Thursday, December 1, 2011

4 Months!

I can hardly believe that my little man is four months old.  How far we have come and we still have so far to go at the same time.  Last week was a big week for us.  On Monday, we got our first of five Synergist shots to prevent RSV.  He will get one a month through the season which ends in March.  This shot is really thick but he did great.  Friday we had our 4 month checkup with Dr. Slusher.  He weighed in at 12.2 lbs. and 25 1/2 inches in height.  We dropped from the 25th percentile to the 10th in weight and increased from 95th percentile to 97th in height.  It has been a rough 2 months on his weight.

First, we decided he had a slight milk allergy and switched to soy formula.  Then I decided he may be allergic to soy and switched to Alimentum, which of course is basically the most expensive formula there is.  On top of that, he won't drink the powder.  He wants the ready made formula which is really expensive.  The doc and me still can't decide if he was allergic to soy or just has really bad reflux which makes him refuse formula.  For now, he seems to love the formula and is eating really well so I will pay whatever amount of money to have him eat and put on weight.  Since Aiden's needs to put on some serious weight, the doctor wants us waiting to try and solid foods for another 2 months.  She did want us to add 1 tablespoon of rice per ounce of formula and make it like a slushy. This would make his bottle 35 calories per ounce vs. 20 calories and ounce. Needless to say he hated that and could only eat a couple ounces which doesn't do us any good. So we have put that on the back burner for now until we can come up with an alternative.

Aiden absolutely hates tummy time and is still not rolling over.  He is not the least bit interested.  His neck strength is a tad weaker than what she would expect so we are trying to spend more time on our stomachs.  He just gets so mad though that all he does is lay there and cry.  No lifting of the head at all.  Any tips please pass them on!  Other than that, he is progressing quite well I guess.  He absolutely loves books, music, and Baby Einstein.  He is not that interested in toys and is ready to move onto the next thing fairly quick.  I heard him laugh for the first time last week.  So adorable. 

-Weight: 12 lbs. 2 ounces
-Height: 25 1/2 inches
-Clothing size: He can still wear some newborn if it is a shirt or gown and a couple of 0-3 months as long as not too short in the stride.  They fit him great across your body.  However, he can also wear 3-6 month clothes if they are a onesie. Pants are too big for him.
-Feeding schedule: 5-6 ounces Similac Alimentum every 3 hours.  I do not believe we will ever break him of this.  He's always starving.  He also get a rice bottle every other feeding.
-Medicines: Lasix-0.5ml b.i.d.; Digoxin-1.0ml b.i.d.; Captopril 0.75ml b.i.d.
-Sleeping Schedule: 8:30-9pm til 6-7am.  Occasionally he will wake up early but in general is a great sleeper.  Naps are fairly irregular.

1 comment:

  1. He is precious Larkin! Hope he is able to start gaining some weight soon! I think most babies hate tummy only idea (which you may have tried) is to put a boppy pillow or something like that under their chest until they get used to it. Hope yall have a good Christmas!