Saturday, May 2, 2009

4 months old!

Ben turned 4 months old on Sunday and had his well baby checkup yesterday. He is still doing great, and his weight is "back on the human growth curve" again, according to the pediatrician, although the doctor said he's about the size of a 6 month old. We have the go-ahead to start rice cereal if we want.

His 4-month stats are:
Weight: 16 lbs., 5 oz. (80th %ile)
Length:26.5 inches (95th %ile)
Head circumference: 42.5 cm (70th %ile)

Ben has had a busy month with several visitors, Easter, and his first Royals' game. Here he is with his Easter baskets from Grandma and Opa (with the Laura Little fudge egg which his parents thoughtfully have been eating for him so as not to waste it) and Uncle Kenny & Aunt Lynn. Ben especially likes the bunny from Uncle Kenny & Aunt Lynn.

Cuddling with his great-grandma on Easter:

A family picture from Easter:

Ben at his first Royals' game, where they beat Mommy's Detroit Tigers 6-1. He did a pretty good job, and it helped that we were in the last row before the concourse so we could walk him around right behind our seats when he got fussy. They had to cancel the post-game fireworks due to high winds, so we didn't get to see what he thought of those.

At four months, Ben likes putting things in his mouth (hands, toys, blankets, burp cloths, the shoulders of our shirts...),

Is getting more interested in books,

Sometimes likes to hold his own bottle,

And loves to smile and chatter away. He hasn't figured out how to laugh yet, but is doing some squealing and made a noise during bath time this week that sounded like a hiccup trying to become a laugh as we splashed his bath toys in the water.