Alexander: 4 Months

Alexander actually turned 4 months a week and a half ago, but I’ve been so preoccupied with this genetic testing bullshit (read my last couple posts) that I never wrote about it.

Alex 4 months

I used to take a monthly picture of him next to a stuffed dog so you could see how much he grew in comparison to the dog.  Well, another dog, who might be slightly jealous of his little brother’s stuffed toys, decided that the stuffed comparison dog would be fun to chew up.  So yeah that.  And Alexander only grew 3/4 of a pound this past month anyway.

At his 4-month appointment, he was 11 lbs, 8 oz which is only just barely even on the growth charts at all.  It’s a problem.  We actually think that his lack of growth has something to do with starting daycare.  He was a slow eater and sometimes took up to an hour to finish a 4 oz bottle.  While I made him try to eat it for a full hour, daycare did not.  They’d say he didn’t want it and I got several reports of feedings where he only ate like 2 ounces.  I talked to them about it several times but didn’t really know what to do about it until a friend suggested that I try a faster flow nipple.  That made a HUGE difference.  What used to take him an hour to eat now takes 15 minutes.  He finishes every daycare bottle.  I really hope that is what was stalling his weight gain and that his 5 month weight check will show more growth.

We took him in for the blood test for the microarray on Friday and he was 11 lbs, 12 oz, so he’s gained a little bit.  And I’m losing my mind waiting for the results.  It’s supposed to take 3ish weeks.  It’s been 1 day.

I wonder if he might be teething because he is constantly sticking his hands in his mouth and there’s an abundance of drool.

Alex drool

This month he’s definitely been more responsive.  He started laughing (mainly at Jason.  Apparently mom is not so funny.)  He’s very smiley and just recently he started rolling over.  He also got his first fever, presumably from his 4-month shots.  He got a 102 fever and was super cranky, but fortunately, it only lasted the day of the shots and by the next morning, his temperature was back to normal.

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