Tuesday, September 16, 2008

In Maggie's World

Maggie had her one year check-up at the pediatrician's office last week, but I'm just now getting around to posting it. For those of you interested in such things, here are her stats:

Weight: 19 lbs 1 oz (18th percentile)
Height: 29 in. (48th percentile)
Head size: 18 (70th percentile)

So, no turning around the car seat for Maggie just yet. And as you can see, she is following the tradition of Roebuck Big-Heads (though she still can't compete with Max's stats at about this age: 5th % height and weight and 95th% head size!) She had to get four shots, but handled it like a trooper. 

When the subject of my mom's cancer came up in conversation, the doctor stopped and wrote in the kids' charts that we had a "strange cancer" in our immediate family (strange as in- someone diagnosed with a particular cancer who didn't match the risk factors). She said, "I hate to tell you, but that is not good news for your and your kids' genetic propensity for cancer." Great. The thing every mom wants to hear. But... what can you do? God is in control, and my kids are no more or less likely to get cancer than they were before we found out about my mom. Now we just know it's a greater risk. And as the doctor said, it's good to know because it can help with earlier detection and diagnosis in the terrible event that we do have to face cancer again in this family someday.

Even things like well-child checkups aren't quite as simple as they used to be...


John and Janel Breitenstein said...

We love big heads! Gotta have room for that Roebuck (or Breitenstein, as it were) brain.

And I appreciate your attitude so much about your dr.'s words. I love it that God holds my kids' future and will glorify Himself in the best way possible...

Love you,


Anonymous said...

Thanks Doc!

"Uh, I hate to be the one to tell you this but - you're all gonners."

Well, at least there was some good news. you know, about the big head and all. that means a bigger brain right?