Logan: 18 Weeks Old

August 13, 2013

Well, Logan is officially a big boy, but not as big as we thought he was.

We had his 4 month wellness appointment on Friday and we were taking bets on his weight. Since we’ve weighed him at home on our scale we knew he was over 21 lbs [that’s how much he weighed when we last weighed him]. My guess was 22.8 and Lucas said 23. We were both wrong, way wrong.

Logan weighs 18 lbs 9 oz, and is 27 inches long! Which is still BIG for his age, but WTF is up with our scale at home [although that means I weigh less too, right?!] The doctor was shocked with his weight, shocked in a good way.

The first thing she said when she came in was that he is in the 97th percentile for head size, weight, and height.

The second thing she said asked was if he was purely a breast feed baby and when I nodded yes, she was amazed. Made me feel proud! Mama has some good juice…eeerr milk.

The rest of his check up went really well, she said he is a strong healthy baby. We also talked about starting solids and we all agreed that we are going to wait until Logan is 6 months to do solids. There’s new studies coming out that are linking childhood obesity, food allergies, and gastrointestinal issues to starting baby on solids too early. Of course, every baby is different and their needs are different, but Logan has no problem right now with his weight or his eating, so leaving him on breast milk for two more months isn’t an issue for him, or me.

So, that’s our plan. And I’m kind of grateful that the doc recommended us waiting. This mama isn’t ready yet for serious poopy, stinky, smelly diapers.

She also said that he is big enough now to start sleeping through the night, without any nighttime feeds. But, she reassured me that it was up to me. And I think I’m going to continue with his night feedings for at least another month. I’m thinking he will slowly start to wean himself off the night feedings.

And right now, I am realizing that those little cuddly moments in the middle of the night with him will slowly be coming to an end, and I want to get in as many sweet sleep moments with him as I can. [Since he’s learned to fall asleep on his own I have now lost the times of him sleeping on my chest for his naps, and I’m starting to miss them. I tried it the other day and he screamed and cried, so I put him in the crib and he passed out. It made me realize that all these little things only last for a while, so I need to soak it all up!]

Then came his shots.

Poor baby!! I sat with him this time and held his hand and I about died when I saw his face go from laughing and smiling to red, screaming, tears, and pain. Oh sweet baby. As soon as they were done I picked him up and told him how strong he was and that he did such a good job. We’re trying to start early with the positive reinforcement of pain instead of the babying comfort. Then Lucas held him, and within a minute after the shots he was done crying and laughing. SHEW!!

He did have two days worth of shot recovery, he slept lots, his little legs were sore, and he just seemed kind of exhausted, but he did good and is totally back to normal now.

We’re starting to wonder if he’s getting ready to cut his first tooth. He’s starting to gnaw and chew a lot more. And tons, tons, tons of drool. I was able to put my finger in his mouth long enough to feel around, and I can feel a little bump on his bottom jaw. But, that was four days ago that I felt the bump, and still no tooth…so we’re totally confused.

I’m kind of glad I haven’t seen it yet though. I think the first sight of that tooth will confirm that he’s not my l-i-t-t-l-e baby anymore and it is going to break my heart. 

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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

1 ashley - baker by nature August 13, 2013 at 6:42 am

18 weeks already?! OMG! He’s growing too fast! xo

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2 Steph August 13, 2013 at 7:50 am

You’re telling me!!!

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3 Erika August 13, 2013 at 6:55 am

He is just too cute…

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4 Steph August 13, 2013 at 7:50 am

Thanks Erika!

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5 Rachel Cooks August 13, 2013 at 7:29 am

What a handsome little man!!! Glad you got an answer about when to start solids. Looks like he’s doing more than okay with breastmilk! 🙂

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6 Steph August 13, 2013 at 7:50 am

Thanks Rachel! It’s funny, since talking with you about it all, I’ve had a few friends who have started solids at four months and baby started having tummy trouble at night, so that just pushed me even more to wait.

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7 Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com August 13, 2013 at 7:49 am

Happy 18 week birthday to Logan -he is so adorable!

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8 Melanie @ Just Some Salt and Pepper August 13, 2013 at 12:20 pm

He is absolutely ADORABLE! I’m studying to be a pediatric nurse practitioner, so I love seeing happy, healthy babies!

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9 Steph August 14, 2013 at 10:58 am

WOW!! Lots of studying there!! So awesome!!

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10 Liselle Konig August 13, 2013 at 2:45 pm

I’m going to laugh so hard when you post one of these where he’s supposed to be on the chalkboard and it’s just a picture of the chalkboard because he has crawled away while you were taking the picture. He is one of the cutest babies I have ever seen! I’m sure you think so too but you are biased.

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11 Steph August 14, 2013 at 10:55 am

Oh I know it…or when he’s just too big to fit on the damn thing LOL!

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12 Monet August 13, 2013 at 4:52 pm

18 weeks and more adorable each time I see him! Congrats on breastfeeding so well! I’m hoping to do the same with Lucy. At least 6 months of no solids! How do you get through the night without feeling engorged? I have been waking Lucy up because my breasts feel so swollen if I don’t nurse every 4 hours! Any ideas would be great 🙂

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13 Steph August 14, 2013 at 10:54 am

Oh man!! I have only experienced this a few times, because Logan just now started sleeping longer hours, but when he was Lucy’s age [that sounds funny!] he was eating every 2-3 hours, so I never got overly engorged. Now that he’s sleeping longer, and he’s older, my milk supply isn’t as intense as it was in the beginning, so that’s helped. But, I’ve had a few moments where I just go and pump to help ease the swell. Do you have a pump?

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14 sandra August 13, 2013 at 5:06 pm

Aww. He is one seriously cute baby. He looks so healthy and plump. Mine was the same – chunky – and he is in perfect health now, 97th percentile height, 50th percentile weight.

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15 Steph August 14, 2013 at 10:51 am

Love little chunkers!

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16 Liz August 13, 2013 at 7:22 pm

Aw, Mr. Logan has developed such an amazing personality! I love all his sweet expressions!!!

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17 Steph August 14, 2013 at 10:50 am

He sure is becoming a little character!

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18 Veronica August 14, 2013 at 12:30 am

OMgosh, he has never been cuter! I think he’s hit that magic point where he’s grown into his cuteness but is still quite small – the perfect cuteness level! lol! I bet shots are one of the worst things for a parent – you were brave too! 🙂

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19 Steph August 14, 2013 at 10:49 am

I can’t argue with you 🙂

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20 Emma August 14, 2013 at 4:48 am

to much cuteness!!!!

Look at all that personality shining through! Steph he is adorable!

Great job mama xo

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21 Steph August 14, 2013 at 10:49 am

Thanks Emma!

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22 Joanne August 15, 2013 at 5:33 am

Awww so cute!! Although I remember when my sister got her first shots…not fun. 🙁

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23 kerry August 15, 2013 at 5:41 am

Time goes so fast! He’s so cute!

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