February 16, 2010

SO, I am a terrible blogger. I have only a few readers to apologize to, so to you: Sorry.

The girls just turned 4 months old last week. They are doing great after a REALLY DIFFICULT January. The girls were both officially "diagnosed" with colic in January. Evidently, colic = GAS. Since the girls have been born, we have switched formula 6 times and it turns out that they are both lactose AND soy intolerant. I think we finally have one that works... the MOST EXPEN$IVE formula on the market. (FYI, breastfeed if you can because we are now spending $400/month on formula.) (It equates to approximately $15/day) (We were not prepared for this!) I tried to re-lactate, in fact, to help with the financial burden, but as soon as I started pumping, my blood pressure shot up, my eyes went blurry, and I had a continuous migraine headache. (there were way too many commas in that sentence and I am over using parenthesis.) And, although 75% of women are successful at re-lactation, I was not one of them.

We have introduced solid foods in the last two weeks (I have tried before this and they would NOT take food off of a spoon... AND cereal through a bottle nipple is like stabbing yourself in the foot with a fire pit poker. The nipple clogs, they suck too much air and it only adds to the problems.).

Solid food has helped tremendously. They eat cereal, sweet potatoes, bananas, applesauce, and anything else that is all mashed up! I feed them about 4 ounces of their bottle to ease the "I am hungry now and throwing a fit and don't want to wait for mommy to feed me cereal off of a spoon" and THEN give them some solid food.

They both are rolling over, and yesterday, Maddie giggled at daddy for the first time. It was a beautiful sound. He kept making her giggle, just so he could see me get all excited and giggle too!

I can't believe how big and precious they are. At 4 months old Maddie weighed 12 pounds .5 ounces and is 23" long; Mickie weighed 11 pounds 9 ounces and is 23.5 inches long. They are both on the low end of "average", BUT I think that being average is pretty impressive given that they were preemies.


~Hollie said...

Beautiful Girls, Chelle! Glad to hear that things are going better. We've had it rough too. I thought my guy was a super sleeper, NOW, its a different story. I think we are teething, growth spurting and transitioning to the crib from swing. OI!! Our lil birthday babies! SO special and sweet! My guy is 25" and 15 pounds. So my "right on timer" is just barely ahead of your preemies! You are doing a great job, Mom!

PJ said...

Ugh, with the formula! That sounds rough. I am definitely trying breastfeeding, at least for the first six weeks to see how that goes.

Great growth on them! And I know the giggling must be a riot. :)

They are so adorable. Sounds like you're doing a great job. :)

Lost in Space said...

So here you are!! I wondered what happened to you and am glad to find you again.

Your girls are adorable and it sounds like motherhood is fitting you quite well. (-;

mybumpyjourney said...

omg they look so cute!!! I can't believe how big they are! You are doing so wonderful and they are so full of joy. YEAH!!!

What IF? said...

Oh man. I'm sorry to read about your girls suffering. It's so tough! It's impressive that you tried to relactate. I'm here to tell you that even if you were able to, you may STILL have dealt with colicky issues, so don't beat yourself up about it. Your babies are gorgeous and clearly thriving. Congrats on surviving the first 4 months!