Thursday, January 9, 2014

Amos's Four Month Check-Up

Age of Baby: 4 months

Size of Baby:
  • Weight: 13 lbs 8 oz (down to the 20th percentile), +15 oz from last month
  • Length: 25.25 inches (up to the 61st percentile), +1.25 inches from last month
  • Head circumference: 16.5 inches (up to the 39th percentile), +1 inch from his 2-month appt
Amos recently moved up to a size 2 diaper and is currently wearing 3-6 month clothes. Some of his 0-3 month clothes still fit, but they are starting to get a bit snug.

  • DTaP
  • Hib
  • PCV13
  • Polio
  • Rotavirus
Doctor's Visit Summary:

Amos's visit went very well today. He is right on par developmentally and his doctor loved how alert and happy he was. His weight has dropped a bit again in percentage, but his doctor was not concerned, as he looked good visually. We decided that we're going to try dropping one of his doses of Nexium, down to just one dose a day, to see how he does with that. Hopefully, we'll be able to discontinue the medicine in another month or two, especially once he starts solid foods. His doctor said that age will be the biggest factor. As he gets older, and his system develops, he shouldn't have this issue anymore. I think I'll drop the morning dose because it will be so nice to not have to wait 30 minutes in the morning to feed him after he wakes! :) He also suggested that we start some Vitamin D drops since he's exclusively breastfed, to be sure he is getting enough Vitamin D, especially during these winter months. Overall, he was very happy with his progress, and we'll be back in 2 months for another check-up.

Picture of Baby:

Here is Amos's 4-month picture in the 12-month onesie, and a picture of him at today's doctor's visit.

And here is a comparison of all three of the boys at four months, just for fun. Ethan and Noah were still significantly bigger at this point (Ethan was 26.5 inches long and weighed 14 lbs 8.5 oz and Noah was 25.75 inches long and weighed a whopping 15 lbs 8 oz). I still see a lot of Noah in him most of the time, but occasionally, I am seeing Ethan now, too. Amos has some very expressive faces like his biggest brother!

Ethan, Noah, and Amos (each at 4 months)

Accomplishments this Month:
  • Laughing
  • Jumping (with assistance)
  • Grasping objects
  • Rolled from back to tummy
Amos is really interacting well with us now. He can't keep his eyes off his brothers if they are in the room with him. He loves "talking" to us, too. He's making all kinds of talking noises/cooing, so maybe he'll be an earlier talker than the other two? He laughs at us now, as well. I love that sweet sound! He loves to stand and jump, and only requires our help for balance. He has strong legs just like his big brothers did! When he's in his bouncer, he really gets those legs kicking everywhere. He has also started to play with the toys that are attached to his bouncer. He'll bat at them and grasp them to hold them now.

Click here for a super cute video!

Though I haven't been able to witness it yet, Amos did roll from back to tummy, because he did it in his crib one night! I was surprised to notice it when I checked the monitor that he was on his tummy! Haha! Daddy also lucked out and was able to watch him do it another night, too.

As you can see, he really loves hanging out with his big brother, Ethan!! It melts my heart to watch them interact!

And I certainly love snuggling with my little man, too! ;)

I wish I could report that Amos was still sleeping through the night, but he's not. :/ But, he's not doing bad, so I'm not complaining! He's been getting up once a night (anywhere between 2 and 7 am, but normally between 4 and 6 am) almost every night now for the last few weeks. So I guess I did jinx it after all! Sigh. This past month, he is still averaging around 14 hours of sleep a day, with most of those hours being at night! With the holidays, he has been sleeping in later since we didn't have to get up for school. Then he takes either one long nap (usually 2.5-4 hours) in the late morning/afternoon, or 2 shorter (1-2 hour) naps (one in the morning, and one in the afternoon). Sometimes he still needs a short nap in the evenings then, too (no more than 45 minutes). I still don't have him following any routine, but it seems to be working for him. I've continued to nurse him every 2-3 hours during the day for 10-20 minutes, and that often puts him to sleep, so that's when he naps!

Amos did a great job traveling again on our recent trip to Ohio for Christmas. He slept a good portion of it, and was happier this time when he was awake! That was a relief. We're hoping he continues to be a happy, carefree little guy! :)

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