This past week, the babies got hit with their first cold. It started with Ayden and then traveled to Rylee, and then Tony and me. I now proclaim myself a Professional Snot Sucker. The old school bulb suckers don't really work all that well, so I took everyone's advice early on and invested in a NoseFrida. It works great, but I have to tell you, it really, REALLY grosses me out. I am NOT a fan of physically sucking the snot out of their noses, even if you DO have a filter! Shudder. But I have sucked it up (pun intended) and got the job done. We purchased a Vaporizer and have been rubbing Vicks on their little feet and chests. I'll be honest, I don't really feel like those things have made a difference. I've kept it up though, since I know that's what good little parents are supposed to do.
We've enjoyed some nice spring sunshine by going to watch softball. There are always lots of people wanting to help hold the babies.
Both babies are now eating rice cereal. We started feeding Rylee cereal a few weeks ago, hoping that it might help with her reflux. We tried putting rice cereal in her bottle to thicken it up and hopefully help with the spit up, but that didn't seem to be making much of a difference. In an effort to make it even thicker and hopefully help the formula stick in her belly, we started spoon feeding her cereal. She took to it right away! We were warned that it would take a little while for the babies to figure out how to use their tongues to pull the cereal back to swallow, but she had no problem! We figure it's because she's been taking medicine by mouth for about a month already. Ayden got his first taste of cereal just this past weekend. He made a little funny face at first taste, but then didn't mind it. It took a little bit for him to figure out he needed to open his mouth for the spoon and he also spit more of it out than he swallowed for the first portion, but then he ate it right down once he learned what to do. I gave them both more yesterday, and they most definitely weren't satisfied with the 2 teaspoons of cereal that I gave each of them!
Rylee has come leaps and bounds from her first couple months! It's amazing the difference in this little baby from the one that spent the first 3 months of her life in so much pain! I can't even begin to tell you how relieved we are that she is now a happy little baby. She is not so easy to smile as her brother is, but the smiles are definitely coming more often now. She absolutely melts our hearts when she smiles! However, we are finding it difficult to actually capture it on camera. She smiles, but then you pull out the camera and she goes stone faced or bug eyed.
Sleeping is a bit of a struggle with Rylee. She will go to sleep in her crib, but only stays in there for about 3 hours before she starts to fuss. Most of the time, this fussing is done in her sleep, but she will keep it up until she either wakes up or I pick her up and hold her. Usually we end up finishing out the night sleeping together on the couch. Even then she still seems to get pretty agitated in her sleep. Sometimes she will scream out in her sleep, but it only lasts a few seconds and then she is conked out again. Sometimes she smiles in her sleep, and the other night I actually heard her laugh a little bit in her sleep. Those moments are a lot sweeter than her crying out! We still swaddle Rylee. If we don't, she won't go to sleep at all. We've started trying to gradually fade out the swaddle by leaving one arm out. We don't have air conditioning in our house, so it is going to eventually get too hot to swaddle her this summer. We tried both arms out one night, but she just startled herself awake and wasn't getting any sleep. Rylee has slept as much as 10-12 hours a night, but only a few times, and it was also a combination of sleeping in her crib and with me on the couch. Most of the time she is up once per night for a feeding. Not bad.
Rylee is officially ulcer free! The medicine she is on is doing a fantastic job of shrinking the hemangiomas. They are still there, but are changing color, getting softer, and starting to shrink. Now if we can just continue to keep her ulcer free.... The good news is that if she does get one, I am fairly confident that we can now treat it quickly and keep it from escalating to the degree it was before. We are still dealing with the reflux issue though. Some days are better than others. She still spits up an insane amount, sometimes puking rather than just good ol' spit up. She did a number on her Grandma C over the weekend, puking allllll down her back and on her neck.
Rylee is about 12 lbs now, hanging out in the 4th percentile, 50% if you look on the preemie scale. For height she is 22 3/4 inches, which puts her at 1%. Yep. Gonna have short children I guess. Rylee is still wearing 0-3 month and 3 month clothing. The 3 month size is still a little big on her, so I think she'll be here for awhile. She is wearing size 1 diapers. She is getting so much stronger! She does a decent job of sitting up in the Bumbo for short periods of time. Just in the past week, she's been able to stand for a few seconds when we are holding her hands. She rolls from her tummy to her back almost every time we put her on her tummy. No sign of rolling the other way from back to tummy yet.
Rylee now grabs the toys hanging overhead from her playmat. She also loves to grab hold of anything you put in her lap - burp cloths, blankets, toys. Her favorite is Minnie Mouse.
|(Ignore the evil red eyes that wouldn't fix for this upload!)|
She's been trying to hold her bottle for a few weeks now, but last night actually accomplished holding it for a few minutes!
|Almost a smile!|
|The picture's blurry, but I did manage to actually catch a smile!|
|This picture absolutely cracks me up!|
|I know it's blurry, but I love this picture!|
Ayden is not much into rolling over yet, unless he's in his crib. For some reason, he seems to be able to roll over all the time in his crib. And yet, he's only done it twice on the floor. Two times ever on the floor, but a million (okay, I'm exaggerating a bit) times in his crib. Ayden is still sleeping on his belly. If he's on his back, he will stay awake forever. After a middle of the night feeding, when I see on the monitor that he's rolled himself over onto his back, it is cringe worthy. I have to go back in and put him on his belly. This kid MOVES in his sleep. Seriously. I don't get how he can move so much in his crib, but not at all on the floor. HOW is he NOT crawling? We place him at the bottom of his crib, but he ends up in a top corner. We had to break down and put bumpers in the top half of his crib. I know you're not supposed to and all that, but he was hitting his head and getting himself stuck. He'd eventually wake himself up and started getting bruises on his poor soft little head. So....my MIL made him some bumpers. He still works his way to the top of the crib, but he doesn't wake himself up. He just turns himself around and heads back the other direction! Ayden has slept 11-12 hours a night quite a few times, but it is not a consistent thing. When he does wake up, it is only once per night to eat. Unfortunately, it takes him over an hour most times to go back to sleep though.
|Isn't this the cutest little bottoms up you've ever seen?|
|Found his way to the top corner of his crib.|
|One of the reasons bumpers were necessary!|
Rylee loves watching t.v. and will watch whatever happens to be on. Ayden thinks it's just okay unless it's Sesame Street. That keeps him entertained for awhile. They both startle easily. Sometimes all it takes is a sneeze or a cough from Tony or me, and they both jump and start to cry.
We are so in love with these babies of ours. It is starting to be a lot of fun now that they are interacting with us. 5 months already. Next month will mark their half birthday, and before we know it they are going to be ONE! I am so excited to watch them as they discover new things and achieve more milestones.
|Our little OSU Beaver fans!|
|Ready to watch some softball! These onsies were a gift from one of our players.|
|Watching Sesame Street after their morning bottle.|
|Sometimes their expressions crack me up!|
|My little cuties.|