The Gleeful Gourmand: The Whole World Is Opening Up For You (Two)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Whole World Is Opening Up For You (Two)

Last week Savannah and Delia had their 4-month checkup. Time has truly flown with these little ladies. When I think about it in terms of their Birthday being at the beginning of the summer, and the fact that it’s now officially fall, it feels like a long time. But if I don’t put it in that context, it feels like no time at all has passed, and I’m wondering how it is we’re coming to the close of October already.

But if I really want an indicator of how far we’ve come, it’s to look at them in their car seats. When we took them home from the hospital, I remember thinking the buckle on their car seats was unusually large. As you can see from the picture above (Savannah), it took up nearly all of their bodies. It was hard to know what to do with their tiny arms (Tuck them under the buckle? Drape them over the buckle?). Now the buckle looks perfectly normal, in just 4 short months.

We were very pleased to learn that the girls are both growing tremendously well. Savannah is closing in on 14 pounds (and is in the 50th percentile), while Delia is nearly 12 pounds (and is in the 25th). That’s remarkable to us, because their last visit at 2 months Delia was just barely on the charts. It’s encouraging that they’re doing so well, and pretty much doing everything they’re supposed to do on time even though they were born at 34 weeks.

So what are they doing now? They are very alert and aware of everything, especially each other. They are both very quick to smile, and though they are identical, they smile differently. Savannah’s smile lights up her entire face like a fireworks display, while Delia is always quick on the draw with a full, but sly smile, and a twinkle in her eye like she’s in on the joke. They’re also doing that squealing/squeaking thing babies do right before they start to really laugh.

Savannah is trying her darndest to roll over, but hasn’t quite accomplished it yet. Here’s another difference: Savannah will keep trying, and not get tired of trying or frustrated, whereas Delia will try to roll over, get frustrated, cry, or fall asleep. She reminds me so much of Liam at this age. They both love to sit up supported.

They are also sleeping through the night, and have been since they turned 3 months old, which is a blessed relief. This is a tricky time because they are really starting to let us know when they’re unhappy (Delia is the most vocal), and two unhappy babies can definitely be a challenge, but it’s also one of the best times as they start to truly react to the world around them, and take it all in. Their world is changing rapidly from day to day, and it’s a joy to simply sit back and watch them grow.


Elizabeth Wilson said...

I like this post! Glad to know that they are both doing so well and what they are up too!

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