Now why couldn't they have smiled like this
for the Christmas card picture? Go figure.
This morning, the boys had their 4 month & 2 year well-baby checks. I know Alex is a big boy now, as he doesn't have another well-child visit until he turns 3. That sounds so far away!
I had my hands full of little boys, so I didn't take any pictures at the pediatrician today. Not a great loss. We all know what the mustardy-colored walls look like by now! ;) Instead, I'll put a few recent pictures of the boys in this post.
We made fudge last night, so Alex presented Dr. Brewer with a plate of homemade fudge this morning. He was eyeing it hungrily, so she kindly shared a BIG piece of fudge with my boy. I was surprised at how big the piece was, but I let him eat it. It turns out she thought she was giving him a brownie - not a big chunk of pure sugar - and she apologized after having a taste. Oops! ;)
Alex went to the doctor healthy & uninjured, and he left with an injury, but at least we were in the right place to get it checked out! Somehow, he tripped over his own feet in the examination room. He fell flat on his face, and he gave himself a nice bloody lip. Oops! After some Mommy-comfort, Dr. Brewer confirmed that his teeth are just fine.
Anyway, both boys are doing well. They survived their vaccinations. Alex didn't even cry except for one quick whimper. Wow! (Max, on the other hand, was very angry about being poked!)
Max is now 13 1/2 pounds and 25 1/4" long. His head circumference is 17". Dr. Brewer said Max will probably follow in his brother's footsteps, becoming another skinny kid. We can start solids at any time we'd like, but I think I'm going to hold off a little longer. He's doing exactly what a 4 month old should be doing, and she has no concerns. He does have eczema, just like his big brother. Sigh. We'll be going through a lot of eczema cream in this house!
Alex is now 23 pounds (down from 24, thanks to being sick for the past month) and 32" tall. His head circumference is 19 3/4".
This is how Alex occupied himself while I got dressed
today. I think I ought to be watching him more closely!
If you can't tell, all of our spice jars are in the (unplugged) toaster oven.
Still no peanuts for Alex. I mentioned that Alex has had trouble with peanuts twice since his allergy testing last year, so she said just to hold off on peanuts until he turns 3. Then we'll test again.
We faithfully brush Alex's teeth every night before bed, but she told us what we already know - we should be brushing his teeth twice a day. Alex HATES to have his teeth brushed. It's a huge battle! I feel guilty for not doing it twice, and now I guess we'll have to do it. I nominate Daddy to take over the evening brushing. I'm not sure I can fight that battle twice a day! Dr. Brewer recommended a pediatric dentist, so the first dentist visit will happen sometime in the next month or two. (Hey, Aunt Deb - she recommended a dentist near you. Would you like to babysit Max?)
It appears that I never posted on the blog about Alex's 4 month visit - at least not in a post called "4 month visit". I'll have to check his statistics another time, then come back to edit this post.