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Nearly half a million babies (1 in 10) are born premature in the US each year which is higher than that of most other developed nations. This is the journeys of our first born son, Finnegan, who was born 14 weeks early and weighed only 1 pound 15 ounces at birth. Of our daugher, Korrigan, who was born a healthy 7 pounds, 7 ounces at 37 weeks. And of our second son, MacKeegan, who was also born at 37 weeks at a whopping 8 pounds, 13 ounces. Our continued adventures reminds us daily how good God is.

Monday, November 17

Fantastic Four

Mac is 4 months old today. He is such a joy and nothing brings me more happiness than him laughing or coo-ing, which he does a lot during the day. He has his 4 month well-child appt next week, so his stats will be coming then. They say that by month 4, babies usually have doubled their birth weight. If that is true, Mac weighs 17lbs 10oz. I bet he is close but we'll have to wait to see for sure. Finn weighed EXACTLY that the day he turned ONE YEAR OLD! Ha, I'll take a big, healthy baby any day.

Fourth Month Baby Milestones:

PHYSICAL AND MOTOR SKILLS
  • Slow in weight gain to about 20 grams per day
  • Double the birth weight (we will see next week!)
  • Have almost no head droop while in a sitting position (He still has some, but his head is HUGE)
  • Be able to sit straight if propped up (if supported, yes)
  • Raise head 90 degrees when placed on stomach (Yes, but hard to hold it there)
  • Be able to roll from front to back (he has but it was accidental, not even close)
  • Hold and let go of an object (yes, mainly lets it go right away)
  • Play with rattle when it's placed in the hands, but won't be able to pick it up if dropped (doesn't hold on for very long, though)
  • Be able to grasp rattle with both hands (I don't know, but I don't think so)
  • Be able to place objects in mouth (his hands, yes, but I don't know about anything else)
  • Sleep 9 to 10 hours at night with two naps (total of 14 - 16 hours per day) (definitely sleeps that much at night, but doesn't have a "nap" schedule yet. He kind of cat naps all day)
SENSORY AND COGNITIVE SKILLS
A 4-month-old baby is expected to:
  • Have well-established close vision (I feel like he can see so much more now)
  • Increase eye contact with parents and others (yes, I was slightly worried because he wasn't making much eye contact but that has increased recently)
  • Have beginning hand-eye coordination (he can get his hand in his mouth and occasionally connects with toys when swatting at them)
  • Be able to coo (yes, does it a lot during the day and I LOVE it!)
  • Be able to laugh out loud (yes, so cute)
  • Anticipate feeding when able to see a bottle (if bottle-fed) (he isn't bottle-fed but he does start licking his lips when I get ready to feed him.)
  • Begin to show memory (hmmm...not sure how this would manifest)
  • Demand attention by fussing (yes, but is usually easily calmed if attention is paid!)
  • Recognize parent voice or touch (yes, for sure)
He started teething about a week or two ago. We give him low doses of Tylenol when needed (or when we anticipate they are going to bother him) and the Orajel gel swabs. The evenings seem to be the worst for him, but it might be exacerbated by the fact that he is tired. His plugged tear duct cleared up on its own a few weeks ago. So happy not to have to constantly clean eye goop any more.

We don't do a lot of tummy time but he tolerates it pretty well when we do. While he has rolled over from front to back at least twice, he isn't really interested yet. He loves to lay on his back and play with his jungle gym play mat. He also loves to play in his jumper, which I like because he is completely upright in there (don't have to worry about the flat head!). The other two kids didn't really like the jumper very much, so I'm glad he does, even if his feet still can't reach the ground! That is what boxes are for. The bouncy seat continues to be a life saver. He will almost always go in there if I need my hands free for something. And he has figured out how to move the toys so they go (there is a setting where the music turns off if the baby doesn't move the toys). I use the high chair in the kitchen a lot. He doesn't eat food yet so it is just used as a holding place for him but he likes to be in the center of the action instead of stuck in the living room by himself.

He will start smiling just by me looking at him and smiling. He doesn't work up to a full belly laugh often but he often looks like he is trying to. He says what sounds like "hi" a lot and likes when we repeat it to him. Finn SWEARS Mac said "Momma" the other day (I'm sure he didn't but I'll take it!). The Bigs like to play the repeat game with him on sounds he is making, which is great for him to hear.

Nicknames: Baby, Bubsy, Bubsy Boo, Mac-a-doodle, Mac Attack, MJT-pronounced "midget" (that's all I can think of now)

He still loves his pacifier. He doesn't need it all the time (thankfully) but the second he gets it, he calms down and usually goes to sleep. My other two never could keep it in their mouths (too weak of suck), so this is fabulous. And since we have the clip to keep it attached to what he is wearing, we don't lose it! He is breast-feeding about 5 times per day. The length for each feeding varies greatly (which always worries me with all my insecurities) but he seems to be growing just fine (again, will find out more next week).

He goes to sleep for the night usually around 9 or 9:30 (depending on the night, sometimes closer to 11 or 11:30!). He then sleeps soundly for 8-11 hours! If he wakes up before 7 to eat, he goes immediately back to sleep and sleeps for another 3-4 hours. Sometimes, if it is after 7, he thinks he needs to stay awake but he is pretty tired and usually goes back to sleep within the hour. I'm looking forward to when he has a nap schedule as he just naps on and off all day. BUT he will still sleep anywhere, which is super convenient if we are out and about. He sleeps in his swing at night for his reflux but also because I'm scared to try the crib now, especially since the swing works so well. I mean, why fix what isn't broke?!?! We will discuss with the doctor I'm sure at his well-child, since at his two month well-child, she mentioned something about him needing to sleep in his crib eventually.

Monthly pics:


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