(I thought this picture was cute because you can actually see that Josiah has a neck. Pay no attention to the scruffy man holding him)
To celebrate Josiah’s four month birthday, we took him to see his doctor for his check-up on monday. Since Dirk was at summer school and my mom was out of town, I asked Poppy to accompany me to his appointment. I’m not afraid of being there alone, but its always nice for me to have a second set of ears in the room. I’m nervous that I wont hear everything or if I forget what he says there will be no one to ask.
He got 4 more shots at this visit. Its always so heart-wrenching to see him scream and look at you in despair, but the nurses are great about getting it over quickly, and Josiah immediately went to sleep afterwards. He’s such a trooper!
Anyway, Josiah is doing great. He is 24 inches long(it looked pretty accurate this time, Jamie), and weighs 13lbs 8oz. That totally shocked me! For some reason–maybe it was our inexact method of weighing him on the scale with me or the fact that he’s been in size 3 diapers for over a month–I was sure he was over 15lbs at this point. Instead he is in the 25th percentile for weight and length. I know the percentile junk isn’t important, but it just surprised me that he has only gained a pound in two months!
Dirk and I think that one of the reasons (besides the fact that he will grow at his own pace) Josiah hasn’t put on the pounds is due to the fact that he has only been eating 5 times a day instead of the recommended 6 times for breastfeeding babies. Its just so hard to justify waking him up at 9pm when he is sleeping so soundly and doesn’t wake until 6:45 in the morning!
So probably against our better judgement we got him up at 9:30 and fed him again last night. Everything seemed fine until 3:30 in the MORNING when Josiah would not go back to sleep. I changed his diaper but he did not go back to sleep until after 4! He was so keyed up. AND THEN he got us up at 5:45 hungry and crying. 6th feeding still a good idea? The jury is still out.
Also, the doctor gave us the go-ahead for feeding him solids. Crazy! Time has flown by so quickly, I can’t believe we’re already there. Sensing my apprehension, the doctor was kind enough to write out a detailed feeding plan for Josiah to be introduced when I saw fit. I dont think we’ll be busting out the high chair and rice cereal at least until we get back from Hamlin in 2 weeks. That just seems like a little too much to try to introduce into his life while we’re in a new place. We’ll definitely be posting up pictures and video of that fun event!
In other news: Robin and I have made ourselves founding members of our very own book club. We still dont really know what that means except that we will be reading books together. I have several shelves full of unfinished books, so it will be nice to know there is at least one other person reading the same book. I hope it will make me finish books and be able to discuss them with someone who is enjoying it as well, instead of making Dirk listen to me explain what I think of it. So far we (she) has recruited two more members! The first book is Jane Eyre. It is pretty good, so far! If you would like to join in, pick up a copy and join us. I dont know where we will discuss the book–so far it has been on each other’s blogs. Any ideas?