Friday, April 1, 2011

4 Months - Bo

This little sweetness, or as his Ya-Ya (aunt Laura) likes to call him, Bo-ness, is 4 months old. He continues to be very easy-going. I get asked all the time, "is he always this chilled out?" The answer is pretty much, yes. When he gets sleepy or hit by one of his brothers, he'll let you know about it...otherwise, calm, smiley baby. He's so content in fact that I'm afraid he may be starting the slow-down in weight gain that Grey did. At Grey's 4 month check-up, he wasn't keeping up with his weight gain. I contined nursing but started supplementing with formula since I have an issue because of how nursing went with Sam.*

At Bo's 4 month check-up, we noticed he wasn't quite keeping up with his weight gain either...definitely still gaining, just not at the rate you'd expect/want. I'm trying not to obsess about it. I feed him when he's hungry and like I said, he seems super content and still sleeps great. The great mystery! If the baby is getting enough, why doesn't he poop more and why doesn't he gain weight as quickly as the docs think he should? Oy. Nursing is just not my strong point.


Sam and Grey continue to love on Bo any chance they get. Sam likes to give him hugs and kisses, snuggle with him on the floor and perform the heimlech lay on top of him in a plank position. (how creepy is that image?) Sam is also really into pretending he's a baby. Hmmmm. Wonder why that is?

Also, Sam has taken over Bo's music-playing seahorse. Just this morning, he put "Bo" in his bouncy seat, put him to bed on a stack of pillows with both blankets from the couches, and freaked out when I moved "Bo" from the bottom of the stairs.

Grey brings Bo his blankets and paci every time he finds one. Every time. You can often times find me nursing Bo with 3 or more blankets piled on top of him. Thanks Grey. He also likes to lean in and give Bo hugs. He can hear Bo making noise in his room long before anyone else and is quite concerned if he is in the car before Bo. (they sit next to each other)

At 4 months, Bo still sleeps between each feeding (5 feedings, sometimes 6) except for the last 2. He goes to bed around 8:30 and wakes up around 7:30 a.m. I can't remember the last time he woke up in the middle of the night (which means it will happen tonight). He smiles easily, laughs frequently, and snuggles a lot. I love that, when I carry him around, he grips on like a little monkey.

*Despite my best efforts, Sam went a few weeks and didn't gain any weight, at a pretty young age. So, I limped the breastfeeding along for as long as I could, while feeding him mostly formula. No way I could do that with the next two...I spent WAY too much time nursing, pumping with a pump that wasn't worth squat and then feeding him a bottle. All that to say, I'm still paranoid my babies won't get enough to eat. It's dumb. I know. I'm working on it one baby at a time.

Sorry the spacing is so weird on this post. Not sure what's going on. Blogger...what's going on?


Camille Platt said...

I was a nightmare pumper with Aaron. Won't have half the time or patience this time around.

Melissa Richie said...

I can't believe that he's sleeping so great at night! That's awesome. And he's just so cute - I'm dying to get my hands on him.

I'm sorry about the nursing woes. Why is it that breastfeeding is so important but also the most difficult thing EVER? Bo sure does look like he's very well fed, and I hope that you're not feeling too much guilt over using formula some. You've gotta do what you've gotta do, and you're doing a great job.

Hope you guys had a great weekend and that this comment makes sense. I just took two benedryl because my allergies are making me crazy. I won't be surprised to come back, reread it, and find that I wrote everything in Spanish. :\

Lindsay said...

Wow... 4 months! It goes so quickly.

I totally understand the nursing anxiety/second guessing. Hopefully it will get easier. One way or the other, you're a great mom and you'll make the right decision for both of you.

I'm still keeping my fingers crossed that our baby #3 is a replica of Bo. He's such a sweetie!

jessica said...

Happy 4 months, Bo! Love those long toes! ;)

Kristin Owen said...

Such a sweet baby!

And I'm with ya on the nursing. I had to stop going to the class because I just left depressed every week that she wasn't gaining like she was 'supposed' to. But she was always content, slept great, and wasn't acting hungry. I say if he's acting fine, then the weight gain isn't an issue. (And you know I'm a pro and all with my one kid. :-) Just kidding. I'm clueless most of the time.) I write that just to say, I understand. You are doing a fabulous job!

Rachel said...

Awesome. My daughter turned 4 months on the first as well and I was looking at some of your old posts and realized that you found out you were pregnant last year the same time that we did. It was incredibly hard to get my mom to believe me because we found out on April Fool's day and the night before my brother and his wife told my parents that they were expecting as well. Needless to say, when I told my mom she didn't believe me and I had to take a test in front of her before she would even consider it and even then it was a tough story to sell. She thought I had stole one of my sister-in-law's test and switched them. So, my nephew and daughter were born a week apart. Pretty neat euh? Congrats on a 4 month little cutie. :)