Monday, November 14, 2005

Well-Baby 4 Month

It was beautiful out today so we decided to hike it and I thought he would sleep in the sling on the way over. I was trying to avoid a very cranky baby at the doctors. Despite lack of sleep, he was wonderful.

He had a great appointment. I was concerned he didn't gain that much weight because his spare tire isn't much of a spare anymore and I'm constantly afraid of malabsorption with his chronic diarreah (not that I really thought there was need for concern but you know me, might as well worry anyway!). He didn't gain as much as usual, less than 3 pounds in the last 2 months. In previous months he gained 3 pounds in 1 month. But currently at 17 pounds even, still puts him in the 90% range. It is a drop from previously being in the 95%. I love when he's in the 90's, it reassures me he's doing alright. He grew almost 3 inches, 2 3/4 to be exact so he's now 27 1/2" which is still 95%. AND fortunately his head grew since last time I got all freaked because his pea head was only in the 50% which is kinda weird since the rest of him was 95%. Now it's in the 75%, I think he's just destined to have a lil ol' head.

The doctor said his development seems more like a 5 or 6 month old. Again, eases my mind since I'm all paranoid about the whole Failure to Thrive thing with his GI distress. I think J knew I had to fill out the chart with all of his accomplished milestones because he was putting on a show, making sure none of his talents went unnoticed. He's been very active lately by my GOODNESS someone must have slipped him some espresso beans before the appointment. He was rolling over non-stop on the exam table making it difficult to do anything. And the exam table paper was in shreds by the time we left.

He's got my knack for giving dirty looks though. It's like a reflex, I can't control it and it seems to have passed on to him. The doc would be talking to him and J would give him this look like "Are you kidding me?" Ahhh, that's my boy!

We didn't get into the GI stuff too much, I got the feeling he is more comfortable letting the GI specialist take the lead. I don't blame him. As long as he's growing as well as he is, the ped is happy. As previously mentioned his vaccinations are on hold for the moment so we didn't have to deal with that today. He said he seemed OK with his cold, like ears, lungs those sort of organs. The doc also thinks he's teething from the amount of drool and the way he was mouthing stuff. I don't put too much weight into that since this has been going on for a month now and you can teeth for a few months. I'm not expecting a little pearly white to show up tomorrow.

So this rolling over thing, I'd like it to stop now. It was cool the first 5,300 times but now I actually have to pay attention. I can't lay him down to play, then leave the room, eat dinner and watch a movie and then go back to him and expect him to be in the same place. Just kidding by the way, he was never left unattended like that, just seeing if you are paying attention. But seriously he's a mad man! What happened to my mellow mini-sloth? This is like, work now. I remember some of you telling me to enjoy my pregnancy because it won't ever be that easy again and I'm all like "la, la, la, I can't hear you!" with fingers in my ears. Hehe, um, sorry, you were right. I wish instead of them closing me up with staples they put a zipper in so I could just tuck him back in there for a breather every now and then.

He is a big ball of fun though. A big, HEALTHY ball of fun.

13 Comments:

Blogger Little Miss said...

Yeah!! Healthy BABY!!

and rolling over? isn't it crazy now that when you come back into a room, the baby is not where you left him?? I was always losing the baby once she learned to roll over (usually under the couch)...damn!

11:46 PM  
Blogger fuzzypeach said...

A zipper, what a great idea!

J is the same size as Pearl in both height n weight.:)

7:48 AM  
Blogger Carley said...

Ha! A zipper so you can tuck him back in - I love that comment!!

Yeah for a healthy baby!

:-)

8:35 AM  
Blogger RSM said...

17 pounds at 4 months! And 27 1/2 inches long?! It's great when they're so healthy. My daughter was in the 90% for her height and weight too. She leveled out after about 18 months old, but she's still pretty tall for her age. My son, on the other hand, he's not nearly as big as she was, although he's gaining and growing steadily. But, because I'm so used to how my daughter was, I constantly worry that he's not getting enough nutrition from me, especially since we're still having issues with all of it. But, the dr. says he's healthy so...

Anyway, congrats on the healthy baby :) I'm sure that will help you sleep easier until right before his next check up!

10:01 AM  
Anonymous Nicole said...

Healthy, yummy baby! Hip Hip Hooray!

And I'm seconding the zipper. Although as big as mine is now, she could really do a number on my bladder!

10:27 AM  
Blogger Daph said...

So glad to hear that his appointment went well and that he's healthy and doing great! And I SO hear you on the rolling over thing. It's like, cool! You're doing something new! Now stop it before you give your mama a heart attack, LOL.

10:38 AM  
Blogger mamaloo said...

That's the funny thing about parenting: it's like those Braxton Hicks contractions that get you tuned up for labour.

Each little development J makes brings you to a new stage of involvement (of the running around kind). They learn to roll over and suddenly you have to clean in corners and under couches. They learn to cruise and you have to make sure everything is baby proofed and watch for falling babies. They learn to crawl and you have to watch them like hawks. They learn to walk/run and you are suddenly running after them while they shriek with glee.

And each new stage you think, I wish it was easier like that last stage. (And then one day they keep asking "why" over and over despite your providing answers and you reaslise that this parenting thing ain't all it's cracked up to be - nyuk!)

10:56 AM  
Anonymous Carol said...

Yay! I'm glad he had such a great well-baby check up and I hope it's put your mind at ease.

J may slow down in the weight gain department from here on out. From 0-4 months the average baby gains about 6 oz/week but from 4-6 months it's more like 4-5 oz/week. And then of course from 6-12 months it's even less (2-4/oz/week).

Your little man is thriving, Cara! Now you have proof :)

11:17 AM  
Blogger Kira said...

one thing first time moms do is worry too much. and look, he's doing so well!
I was a definite overworrier, but a good bit of THAT went away by the time he was a year (well, i worry about everything else, but a little less about my son's development).
my son went from 85% (at a few months) to 25% to 10% (sometime after age 1, i can't remember ) over the course of a year and a half, and it was all perfectly normal. we are little people, anyhow.

11:40 AM  
Blogger Candice said...

Haha the zipper thing. We still threaten to send them back, just shove em in thru the belly button. Nick is always saying, SHE GAVE YOU LIFE. YOU CAN AT LEAST GIVE HER A HUG (my eldest is going into that boy thing about hugs and kisses. ALready!?!) Oh and the rolling over? YYAY! But it's like anything else they do. Eventually it gets real, real old. Like when they learn to say MAMA. Oh it's cute. Until it becomes their anthem. Cole even says it in his sleep.

1:02 PM  
Blogger littlefeet said...

so awesome!!!

peace...

4:29 PM  
Blogger ^starshine said...

I second the comment about learning to say "Mama." My friends baby sounded like a frog when he said "Mom." It was so funny to hear him say "Mom....Mom....Mom....Mom...." and then he kept saying it!

That's right J keep your Mama on her toes!! :)

8:56 PM  
Blogger Krista said...

Just wait 'til he starts walking! LOL! Aww.. they grow so fast! Watch out! I loved reading about his appointment. He seems like such a healthy big boy despite his GI problems! Way to grow, big J!

1:24 AM  

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