So what does a typical day in the life of M&M look like? For sh!ts and giggles (and posterity) I figured I'd post Milo's chart for the day. This is basically just a list of the basic care tasks for Milo today:
0000 - Wet diaper. Breast fed for 10 minutes and fell asleep.
0400 - Took 140 mls. formula and fell asleep by 0430.
0715 - Woke-up. Wet diaper. Ate 85 mls. formula and poly-vitamins.
0920 - Wet diaper. Ate 80 mls. formula.
0930 - Napped for 40 minutes.
1115 - Ate 100 mls. formula
1230 - Ate 1 tbl. of sweet potatos (see below) and 1 tbl. oatmeal & 50 mls. formula
1345 - Wet/poopy diaper
1530 - Ate 145 mls. formula
1600 - Napped for 50 mins.
1815 - Ate 75 mils.
1920 - Wet diaper.
1935 - 140 mls.
1955 - Asleep.
Normally Milo gets breast milk for about half his feeds. Unfortunately, today I didn't notice we had milk stored in the fridge, so the boy got more formula than usual. That, and we try not to do lots of small feeds. Usually we like Milo to take at least 120-160 mls (4-5.5 ozs.). Maddy's chart would look similar, but nearly all of her feeds are at the breast and there are fewer of them. We obviously can't determine her amounts but she's gettin' plenty! Maddy also tends to sleep through the night -- but not always of late. Like Milo, she's now eating one meal of solid foods each day around lunch time.
We talked a little last time about milestones, and, as always, remember that M&M are not really true 9-monthers. They're corrected age is 5.5 months, and based on that they're on track. By the way, based on a growth chart of progress for premature babies, M&M are doing quite well. You can view the growth charts here. Be sure to scroll down to the charts labeled "VLBW" (Very Low Birth Weight). Based on those charts, Maddy is in the 80th percentile for growth right now, and Milo is in the 50th. That's pretty impressive considering M&M were born earlier and weigh less than anticipate even by the "VLBW" chart. Compared to a term baby of the same age (corrected), Maddy is in the 25th percentile and Milo is in the 5th-10th. It's common for preemies to catch-up around age two, though smaller stature may be life-long.
The babies are much more playful these days, and like most babies, they want to try and fit everything in their mouths. Makes for some good pictures.
Speaking of good pictures... I bought M&M their first rock tee-shirts a couple weeks ago on a business trip to Seattle.
And now for something completely different....
Milo finds it funny.