Monday, December 29, 2008

Four Months Already!

The tykes turned 4 months on Christmas Day.  They have grown so much in such a short period of time.  

We took them to the doctor for a well-visit and vaccines.  Ned's stats: 13 lbs, 7 oz weight (50th%), 16" head (25th%) and 25.5" height (25th%).  Penny's stats: 11 lbs, 5 oz (10th%), 15.5" head (not sure %) and 23.5" height (10%).   Ned has thrush which I thought he might have had for a while but since Penny never got it I thought it must be milk residue.  I remember thinking that if I ever got thrush I'd stop BF.  Although I can't BF Penny I'm still breastfeeding Ned but I am dropping my first feeding (3 pm) in favor of some formula/breastmilk mixed bottles for each kid.  I figure it will take a while to wean them. The last to go will be my AM BF of Ned and the before bed pumping.  I figure they'll be fully weaned by 5 months old. 

All of us (including the doctor) are hoping the acid reflux meds help Penny but so far no dice.  It's also a pain to make her wait 20 mins twice a day before eating.  Yes, we could wake her up to give it but she doesn't go back to sleep.  It is also hard to know when she will be ready to eat since we are trying to wait until she is clearly hungry.  Ned continues to happily eat the leftover in her bottles but we aren't giving his bottles to her (because of the thrush). 

The doctor is also fine (encouraging even) with cry-it-out and starting solids.  We all agree we need to wait on Penny starting solids until she is on track for her bottles.  My uncle is a pediatrician and he says the AAP recommendations are changing in terms of what to feed - allowing more types of food and when to - earlier.  Mimi, we'll see if you are right and it helps Ned sleep through the night.  The plan is to start him this coming weekend. 

I couldn't decide on what four month chair photo to use so I did a few photo sessions - one on Christmas Eve, one on the day after Christmas and one on the following day.   For the record Ned is actually much more of a smiler than Penny - she just has amazing presence when the camera comes out.  Plus Ned is so focused on his hands lately it is hard to get him to look at me. You can decide which is your favorite!  





8 comments:

Nancy said...

Oh my goodness!!! I love them all :)

That last one though, woweee - cuteness oozing out all over :)

Happy 4 months!! Sounds like you're doing something right for them to be so happy and healthy.

jerseygirl77 said...

Did the ped tell you it takes about 2 weeks for the reflux meds to start working? At least that's what we were told when we tried Alex on Zantac. (It didn't work. But then, I never really thought he had reflux.)

Helen said...

I love that Penny has presence...that's my girl:)

A. said...

It's hard to choose, but the second to last one is my favorite. Your tykes are so photogenic!

Krissy said...

http://www.itstwinsanity.com/2008/12/surgery.html

This post made me think of the feeding trouble you have with Penny. No idea if it will help, but I thought I would give you a heads up just in case her situation with tongue tie is similar to this woman's oldest son.

Donna said...

The link is quite interesting from Krissy. I would look into it. As for eating cereal and sleeping through the night? Lordy, I wish this worked with my almost 8 month old, but alas mama is tired out of her wits!!!!

Almostima said...

So sweet! I think the 4th pics looks most spontaneous. :)

Anonymous said...

What WONDERFUL pictures. . .I feel almost like I'm holding them, and, oh, how I would love to! HAPPY NEW YEAR! to all of you and much love from Mimi and Papa