This month hasn't been the best for poor little Jack, but he's been such a trooper through it all! He got really bad cradle cap around 2 months (totally normal), but the cracked skin started to get infected, so the pediatrician prescribed an ointment to help protect it from getting worse, and to stop the infection. Well...the ointment DID work (he still has lots of scabs on his head...poor thing), but it also took off ALLLLLL of his hair haha. Clumps started coming out, and over the course of a couple of days he became a complete baldy ha. A real life Benjamin Button baby. His beautiful, soft hair is gone, but IS starting to grow back again! His head is always lathered in ointment, so he's been rocking lots of beanies these days.
He's doing MUCH better with going down for naps, although he occasionally still thinks they should only be 30 minutes long. They shouldn't, Jack. He usually goes down for bed around 8:00 - 8:30pm, then wakes up around 4am goes right back down after eating, then wakes up around 7:00am for the day. I could put him down for bed later on, so we both sleep through the whole night, but I like having a couple of hours after Piper and Jack go down to relax and decompress.
He still eats like a champ, and if you're around when I'm nursing him you can hear his SUPER loud gulps haha. He eats really fast, unlike Piper who would nurse for like 45 minutes. There's no riff raff with Jack.
Late last week, Piper got the virus hand, foot, and mouth from somewhere (I still don't know where, but it's super common and super contagious with toddlers), and she gave it to poor Jackaroo. Her symptoms popped up after his did, otherwise I would have kept them apart, but I woke up on Thursday to his WHOLE body covered in sores and blisters. They covered about 90% of his body, and it was so heartbreaking to see him like that. I couldn't get him into the pediatric dermatologist that day, so I took him into Urgent Care, and they had no idea what it was. On Friday, I was able to see the dermatologist and they finally figured out it was the hand, foot, and mouth virus (LUCKILY, neither of them have blisters in their mouths). You can't treat viruses, but I have been SLATHERING his body in Aquaphor, and he's doing sooooo much better now. Seeing your babies suffer, and not being able to do anything about it is so hard. They're both on the mend though, so hopefully no other issues pop up!
Other than having scabs all over his head, and now his entire body (seriously, he's such a trooper), he's doing awesome!! He's such a happy little fella, and is so smiley. His squeals and giggles are honestly one of the best sounds in the world. He LOVES the play mat (he likes THIS one), and is perfectly content swinging at the animals and looking at them move around for a good amount of time.
Hopefully next month brings less skin issues, and only more smiles and giggles!