Thursday, March 20, 2008

7 weeks old and growing strong

Pictures: Emma - the reason we bought more pictures. Clark laughing (for the few seconds that we could get him awake). Kendall who is not sure about the very large silk flower sitting on her belly, but one of the few chances we had when she was awake.

We are at 7 weeks (and 2 days) today and babies are still growing strong. Our "one month" pediatrician appt was this past Monday. I say "one month" because it's sort of an adjusted age thing vs their actual age. We have to look at things like weight, developmental milestones,etc based on their actual due date instead of their birthdate. Anyway, Kendall is still in first at 7lb 10oz. Clark has moved into second place at 7lbs even. And little bit, Emma, is weighing in at 6lb 10oz. We tried to explain to her that it is from all of her fussy fits and she's burning too many calories. She is also on a different formula and it is not as high in calories as what the other two are drinking. That is about to change as we are switching formula for Clark and Kendall to the same that Emma gets, but it will take about a week to do so. We are hoping that the transition goes smoothly and crossing our fingers that it doesn't result in upset tummies.

The babies are amazing us with their new "tricks" and sounds each day. Connie and Lesly were both here Wednesday and commented on how different and how much bigger they looked just from last week. We keep hearing new little coos and peeps that they didn't do before and all three are really able to move their heads around and hold them up a lot more now. Personally, I will be glad when the days of "floppy head/neck" are behind us. They are so squirmy now that it is hard to keep them still during feeding time and they still love to kick you in the tummy if you give them the opportunity.

We had our first experience getting their pictures taken (beyond the hospital photographer) on Tuesday (some of which I've posted here). I have heard people say that this is not a fun memory, so I wasn't going into it with high expectations, though I was hoping for some great pictures. We had to wait in the car for about 45 minutes until they were ready for us (running behind because of the Easter crowds) and by then we had one fussy baby (three guesses who that was) and two sleeping babies - and I mean out cold. So, we got Emma's pictures first. Then we tried to rouse Kendall and then Clark, but with very little success. By the time we were trying to get shots of all three together, Emma was in meltdown mode and we had to cut it "short" (only in terms of # of poses, not time as we took about 45 minutes just to get to this point). In the end, there were some good pictures. Of course, the best individual one was of Emma, which meant we HAD to select one of each of the other two. For future reference, we will take more people along for the next photo shoot - one for each baby and then have it where I'm available to help the photographer with the baby being photographed at the time. Any volunteers?????? :)

Aunt Marsha, Uncle Bill and cousins, David and Marshall, were here this past weekend. David has been through the "baby thing" and was very sweet to them, but not as interested as Marshall. He did a great job holding them (while supervised) and even trying to rock them just a little. He is a natural.

Aunt Karen has been under the weather for the last few days and I made a scramble trying to line up help for feedings for the next couple of days. The babies even had an extra "dose" of Nurse Ashley as she came for a few hours last night and got baths and two feedings done so that I could get a break. We are looking forward to a few other new faces this weekend as well.

That's all for now. We wish everyone a wonderful Easter and Happy Spring!

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