Friday, November 27, 2009

7 months old

This week the boys turned 7 months old. I had a lengthy blog post written with an update of what we’ve been doing over the last two weeks, sadly my computer rebooted and I lost the post. I can’t believe seven months have gone by already.

So the short version, boys are now sleeping 7:30 pm to 7 am! I still have to give a pacifier or two in the night, but it’s still sleeping through the night in my book.

The boys have now been eating solid foods for a month, so far we they are eating rice cereal, bananas, avocados, sweet potatoes and pears. I’ve been adding a new item about every 5 days and they seem to really like it.

Last week I got a new toy:

68_9 TRAY 2900

An Excalibur #3900, I’ve wanted a food dehydrator for a very long time.  I’ve been drying fruit all week, I plan to use it to make yogurt for the boys for now. Along with jerky and fruit leather for us. I love that when the boys are old enough I’ll be able to give them healthy snacks.

We haven’t taken the usual monthly picture of the boys yet, there was an attempt, but the boys were not in the mood. We did however get this picture on Monday.

7 months
(Andrew, Parker, Nicholas)

The challenge was Parker kept scooting backwards and Nick kept rolling onto his back.Still working on 3 smiles, but I think it turned out pretty cute.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Teething begins

Last night after many nights of the boys sleeping for at least 10 hours was hard. Andrew started fussing at about 2 am. We fed the boys at 11:45 that night so he couldn’t be hungry already. I gave him is pacifier and rubbed his back for a minute and he went back to sleep. The pattern of fussing and calming continued every 20 to 30 minutes until 6 am. Luckily only a couple times did he wake Nick or Parker who quickly calmed with a pacifier.

At the time I didn’t even think about the possibility of teething, just thought it was an off night. This morning when I was actually awake I wondered if we were starting teething. The boys have been chewing on everything they could get in their mouths for the last week or so. I meant to check and just kept forgetting to all day.

It was a busy day of running errands and we didn’t do a tooth check until right before bedtime. Sure enough Andrew’s two bottom front teeth had broken through. A few minutes later we confirmed everyone’s two bottom teeth had been cut.

It looks like our days of gummy grins are coming to an end.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

DIY studio

We had a little time this evening before baths and bedtime to take some pictures on the seamless white background setup that Cody built in the garage.  Here is the set up:

We definitely need to get some additional light stands but for now the power washer and stepstool seem to be working. He built the setup so we could get shots like this:


(Andrew, Parker, Nicholas)

We also tried to get a picture of everyone on their tummies, but we were only able to capture one before they melted down. We’ll try again for this shot when it’s not so close to bedtime.

I have a feeling we’ll be spending a lot of time taking pictures with various props over the next few weeks (or years). The solid background also gives Cody many options for post processing. We also have a cloth background for taking other portraits. I think it’s exciting that we can take pictures of the boys without having to load up the van and if they are cranky we can always try again later.

Solid foods

Since the pediatrician gave us the go ahead to start solids we jumped right in. Starting with rice cereal the at the beginning of the month it has gone very well. After two weeks of feedings (now 2 solid a day) the boys have learned to be patient in between bites.  We discovered very quickly that we’ll need a feeding table much earlier that I had thought. Right now we are feeding the boys in their bouncy seats.

There are a lot of drawbacks to the bouncy seats for feedings. It takes a lot of towels to support them enough to be sitting upright. It’s really hard on my back to lean over to reach everyone with the spoon. Did I mention the seats are bouncy? The boys kick and more than once a spoon has been hit by a excited arm making a huge mess. We are looking for a table to use to convert into a feeding table.

Even with the challenges of the bouncy feedings the boys are enjoying solids. So far rice cereal has gone over well. Avocado is not a favorite but no one seems to dislike it. Yesterday we introduced bananas. Andrew and Nicholas are okay with them, Parker loved them. We fed bananas again this morning and he was all smiles through the feeding.  Next we’ll introduce sweet potatoes.

We’ve taken a bunch of picture of the boys getting their first tastes of foods, but Cody has been busy building a seamless white background studio set up in the garage and has gotten a little behind on processing pictures. So to avoid a photo-less post here are Andrew and Nicholas enjoying morning floor time.

  
(Andrew, Nicholas)

If the boys cooperate later today we should be able to do a photo shoot with the new seamless background. With Andrew and Parker able to sit up unassisted now it gives us new photo options. I can’t wait to see what images we can capture.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Sleeping through the night and please vote for the boys

There is a wide range of what is considered sleeping through the night. Last night the boys slept from 7:30 pm until 4 am, 8.5 hours! I didn’t enjoy the 4 am feeding, but it’s much better than having a 1 am and 5 am feeding. I’m calling it sleeping through the night. I am still setting an alarm to pump every 3 hours, but it’s so much easier to wake up for the 25 minutes to pump instead of the hour it takes to feed and pump.

In addition to the boys sleeping longer between nighttime feedings they have all been really smiley and giggly the last couple days. Nothing melts you heart like walking into a room and having all 3 give you a big gummy grin. We sure are lucky to have such happy little guys.


(Nicholas, Andrew, Parker)

Completely unrelated, we’ve entered a photo of the boys in a Halloween photo contest on the Multiples and More blog. We’ve made the top 40. I assume it will be narrowed to top 20, then 10 and possibly top 5. First prize includes a double stroller, something we’ll be needing next year if we ever want to go out in public without drawing a crowd. If you have a chance please vote, the boys are #10. Voting is simple, click to go to the Multiples and More blog, select #10 on the sidebar and submit. Thanks!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

6 month well baby check

On Monday I took the boys in for their 6 month well baby check up. They are all doing great! Here are their current stats:

Andrew
Weight – 16 lbs 4 oz - 30 percentile
Length – 26.25 inches – 45th percentile
Head – 17 inches – 30th percentile

Parker
Weight - 15 lbs 14 oz – 20th percentile
Length – 25.75 inches – 30th percentile
Head – 17.25 inches – 45th percentile

Nicholas
Weight – 14 lbs 11 oz – 10th percentile
Length – 24.75 inches – 5th percentile
Head – 17 inches – 30th percentile

Both Andrew and Parker have stayed on their growth curves, Nick has slipped a little, but is still healthy and the pediatrician isn’t worried about it. Andrew and Parker are no longer on medication for reflux (yay!)  This means no more regular weight checks to adjust the dosage.

Nicholas will continue on his meds for now and started physical therapy yesterday. All of the boys favor looking to their left, but Nicholas really doesn’t look to the right without a lot of encouragement and tends to hold his head at an angle. The therapist was very optimistic that it will only take 3 or 4 visits to check progress and I was given some stretches to do with him 5 or 6 times a day.

Also at the appointment we were given the green light to start solid foods. We started with rice cereal and the boys seem to like it. They cry when it takes too long for the spoon to get back to them.  Hopefully (like the first bottle feedings) it will only take a week or two for them to learn to be patient. The plan is to do homemade baby food so I’ve been reading Super Baby Food. The book is great, it covers everything from how to prepare and store foods to serving sizes and daily food charts. Foods are listed by month as to what is recommended to introduce. I think we’ll be trying avocado next. I’m going to stay fairly conservative with what foods we are feeding to start with taking their adjusted age into account.

The last topic of discussion for the appointment was RSV and the flu. As was expected, I was told to keep the boys away from crowds, school aged children, children in daycare and anyone who has been sick or exposed to someone that has been sick. Like many parents of preemies, it looks like we’ll be doing a seasonal lockdown. Staying in all the time will not be fun, but I think 3 sick babies would be much much worse. 

Staying in won’t be to bad, look how much fun the boys are having:tummy time
(Andrew, Parker, Nicholas)

Looking at this picture you can almost see Andrew plotting getting his hands on the camera as soon as he figures out how to crawl.