Today Brielle had her 1 year well child exam. I told the doctor that I was concerned because Brielle has been sick for practically a month now, with various illnesses, etc. And that I had taken her to Urgent Care over New Years and they said it was a virus, etc. Well go figure, today she had a really bad ear infection! Apparently they didn't see that when I took her to Urgent Care, so who knows how long she's had it, but I feel so bad now :-( She got meds today so hopefully she's feeling better by the time of her party. My mom watched the girls today so that I could prepare for the birthday party, and the report was that Brielle was extremely fussy this afternoon. Poor girl.
In other news, Miss Brielle continues to be a petite thing. She's down (percentile wise) in height and weight from her 9 month appointment, and I said that she really hasn't been eating that well the last couple weeks she's been sick so that might be a small part of it...but in general the doctor said that since she's proportional she's likely just going to be a petite thing. So different from her big sister! So today her stats were (they were a little different from when we went to urgent care, because today they actually took off her clothes and did it the right way):
Exactly 20 lbs (33rd %ile)
28 inches (18th %ile)
Head circum. (34th %ile)
Raya was always 80th-90th %ile! lol.
The only other thing that came up was I did ask him about her talking, because she seems "behind" compared to Raya at this age. She doesn't say any words at all really. (She will say Mama and Dada at times, but just as babble....not meaning us.) I think they usually say by 12-13 months they should say at least 3 words (usually Mama, Dada, and hi/bye, etc.) Anyways, I did tell him that I think the main issue is that she's suffering from 2nd child syndrome! I got to thinking and it's very rare that we sit down one-on-one with Brielle and read her a book for instance. I read books all the time! But they are usually Raya's books and Raya fights to sit on my lap and Brielle is just crawling around us while we read. The doctor said that's very common and only gets worse the more kids you have. So now my new goal is to make sure that Brielle gets at least 30 minutes every night of 1-on-1 time and reading books that are at her level, etc. Lee and I can switch off kids so that Raya isn't always hogging all the attention!
Have any of you guys found that your second children talked less/later? Any tips for me for building in time for Brielle with a very demanding 2 year old at home?! :-)
***And now in other news, we have our GIVEAWAY WINNERS!
First things first, we had a total of 47 different entries over the course of the giveaway--yay! I used the random number generator to randomly select the winners and winner #1 (who gets a $25 credit to my shop No Paparazzi Please) is.....
Nicole Avesani ...congrats!
and the second winner, who also gets a $25 credit to my shop is.....
Bonnie Brown ...congrats!
Both of you can message me through my Etsy shop to let me know what you'd like for your prizes.
And actually, I found it interesting that my two winners weren't necessarily people who had tons of entries into this giveaway---which means for all of you who didn't enter because you thought the odds weren't in your favor or you didn't want to do all the different ways to enter, you should totally enter my future giveaways! Because it only takes one entry to win and*anyone* can win!!!
But I also got to thinking, I should totally reward the person who had the MOST entries into my giveaway. And let me tell you, it was neck and neck. I really thought it was going to be a tie because I had so many people enter who shared my giveaway on facebook and followed my blog and commented on facebook telling me their favorite item from my shop, and blogged about my giveaway, etc....I really appreciate it! But in the end the person who squeaked out a win with the most entries into the giveaway was.....
Amy Kattre....congrats!!! You have won 50% off a future purchase with me.
And for everyone else who didn't win this time, be sure to keep following me on Facebook and here on the blog, because you never know when I'll do another giveaway. I love doing them!!! And please use the coupon code "HappyBirthdayBrielle" to get free shipping on your orders for the rest of the week :-)
And I don't think I've shared this yet here, but one of the winners of my last giveaway chose a custom birthday shirt for her little guy as her prize, and it turned out so cute! Click here to see baby Hudson sporting his mustache bash birthday shirt--he had his professional pictures taken in it and it turned out adorable!