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Friday, January 27, 2012

4 month actual (2 month adjusted) Update

We had our 4 month check up with the pediatrician this week and everything is going great....

Campbell is 22 inches long and weighs 9 lbs 12 oz.  She is very alert and stays awake longer than the other two.   She doesn't want to miss a thing!   She smiles and coos more than the others but is also still suffering from acid reflux and now some sinus congestion.  Other than those two issues, she is generally a very happy baby.

Piper is 22.5 inches long and weighs 10 lbs 11 oz.  She is the best baby.  She eats when we want her to, she burps without our help, she even poops when we want her to (during the day when the nanny is there.  go piper! ha).  She sleeps longer than the other two (up to 5 hours at a stretch) and is such a sweetheart.  She has even broken the habit of needing the pacifier.   We are so proud.  ha

Travis is 23 inches long and weighs 11 lbs 2 oz.  He is our biggest surprise.  Given that he started out with eating issues (ie, didn't want to take a bottle), he has now surpassed his sisters and is eating like crazy!   He can take 6 oz with no problem (and that's a lot for a baby his age/size).  He is still very chill and looks around, taking it all in.  The only time he cries is when he is hungry.  Otherwise, he is very happy and an easy baby.

All three are holding their heads up and doing well during tummy time (even if they really don't like it).  They are smiling and cooing and starting to really react when we speak to them....it's starting to get fun.

Preemies like ours (10 weeks early) are judged by two different markers:  "Actual age" (September 23 - date they were born) and "Adjusted age" (December 1 - date they 'should have' been born).   Based on this, we really didn't know what to expect at this appointment.   Were our kids developing normally?   Were they behind for their 'age'?   We knew that they would be 'smaller' than full term babies but didn't really know about their other development.   All we had been told is to expect it to take up to to 2 years for preemies to catch up (weight/height/motor skills/etc) to full term babies.  That said, our pediatrician performed all the routine tests (hearing, eyes, muscle reflex etc).   She said that C, P and T are (clearly) gaining weight (quickly) and their developmental skills are almost in line with full term babies.  She expects them to be fully caught up by their 6 month checkup.   So we couldn't be happier with the appointment.
 
Here are a few recent pictures: 

Campbell                                                                                                                                                                                        
Piper
Travis

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Kids first photo session. . .


Although we are a little late (ok a LOT late), we finally had the kids photographed for their birth announcement.  I know, I know they were born in September but we weren't ready given their early birth, Travis' late discharge, the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, New Years and......blah blah blah, you get it.  
Since they weren't due to be born until December, no one would have expected birth announcements until January anyway......so we are just keeping with that schedule, right? 
Here is just a little taste.    More photos to follow.




Piper - Campbell - Travis
Thank you Heidi
www.heidibollesphotography.com

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Happy New Year - Holiday Update

Happy New Year!   We hope everyone had a (more) relaxing holiday (than we did). 
Three newborns with acid reflux does not make for a fun-filled or relaxing time but we made the best of it. 

We took our first road trip with the kids to San Diego for Christmas with my dad, brother and his family.   As we were packing the Mini-Van (Jim refuses to say the 'MV' word and instead refers to it as "the Honda"), I quickly realized that we would never fit everything inside that we needed to bring.   I informed Jim to which  he quips "lets just strap some of it to the roof".   Are you @#$%^& kidding me?!  He didn't really just say that?  Isn't it enough that we are TWO men with THREE babies and TWO poodles (ok Labradoodles but you get it) driving a mini-van that is packed to the gills with every baby apparatus known to man for Christ's sake?!   We seriously didn't need any more attention drawn to us by strapping things like luggage/strollers (the nanny) to the top of the van!  
When finished, we had that van loaded up with luggage and strollers blocking the rear view mirror and two bouncy seat frames poking me in the face from the front passenger seat.  Seriously, we looked like the Beverly Hillbillies.   Instead of granny and ellie may in tow, I had Campbell strapped in behind me, Piper next to her and Travis and Jim in the 3rd row seat.     Oh Lord help us!  We were (at best) a Circus Act coming to town or (at worst) a bad Bravo reality show.   I think more the latter as about 45 minutes into the 2 hour drive, Jim informs me that he needed to stop at a bathroom.   Really?!!   We just left!   We were packed in like sardines!  To let Jim out meant moving Piper, the two diaper bags, the pack-n-play and the two dogs!  Besides, we were already late and pushing the babies into a late feeding so there was no way we had time to stop.   Jim said "well, what do you want me to do?"  [At 6:15, did he really want me to answer that?]  So I told him that he needed to set an example for the kids i(n a jokingly paternal tone) that if they didn't take care of business before leaving the house, they would just have to wait.....  haha.  He was not amused....and neither was I when unpacking the van to discover a full "water" bottle had been left in the rear seat cup holder.....I guess he was setting an example for the kids...

Once we arrived at my brother's, everyone pitched in and we had a great time.   My 12 year old niece was particularly amazing with the kids.  She had just finished taking a class on babysitting and you could tell she knew her stuff.  She will be a great babysitter and we intend to use her a lot....if I can afford her!  ha

In other news, the kids are doing great.  They are growing fast (all over 9 lbs) and eating 5 oz per bottle.  
They are all now more alert between bottles and are very good at head/neck control. 
Campbell is still the most alert and enjoys looking around (a lot) and is fussy when we want to put her down for a nap (oh are we going to have problems with her).  She was the first to give us a "real" smile (this past Tuesday) and has been smiling every day since.
Travis was next to smile (or more like a grin) and he is the biggest eater (of course) with Piper not that far behind.  
Piper is still the easiest baby so far.  She eats when we want her to, she burps easily (sometimes on her own) and sleeps like a champ.  All is good with Piper provided she has a pacifier when SHE wants it.....when you are tardy getting her to the pacifier party, she becomes a different child!  

I am back at work full time and Jim will follow suit in 3 more weeks.  Our Nanny is doing great and Grandma is keeping busy making us bibs, blankets and everything in between.  We are so fortunate to have such a wonderful support group!

I promise more pictures soon (we just had the birth announcement photos taken last friday and will post as soon as we get them)

In the meantime, here is a shot I took this morning before leaving for work (and a rare shot with Piper being the only one without a paci!)

Travis  -  Piper  -  Campbell
And here is a short video of Travis this morning.


video
Cute huh?