Chubby Maddy getting ready for her shots. Check out the gut!
In other news, we learned this week that the twins are lagging behind a bit on their developmental milestones. Specifically, Lisa (our child development specialist) told us that the babies should be sitting with the use of their hands to support their weight, and they should have more awareness of their feet. We were kind of bummed about that. Then the following day, while Milo was sitting on my lap, he put his arms down to support himself and started playing with his feet. So, I guess all's well -- more or less. Maddy is having a little more trouble bending over, but we think it may have to do with her enormous (but wonderful) gut.
A lean Milo proves he can sit just fine.
Apparently there's some controversy about the milestones, and the American Academy of Pediatrics is considering revisions. It has to do with the fact that most babies are reaching the traditional milestones later and later due to the whole Back to Sleep movement. ("[T]wo-thirds of therapists reported increases in motor delays in infants who spend too much time on their backs.") As most of you probably know, letting your baby sleep on her belly is viewed with the same level of ire as rubbing scotch on her gums. Obviously, the "Back to Sleep" movement is a sacred cow these days, but like all great innovations it turns out there's a down side: look here for a fairly in-depth article discussing the darker side of full time back sleeping for babies. I'd really like to examine the SIDS statistics a little closer, but in the meantime, M&M will sleep on their backs like all modern babies (and none of the babies born pre-1992 or so). And of course we're re-doubling our efforts to make sure the babies get the exercise they need to avoid any further delays.
In other news, earlier this week Milo had a rough bout of constipation (ewww!), but the plus side is that it gave us the chance to give the little guy his first taste of fruit. Elaine made him up some pears and he seemed to enjoy them. Maddy is still the better eater of the two - surprise surprise - but at least Milo is now regular. And speaking of eating issues, while the little girl hasn't had much pain from her reflux thanks to the Prevacid, she is suddenly spitting up like some crazed, curdled milk fountain. Poor thing typically gives back about an ounce or so of milk after most feeds. She isn't losing any weight, but our laundry is out of control. We're hoping that her gastroesophageal sphincter will start doing its job and keeping her chow in place. In the meantime, we'll just keep a mop handy.
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