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At his birthday party, trying to make a 2 with his fingers.

With Nate and Ben being exactly 20 months apart, their 2-year and 4-months (respectively) well child appointments were due at the same time. Since we've moved, we had to get a new doctor, who fortunately had two back-to-back appointments available so that we could do them both at the same time.

Nate screamed the entire time anyone, nurse or doctor, was touching him, regardless of what they were doing. We talk about these things, we watch videos of Sesame Street characters getting checkups, we weigh and measure him at home (on the bathroom scale and the wall), the doctor talked to us for a long time before attempting to interact with Nate, and he tried to interact with Nate several different ways before touching him (and Rodgers was holding him the whole time), but outside of Nate's comfort zone at home, he's having nothing of it. At least I don't worry that he would quietly wander off with a stranger/kidnapper at the store. He has a stranger alarm, and it is loud.

He is growing great, still a roughly average boy, though he is a bit tall compared to his weight. His head remains 95th percentile, and we expected nothing less. He still outgrows the neck-hole of a pullover shirt before it's too small.

I found this formula online: Girl's height at 24 months x 1.92 = her adult height; boy's height at 24 months x 2.04 = his adult height. Based on this, Nate would be 6' 0.5" as an adult.

I don't know why, but I love this serious expression on his face.

Ben loved all the attention he got from the nurses and doctor. He got two shots and an oral vaccine. He thought he was playing with the nurse until she gave him the first shot. Then, he looked at me, confused and betrayed. He only cried a little.

Though he started out life much smaller than Nate did, he has now outgrown his brother in all three dimensions. (This is comparing their 4 month old sizes.) He is slightly bigger than average in weight and height. He has the same 95th percentile head that his brother does.

The doctor gave us the go-ahead to start solids anytime. We haven't started yet, but we will in the next couple of weeks. Though he noticed Ben's teething symptoms, he said we're probably still 2 or 3 weeks away from the tooth actually coming in.

The doctor was impressed with our kids and our parenting skillz, which makes me proud. :)


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