Weight: 11lbs. 6 oz. (5th percentile)
Height: 24 3/4 inches (50th-75th percentile)
Head circumference: 15 1/2 inches (5th- 10th percentile)
Yesterday was Madison's 4 month well-child check-up. Unfortunately it didn't go as well as I had hoped. She continues to gain weight, but not as much as the pediatrician would like her to be gaining. She fell off her growth curve of the 10th-25th percentile for her weight and is now in the 5th percentile. She weighed 11lbs. 6. oz. The pediatrician recommends that we now start giving her at least two bottles of formula a day along with continuing to breastfeed between those bottles. I am a little bummed about this as I wanted to just strictly breastfeed as long as possible, but of course I am willing to do whatever is needed to be sure that Maddie is getting what she needs. The pediatrician is not overly concerned at her slow weight gain because she is meeting all her developmental markers as she should be. The pediatrician actually says that Maddie is ahead of the game a little bit with her social skills and rolling over (on occasion). We will return in two weeks for a weight check to see that she is continuing to gain weight. If needed the pediatrician told me that we might draw some blood on her to make sure everything is as well balanced as it should be.
We were also given the go ahead to start Madison on some rice cereal. Can't wait to test it out with her tonight to see how she likes it and how she does eating with a spoon. I can't believe that it's already time to start our little girl on some solid foods.
At the appointment, Maddie also received a number of vaccinations. Five to be exact - all combined into two shots and one oral vaccine. As any other baby would, she cried immediately upon getting poked but was immediately comforted when I scooped her up afterwards. The whole rest of the day she seemed to be a bit affected by the shots. All she wanted to do was sleep in her mommy's arms. Anytime I would attempt to put her down she would just cry the saddest cry. It's alright though...as I LOVED the snuggle time with my little girl. Today she is in much better spirits and back to her usual squealy, happy self.