Miss Gioia

Friday, February 29, 2008


We took Miss G to her new pediatrician today, just to make sure she had been given the right inoculations and all that jazz. The head of pediatrics at Taiwan Adventist Hospital, this doctor was the same one who reviewed her referral file to double check the medical information. He seems to be a nice guy. He remembered me, at least, which was good. Although it was probably unusual to see a foreigner with a stack of papers about a baby, but with no ACTUAL baby in hand. So perhaps I was memorable.

Today's visit went well. We mostly talked about shots. We also talked about things that were on our minds, like is her head abnormally flat (probably not) and is that strange wheezing sound she makes every so often normal (yes). We also received confirmation that she is a big girl. At nine months, she is 9.6 kilos, or about 21 pounds. Which puts her in the 75-90% range for her peers. The nurse saw her weight and wrote "a little fat" right next to it on the chart. Heh. Despite the nurse's proclamation, neither we nor the doctor are worried about her weight. Now that we are home, she is eating a balanced diet with lots of fruits and veggies (super baby food!). When she is full, she stops eating. I just hope that she doesn't lose her lovely chubby cheeks as she grows.

As we were packing up to leave, the doctor said, "She doesn't look like a girl." We had heard this before, so we immediately pointed out that she was indeed wearing pink. But interestingly, he then said, "No, that was not what I meant. Most boys are very active and verbal in my office, while girls don't move around much. Your baby is behaving like a boy."

To which I promptly and proudly responded, "That's my daughter!"



Blogger Wendy said...

she is a healthy size.. Our larkyn was only 17lbs at 12 months of age. I agree I hope she doens't loose those cheeks

March 1, 2008 4:29 AM  
Anonymous karla said...

i'm sure when miss gioia is 16, she won't be as thrilled as us to see those adorably pinchable cheeks! ;)

March 10, 2008 12:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HI Rebecca,

Congratulations!!! Maybe that partly cause she is from Chongqing--I mean Mss. G is so active and verbal!I am so hapy to hear thsi great news from Karla and shared your website with China desk in NY immediatley, of course including Travis--a Dad-to-be--he said Miss. G is so strong and cute. And, we have learned a lot from your experoence, uch as Bedtime music rutine playing....BTW, I am Shirley, used to be your office neightbourhood in SH..;-))

March 11, 2008 2:38 AM  

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