My sweet baby Jack is 4 months old today! He is such a light in my life, and I don't think he'll ever know how much of a blessing he is to me.
The poor little guy has had a rough 4 months of life. He had terrible cradle cap that took off ALL his hair in a couple of days, which then turned into eczema, which then became infected. He was mistreated as having "bad cradle cap", when it was really infected eczema that took over his whole body. Poor guy had weeping eczema all behind his ears, a massive patch on his head, on his arms and legs, and dry skin everywhere else. Since his immune system was so compromised, he wasn't able to fight it, and it was getting worse and worse.
It was so frustrating because multiple doctors kept telling me it was just cradle cap, and he'd grow out of it. I saw a dermatologist who tested his skin, diagnosed the infection, and put him straight on antibiotics (I generally try and avoid antibiotics whenever possible, but it was at he absolutely needed it). I was eating dairy-free to see if it would help my skin, but he told me to stop that for the time being, just so we could figure out what specifically was helping him.
It helped SO much, and his skin was totally clear, and soft, and he started sleeping better because he was more comfortable! The eczema was so bad because his body wasn't able to do anything about it because it was dealing with so much. He did wake up with a swollen eye and hives all over today though due to another virus (his poor immune system is beaten right now) OR an allergic reaction to the antibiotics. It’s so hard seeing him like this, and not knowing how to help. It breaks my heart, and I wish I could fix it.
We have an appointment with the dermatologist tomorrow morning to figure out what to do for him now, and also an allergist *hopefully* next week so we can figure out what his little body can and can’t tolerate.
It's been so heartbreaking to see him look so sick, but he has been SUCH a champ. He's still full of squeals, and giggles, and smiles, even though he’s uncomfortable, and he's just the best.
Piper LOVES him to death, and as soon as she wakes up she asks for "Jackaroo". Whenever he cries she rushes over to pet his head and say "you're okay, baby. you're okay". I could die. Jack follows her around the room, and even if he has to arch his back and look right above him to find her, he'll do it.
He's still not a fan of binkies (neither was Piper?), but looooves his thumb and two fingers. Seeing him suck his thumb is the cutest thing. I'll never get enough of it.
Sleep has been a little challenging, because he's been so uncomfortable. He goes down around 9 and wakes up at 3:30 (on the dot) and then again at 6. Since he started the medication, he's sleeping from 9-5:30, and then wakes up for good around 8:30.
He still eats like a boss, and is done in like 5 minutes haha. He still makes this SUPER loud gulping noises when he's drinking. The guy knows what he wants.
He's been rolling from his stomach to his back for a couple of months, but about 3 weeks ago he rolled from his back to his stomach (!!!!!). No, thank you. Please stay immobile as long as possible. Piper starting walking at 9 1/2 months, and I hope he's slower! He's a lot better at sitting up though, and loves sitting in his Bumbo and watching me cook in the kitchen.
Happy 4 months Jack! Let's hope this month doesn't bring anymore infections or viruses for you!