Case went for his 4 month check-up today. He weighed 15 lbs 9 oz and was 24 1/2 inches long. The doctor said he was in the 25th percentile for height and head circumference and the 75th for weight, however I don't think he took into consideration that Case is actually 4 1/2 months at this check-up. I looked at the growth charts and I think he's actually in the 50th percentile for weight. Not that it matters. The doctor said he wasn't too fat just gained more than he expected. I really think these extra 2 weeks made the difference because when we weighed him 2 weeks ago he was a whole pound less. I don't want anyone thinking he's eating too much! : )
As you can tell I'm very into his height and weight and percentiles and such, but just as important are his developmental milestones. He met most of those. They actually are things he should meet between 3 and 5 months so they told me not to worry if there are some he hadn't met yet. The nurse said he may be behind on some and ahead on others. The one thing that he's definitely not doing is reaching up for us to pick him up. Otherwise, everything else was mastered or almost mastered. I wasn't sure if he made 2 syllable sounds, or short a and o sounds or was comforted by a a familiar voice but after talking to Keith and thinking about it, we think he does those too. I guess we'll be working on reaching for people in the next couple of weeks.
Healthwise, the doctor said he looks great. Eyes, ears, nose, stomach, arms, legs- everything looks good.
I was very excited going in today thinking they would say I could officially start solids. Imagine my shock when they said they generally recommend waiting until 6 months. I guess the shock and disappointment was all over my face because he conceded. He did tell me how there was no nutritional value to feeding solids at this point and that it was probably going to be more trouble than it was worth. I think he was trying to discourage me. I didn't bother to tell him that we've already tried it and it's no trouble at all. Case is turning into a snapping turtle and will grab that food right off the spoon if you don't give it to him fast enough.
On another note, many people seem shocked that Case sleeps 10 hours straight at night. So much that I was starting to be concerned myself, but after finding out today that his weight is good maybe even a little heavy and that he eats a little more milk a day than the average baby I'm not going to worry anymore. Instead I'm going to revert back to my original thinking- it's a blessing. Plain and simple. The good Lord knows how much my body needs rest and this is His way of making sure I get it!
Thanks for checking in. We'll put up some new pictures soon!
Oh. I forgot to mention that Case got 6 vaccinations today. So far he hasn't been cranky. Just a little sleepier than usual for this time of night.