Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Gus is FOUR months old

Oops I meant to post this Monday. Gus turned 4 months old! He had a pediatrician appointment that day and got his shots--:( He wasn't too happy with that shocker, but he did dazzle everyone with his cute smile and shrieking laughter before the needles came out.

It is so shocking how quickly it has flown by. Those first few weeks thinking wow maybe it was a mistake to have more than one baby. Of course I spent most of every night sleeping sitting up with Gus on the boppy nursing on demand---which seemed constant and if I moved him he wailed. Now we have it pretty much under control. Sleeping through most nights sure helps. Gus and I are more coordinated at nursing now too. He's more sturdy, so it doesn't seem like Reese will break him just by looking at him!
He weighed in at 12 pounds 8 ounces. We think this is pretty chunky, though he is obviously not fat like some babies you see with visible rolls through their clothes. Turns out this is only 10th percentile for weight. At 2 months he was 25th percentile, so of course this sends a momentary jolt to a momma's gut. I was thinking she would say I have to wake him for a night feeding, or at leastscold me that I'm not feeding him enough. Instead the pediatrician said "LOOK how close together the 10th and 25th percentile curves are! I'm not worried at all!" The growth chart is actually not a measure of healthy weight and height, but a measure of all babies. So 90% of babies are bigger, not healthier. Though I'm a chunky momma now I weighed less than 100 pounds until I was 28 1/2 years old. I am just not going to have fat babies. All the clothes my mom kept from my brothers (early 90s) in size 2T are way too small for Reese, but in modern 2009 clothes he wears 2T with some room to grow. So as society as a whole gets bigger the chart moves and the clothes grow. SO the long and short of it is the pediatrician is happy with his size though I was surprised to discover our cow is in fact a peewee.He is 24 (and I think 1/4) inches. 50th percentile for height. So I guess he'll be like Reese in that we have to move up to the next size clothes because he's too tall for it without ever actually filling out the middle (though his tummy seems tubby.)He still doesn't have much hair as you can see.
Reese at this age also had not much hair. He was 9 pounds and 21 inches long. He had quadrupled his birth weight plus a smidge! (Gus is 10 ounces shy of doubling his birth wieght.) He grew 7 1/4 inches. I do not have photos from that far back stored on this computer, so this is the only 4 month shot of Reese I have...with a binky covering half of his face.
Don't you think he totally looks like Reese?

1 comment:

Julie said...

Wow! Your boys look so alike! I didn't think so, but looking at their 4 month pictures, it's hard to tell who is who! So cute and great job in feeding him!! That's quite the accomplishment!