Hayden went to the doctor for his 4 month check up on Dec 6. He was 17 lbs 5 oz, 26 3/4 inches. He’s still the 90th percentile in weight, height, and head circumference. He had had a rash on the back of his knees which was diagnosed as eczema, so he got some creams for that and it healed up really quickly.
He’s not where we thought he would be now with night sleeping. He’s good with his routine and goes down fairly easily, but I have to get up at least once in the middle of the night still and in fact it’s more normal to have to get up twice. My theory is he is so big that he just requires more food and therefore more feedings. We had hoped though that at 4 1/2 months he would at least be sleeping through from the 11 pm feeding to about 6 am or so. I imagine we will start feeding him cereal soon to try to fill him up a bit before bed. I had planned to start on Thursday and told John to plan to get home early so we could give him cereal for the first time before his bath, but then Wednesday night he had a rare night with only one waking so we postponed the cereal. I would like to wait until as close to 6 months as we can before we start cereal, but he’s going to have to start having more good nights than bad nights really soon in order to make it much longer on breastmilk alone!
John and I went to a concert on Tuesday night with my stepmom Gretchen while Grandpaman watched Hayden. We went to see the Kooks, who are a British band who were playing at the Vogue in Broadripple. We were so tired from Hayden giving us many consecutive sleepless nights and I think all three of us would have been tempted not to go if we hadn’t gotten the tickets in advance. But it was a really great show so I was glad we dragged ourselves there in the end. It was a charity show and they had a silent auction for the charity with three signed guitars – a toy one signed by Ryan Adams and the Cardinals, an electric IU (my university) guitar signed by the Kooks, and a regular guitar signed by the Goo Goo Dolls. John went to the auction right before it closed and won the Ryan Adams guitar! It was great from both angles – we were glad to support the charity (Rock to Read) and really happy to get the guitar signed by one of our favorite artists!
What else have we been up to? I know it’s been a while since either of us has blogged. We have been really busy getting ready for Christmas. I was hoping to have some time to nap on Thurs and Fri (since I have the days off) to catch up on the lost sleep that has accumulated, but I didn’t have time to even think about sitting down in the end. I seem to be spending all my time baking or shopping. Our friend Sunil had a chili cookoff a couple of weekends ago which was quite fun. Everyone brought a chili and we voted on our favorites. Neither John nor I won (fix!!) but it was quite fun. We suspended Hayden’s bedtime routine so he could join us. It seems whenever we show up somewhere without him the first thing everyone says is ‘Where’s Hayden? We don’t want to see you! We want to see the baby!’
It’s snowing quite heavily today. We’re in the midst of a winter storm apparently. It’s supposed to snow all weekend to reach 8 to 12 inches! It’s my dad’s birthday today, so we are supposed to go out to dinner tonight. We’ll have to see what happens with the weather to see if it’s safe enough to rough the roads.
Lucy had a vet appointment this week for her yearly boosters. We took her back to the vet who had kept her litter while they were trying to be adopted. Everyone in there was going so crazy for her, and she was so excited to be back. She hasn’t been there in months and months, and yet she clearly remembered the place and was so excited to be there and see everyone. Laura, the woman who kept the puppies at her house, said she looks just like her mom. We had never seen Lucy’s mom. She also kept going on about how good Lucy was and how she was very chilled out. I think Lucy was on her very, very best behavior because I can’t think of the last time she was described as a good dog! Certainly not in our house anyway. She keeps escaping under Macy’s fence and ending up in various yards around the neighborhood. She is the BIGGEST knucklehead.
I think that’s pretty much it. We are excited for John’s sister Michelle to get here. She’ll be here for a week over Christmas. She’s not seen Hayden yet, so we’re really excited for that introduction!