Sunday, July 31, 2011
Friday, July 29, 2011
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Update: Thankfully God provided a friend who was able to fix Brent's brakes for cheap and a wonderful step-dad who bought the parts and sent them out with Kara.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
- Keyla am 20 lbs lighter than she was a year ago today
- Brent is not currently serving as a pastor
- Brent is looking for a new ministry to serve at
- Our house is for sale
- Keyla is "unemployed"
- We know way too much about pre-term labor and "false alarms"
- WE HAVE TWO BEAUTIFUL BABIES
- We know way too much about the NICU and how it works
- Keyla (and the babies) goes days at a time without leaving the house (and she doesn't care
- It's quite the event to leave the house
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Most of the time Kyle can go from his belly to back and back to belly without a whole lot of effort. He also can spin himself in circles when he is on his back. Kyle also loves to do baby push ups and pick his head up when he is on his belly. Once in a while he manages to get his knees up to so that he is on his hands and knees, but doesn't know what to do once he gets there.
It takes Emily a little bit more effort, but she can also go from her belly to her back and her back to her belly. Most of the time Emily does not like to be on her belly, but she is also getting good at baby push ups and loves to look around when she is happy on her belly.
They both have gotten to that point though where it is a bad idea to leave them laying on anything they can roll off of without close supervision.
At their baby well visits last week, their doctor had suggested to start weaning them from their swaddles because it is dangerous to swaddle them once they are rolling. Most of the time they are now being swaddled with one arm out. If they fall asleep without the sleep sack on, we have been leaving both arms out and they seem to be doing okay with that. They are enjoying the freedom of having one arm out when falling sleep - this means they have the ability to play with their pacifiers. It sometimes takes a little longer to get them to sleep, but the plan is to start weaning from the pacifiers soon too!
Kyle and Emily are also enjoying to eat from a spoon. We started with apples (as I wrote before) and they seemed to do okay with that. Lots of people kept telling me how much their babies' loved cereal, so I ended up buying some. Kyle and Emily love it! We have only been offering the cereal or apples to them if they finish their bottles, as milk is still their number one source for nutrition. Today when they had their cereal, more of it ended up in their bellies than on their bids! They seem to really be getting the hang of eating off of the spoon!
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Over the weekend nap time started to get shorter and by Tuesday they were only taking 20 minute naps at a time - which I would be fine with, except they were still soooo tried and didn't want to do anything but be cuddled and whine. Yesterday was a little better, so hopefully they are getting back on track.
Last night we decided to feed them at 11:30pm instead of mid-night and see if they would still sleep until 6:30am. They didn't really wake up for their bottle, but both of them chugged them right down and they slept until 6:30, and then went back to sleep until 9:30 and ate well again! They stayed awake until 11:30 and both went to sleep quickly when I put them in their crib, so hopefully they will sleep until 12:30.
This is what I would like to aim for schedule wise...
6:30 am - Bottle and go right back to sleep in mommy and daddy's bed
9:30 am - Bottle and baby food (if they finish their bottles), followed by some play time
11:30 am - Nap
12:30 pm - Bottle, followed by play time
2:30 pm - Nap
3:30 pm - Bottle, followed by some play time
5:30 pm - Nap
6:30 pm - Bottle, followed by some play time
8:30 pm - Bed
10:00 pm - Bottle and right back to sleep
But I am very aware that Kyle and Emily can't tell time and I will feed them when they are hungry (even if it's not time to eat). Also, if it's time to eat and they are still sleeping, I am going to let them sleep until they wake up.
Even though it's frustrating that Kyle and Emily are having issues sticking to their schedules, it amazes me that when one of them gets off, they both get off. It's crazy! If Kyle wakes up hungry after only two hours, Emily is hungry too. Or if Emily has only been awake for a half an hour and is ready for another nap, Kyle is too. I know they are individuals and we need to treat them that way, but it just amazes me how in sync they are with each other - and very thankful that God made them this way! Even though it's no fun to have to crying babies at the same time, it does make my life so much easier when they are doing the same thing at the same time!
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Sunday, July 17, 2011
I bought apples, bananas, and sweet potatoes.
Today I gave Kyle and Emily apples.
Kyle went first. His first spoon full came right back out and he made a pretty funny face. The second spoon full he kept it all in and then opened his mouth for more. He seemed to enjoy it.
Emily went second. Apparently Kyle forgot to tell her how to swallow when eating from a spoon. She seemed to like the apples, but I don't think any of it actually stayed in her mouth. She as trying to blow raspberries while trying to eat.
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Emily measured at 22 inches and weighed 9lbs 12oz. The doctor was less concerned about her "stiffness" and the doctor at the Child Development Watch, but told us to keep doing the exercises they recommended and to make sure she gets plenty of tummy time - which she normally hates, but it's good for her!
Kyle measured at 24 1/2 inches and weighed 12lbs 10oz. The doctor was more concerned about the flat spot on his head than the doctor at the Child Development Watch and would like him to see a physical therapist to work on his head control and to get him to spot favoring the one side.
The doctor also said we could start with baby food and/or cereal if we wanted to. I think we are going to still wait another couple weeks, but we will in the next couple months.
Monday, July 11, 2011
Friday, July 8, 2011
Emily is 9 lbs 4 oz and is 21 1/4 inches long, her head is 39.2 cm in circumference. She is in the 25th percentile for the adjusted age for her head circumference, but is below the 5th percentile for her weigh and height. Emily has good range of motion in her arms and legs and very good head control. She is going almost everything a normal 4 month old should be doing (which means she is doing everything she should be doing for her adjusted age of 3 months). There were two concerns with Emily. The first is that her one foot tends to bend in. When she was born, both of her legs bent in (as if she had been breached) because of how Kyle was sitting her on her in my belly. There has been great improvement, but they said we need to help her by having her put weight on her foot while holding it in the correct position. They are pretty sure the problem will correct its self without having to use braces. The other concern with Emily is how stiff she is. She can move, she just likes to be all tense. When shes on her belly, she tends to pick up her legs and butt instead of her upper body as a result of this. They gave us some exercises to do with her to help and told us to hold her butt down when she is on her belly to help build the muscles to pull her head and shoulders up.
Kyle is 12 lbs 3 oz (he had his diaper on when the cardiologist weighed him) and measured at 24 1/8 inches long, his head circumference is 42.0 cm. Kyle is in the 50th percentile for his weight for his adjusted age and is in the 5th percentile for his actual age. For his height, Kyle is off the charts for his adjusted age and in the 75th percentile for his actual age. His head circumference is in the 75th percentile for his adjusted age and in the 50th for her actual age. So, Kyle is long and skinny with a big head! His is doing everything that he should be doing for her actual age. The only concern with Kyle is that he has a flat spot on his head, but it's really not that bad and will get better and he starts sitting up and moving around more.
Over all, both my babies are happy and healthy and right where they are supposed to be developmentally. We go back again in three months to get all checked out again.
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Friday, July 1, 2011
- New Jersey