We had a good check-up yesterday. He's doing well and is a growing boy. He's actually a BIG growing boy! He measured 25 1/4 inches long (97%) and weighs 13 pounds 12 ounces (91%). We couldn't believe that he's bigger than 97% of babies his age! I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing! You never know if he's going to stay that big as he gets older, but Tony's tall and has some tall relatives and the Lewis side of my family is very tall. My Dad's as tall as Tony and my boy cousins are all taller than that! So it wouldn't surprise us if he was taller. He also had to get 3 shots and 1 oral vaccine. I was dreading this since he was born! Tony makes fun of me for it, but it was very sad yesterday. When he got the first shot, he screamed like I've never heard him before and his poor little face was purple he was crying so much. I started getting teary just seeing him like that. After it was over, he just curled up on Tony until we got in the car and he slept the whole way home. The rest of the day he was pretty tired and cried off and on, but he went to bed pretty early without much protest and slept really well.
From 4 weeks ago we have made some huge progressions. Cole now sleeps through the night (7 to 9 hours at a time) and is getting up around 4 or 5 am to eat and then goes back to sleep for another 3 to 4 hours. He's eating 6 to 7 times a day. In between eating and sleeping he has a more relaxed personality. He will now lay down to play and is getting better with tummy time and holding his head up. He doesn't require us to hold him all day long anymore. He has started to like his swing and even took a few naps in it during the past week. He still loves his rocker seat and the bath. At around 6 weeks he started sleeping at night and napping in his crib. So he now sleeps in his room all the time. Another big thing happened a little over a week ago...he drank a full bottle! He fought that for a long time, but we finally had some success with it and have been able to go out to eat or run an errand without stressing about when he was going to eat. We've also seen a few smiles, but cannot wait until they come more often! We become more and more attached and in love with this little guy every day!
For the next month, we are starting to work with him on his napping and going down to sleep. Up until now, he's not going to sleep unless we are holding him. So we are working on teaching him how to soothe himself to sleep which equals a lot of crying in our near future! But, just like the bottle, I thought he would never do it, and he has. So it's just going to take some work and it won't be fun at times. It's what we need to do for the long run though. I'll be having one sore back as he gets older if we don't! It's funny because when he was so little, I loved when he slept on me! And I still do, he just can't do it all the time.
We are so excited to see how much he changes in the next month! I'm sure there will be new challenges along the way, but we feel more confident each week in our own abilities as well as knowing him better and better.