Above: Maddy and Milo hang out in the crib this morning. Notice that we were lucky enough to find Maddy another piece of pink leopard apparel -- it was on sale too! The twins are no longer co-bedding. That came to an end a couple weeks ago. The babies got too big to fit in the same crib without banging into each other with their flailing limbs. That, and we were tired of them waking each other up. These days, Milo sleeps in the Pack-n-Play in our room and Maddy gets the plush crib to herself. That's basically because Maddy sleeps through the night and Milo typically wakes up at least once.
Maddy snuggles up with Mr. Bear and Mr. Duck. She's getting bigger, but she still hasn't outgrown her love of Barry Manilow. She loves it when I sing "I Can't Smile Without You." Then again, she also likes old Run DMC and she especially likes the song "I Like Farts" from the Family Guy see http://www.hulu.com/watch/43470/family-guy-i-like-farts (could there be a better kids song?).
It's pretty amazing how much she's grown! Although it's not terribly apparent, her hemangioma is also starting to reduce.
After a couple false starts, Maddy now enjoys eating (somewhat) solid foods. She also likes to smear food all over her face and head. I've probably seen photos like the one here a dozen times, and I pretty much just rolled my eyes. Of course, now that it's my kid it's a whole new ballgame. By the way, Milo is uninterested in eating by spoon. Elaine tried to feed him some banana the other day and Milo just pushed it out of his mouth and then gave her the same look I give when I realize I may need to use a porta-potty. Not too promising. I suggested he might not like bananas, but Elaine assured me that all babies like them. I tested the theory by breaking off a piece and holding it near his lips. Sure enough, he licked it a few times and smiled. Maybe next week...
And now for the complete bummer. The babies' very first primary nurse, Lisa Goines, passed away a few days ago on February 6, 2009. Lisa's obituary appears here. The obit is relatively brief, but it mentions her work as a neonatal nurse for 20 years at Alta Bates. During that time, I can only imagine how many babies she nursed back to health. I remember meeting Lisa the day after Elaine gave birth to the babies. I practically slept walked into room 11 and Lisa was right there attending Maddy (whose skin was still gelatinous at the time). Very few people can do the type of work required of a skilled neonatal nurse, and Lisa was among the most talented out there. She helped us pick our first primary nurses -- who were the A Team as far as we're concerned, and she also gave us tremendous support during the most agonizing time in our life. It's a terrible shame that the world has lost her. Before leaving the NICU, Elaine and I bought several prints by Wanda Goines (Lisa's mother) for the babies' room. They are a beautiful reminder of the contribution Lisa and her family made to the lives of our children.