Ryton’s Update- Month 4
Updated: Mar 29, 2021
Wow! Month 4! Where to begin? So many things has happened this month and I don’t actually know where to start.
Although Ryton started rolling from front to back last month, he has decided that it’s not that fun and he doesn’t like rolling anymore. He has maybe done it twice since, but would rather lay there and cry to be flipped over instead. 🤷♀️ He has started kicking and moving his legs while on his back that is causing him to rock from 1 side to the next. When he was shy of 5 months (by a day) he did in fact roll over by himself, which I wasn't able to capture on camera.
Ryton has also found his voice and has discovered how to grumble. Oh yes! Oh those fussy days, he just grumbles the whole time, not crying I might add, just grumbling. Grumbling at his toys, at the tv, at this and that, grumble all day long. Those are the harder days as I’m trying to work while all he wants to do is sit in Mommy’s lap. However, those are also the days where he has laughed a lot! Ryton is also a lot more talkative than he used to be, just listen.
The sound of a baby’s laugh is one of the best sounds in the world. Normally it is very difficult to get Ryton to laugh. It was a proper challenge. He would just sit and stare at you, judging you for the idiot that you are becoming while making ridiculous noises at him. I can see the judgement on his face saying, “this is the family I got?” Lol but FINALLY he is enjoying our stupid noises and is laughing back at us.
Skin Sensitivities: Some of the struggles that we are facing is Ryton‘s sensitive skin. He sometimes breaks out in this rash and we have to find some way to subdue it. He is also suffering from cradle cap which I think is getting itchy because he keeps scratching his head and cutting himself, even though I cut his nails every other day. I am not sure what to do about the cradle cap. The Dr said to put on hydrocortisone but that didn’t do anything. I am now trying this cradle cap shampoo to see if it will do the trick. I will update you on our progress and if I find a solution.
I stopped using the cradle cap shampoo as his head looked bright red afterwards and it seemed to have burned his head. So I have immediately stopped using the product. I had a friend tell me that breastmilk helped her babies cradle cap, so I have started hovering a boob over Ryton‘s head while expressing a couple drops of life’s essence onto his dry flaky kop (head in Afrikaans.) His scalp has gotten a little better, I think, but it has only been 2 days. But I’ll keep updating you on the progress and if I found a solution. If breast milk helps with moisturizing my dry cracked nipples during breastfeeding, I have no doubt that they can heal my sons head.
For the rash, we are trying to use a cream that the doctor prescribed to subdue it but we aren’t sure if it is from an allergy or what causes it. We are making sure he is wearing 100% cotton now. It really is difficult pinpointing where this rash is coming from but I have discovered that there is a lot of trial and error experiments when having a baby.
Back to Normal:
With restaurants and indoor dining becoming available again, Ryton went on his first holiday. It was a 3 day weekend but it still counts! We packed the family up and went to Napa. We enjoyed amazing food, beautiful views, and quality family time. I will go into much more detail about our trip in another post as this post is dedicated to Ryton and his growth and not our travels, so I am trying to keep it on theme. You can find the post in the travel section of my blog.
When we saw the pediatrician, he was saying that in about 3 weeks Ryton should be ready to start solids. I was shocked, my little baby is already going to be starting solids? Where has the time gone? I don’t understand! Even though the doctor gave us the thumbs up to start solids soon, I am choosing to wait until Ryton is 6 months old to start solids. He was so colicky from gas and still struggles with it at times, that I don’t want to prematurely start him on something that will irritate his stomach more. Starting on solids does clog up the baby as it is and so I’d rather have his little system develop for a little bit longer first. With that being said, I am excited to see him take his first bite and to see his reaction but for now, he is staying on breast milk.
It still amazes me how time has flown by. Ryton's doctors appointment when he was 4.5 months old measured him at 24.75 inches and 14.5 lbs.