So, today was the day for Grace's 18 month Well Baby Check-up. She was ready for the occasion. She was healthy, and free of bumps, bruises and scratches. She was right on track (if not a little bit advanced) on the developmental scale. She was right at the 50th percentile for height and head circumference, and just under that for weight. She truly has caught up to her American peers! She even has 2 teeth, with signs of another coming through soon.
She is running instead of walking. She climbs everything. She has for more than the 6-10 words required by the developmental standards. Heck, just the names of her family members (and dog) take up 7 spots. The only place she falls behind a little is in the digestive area. She is willing to try all table foods. In fact, she is quite enthusiastic about most of them. The only problem is, if she eats too much of anything, she pitches it all back up. Not my favorite thing to mention, but real nonetheless. The doctor did not seem concerned. As long as the growth and development are on target, he feels the digestive issues are the lone hold out from Grace's days in Ethiopia, and will soon catch up. Since she is a healthy, happy girl overall, We have decided to put our worry aside along with the doctor.
Some final good news. We have finished our 9 months of meds for Latent TB. No more INH!!! We have a healthy, happy 18 month old little girl. According to the doctor, the only follow-up required will be a chest x-ray every 3-4 years, just like other people would have a PPD skin test. Yippee!!!
To keep track of some of Grace's Ethiopian peers, please go
here, here and here. All seems to be well. 8^)