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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.

Tuesday, November 25

Four Month Well Child

Today we had Mac's 4 month well child doctor appointment. Basically, the doctor said he is a super healthy baby! Yeah. I LOVE hearing that and never take it for granted. Here are his stats:

Height: 25.5" or 60%
Weight: 15 lbs 11 oz or 52%
Head: 44 cm or 96%

No, the head percentile is NOT a typo. His head is in the 96th percentile! She obviously isn't concerned about it and said if you have to have a big head or a small head...it is definitely better to have a big head. So, there you go.

I was most surprised by his weight. Jim thought he'd be around 19 lbs and I thought 17.5 lbs. We were surprised (and I was slightly concerned, because that is how I am!) that he'd gained so little. We talked about it with the doctor and again, she is not concerned. Based on his ques, she feels he is getting enough breast milk so it isn't a supply issue. She thinks he might just grow in big spurts and he is not on a spurt right now. She also thinks he reflux probably contributes to him not getting quite as much milk, but feels that too is under control. So, no concerns. And for the record, I don't think I've EVER had a "normal" baby where their weight and height were both so close to 50%, so I'll take it.

He had three shots today, poor guy! But he did great. He cried right away, but not for long. And then he got to eat, so he forgot all about his legs! Although, the first thing Korri wanted to see when she got home from preschool was Baby's band-aids. Too funny. She did say the tetanus would be pretty sore, so I gave him Tylenol when we got home to help with that. And he hasn't been any extra fussy tonight that I could tell.

We talked about a lot of things, but nothing that was overly concerning. She said she sees NO signs of torticollis based on his range of motion and head shape. I was very glad to hear that. I mentioned that not only doesn't he roll over but seems to have no interest in it. She also said it is normal for a baby not to be rolling over yet and it is sometimes closer to 6 months, especially now days that babies' sleep on their backs. For the record, I'm fine with him NOT rolling over (as long as it isn't due to development delays!). A stationary baby is an easy baby to find.

Mac has dry patches on his skin and she said that is super normal this time of year. She just recommended to only wash him with soap once per week and lotion him up. Hopefully that will help and he doesn't develop skin issues like Korri's. I mentioned that his tear duct seems to be all cleared up and she said that we won't really know for sure until he has his first good cold...but I'm happy to not be cleaning junk out of it constantly.

While she said that he is exhibiting "teething behavior" that he most likely won't get teeth for several months. Oh, don't I know it. I've always said that teething and potty training are the hardest jobs of parenting young children. We'll just stick to low doses of Tylenol (now that I know what dosage he should be having!).

Oh, and the doctor gave the go ahead to start solids! More on that in another post. Cliff's notes: we did and he liked it! In reading through the informational handout, a lot has changed as far as recommendations for solid foods even since Korri was a baby THREE years ago! Crazy.

And because you know I hate a post without a picture, In the information handout it mentioned to watch out for baby grabbing things such as glasses...and so it begins (this was last night!):

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