Charlie’s 4 month update

Hello everyone! Can you believe that Charles is already 4 months old?! Me neither.

Little man is doing wonderful! We saw the doc today for his 4 month well baby, where he got the second round of 2 of his vaccines. He now weighs just over 16 pounds, is still 99%ile for his height, and his head circumference is back on track (he dropped off a bit at 2 months).

The doc says that Charlie has such great head control he can now ride in the stroller proper, and doesn’t need the bucket seat if we want to change things up for him. He also gave us the go ahead to start introducing solids, since Charlie has been SO interested in everyone’s food and drink lately. (and again, he has the head control required). Since he has not had any issues with his gag/suck/swallow reflex, we’ll try him with baby led weaning the way we did Declan.

Charlie is now rolling both directions, sitting unassisted for up to 60 seconds (even longer with a couple of pillows around him), bearing his weight on his legs, grabbing and holding all the toys, and making all sorts of vocalizations — recently trying his hand at blowing raspberries this week. He’s really had quite the developmental leap in the last few weeks.

He’s sleeping a bit worse, but is SUCH a happy baby overall.

We see his pediatrician again in September. We also see the neonatal development follow-up clinic in September to track his progress so far. I’m nervous for that appointment, but whatever comes of it we’ll deal with. We don’t see neurology until October (I really hope we get the OK to wean off his medication then!!!) and we are in queue to have a 24-72 hour EEG at Sick Kids to hopefully catch one of his “episodes” on the monitor and rule out seizure for good. I’m still hoping it’s just a funny sleep thing for him and not seizure activity. Fingers crossed.

Charlie is going to spend the rest of the summer hanging with big brother until he goes to school, maintaining his schedule of PT, massage, and mom & me music classes.

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