Just call me "Slacker". I just looked at my last post and Charlie was almost 4 months old, I was going to post after his 4 month pediatrician appointment and here it is 2 months later! Sorry!
When I last left you, Charlie wasn't measuring up well enough for the GI doc, I was eliminating egg (in addition to the previously eliminated dairy, soy and crab), and we were thickening his bottle feeds when I was at work. The following week we had his 4 month pediatrician appointment and go figure, I was right with his weight as luck would have it. The GI doc's scale needed to be recalibrated. The boy weighed 17 pounds and was 26.5 inches long which is 88th percentile for weight and 92nd for height. The child doesn't have any problems with weight gain people! We've stopped thickening his bottle feeds, and started feeding him baby food. Eliminating egg has helped, though he still spits up from time to time, sometimes small amounts, sometimes larger, but oh well. His first food (besides rice cereal) was avocado which he liked fine. He's also had yellow squash, zucchini, sweet potatoes, oatmeal, and banana. His favorite of these is banana! He started the rice cereal on June 3, so about 4.5 months old. The GI doc would like us to wait at least a week to 10 days between introducing new foods. We're waiting about a week. His next new food will be peas this weekend sometime.
I'm enjoying making his baby food. I can't believe how many things they put milk in. I had started off making Jack's baby food as well, but after the first two things, I gave up. This is better for Charlie because I know that there aren't any big allergens in them, just what I put into it. I bought the Baby Bullet steaming system and blender and it couldn't be easier.
Charlie still has his cranky times EVERY DAY. It doesn't seem to be as bad when I'm around, maybe because I just hook him up and feed him and that works for us, but for Archie and my mom he can really be a handful. Archie and my mom have both made comments that they think it's me, that he gets upset and wants to be comforted, but I'm not there (not that they don't try to comfort him, but for whatever reason it's a me issue).
At 5 months old, I had both boys in the pediatricians office for different looking rashes, but was concerned. I'd had Charlie on avocado for 3 days and he started breaking out on his face in an eczema-like rash which was concerning as this had been Jack's MO with his food allergies. Turns out avocado is a low-risk food for allergies, so that was good news, he was just reacting to something else or having a flare up. Jack had pityriasis rosea AGAIN (he had this last summer too). It's a wierd looking rash that looked kind of like white heads all over his trunk and back-caused by a low load viral infection and clears up on it's own in about 3 weeks and sun seems to help it. It's pretty much gone now but man are my boys some rashy kids. Rashes really bother me. Growing up I had a thing about bumps, they just grossed me out, so you can imagine what it's like when my kids are bumpy and I have to figure out what it is, and how to get rid of it. Anyway, at that appointment we saw one of the pediatricians we haven't seen in a couple of years (we have one we like to stick with, but for urgent appointments, we'll see any of the 3 that are in the practice). She was watching Charlie roll back and forth, standing up with assistance, and she asked how old he was, and Jack told her 5 months. She said if we hadn't told her, based on what she was watching him do and his size, she'd have guessed 7-8 months. He's a tank! Charlie weighed 19 pounds at that appointment! 19 pounds, at 5 months old!!! Seriously?!?!? I looked back at Jack's baby book and he weighed 19 pounds at 9 months old!!! He's a beast of a boy!
Size is just one of the differences between my boys. Charlie will likely have the height from my side of the family, but be built more like his dad. Jack will have more of the height from his dad's side, and be built more like our side. As an infant, Jack was happy to play in his jumper or just be cuddled for an episode of the Backyardigans. NOT Charlie! Charlie is entertained by his jumper for all of about 10 minutes maybe? He doesn't jump, he just has stiff legs and stands which is fine and he does this ALL THE TIME, but I think he'd find it more fun if he'd jump. I don't know how to make him realize that. He wants to be held sometimes, but mostly he just wants to stand, or roll from one end of the room to the other. He's gotten up onto his knees a couple of times, but Lord, I think when he figures out how to crawl that we're in big trouble! He is going to be an active little boy where Jack really wasn't until about 2 years ago and even then, he still will sit and do things quietly for a while. Charlie likes to talk or scream VERY loudly, where Jack was more quiet. He's much more fussy than Jack was. And has an annoying cry which Jack didn't. Just as sweet as Jack was, but definitely more of a challenge especially when I have things I need to get done.
I'll have to get it on video to show you guys, but the other comical thing about Charlie would be what calms him down when he's throwing a fit. By accident really, we found out he likes the song Assassin's Tango from the Mr. and Mrs. Smith movie. Archie was asking me if one day we could take Tango classes and I told him sure, that sounded fun. Jack asked him to play some tango music and Charlie was fussing and Archie put that song on and complete silence from Charlie is what we got. Other tango songs don't have that effect. The other two things that will make him stop crying we discovered thanks to Jack. He sings "Little Bunny Foo Foo" or "We're Not Gonna Take It" by Twisted Sister (we watch the Betty White show and that's the song for it) and Charlie stops screaming and just looks at him. I've found that the Little Bunny song also works for me if I sing it. Not sure what it is about those songs, but I'm not going to argue with what works either!
Today is Jack's last day of camp for the summer. He seems to have had fun, and his swimming has improved a ton since last year. We're looking forward to taking some day trips this summer, going to the pool, and at the end of August, going to the beach!
I WILL update after Charlie's 6 month appointment next week, and hopefully if I do it from home, I'll be able to post a couple of pictures and maybe a video!
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