She got her finger pricked to check lead levels and received her Hep A shot. We'll go back next month to get her MMR shot. I chose to delay the Hep B and Varicella shots for now. The reason I asked to go back later for the MMR shot is so that it's the only shot given at that time.
The MMR is a combo shot of three vaccines and I feel like that's plenty for her little immune system to fight off on it's own. Based on research I'm feeling okay about doing the MMR combo though, despite concerns raised about links to autism. A very solid study was conducted in September of 2007 by several reputable medical institutions showing no link between the MMR shot and Autism. Regardless, it's still a lot of vaccine at one time and I think Katen's glad that she didn't get 4 shots in one day. I can't imagine feeling the pain of one shot in each leg and then seeing that they're going to do it all over again once more. I know I personally wouldn't be too happy about that. We'll go back, thank you.
Here are the stats for 12 mos:
- Height: 29 inches (2', 5")
- Weight: 21lbs
- Both in the 50th percentile
- Her soft spot is nearly closed and head circumference is in the 75th percentile.
- We've finally been referred to the allergist to nail down the source of Katen's allergies
- Katen has successfully weaned off of the bottle and uses only sippy cups for drinks
- Next we'll work toward using a regular cup and will begin potty training if interest is shown
- Based on our milestone check, Katen is performing at the 18 month level.
She's able to do the following--
13 months milestones:
Bends over and picks up an object
Enjoys gazing at reflection
Holds out arm/leg to help dress
Combines words and signs to to indicate needs
Rolls a ball
Eats with fingers
Responds to instructionsUses utensils
Matches lids with containers
Pushes and pulls toys while walking
Walks backward and Runs
Adopts "no" as a favorite word
Turns the pages of a book
Has temper tantrums if frustrated
Is attached to a soft toy or other object
Can stack three or more blocks
Is able to take off at least one piece of clothing
Becomes a pickier eater
Takes one nap per day
Uses six or more words regularly
Dances to music
“Reads” books on his own
Strings two words together
--The things she doesn't do yet within those milestone guidelines are in the advanced category and not required to have met the month's milestone:
Points to one body part when asked (we're close – she can tell you what certain animals say though)
Scribbles with a crayon – she'd rather eat them or bang them on the paper
Sorts toys by color, shape, or size
Now that I'm staying home with Katen every day instead of working, I have more of a chance to take charge of her learning and also to experience her discoveries right along with her. I'm pretty excited about that. I know she's going to miss her toddler friends though.