Thursday, May 22, 2008

16 weeks: The latest on our little sprouts....

Pics: 2nd cousin Kristen with babies a couple of weeks ago (sorry that it's turned sideways, but I can't seem to fix that issue). Nana and cousin Pat with babies. Larry, Kristen, Mommy and Daddy (and babies, of course). Aunt Sandi with Emma. The bride and groom last weekend on the dance floor.

We enjoyed the wedding weekend last week with Tommy and Stephanie. They are Mr. and Mrs. and busy enjoying the beginning of their new life together. We had a number of family members in town for the event and I'm hoping to get more pics with them on here soon (hint - please send pics if you have them). Thanks to Aunt Sandi, Aunt Edna, Linda, Sharon, Uncle Ray and Barb for coming over to visit with the babies and hang out. Thanks to Aunt Marsha (she drove from Nashville), Uncle Stevie, Jennifer and Helen for watching the three munchkins while we attended the wedding. We were able to enjoy ourselves knowing that they were being cared for by people who love them.

There was another round of vaccinations today. Actually it was just two shots, but it still gets my nerves a little worked up. The babies did pretty well. Unfortunately, it was just shots and no real check-up, so there aren't any official stats. We did get them on a scale (still in clothes and diapers) and they weighed in at:
Kendall and Clark tied at approx 11 and 1/2 lbs.
Emma weighed in at approx 10 and 1/2 lbs.
Not bad at all. We sort of thought Emma wasn't gaining even that much, so we were pleased, although I'll feel better that the next appt will provide us with more "offical" stats (lengths, weights, etc). We go back in 4 weeks for two more shots and a full check-up. Hopefully we can get them all up about 2-3 lbs (I think that is reasonable...who knows???).
Kendall is still proving to be a little more high-maintenance than the other two. She is less apt to just sit on her own an be entertained. She still just has the most radiant, beautiful smile and she seems to love time on the "magic carpet" (which is really the changing table in the downstairs "playroom", but all three just light up when they are on it, so we call it the "magic carpet"). Obviously, she is eating well and growing. Her hair is still light and there isn't too much of it and her eyes are still slate blue. She loves, loves, loves to kick and giggle, whether in the bouncy seat, on the mat/blanket on the floor or on the changing table.
Emma is MUCH calmer these days still and we have found her staying occupied while sitting alone in the swing or in bed. She is just looking around, taking it all in and sometimes even laughing. It is sweet to watch and such a relief that she can find something to do when we can't hold her. She has the most hair and it is dark. Her one eye is still slate blue while the other is brown. She was the first to really "find" her hands and sits there rubbing them together as though she is plotting something and other times like she is saying a little prayer. She is so sweet and has many more little sounds.
Clark still requires the least "maintenance". He is content in a swing, bouncy seat, on a mat...whatever, just playing by himself. He kicks non-stop and is happiest when he is kicking. He is also the most interested in music. He seems to really perk up when he hears music of any sort. Clark is also "chatting" a lot more lately. He still has his little throat clearing noise that he does (though it sounds different than his original newborn version). He is really growing seeing considering he went from being the smallest to being tied for "first place" as the biggest. :) We are really excited that he is eating well and seems like such a content, happy baby. He also has darker hair, though not quite as much as Emma.
All of them are really beginning to "talk" more with everyone and have really developed their own little personalities. We have tested out the Baby Einstein DVDs and a couple of the On Demand (cable) baby shows (to help make super-smart babies, of course)and they seem to enjoy them for a short amount of time. While we don't want them to be TV-heads, it is only logical that there will be times when Mommy or Daddy will need to do something and the TV can come in handy to occupy their inquisitive minds - if it's something somewhat educational.
We are working hard with them so that they can hold their heads up full-time on their own. Kendall is doing really well at it and Clark and Emma are doing pretty good and improving daily. They really seem to like time just laying on their backs (either on the activity mat or just a blanket) and staring at the shiny balloons or kicking, so we do that a few times a day to "wear them out". :)
That's all for now. Hope you enjoy the pictures. Congrats to the new Mr. & Mrs. Moree!!!

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