders

Long eyelashes don't, apparently, protect against the common cold

Ben and Pru (and at least one of their parents) are sick with the winter cold that just won’t die.  It’s not terrible, but it is annoying enough to keep all of us up and to make sleep hard to catch.  (Let me editorialize here and say, “Boooo!”)

This morning, Ben went to the doctor for his 6-month check-up.  All’s well for our boy besides the cold.  Stats for those keeping score:

Weight:  17 lb. 14 oz. (50th percentile)

Length:  28 in. (91st percentile)

Head circumference :  44.5 cm (75th percentile)

Lock up your vaccines!


Pru’s yearly visit to the doctor was this morning and (thankfully) nobody kicked her out. Her check-up was uneventful and revealed nothing aside from the expected measurement progress. Apparently she was upset about the news that she would not be receiving any shots today because while the nurse was preparing Ben for his injections, Pru took one of the needles and pulled out the stopper. Result: fancy vaccine all over the chair! Obviously, being two really agrees with her. *sigh*

Here is how she measures up to others in her peer group:

Height: 34.5 in. (75th %)
Weight: 27.3 lbs. (50th %)
Head Circumference: 49 cm (85th %)
Name: Prudence (100th %)

Trog-baby Dwyer II

Benedict had his 4-month check-up at the doctor this morning. Things look good with the exception of his baby eczema and lack of appreciation of Wes Anderson.  (We’re working on both.)

The relevant stats:

Height: 26 in (90th %)
Weight: 15 lbs (50th %)
Head: 42.5 cm (50th %)

That length measurement will tell you the reason why he seemed to outgrow all of his clothes overnight — those overalls never had a chance!

Mean Median Mode

Ben had his 2 month checkup last week. He’s healthy as a clam, and took his vaccinations like a man.

His metrics reveal him to be an almost perfectly average little man:

Height: 23 inches (50th %)

Weight: 12 lb. 2 oz (55th %)

Head: 40.5 cm (50th %)

Close readers of the blog will recall that his sister at this age had a similar weight percentile, but she only got there by balancing out her ginormous head and diminutive body.  Ben is of more… usual proportions.

Happy baby after the break:

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