Saturday, October 9, 2010

Cameron - One Month Update

Cameron is enjoying his new home.  He is such a good baby.  I mean, we don't really hear from him unless he's hungry or has a bad case of gas (which is more often than we'd like).  We really haven't had any bouts of uncontrollable, inconsolable crying (knock wood).  He's on a regular feeding/sleeping schedule of every three hours, but he still seems more like a night owl because he sleeps more soundly during the daytime hours.  Occasionally, we'll get him to sleep about 4 hours at night, so if we feed him at 11pm, he might last until about 3am (but it's rare).  Typically, he gets up around 2am for a feeding and then again around 5am or so.  Angie is the trooper that has been handling all the late night duties and then managing the rest of the clan during the day.  Fortunately, Dillon and Jason are in 1st grade this year so they get the bus at 8am and return home around 3:15pm, which lightens Angie's load a little bit.

Cameron officially turned one month old yesterday, so maybe we're getting closer to him sleeping 4-5 hours routinely...  That would be awesome.

He eats about 3 ounces per feeding now (up from 2.5 ounces about 10 days ago).  I'm assuming that if we can push him to 4 ounces soon he might sleep a little longer.

For his gas issues, we were using the little dropper-style bottle of gas drops (I forget the brand name but it came in what looked like an "eye drops" bottle), but we ran out a few days ago.  So on my way home from work one day I stopped off at Shop-Rite for a few groceries and remembered that we needed the gas drops.  I couldn't find them anywhere in there, but I did find something called Gripe Water.  I was skeptical at first, especially because the bottle costs about $8, but it said it was for "colic and hiccups" (which he has had a few times).  It says it's safe for babies and contains natural herbs that aid in digestion.  He seems to like taking it and it appears to work well.  I guess we'll stick with it for now.

His big brothers all love him very much.  Dillon and Jason ask to hold him all the time (we usually stage this on the couch while they are seated).  I always catch Adrian getting up real close to Cameron and kissing the top of his head. [I'm just waiting for the time when he bites his ear or something!]  Jason asked to help feed him this morning, but I opted to feed him the bottle myself.  We have let them feed him before, but they usually don't have the patience to sit there for 10-15 minutes while Cameron slowly guzzles his 3-ounce bottle.

I don't know when his next check-up is, but the last time Angie took him to the doctor he weighed 7 lbs. 14 ounces, and measured 21 inches long.  He was born at 7 lbs 10 oz, and 20.5 inches long, so he's growing nicely.

-More to Come-

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