Wednesday, August 08, 2007

4 Month Well Check

Today was a big day. Today was the girls' 4 month check up with the pediatrician. It went GREAT!!

The doctor was very impressed with how both of them are doing. He reassured us that their sizes was perfectly normal and nothing to worry about. Alyssa has been out-gaining Kaitlyn for a while so we weren't sure if we should be concerned that she was gaining too much or if Kaitlyn was lagging too far. It turns out neither. They are both well within what is to be expected for a 2 month old (adjusted age). Katy just might be a little more petite for a while but will eventually catch her sister.

So what were the weights??

Alyssa 11 pounds, 7.6 ounces and 23.5 inches long
Kaitlyn 10 pounds, 6.7 ounces and 22.5 inches long

If you have read what we posted their weights were about 3 weeks ago, you'd think they haven't gained very much. Well, we're thinking the scale that Lisa used wasn't up to par with the pediatricians or it wasn't calibrated...or something. We KNOW they are gaining weight so that last weigh-in using someone else's scale isn't looking so accurate.

We also talked the doctor about Alyssa's head control. We were a little concerned that she might be losing some of her control recently. The doctor did a couple quick tests including a new one we hadn't seen before. He held her out in front of him holding her on her chest and stomach with one hand and she was stretched out like Superman. It was to see if she would let her head sag down and she didn' all. In fact, she did a wonderful superman pose. I'll have to try that one at home and get a picture. It was amazing. Katy also passed her superman test.

But the REAL reason for the visit at 4 get the second round of shots!!!! I was probably the most nervous and ALMOST baled out but I stayed. Lisa held each girl while they got the shots and I was there to comfort right after. They were "super troopers", as Lisa said earlier. They each cried for maybe 30 seconds and then started to calm down. The hardest part about those 30 seconds is it's a different cry than we're used to. We're used to the hungry cry or gassy cry....but this was the yyeeeeEEEEOUCH CRY!!! Alyssa's was a little more high pitched and it just about brought both of us to tears.

They calmed down pretty quickly and were asleep in their car seats by the time we got to the car. We decided, since it was such a beautiful Alaskan day to take the long way home and drive out to the park. It worked for a while before they woke up and were hungry. The rest of the day was pampering. They got all the milk they could stomach and tons of loving.

So here are a couple of shots from this evening. I don't think I need to tell you who is who...BUT yes, Alyssa is on the left. We took this one so you could see the band aids on their thighs. ...I was just looking at that picture and holy cow does Alyssa have some thighs on her!!!

They were both in a great mood so we Lisa took a bunch of pictures. She also took 2 videos that I'm trying to download but it's being VERY slow. I'll have to finish posting those sometime tomorrow.

It was pretty funny that they wouldn't smile at the same time. They were taking turns...making it hard for Lisa to take the perfect picture.

Now I'm just stalling. I want to finish downloading these pictures before I go to bed but it is being VERY slow tonight.

I did want to share that last night we saw the Northern Lights for the first time this season. It's exciting because we're going to have visitors basically from August 22nd until October and it would be great if they all got to see the Northern Lights before they left. So far, I think just my mom and dad have seen them while visiting. I don't remember seeing them with anyone else...I could be wrong.'s exciting that it's dark enough outside again and we're getting closer to fall. It's my favorite season.

So last night, it was about 1am and Alyssa was not cooperating and going to bed so I was holding her on the couch and I looked out the window and saw a pretty bright green streak in the sky. How cool is that? Sitting on my couch and I could see the Aurora Borealis!!

UGGGH! The video is at 64%. Each picture is taking 10 minutes to download. It's 12:45am and the girls are asleep and I have to work tomorrow. It's time for bed. Sorry, I'll have to post the other pictures tomorrow.

1 comment:

Amy and Dave said...

Awesome update! So glad to hear that the pediatrician is impressed with their progress. They sure look like two healthy girls to me! Can't wait to see you all and hopefully see the Northern lights!