Room to grow

Owen measured 27.5 inches at his four month check up this week, a figure that literally put him off the (growth) charts.

He’s one long baby, and he has more than outgrown the bassinet. I’m still not ready to move him to his own room, and so he’ll sleep next to me in a pack and play until he outgrows that. We should have at least four or five days, I think…

By all accounts, everything is going (growing?) as expected. The doctor began to ask if he was eating well, glanced at Owen’s chart, and laughed given his 16 lb 5 oz weight. Indeed, he nurses like a champ. He’s sleeping from 8 pm until 5 am most nights, leaving us remarkably well rested.

Owen is full of sweet smiles and has retained his very calm demeanor. He loves to snuggle—not that we give him much choice: Unless we’re taking photos or sleeping ourselves, there’s a very good chance one of us is holding him. As such, we haven’t seen him roll front to back, but Diane assures us he’s well versed in this new little trick. He’s really starting to appreciate rattles, and his favorite toy is Waddles, which just happens to a be a hand-me-down from another sweet baby.

We have a couple of small hurdles ahead of us: a clogged tear duct (which we hope will resolve on it’s own) and a pretty impressive case of eczema. A few weeks ago, Owen started a prescription cream—it worked beautifully for two weeks, then just seemed to stop. Now, he’s a mess of breakouts, and our doctor said she’d never seen anything quite this bad. She referred us to a dermatologist, and so hopefully we’ll know more next week. In the meantime, we’re doing our best to keep this cute little guy as comfortable as we can.

5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Karyl on November 8, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Doesn’t look like he will be in that bed very long – must be due to his very long femurs!

  2. Posted by Laugh at Jessie on November 8, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    I have the same issues with eczema. Something works for awhile then I get a terrible breakout. I hope the dermatologist can figure out what is going on. Owen is so incredibly cute. His pictures always make me smile!

  3. Posted by Laura on November 9, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    He does look so tall! I’m sorry, too, to hear about his eczema; Hazel has had a little trouble with this, too, but seems to be growing out of it as she gets older.

  4. Posted by Doug Smith on November 12, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    I loved looking at that 4-year-old photo of Livie!

  5. […] a couple of times each night, at least until I admitted he’s continued to sleep in our room in that tiny little bed next to us. She reminded me that I’m programmed to wake when he does, and the minute Owen hears me stir, […]

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