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Monday, August 5, 2013

Four months!

Today, my friends, is significant for 3 reasons (in my world, at least):

1. It's Allison and Wade's 7th wedding anniversary!
2. It's the one-year anniversary of our IVF egg retrieval, also known as the day that Colby and Clara came to be (much less embarrassing than it would be for "normal" people to announce the anniversary of their children's conception)!
3. And relatedly, Colby and Clara are 4 months old today!

(So many exclamation points, so little time!)

So let's take a look at what the babies have been up to now that they are 1/3 of the way through their first year of life.

Colby's current nicknames: Lumpy, Colby Guy, Guy (I'm documenting this mainly because I think it will be interesting to see which ones stick.)

Weight: 13 lbs, 15 oz (22nd percentile)
Length: 24.25 inches (17th percentile)
Head: 16.73 inches (78th percentile)

Colby continues to be generally content and smiley, but is undoubtedly the less patient and most pitiful of the two babies. I'm still trying to figure out how I ended up with an impatient baby (ha!), but from what I hear, boy babies are generally more pitiful than girl babies, so I suppose that shouldn't surprise me. Part of the pitifulness (that's a word?) comes from the fact that he cries more (like a baby mountain lion), but he is also pretty consistently congested, and few things are sadder than a stuffy-nosed baby.

Colby now sleeps exclusively on his tummy (gasp!), both for naps and night-time. We moved the babies from their rock 'n plays to the cribs last week and they have both handled the transition fairly well, thankfully! 

Because of all the time spent on his stomach, he has pretty good head control and rolls over from his stomach to back pretty regularly. Other than hanging out face down, some of Colby's other favorite activities include: standing up (supported, obviously), grabbing and swatting at toys, babbling, looking at the stars that the vaporizer projects on the nursery ceiling, bath time, and taking a sweet eternity to eat at bedtime (we're talking solid eating for more than an hour, people). 

Clara's current nicknames: Littlest, Baby Girl, Lady

Weight: 12 lbs, 3 oz (13th percentile)
Length: 23.5 inches (16th percentile)
Head: 15.98 inches (53rd percentile)

As you can see, our little miss is still pretty petite! She has definitely picked up the pace with eating this month, however (thank you, brief return of the 2:30 am feeding), so while she's almost 2 full pounds behind Colby, I have no concerns about her size. 

While Colby has been babbling for over a month now, Clara has just picked up the habit in the last week or so. Most of the time when we hear her babbling, she's talking to the owl pull toy that hangs down from her car seat. Not sure which secrets she's telling that owl, but she seems to have plenty to share!

Clara is also very smiley and generally content, but remains the more serious of the two. It takes a little extra work to make her smile, but thankfully it also takes a little extra work to make her cry, so we'll take it!

She also handled the transition to the crib better than we expected. Interestingly, she sleeps on her back at night but naps exclusively on her stomach. She also has pretty good head control as a result, and seems much more interested in trying to sit than her brother. Ever since he discovered the concept of "standing," he lost all interest in sitting... apparently that's for babies.

Clara's favorite activities include: playing on her play mats, watching "Praise Baby," hanging out in the swing, staring out the car window, playing with her green froggy pacifier, and bath time.

And that's our cue to wrap up the photo session.

Eating: nursing/taking pumped bottles 5-6 times per day (every 3-3.5 hours)
Sleeping: They are generally still sleeping from around 8:15 pm-6:15 am, but with a growth spurt and recent crib transition, they are waking up in the middle of the night more often these days. Usually we (ok, Brian) just have to go in and soothe them or pop in the pacifier- very rarely is a late night feeding required!

Oh, and they are still napping 4 times a day at the moment. Not sure when that will go down to 3 (and eventually 2), but for now they definitely still need that 4th cat nap between 4:30-7:30 or else we have two very over-tired and irrational babies on our hands!
Clothes: 3+ months for both of them

Every month just seems to get better with these two... happy 4 months, little ones!


the blogivers said...

Happy 1-3 today! And yay for 4 months of the sweet little babies! Here's hoping that at 5 months you will be able to report zero eating/sleeping "issues" :)

Nancie B. said...

This is probably the BEST baby stage...from now until one. They do so much and are becoming real little people and they are just so darn cute. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy.
And for a little perspective. At four months Ellery learned to roll from back to front. She had already mastered front to back at 3 months. At four months and One day she became mobile. Started rolling EVERYWHERE. I could not set her down and expect her to be in the same place ever again.
Now I can always find her in front of the TV. SHARK WEEK!!!!

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Brittnie said...

Aww cutie babies! Happy 4 months C&C!

And this is totally random but thanks for including their HC. (I'm being serious, not sarcastic) Since Clara was diagnosed w/ Microcephaly I always wonder how she really compares in HC to other babies, other than just being told she's in the 1.5-2% for HC. I noticed that Clara's 12 month HC measurement was 16.73 inches, which was exactly Colby's now. So all that to say, that gives me a better perspective!

Amanda said...

I'm really hoping that Lumpy sticks! Happy four months little ones! And happy conception day!

Erika said...

This means it's the 1-yr anniversary of our twinsie surgery pics! Amazing. Also, I think it's funny how in the sitting-in-the-chair pictures, Colby looks way huger. BUT I think that in the lying down pictures, Clara looks bigger! Optical illusions, I tell ya.

Mollyanne said...

I too have an exclusive tummy sleeper. Glad to know I'm not the only one breakin the rules! I think that Clara and Emery are about the same size, which makes me wish I could take side-by-side pics of my 2 kids at the same age, because Hudson was 18 lbs 9 oz at 4 months. Happy 4 months, babies! said...

Way to be nursing twins at 4 months! You are a rockstar!!!

Natasha said...

You also forgot to mention that the babies keep getting cuter every month! They are so sweet!!!

Natasha said...

ps. And they were cute to begin with :) Just so you know...

Unknown said...

Cute cute cute!