Saturday, October 10, 2009

Rice Cereal and Sleep Routines

At their four month check-up last week, the twins checked out A-OK. Emaline weighed 13 pounds, 1.8 ounces, was 23 ¾ inches long, and her head was 40.5 cm around. She’s right around the 35th percentile—and that’s for full-term formula-fed singleton babies (in your face FFSB’s).
Keillor weighed 13 pounds, 5.5 ounces, was 24 inches long, and had a head circumference of…wait for it…wait for it…42 cm. He must have the strongest neck muscles of any baby because it must take sinews of steel to lift that melon. While his weight puts him in the 21st percentile, he is in the 41st percentile for cranium size. I hope he doesn’t end up looking like a Brats doll.

Keillor wears a hat to hide his giant brain box

The pediatrician recommended starting Keillor on rice cereal once a day—his tongue is working overtime, and he may be starting to cut teeth. While he likes the rice cereal, it is no substitute for good old fashioned mommy milk. He has to have four ounces before he will eat the cereal. I use the term “eat” loosely, as much of it goes down his chin or onto his fingers. Of course, he does lick the cereal off his fingers, which is the polite thing to do.

Keillor decides he wants to work the spoon

Emaline is not sure about the cereal yet. Still, she is the one who sleeps through the night. Even with a warm bath, full bottle, and bowl of cereal, he is still waking up between midnight and 3 a.m.. This isn’t every night. Every so often, he will trick us and sleep for nine hours.
Establishing a sleep routine with twins is difficult, especially since they spend the day at daycare, but we’ll get there eventually.
Emaline practices pushups during Tummy Time

Tummy Time is much more enjoyable for all. Keillor has been practicing rolling over. He can roll left and right. Emaline is working on push-ups. Tummy Time for her used to mean screaming face-plant time. As for rolling over, she almost did it yesterday. I’ll give her one more week. Geez, I sound like I’m talking about dogs.

Emaline stares at herself in the mirror, while Keillor does his trick

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