Percentages are biased. They only tell you one side of the story. Similar to a political poll that seeks to test a theory of whether people who eat beets are more or less likely to vote for the big elephant, it really depends on who you ask, and whether they ate oatmeal that morning. Oatmeal with maple syrup and raisins. (I hate oatmeal with maple syrup and raisins)
Aja visited the pediatrician this morning because she's come down with her first real cold. The first few days were of no concern, but then she stopped wanting to take her bottles. Of course the moment we got out of the house and into an examination room she perked up. This girl is a champion smiler but hadn't cracked a real grin in days. The doctor walked in, looked at our patient, and the room lit up with her smile. It was just for a moment, but Aja proved that she was in charge.
The best result of the trip to the doctor, other than the fact that Aja only has a minor ear infection, is that she was weighed. Now nine months old, we have seen her grow steadily. But when it comes to the check-ups we might as well ignore the data because they don't have a special one for preemies. She has spent her life swimming at the bottom of the growth chart, looking up at the other babies that climb the chart a little higher each day. But today she made it onto the chart. We have made it ON THE CHART. We're at 1% for weight. I'm going to throw a party. Considering Aja is still sick, it might consist of snot rags and hours spent coughing around the dining room table. Duck duck snot. There might even be candles.
Just a reminder that I'm now visible in all my writing glory at the Examiner.com. Read my first article about how television is a mom's best friend http://bit.ly/a09izH. Were it written as a papoe exclusive it would be titled, Yes, I let my kids watch television, so F*&% off if you don't like it. Happy reading.