Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Houston is 4 months old

Today our little man is 4 months old. I know I say it every month, but WOW 4 months already. He has been home for 2 months now and thriving quickly. Today he had his 4 month wellness check-up.

Daddy and Houston at the pediatricians office
We never had a pediatrician for Landon we just used our family doctor, but with Houston being so premature we had to find a pediatrician who has experience with preemies of his age. I asked around and all my friends said the same practice. There are 4 all women pediatricians in this office and we love them all. My friends were right about them and I am so glad we choose them. The whole staff is wonderful, very helpful and aware of our situation with Houston. I am planning on switching Landon over to them as well in the near future. Ok back to the baby.

He had to get four different shots and he showed us that he has no problem with his little lungs. I have never heard him scream that bad before. Here are his stats based on a preemie scale:

Weight: 11 lbs 13oz (90th percentile)
Length: 21 1/2" (70th percentile)
Head circumference: 38cm (70th percentile)

Our doctor said that he is doing wonderful by growing and thriving well. He is on about a 2 month old level. He has started to open his hands up more instead of clinching his fists, he is getting much better head control and making more eye contact. He has also rolled over several times during tummy time. He will start solid foods by spoon in 2 months and we will be able to change his NeoSure (formula for preemies) to regular milk or possibly soy based formula. Now he is taking rice cereal in his bottle every feeding to help with his digestion and with his projectile spit up by keeping his bottle down.

My attempt at a 4 month photo
Big brother wanted in on the action, take 1
 Take 2
 Take 3
 Take 4

Tomorrow I go back to work after being on maternity leave for 4 months. I am excited about seeing my kids again and being able to go to school with Landon and seeing him throughout the day. As well as getting out of the house, catching up with my girlfriends at work and basically rejoining the human race. However I am having to leave Houston. I found a grandmother at our church who is willing to take care of Houston for me while I work until school is out for the summer in May, so I know its only temporary. I have complete trust and faith in her and her ability to take good care of my baby, but its just hard to leave him after all we have been through. So please pray for me tomorrow as I will have LOTS of crazy mommy meltdowns.

I hope everyone had a great New Years. We stayed home and ate chick-fill-a and watch Toy Story. We were all in bed before midnight and DVRed the ball dropping.
Please don't be jealous of our lives. haha! Maybe next year we will have better plans.

1 comment:

  1. He is really filling out! So precious! Happy New Year!