Wednesday, August 17, 2011

He's finally asleep... Well-baby Check up, 4 Months

Yesterday, Andrew went to his four month appointment.  According to the doctor, Andrew is a healthy baby boy who is a bit "advanced" in his physically abilities and size.  He showed off his skills by pushing his head/torso up with his arms, standing up, and sitting in a tripod. 

We discussed his reflux and the need for a higher dosage of Zantac (increased from 1.0 ml to 1.5 ml twice a day) and she recommended that if the Zantac does not continue to help or the symptoms start appearing sooner, he should go to a GI specialist.  That is on hold for now because the Zantac appears to help.

When we talked about Andrew's eating habits and the amount of formula he eats (30-34 oz), she brought up that babies aren't really designed to have more than 32 oz a day because they have a hard time getting enough calories. The statistic that was on the appointment paper said "Four month old babies usually eat 5-6 oz every four hours" and Andrew eats 8.  She wasn't telling me that I was feeding him too much (based on his weight he "needs" between 33-49 oz), but suggesting that based on his size and activity, he needs to start on solids.  I had planned to wait until six months, but because I'm not breastfeeding, I don't feel as strict about it.  Look forward to "eating" posts coming soon.

He had more shots and did not like them at all. He screamed much more than last time, but calmed down pretty quickly when I picked him up.  He did whimper at the nurse when she walked back in afterwards (smart baby remembered who she was).  I cried more than him.  He did pretty well after the appointment until about 7 pm last night when his fever started.

Andrew's fever has gone on all night and today.  He's super clingy and doesn't want to be put down, so much so that he won't sleep without me (gone is my super independent sleeper).  I'm tired.  Thankfully he was SO tired that he finally fell into a deep sleep and I was able to put him down (and why you have this post) and he stayed asleep.

Length: 25 inches, 51st percentile (the nurse didn't even straighten his legs? Not very accurate)
  • 9 Weeks: 24 inches, 89th percentile
  • 3 Weeks: 21.5 inches, 58th percentile
  • Birth: 20.5 inches
Weight: 16 lbs, 4.8 ounces, 78th percentile
  • 9 Weeks: 12lbs, 3.8 ounces, 51st percentile
  • 3 Weeks: 8 lbs, 14.9 ounces, 24th percentile 
  • Birth: 7 lbs, 5 oz
Head Circumference: 17.75 inches, off the charts! 101 percentile
  • 9 Weeks: 16.73 inches, 95th percentile
  • 3 Weeks: 15.5 inches, 84 percentile
  • Birth: 13.5

1 comment:

  1. When did he start lifting his head and torso? Because I, ashamedly, haven't been doing a lot of tummy time, I completely forget to. And it said that by the end of this month, she should be able to lift her head up, she can do it for a few seconds, but she can't hold it up any longer than that. And she gets irritated quickly with the tummy time, another reason why I haven't done it that often. I know I should just keep doing it so that she gets used to, but I forget. How often do/did you do tummy time?