Sunday, March 18, 2012

4 months

Just to compare:Joey is already 1/3 of the way through his first year! That is really hard to believe. Here are some things that I will want to remember about our little guy one day:
*He wears size 2 diapers.
*He wears 6 month clothes.
*His height was 25.5 inches (75th percentile). The pediatrician says that based on his growth chart, he will be about 5'11". Andrew is projected to be 6'1".
*His weight was in the 50th percentile.
*He is currently on Enfamil Gentlease formula. I have a lot of breastmilk frozen, and I have been instructed to try it with him once a month to see if he can tolerate it. This breastmilk contains no dairy, no spicy food, no citrus, etc--everything on the list of things that could bother a baby. Well, we tried some tonight, and it was a disaster. He got so upset and began crying like a baby does when he/she gets shots. I just don't get it. We will try again next month.
*He smiles all of the time, and he loves to laugh. There are a few things that he finds particularly hilarious: someone tickling his neck, acting surprised to see him when he is sitting on your lap, any silly noise.
*Our special song is "How Great is our God." That is the song that I always sing to him when we are alone. If he is really upset, I will put my nose on his nose and begin humming it. Instead of singing/humming multiple songs to my boys, they each have their own "special" song. That way, they learn it early and know it. I can also tell that the predictability and consistency is comforting to them. While I do sing other songs, I stick to their special songs during times of distress or special one on one time. Andrew's song has always been "Because He Lives." When I brought Joey home, I started singing that song because I was so used to it, and then I decided that I wanted him to have his OWN song.
*He has never slept through the night. Actually, he has never even come CLOSE to sleeping through the night. On a good night, I may get up only 2-3 times. On a bad night, I stop counting around 10 times. He rolls all over the crib and wakes himself up. I will not put a sleep positioner in his bed, so I just get up and roll him back over.
*He has not had any food yet. We are trying to wait until 6 months.
*He is a total mama's boy. He wants me all of the time. He smiles when he hears my voice, and will kill himself turning his neck to find me.
We love our little buddy, and we are so blessed to have him. It is hard to remember life without him!

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