Travel Often

“I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.” — Rosalia de Castro

Love Deeply, but Laugh Along the Way

"Happiness is only real when shared." - Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild

View Marriage as an Adventure

"Love is a flower which turns into fruit at marriage." ~Finnish Proverb

Fuel your body with GOOD (It's the only one you get)

He who has health has hope; and he who has hope has everything. - Arabian Proverb

Open your Soul to Motherhood

A Grand Adventure is About to Begin - Winnie the Pooh

A New Kind of Love is Born

Mothers hold their children's hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Four Month Check-Up

Jackson had his four month visit!!
Big news: Jackson is ready for solids!!

Weight: 13lbs 15.75 ounces (darn near 14 pounds!)
Height: 25 inches
Head: 16.25

We got Jackson a Round-a-Bout and he's diggin it!

Jackson is right on track with his size, though a little skinny...which is OK!!! (And still normal!) So crazy how every baby is SO different.

Doctor saw action Jackson in full effect. Took one look at us and said..."Whoa, this baby is going to be crawling soon!!"

We've kind of been thinking the same thing as we see him move around and push himself up full force.

Jackson practically spun himself all away around on the table once the pediatrician put Jackson on his belly. She saw how much he moves and right away asked about sleeping patterns. I said he was doing great (sleeping 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. or 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.) and then the past two weeks he's been getting up one to three times during the night. AND he's also getting 5 ounces per feeding while at home care. That's a lot of milk for a four month old! Especially one who downs it in less than five minutes and from time to time will scream after for more.

What gives!?!?!

The pediatrician said Jackson is burning through calories like crazy. He is always on the go. Always. Even in his sleep.

So we're going to try introduce solids!! Starting with Earth Best's rice cereal.

I found a book (I know, I know...I said I was done with books, but this one is more of a recipe book for babies and a guide for me because I have no idea when to feed Jackson and how much, etc.) that will help me give him the BEST foods out there. It's called Super Baby Food. I'm going to try making all his foods (except the rice cereal). I don't have time to get the brewer's yeast, add iron and all that other stuff with working full time. I'm still trying to figure out when to cook for myself and Karl. I also hear rice cereal can constipate so I plan on doing some oatmeal too. This should help keep Jackson feeling full.

The pediatrician also said to continue to pay attention to Jackson. Maybe he needs a little cereal at lunch too. We also are having Jenna (our home care) gauge his hunger. If she needs to, she'll try going up to 5.5 - 6 ounces a feeding too. AND you know what that means... More pumping. Baaaahahahaa!  Sigh. We'll see what happens here because that extra pump is a LOT of work. But I don't want our little guy starving either.

Plan is to introduce the cereal for two weeks and add a little something after, only feeding him one new thing every few days (to rule out any allergies). We tried on Tuesday but that was a NO GO. We shouldn't have even tried because he was in a middle of a 7:30 meltdown. Lesson learned.

Jackson handled his shots as well as he could. Daddy came to the rescue and made him feel all better. I do not like the whole shot part. Ugh! He got his Diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis, Inactivated polio virus, H. influenza Type b, Pneumococcal conjugate and Rotavirus today. Two shots and a drink. Poor Jackson. He came down with a slight fever again (100.4) and was a little off for two days (just like how his mom gets when any form of medicine or foreign substance is introduced in the body).

Now... Back to trying to figure out a new schedule with the solid foods. Right now I feed Jackson around 5-6 p.m. after getting home from work and again at 8-9 p.m. However, this week he showed us by screaming his brains out that he is CRASHING big time by 7:30. So I'm thinking I should feed him solids when I get home from work and then give him a night time guzzle around 7:15 so he's in bed before 8. Does this make sense?? What do other people do? Suggestions please!