4 month appointment

June 18, 2009

The boys’ 4 month appointment went so well today!  Their pediatrician was super impressed with their motor skills (especially for their adjusted age of just 7.5 weeks), and doesn’t think that we need to think about EI yet (EI = Early Intervention, which is a common follow-up program that a lot of preemies need to help with their development).  That made Jeff and I really happy, but we know we’re not quite “in the clear” yet – Dr. B will continue to monitor Max and Wes throughout their first year of life to see if anything changes in regards to needing EI.

Here are their stats –

Max – 10 lbs, 9 oz, 22 1/2 inches long, head circ was 15 1/2.

Wes – 12 lbs, 8 oz, 23 3/4 inches long, head circ was also 15 1/2.

I didn’t ask about percentiles (because I just don’t want or need another thing to worry about), but Dr. B offered them up anyway.  Without posting percentages, I’ll say that for their adjusted age, they are both doing really, really well – Wes is on the charts, and Max is almost  there!

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They both had their 4 month immunizations, and were little rockstars, only crying for a few seconds.  They’ve been a little fussy since we got them home, so they both got a little bit of infant Tylenol.  It’s bath night tonight, so hopefully that will help to soothe them a little bit.

We confessed to Dr. Brandon (and I don’t think I’ve mentioned it on here yet) that we were giving Max and Wes rice cereal in their nighttime bottles, and to our surprise he was totally okay with it!  Thank you SO MUCH to my friend, Alexis, for suggesting that we try doing this – Max has been sleeping through the night (from 10:30-6!) since last Friday, and Wes is working on it (he usually gets up at least once or twice during the night and just needs to be rocked back to sleep).  I can’t even tell you how nice it is to get a solid block of sleep at night (Jeff gets up with Wes) for the first time in probably about a year – absolutely heavenly.

Speaking of eating, we also took Wes off the Axid (reflux medication) and switched him to Enfamil AR (from the waaaay more expensive Enfamil Nutramigin), and he’s doing so awesome on it!  I would say his spitting up has been reduced by at least 80%, and the reflux has seemed to subside as well.  Hallelujah!! 

Oh, one more great bit of news is that Dr. B doesn’t think Max and Wes will have to be re-circumcised, which is FANTASTIC!!!!  At one of their first pediatrician appointments we were told that it was a high possibility that one or both of them would have to be re-circ’d, so this news was a HUGE relief!

After their appointment, we went to Salty Rita’s for some queso dip and mushroom and goat cheese quesadillas (and an adult beverage for mom and dad to celebrate another successful pediatrician visit).  Max and Wes got their afternoon bottles, but I think they really wanted to try our drinks!

Max eyeballing daddy's margarita

Max eyeballing daddy's margarita

"No Wes, you can NOT have mommy's mojito!"

"No Wes, you can NOT have mommy's mojito!"

"Pain from the shots?  What shots?!?"

Kerry

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