Brandon turned six months old yesterday, and to celebrate it, he came down with a cold. Bummer! However, it's amazing how much better he handles colds than I do. When I have a cold, don't even attempt to get me to smile. Brandon's still our happy little guy except for when he gets really really tired!
We took him for his checkup today. He weighs 17 lbs. 9 oz. (up almost 3 pounds from his last visit) and is 25 1/2 inches long (exactly an inch longer than two months ago). This keeps him at the exact same percentiles - 50th percentile for weight, 25th percentile for length. His head measures in the 75th percentile... so like Dr. said... he's got a lot of brains in there! :)
A little out of the ordinary... he has a little bump on his skin right in the middle of his neck on the front. It's been there since the day he was born, but to anyone else besides his mommy and daddy and his doctor, it would look exactly like a large pimple. It's also hard to see because it's usually hidden under his little roley-poley skin under his neck. Today was the first time I had shown his doctor because I'm so used to it being there, that I had forgotten to mention it until today. When the doctor saw it, she said it is a cyst. She has referred us to the University of Iowa Hospital Pediatrics ENT doctors (Ear Nose Throat). She said they need to take a look at it because sometimes when a cyst is formed in that area, it can actually be connected underneath to things in the throat region... and that if that's the case, it would have to be surgically removed or an infection can develop internally. So we go next Wednesday for that appointment. Three things could happen - they could discover that it's only superficial and that would be case closed, nothing to worry about. They could tell us that they don't want to make a final decision yet and want to see us again in a year. Or they could say -- yes, we need to do surgery. Our doctor thinks that if surgery is required, they would wait until he's a year old to do it. Our prayers are obviously that there is no surgery needed. We will keep everyone posted and would appreciate your prayers as well. The thought of someone performing surgery on my tiny sweet little man chokes me up a bit... but trying not to think too much about it yet!
The growth chart tab at the top of the page has been updated with his six-month picture.