Saturday, November 10, 2007

4 Months Old!

Well, the stats are in. At Taylor's 4 month appointment, he measured as follows:

Weight: 13 lbs 1.8 oz (19th percentile)
Length: 27 inches (98th percentile!)
Head Circumference: 16.3 inches (33rd percentile)

Where he is getting his height from we are unsure. My mom's side of the family is a little taller, but I obviously didn't get that gene. Both Jason's parents are average height as well. Maybe he'll even out later in life. He definitely has Jason's body type, though: long waisted and shorter legs. He is still wearing 0-3 month pants and his 3-6 month ones are super long. But his 0-3 month onesies he outgrew a while ago, and already his 3-6 month ones are starting to get tight in length. I hear you can buy onesie extenders, so I'll have to look into that.

Well, at his 4 month appointment, all checked out well. He behaved through his whole assessment, and was smiling away at the doctor. He has a tear duct that still isn't draining well, but the Dr said we would give it a few more months before they sent Taylor to the eye specialist to get the duct opened. He also has been getting really dry skin on his head and a little rash on his stomach, so she gave us some new lotion and we are keeping soap baths to just twice a week.

Then it was time for shots. He got three again, and even though they get them done very fast, it is still no fun. He was all ready for them, with his blanket tucked under one arm, and his thumb in his mouth. The second the first needle hit, his little face crumbled and he started to wail. When it was all over, I scooped him and up and gave him a big hug. That seemed to be all he needed to feel better. I also got a flu shot while we were there, because if I don't get it, there is a better chance that he won't get it.

By 4 o'clock that afternoon, Taylor had a full on cold! His second in his short little life thus far. This one seems worst than the first. Plus he wasn't feeling good from his shots as well, so it was a rough first day. We bought a humidifier, and I raised the head of his bed so he could breathe easier. I've had to suction out his nose a lot as well, which he has learned to arch away from and make very difficult for me.

Other than his cold, he is doing so well. He is trying very hard to roll from his back to his belly. He always gets stuck on his arm and can't quite make it without a little help. He gets so frustrated that he starts to scream. Kind of funny. Hopefully not an indication of how he will face future obstacles or frustrations. :) At least he is persistent with it. He loves to sit in his Bumbo chair or Excersaucer and just look around, and even more so he loves to jump! He is definitely chewing and drooling on things now, so we'll see if that means there are some teeth in his near future. I love when he tries to talk as well. He has his G and H sounds down very well. It almost sounds like he is saying "Hi" sometimes. We have been blessed with a great sleeper, so about 90% of the time he will sleep through the night. Usually 9pm to 6:30 or 7:30 am. He also takes about 3 good naps during the day, about 1-2 hours. He likes his eat, awake, asleep cycle, and it helps us know what he needs when he starts to fuss. So he is a very happy baby.

Here are a few more pictures of Taylor playing in the fall leaves (and eating them as well).