Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Watch Me Grow: 4 Months

I seriously can’t believe that this little cutie is four months old!

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My how time has flown!

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Can you tell that she’s finally starting to chunk up?  I’m loving the beginnings of squeezable thighs!

Evelyn is starting to hit a really fun age.  She doesn’t just lay around anymore.  She plays.  She grabs toys and plays with them.  She grabs her feet and plays with them.  She grabs Charlotte’s hair and plays with it (Charlotte thinks this is hilarious.).

Evelyn loves listening to Trenton.  He talks to her all the time.  And she just hangs on every word he says.

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I love that Evelyn is such a smiley baby.  I hear her wake up in the morning, and look over the edge of the bed to see her smiling up at me (she still sleeps in the rock & play – we’ll get her moved to a crib eventually!).  Can’t wake up on the wrong side of the bed when you see that!  She is also trying to laugh.  I can tell that she really wants to, but she hasn’t quite gotten it yet.

We are hoping that we finally have Evelyn’s medical issues figured out.  Her pediatrician switched her formula to Elecare (a formula that is even more broken down than Nutramigen) a few weeks ago.  It has worked wonders on her diaper count.  She was at 5-6 dirty diapers a day, and is now at 1 every day or two.  And as soon as she went on the new formula, her diaper rash disappeared.  The pediatrician is working on trying to get Tricare to cover at least part of the cost of the formula.  It runs $400 a month right now and will only get more expensive as she takes more formula.  While the formula worked great on her diapers, she was still spitting up everywhere going through multiple burp rags and clothing changes a day.

Last Thursday we met with a pediatric GI doctor.  He raised the dosage of Evelyn’s reflux meds.  He also changed how Evelyn takes her formula.  The doctor said that if we cut down the amount of liquid she takes in that she will spit out less.  So we are using less water but the same amount of formula powder.  This thickens her formula a bit too making it stay down better.  It’s only been a few days since making these changes, but we’ve already seen a huge difference in Evelyn.  I had our backpack stuffed with multiple changes of clothes and burp rags for Evelyn while we were in Yosemite, but we never even had to use them!  

The GI doctor said that we’ll talk about solids at Evelyn’s next appointment in a few weeks.  The kids can’t wait for Evelyn to start eating baby food.  They really want to mash up bananas for her!

Weight: 12 pounds, 4 ounces (25th percentile)
Height: 23.5 inches (25th percentile)
Eating: 4 ounces of water + 2.5 scoops of formula powder every 5 hours
Solids: None right now
Teeth: None, but good gosh this girl drools a lot!  More than her big brother and big sister did combined!
Sleeping: Evelyn goes to sleep around 8:00, wakes up around 1:00 for a bottle, goes back to sleep, and then wakes up for good around 6:00.
Naps: One long nap in the morning.  Normally 8:30 until sometime between 11:00 and noon.  Evelyn normally goes down for an afternoon nap around 1:30 and sleeps until about 3:00.  Sometimes she takes a quick catnap around 5:30, but not every night.
Clothing Size: She has outgrown almost all of her 0-3 month clothes, she still fits into most of her size 3 month stuff, and she’s just starting to fit into a few 3-6 month things.
Diapers: Huggies Little Snugglers size 1
Shoe Size: Who needs shoes anyway?

First Easter – April 20th:
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First Aggie Muster – April 21st:
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First Time in a Coin Operated Ride (she obviously loved it!) – May 3rd:
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First Trip to the Beach – April 30th:
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First Road Trip – May 9th:
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I love watching this little munchkin grow and change.  I just hope she doesn’t grow up too fast!

5 comments:

Jen said...

Time is flying by! She is such a cutie.

Jenn said...

I really love her Easter picture. I think I've seen that expression on my children a time or two! Cannot believe she's 4 months. You were just posting about her birth! Slow down, time!

Shannon said...

She is adorable. I can't get over the price of her formula...but she's definitely worth it!!

Mrs.B said...

I can't believe she's 4 months! I really hope you can get Tricare to cover it, our friends here have their son on special formula and they cover it for them and it's nowhere near as bad. I'm glad that the new formula seems to be helping!

Emily said...

What a cutie!! I love all her bows! I agree this is such a fun age. My little girl will be 4 months in a few days. :) I think we might be on the verge of teething too. Can't wait.... Not!!