Sunday, November 16, 2008

5 Months

Mom here, taking over from Dad on a posting. Both kids are currently napping, and I saw my opportunity. My plan when I got to do a blog post was to put up as many pix of Rob in his boxers, bathrobe, and socks as he's put on of me in my glasses and jammies, but the man seems to avoid the camera at every opportune moment. However, kind readers, I am currently showered, wearing my contacts, and just ate lunch, so look out world.

Mom slightly less bleary-eyed with Milo.

It's been a good couple of days here at Stiles central. The babies went in for their monthly Synagis shot on Friday and were weighed for dosing. Wouldn't you know it the little buggers gained almost half a pound this week. Both weighed in at 9lbs, 12 oz. That means they should hit the double digit pound mark this week - the big 1-0. Go babies, go!

Maddy looking coy during tummy time.

Blue-eyed girl.

Mom and Dad have also been treated to lengthy sleeps the past two nights, culminating last night in a full 8 hours of sleep for the first time since October 4 when Maddy came home. We had one stint of about 5 hours, and another stint of 2.5-3 hours after a 4 am feed. We also managed to cook and eat a simple dinner last night AND watch an episode of 6 Feet Under on DVD. Our cup runneth over. It probably won't last, but as long as we get a little treat like that once in a while, I think we'll make it.

Milo well-rested and sporting his Red Sox colors (thanks Jeff and Michelle!). Milo knows all about the Sox losing to the D-Rays, but daddy didn't raise no fair-weather fan.

Tomorrow, Milo goes for another eye exam related to his retinopathy. These are never fun, as it's a pretty tough exam which basically involves holding Milo down while the doctor jabs a steel instrument in his eye. Mom is not looking forward to it -- let the screaming of bloody murder begin. Both babies also go in on Friday to the Regional Center of the East Bay to have an initial developmental assessment. The Regional Center assists families in getting services for any physical or developmental disabilities or delays the babies may have as a result of being premature. As you may remember, both babies are at higher risk for cerebal palsy and some cognitive issues because they were born so early. Based on what we've read, both babies seem to be on target for their developmental corrected age (7 weeks), so we're hopeful all will continue to go well.

And in closing, Saturday was Maddy and Milo's 5 month birthday based on their calendar birth date. As usual, Dad took some photos of the babies with their bear and ducky for size comparison. You can see how they've grown by looking at posts on or around the 15th of the month over the past several months. You'll be glad to see that both babies are now (finally!) substantially larger than Mr. Bear!

Milo, Mr. Bear, Maddy & Mr. Duck. Maddy's pants are a bit high, and she appears to be sporting a little J in the T.

Maddy at 5 months.

Milo at 5 months.


Heather said...

I can't believe how big they are getting! I am so glad to hear that things are looking up and that they are gaining weight and sleeping better at night. Elaine, you look great!

Love to all,

Donna said...

Oh my gosh! Milo in the Sox outfit..a man after my heart! As for eating dinner with Milo in the baby could start a whole new restaurant that caters to that type of They look absolutely fabulous. Keep up the good work!

Still miss you four,


janet said...

Hey Elaine! Hey Rob!
OMG!!! The kids look so great. Almost ten pounds?!? They look so huge next to Mr. Bear now. Wow,they really did just need to get the heck outta Dodge and go home to breastfeed and stroll around the park. Happy 5 month b-day to M&M.
How great that you are probably, finally, maybe going to get some sleep at night. Two nights in a row? That's so lucky. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you both.
I'll be eager to hear the report from your visit to the Regional Center,,and Dr Brinton, too. Good luck with the stabbing, jabbing steel eye probe. (Are you sure you watched "6 Feet Under" and not "Alien?")
Xs and Os to M&M.
Love, Aunt J

Heather said...

I keep forgetting to send a "hello" to Aunt J! :)

anthea said...

so big and so beautiful!

and for all those afar, e & r continue their amazing parenting journey with dignity & aplomb and of course patience and love. please know how much everyone's thoughts and good juju mean to them, especially in the many difficult and long moments of the days and nights.

big love all around,

Heather said...

Did I mention that I REALLY miss all of you?

Big loves & hugs to the babies.