Sunday, April 29, 2012

My 4-Month-Old!

At 4 months old, Russell:
  • Wears size 1-2 diapers and size 0-3 month clothes
  • Weighs 12 lbs 2 oz (in the 6th percentile)
  • Measures 24.75 inches (in the 48th percentile)
  • Has a head circumference in the 37th percentile
  • Can roll from tummy to back, and is very, very close to rolling from back to tummy (he's done it once...).  He also rolls to his sides very well, especially when I bring him in bed to nurse
  • Has discovered his feet and LOVES to play with them.  They make the best teethers
  • Has babbled with consonances once...he said, "mmmmmmOM!"
  • Is very ticklish and will pretty easily giggle if we tickle his neck, cheeks, or armpits.  He also loves to giggle when you touch your nose to his nose repeatedly or when you pretend to eat his hands
  • Has a TOOTH!  It broke through when he was 4 months and 3 days old.  The night before it came through was probably the worst of my life, and he's still got a whole mouthful to go and tylenol does nothing to help his mood.  Heaven help me.  His new tooth is on the bottom right
  • Is very good at reaching for things that he wants, but sometimes has a hard time getting his hands to open enough to effectively grab whatever it is that he wants
  • Shows a lot of interest in toys, holding them and waving them and bringing them to his mouth, but he gets bored with them easily
  • Is very good at sitting up when we give him a little support, but if we prop him with anything else (like the boppy pillow) he falls immediately.  He's completely unwilling to even attempt to support himself sitting with his arms.  But that's ok.  He's still young
  • Has really regressed with his sleeping.  I blame it on our vacation.  Or a growth spurt.  Or teething.  Or maybe he just hates me and wants to make my life miserable.  That's a joke.  Sort of.  He usually wakes up 5-7 times a night and the only thing that gives him comfort, day or night, is nursing
  • Has no self-soothing abilities whatsoever.  He absolutely refuses the binky now--it makes him extremely mad when we try to give it to him.  He sucks his right thumb, which calms him down, but he always takes it out of his mouth to cry again after about 30 seconds.  Like Caleb, and my twin sister when she was younger, he likes to suck his thumb when he feels a soft blanket, which I think is adorable and can be very convenient
  • Has been showing more interest in Caleb, reaching for his hair and whatever toy he might have that is within reach
  • Loves to pull and chew on my hair
  • Is willing to smile and "talk" to anyone who talks to him, but he shows a definite preference for the people he knows the best--Mommy, Daddy, Caleb, Auntie Jenna, etc.
  • Loves to stick his tongue out as far as possible, especially when smiling
  • Screams like a newborn still
  • No longer appears to be dairy sensitive.  I went back on dairy and didn't notice a difference in his mood until a week later when his tooth came in
  • Has horrible eczema that comes and goes.  It freaks me out because Caleb was covered in eczema within a few weeks of starting solid foods.  Other than a refusal to eat, it was the first symptom of Caleb's that made us think that something was wrong.  The pediatrician said he won't be concerned about allergies until Russell's weight becomes a problem (for some reason he doesn't think that going from the 20th percentile to the 6th percentile in two months is a problem...).  But since the GI doctor's waiting list is about two months long, I plan on making an appointment this week and if Russell's weight is fine at his 6-month appointment then I'll cancel the appointment with GI.  I just can't stop thinking that if he has an eosinophilic disorder then I want it diagnosed before he starts solid foods so we don't have to take any steps back
  • Has the most beautiful shade of blue eyes!

1 comment:

Cortney Scott said...

He really is beautiful!! I am soooo happy for you guys. I recommend baby wise. great book!! it helped me get star sleeping thru the night at 8 weeks. read it and see if it will work. worth a shot!!