Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Happy 4 Months!

Today Charlie and Lily celebrated their first birthday outside of the NICU - they turned 4 months old! Although there were no cupcakes this month, since there was no NICU staff to share them with, Charlie and Lily went ahead and celebrated with lots of bottles, a weigh-in and some tandem tummy time.

The visiting nurse came today to check the babies out and both got thumbs up. Charlie had put on 6 ounces since her last visit to reach 8 lbs 5 oz, and Lily gained 8 ounces for a total of 7 lbs 9 oz. The nurse's visit, however, threw off the babies eating schedule so somehow their feedings are sort of running into each other and I've been pretty much feeding babies non-stop all day. They've both been extra hungry lately, demanding bottles more frequently, and what Charlie and Lily want Charlie and Lily get!

This afternoon the babies got down on the floor for some dual tummy time. I accidentaly put Charlie in Lily's boppy and vice versa, so maybe that was why Lily was less than enthused with the playtime. Charlie happily raised his head and looked all around, but Lily slouched on the boppy and shot me half-hearted dirty looks until I picked her up. And then she demanded that I feed her. Again. Sigh.

Today I also received a call from the early intervention team. As it turns out, the babies actually do NOT qualify for assistance. While at first glance that seems like a bad thing, it's actually not. The babies don't qualify because their development is too good - they are right on target or a little ahead in all areas for their adjusted age. That makes us happy. The head of the team did promise that she would drop off information on milestones that the babies should be reaching in the next few months, and if I feel they start to lag behind we can start the early intervention process again. But for now we're on our own!

So that's what new with Chily! I'm heading out the gym (since gaining weight each week is a job I must leave up to Charlie and Lily) and I need to be back in time for the traditional reading of Birthday Monsters before bed!

Lily just doesn't seem all that thrilled to celebrate her 4-month birthday. I guess she's just used to be showered with praise and attention, regardless of the day.

Charlie seemed to enjoy wearing the hat.

Lily and Charlie are very good at making a LOT of laundry. Luckily for them, Nana is more than willing to come over and help fold! She even presses Joe's work shirts for him-- she's our own personal laundry service!

Charlie enjoyed story time with his daddy, even if daddy has had to wear a mask around the house for the last few days. Most likely Joe's just fighting off some major allergy issues but better safe than sorry!

Charlie loves Mommy! Pretty much the only thing that will calm Charlie down when he's upset is a good cuddle.


Lauren said...


That's perhaps the best thing about boys - goddamn, do they love their mommies. :)

Diana Lopez said...

wow, they are just getting bigger and more beautiful, glad to hear they are doing well.

Anonymous said...

OHHHHH - I love that picture of Charlie and Brooke... You can just feel the love when you look at it. Look at those cheeks - I can just eat you up sweeptpea... xoxoxoxo
Good job angels - being on target.
Happy 4 months my little loves...

All My Love, Auntie :) xoxoxo

Rebecca, from CT said...

Happy 4 Months!! And that is great that they are right on target for their adjusted age!! They look so happy!! Good job babies!!

Michele from FTHS said...

Brooke, that pic of you and Charlie is just too precious for words. Lily, you look even more beautiful even though you seem less than thrilled And Joe, not to be left out, you look amazing. You are the bombs, Little D's!!!!

Iris said...

Great news about EI! Lookin great guys!!

JoLynn said...

I bet a good cuddle calms you down, too!

I'm seeing another pair of pajama pants...have those already been featured?! :)

mrs schneider (greece,ny) said...

Loving all the good news -- and the pictures !!! Let's also here it out there for all the GREAT NANA'S DO WE ROCK OR WHAT ???? We love our children and adore our grandbabies --- We'll do anything to help out JUST ASK US !!!

God bless ya Nana !

Eve Schneider

Alisha said...

happy 4 months! Chily is too cute for words!

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear Chily is doing so well! You probably already thought of this, but maybe if the babies are hungry more often then are ready to increase the amount they eat at each sitting by a little bit?

Jen said...

Yeah Brooke, I'm so happy to hear that Charlie and Lily are doing great. Your story has given me so much hope and inspiration. I have been reading it since I found out that you were pregnant, and then when you had the babies. Yeah to all the wonderful news.

Anonymous said...

I love your blog! Your kids are so beautiful. My twins were born at robert wood right next to st peters. The samething happened to us at 21 weeks. Unfortunatly our ob was incompetent and ruptured our sac saying their was no hope, thankfully the twins had other ideas and lasted almost 5 weeks!
god bless you and yours!

Anonymous said...

This is wonderful news!!! Happy 4 months Charlie & Lily! Congrats on their development! You can just tell by looking at the pictures that they are doing so well. Such well adjusted happy babies! Plus the love & care mommy & daddy give them!!!

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday beautiful babies!!!! I think that last picture of Brooke and Charlie is my favorite-- he looks so content!


Caryn said...

Joe and Brooke,
I am a new reader of your blog and have just spent the past two hours reading many of your earlier posts and some of the newer posts as well. Your loss is heartbreaking, but more is that your strength is inspiring. I know it was not your original intention, but thank you for sharing your story.
My husband is a quadruplet. He has a sister that is 7 years older, a quad sister, two quad brothers, and a sister that is 18 months younger (surprise!). One of his brothers has had continuous and significant health problems, in fact he was just released from a two month hospital stay. We can definitely relate to the blessings, and the struggles, of multiples. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family that you may continue to be blessed by good health and better days.

Gretchen said...

Happy 4 Months!!! I know I've said this a million times but Chily gets more and more beautiful and precious with every new picture you post! Congrats!!!
With love and prayers,

Cindy said...

Happy 4 months!