Hiro’s 4th Month

Posted July 30th, 2011 in Ume and Baby 8 Comments »

Hiro is turning 5 months old soon, and I just want to write down the growth of his 4th month.  It was a big one.

He started to dribble a lot, chew on his fingers and fists, wanting to stand up and making steps forward (while being held), curious about everything and try to put everything into his mouth, show an interest in what we eat, become more mobile, and now he can roll-over both from back to tummy and tummy to back!  All of them happened in this 4th month.

His rash was diagnosed to be “not easy one” by GP and it will take time to disappear.  Now we have 3 kinds of cream for him, mild to strong, and I use them according to his skin condition everyday.  When the rash was very severe, Hiro had to take antibiotics and it was pink-coloured liquid.  I gave it to him with a syringe, and it was his first time to drink (?) something sweet other than milk.  I don’t know if it’s because of it, but since then his interest in what we (D and I) eat became obvious.  He follows our movement with eyes, and stares at the food until we put it into our mouths.  I think he is ready to eat some solid!  I’m planning to start with apple juice, then rice cereal or something.

By the way, I’ve been feeling guilty….  It’s been busy weeks for me, and I think that I’m not playing with him enough.  I sometimes have to let him cry to do my things, and watching and hearing him crying makes me feel bad.  He doesn’t stop crying – even though his voice becomes sound-less and his face turns to super red.  Hmmm…..   Other mums I know seem to concentrate on their babies more.  I also wanted to do things like taking him to play group every week and taking him for swimming (as I mentioned before), but I haven’t done it.  I decided to not go to the play group we visited, because of few reasons.  I was going to call-up other places, but I haven’t.  We also missed joining on this term of swimming class, so we’ll need to wait until next year (because the next term will start in Oct and we will soon have to go to Japan then).

Writing these things is making me think about it clearly, actually.  Ok, I will call-up some play groups next week and have a visit.  And, Hiro and I are taking swimming class when we come back from Japan, next year.  It might be a better thing to do considering his skin problem.

Oh, and, we are (probably) flying to Jakarta before we go to Japan, actually.  D is going to JK to extend his ID thing around Oct, and I was originally going to stay here with Hiro, but I’ve changed my mind (because I’m blood type AB).  It will be a short trip – not longer than 1 week.  We can practice taking him on a plane before we take long flights to Japan.  And also, I’m dying to get some massage!!!!

Hmmmm, play group, flight to JK, flight to Japan, swimming class…..  I think Hiro will be 1 year old before I know it.


8 Comments on “Hiro’s 4th Month”

  1. 1 iruma said at 9:30 pm on August 1st, 2011:

    Hi Ume,

    when i read this i remember about what happened to my baby. Sounds like Hiro has got skin condition called Eczema. My baby boy also had eczema started when he was 4 months old but nothing major. we took him to Jakarta when he was 9 months old and it was so bad. he started having rashes all over his back and his face. all red and itchy hot and very dry. then he started having fever. when i found out, his genital was swollen all red and puffy like a ballon. so his genital was infected because if his eczema. eczema can get worse in hot tropical country like jakarta and i think pollution in jakarta has a major role of skin condition. so we had to take him to hospital over there, and doc gave him a free steroid cream that they produce themself and it worked like a magic. so just incase if anything happens to Hiro when he is in jkt later, you should go to Brawijaya Women & Children hospital i higly recomended this hospital. by the way Hiro is looking good!

  2. 2 umepontarou said at 7:33 pm on August 2nd, 2011:

    Hi Iruma,

    Thanks so much for the information!!
    I will bring the steroid cream that I’ve got from doctor here, but will remember the name of the hospital just in case (D should know about the place).
    We will be in JK just for 1 week, but I really hope his skin condition doesn’t go like what your son experienced… I didn’t know tropical climate does that! 🙁

  3. 3 Jacquelyn said at 2:14 pm on August 2nd, 2011:

    Hi .. would love to meet up w u .. when u r in jakarta .. hehehehe
    and see your bb .. As what iruma say .. yeah in jakarta .. there are so many good creams for eczema .. .. u should try them for your bb . 😛

  4. 4 umepontarou said at 7:36 pm on August 2nd, 2011:

    Hi Jacquelyn,

    You live in JK? We will only stay there for up to 1 week though… 🙂
    Knowing that JK has good steroid cream, I guess many people experience skin trouble there?
    Ummmm I hope Hiro will be ok!!

  5. 5 iruma said at 9:34 pm on August 2nd, 2011:

    sorry,.. what i mean by free steroid cream was actually NON steroid cream. so it was even better. it was a really great hospital. i also went to see both dermatologist and Paediatrician.

  6. 6 umepontarou said at 6:08 am on August 3rd, 2011:


    Oh! If it’s steroid-free cream, it’s much better! Hiro is not Indonesian, but do you think he can go there with oversea insurance??

  7. 7 Iruma said at 3:19 pm on August 3rd, 2011:

    It’s should be okay. They don’t care indo or overseas as u don’t need to show medical card or anything just fill up a form. The cream is called Atopic Cream 1 prescribed by the dermatologist. U can ask ur hubby that Indonesian can have many skin problems “panu” “kudas” “karap” :p bcos of the humid weather. So their dermatologists are suppose to be good. Oh doc also recommended to use cetaphil soap for wash and apply cetaphil lotion afterwards. I have been doing that everseens and its been great. Have u tried cetaphil before on hiro’s skin? If u haven’t maybe u want to give it a try.. ;))

  8. 8 umepontarou said at 7:56 am on August 4th, 2011:


    Actually Cetaphil is the one D’s sister recommended me when she saw Hiro’s rash few months ago, and since then I’ve been using that on his face and body 🙂 DermaVeen and Vaseline are also good, I’ve heard… I tried all of them to see which one is the best.
    Because Hiro’s rash is not an easy one, all cream didn’t do much difference… Or, I guess they worked well but the rash was too strong so I had to use steroid cream, maybe)
    Anyway, thanks for the info. I will ask those “panu” “kudas” etc to D…. (these words sound so cute, by the way…)

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