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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Ephram at Four Months

Ephram has had a bit of a rough go in his fourth month of life. This month we had to go in and see Dr. Smith for a steroid shot on his lip scar because he was getting a keloid. We had to swaddle him up and they gave him the shot. He was definitely not a fan. Poor guy also came down with RSV this month. RSV has caused him to have a pretty strong cough, which in turn causes him to vomit up all his food. Not great. Here is hoping he will be healthy in month five!

We did follow through on our plan to move Ephram to his own room and to sleep train this month and it started out pretty successful. Then he got RSV and it kind of got pushed aside. He is still sleeping really well all things considered. He naps for 30 minutes to an hour in the morning sometime between 9:30 and 11 and he sleeps for 1 to 2 hours in the afternoon sometime between 1:30 and 4. He also takes a little cat nap most evenings, usually around 6. His bedtime is the same as Wills' and they go to bed between 8:15 and 8:30 every night. Ephram's wake up time is so variable. It is any where from 5:30 to 7:30. You just never know! The earlier it is, the more likely he is to go back to sleep after some cuddles, otherwise, he is up for the day.

Considering all he has been through so far in his short life, Ephram is a really happy baby. I am still missing his cleft smile. This article in the NY Times blog takes the words right out of my mouth. Especially when she says "But I’ll always carry with me this ache in my heart that wonders what he would have looked like (and what his life would have been like) if we had not changed him.". There is no doubt having the surgery was the right thing, but still... His new smile is beautiful and his smiles are easy to get and his little laugh is just too precious. He still loves having the aquaphor rubbed on his cheeks. He is starting to tolerate the lip massage a little better. He doesn't start screaming immediately anymore, which is nice.

Ephram is definitely a people watcher, particularly Wills or anyone that has food. I am not sure we will be able to hold him off for too much longer when it comes to our food. He definitely stares you down and follows the food from the plate to your mouth. He is doing great with tummy time, but hasn't quite mastered rolling over yet. I am sure it will be soon though!

Four Month Stats:
Weight: 15 lbs, 11 oz (46%)
Length: 26 1/4 inches (84%)
Head: 43.7 cm (92%)
Clothing Size: 3-6 months, some 6 months
Must Haves: The Lillebaby carrier is still a must. It gets used a ton by me, Charles and our nanny. So much so, that Ephram actually doesn't like the stroller very much because he isn't used to it! Pacifiers are still very important, as are his fingers.

Brothers side by side:

Wills                                      Ephram

Wills is doing better with Ephram. He has quit telling other people to take care of him when he cries. At bedtime he tells Ephram goodnight and that he loves him. Just melts my heart when he says it!

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