We received so many thoughtful and generous gifts when Magnus was born, and then again at Christmas, and our intention was to take a nice photo of him and use it to make some birth announcement/thank-you cards. So, step one: take the nice photo. At first, we didn't do this because we were so busy. We had 11 family members visiting at Christmas. And then he got some baby acne, and then worse acne, and then he started to get cradle cap on his eyebrows. And then one day last week suddenly the cradle cap was all over his face. We still think he's plenty cute with the crusty face, but it wasn't exactly the look we had in mind for his birth announcement photo.
He had his first appointment with his regular pediatrician last week, and she told us that since the cradle cap is just a cosmetic problem, she didn't think it made sense to give him medication. I was happy to hear this, since I also prefer to give him as few medications as possible, especially since he already takes 4 medications and an iron supplement every day! So, in the meantime, we are rubbing his face with olive oil 3 times a day (which he hates, of course) and I think it's getting a little better. But it still might be a while before you get a thank-you card from us, and that's why!
We count ourselves very lucky that the biggest issue we had to discuss at the pediatrician's last week was his skin problem! The pediatrician was a little worried about his weight, too, and it's definitely true that he's tiny, but he's still gaining at the same rate, and we've gone back to twice-weekly weighing instead of every day. Magnus is definitely happy about this, as being stripped naked and placed on the cold, hard scale is not among his favorite activities. Magnus also got all of his 2-month vaccinations this week. He did extremely well and only cried for a minute or so.
In other news, Magnus has been scheduled for a heart catheterization on February 9th. It's a relatively safe procedure, but it does involve general anesthesia and most likely an overnight stay in the hospital for observation afterwards. It's going to be very strange being back in the hospital again, but just one night won't be too bad, I don't think.
3 weeks ago