So So So Busy!

Well the boys are 5.5 months old and we’re finally getting back to normal. Normalish. We’ve been really really busy. Of course! But I’m loving it! (Except 2:30 am. I don’t love 2:30 am. But I do love sleepy 2:30 am babies). Sorry it’s been a few weeks since I’ve had time to post on the blog! Here’s a brief update on how we’re doing!
 
We went to the high risk newborn clinic on Friday and saw Dr. Peeples for a NICU follow up. Everyone is doing great! Here’s updated stats on all 3:
 
Mason  
Weight: 10 lbs. 14 oz. (5th percentile)
Length: 22 inches 
 
Logan
Weight: 9 lbs. 13 oz. (under 2nd percentile) 
Length: 21.5 inches 
 
James
Weight: 10 lbs. 9 oz. (2nd percentile)
Length: 21.5 inches 
 
So they’re all tiny. The percentiles above are actually based off their adjusted age not their actual age! For those of you who haven’t ever had a preemie, adjusted age is a baby’s age if he had been born on his due date. So our adjusted she is basically 3 months now (starting at July 23). I asked if they will always be at the bottom of the growth chart. Dr. Peeples said maybe. Someone has to be at the bottom! But all 3 of our little guys have been at the bottom all along so they’re staying on track. The main thing we’re watching is that they stay on their growth curve. And so far they are doing what they should be doing! 
 
I’m going to keep this short because if not I’ll never finish this post! (I actually started writing this 3 days ago. And I started thinking about writing it 3 days before that!) 
 
Here’s our schedule these days:
The boys are still on a 3 hour schedule during the day. We get up at 6, then they eat every 3 hours until 9 pm. I’m still breastfeeding Mason and Logan. They each breastfeed once at night (Mason at 6; Logan at 9) and we rotate 6 am during the week (and we do Logan at 6 am, Mason at 9 am on the weekends). I was planning to go 4-6 months but I’m thinking I may keep going now that we’re almost to 6 months. I hate pumping (only do that 3 times a day now) but I love the bonding with breastfeeding so I think I’ll keep it up. And I love how good it is for them, especially during flu and RSV season.

Back to the schedule. It’s all about the schedule! In the mornings after they eat at 6, they all go in their swings and they swing until we’re ready to go (or until it’s time to eat at 9 on the weekends). After the 9 am bottle they play on the play mat, in the bouncy seat, or wherever they’re happy (usually the play mat) until they get cranky, then it’s back to the swings. They nap in their beds after the noon bottles. (Logan usually finishes his nap in his swing because he’s NOT a good sleeper). Ten we play and swing from 3 to 9. Then they go to bed after they eat at 9 pm. And then, if everything works out (and it’s not Brian’s night on monitor duty) they sleep until 6! We still have to get up and replace pacis several times. Logan is the worst sleeper. We’ve actually caved a few times and fed him around 3 or 4. But we’re making progress. Most nights at least. 
We take baths every other night. Dad is in charge of baths and he’s really good at it!

And of course Addison has her own busy schedule! Volleyball 3 nights a week, dance 3 nights a week, and her social life. I don’t remember being that busy at 10!
 
The biggest news since my last post – the boys started school today! We had to let our nanny go a few weeks ago. Brian was the nanny the past 2 weeks. He’s super dad! But he was really ready for work today! 
 
Here’s a picture of our first first day of school:
 
 
I don’t have many other updates. Everyone got a good report from Dr. Peeples last week. She ordered a blood gas on Logan and it was great. He did so well that Dr. Peeples came in smiling to share the results! Yay Logan! It’s always good when the doctor is smiling! He’s going to stay on oxygen a little longer still though. We go back to the newborn clinic next month so we’ll know more then. 

 

Here’s some pictures from the last few weeks:
 
Our first time using the triple decker stroller. And our first walk!
Just hanging out with Nana!

 

 

We love, love, love our play mat!
 
And some pics of each baby:
 
Mason:
 
 
 



 
 
Playing with the best big sister in the world!
Hanging with my Aunt Teresa

Logan:
 


Zonked out!


Playing with Addison
Happy Halloween!


James:
 
 
Happy boy!
We have a thumb sucker!

 


Snuggles with Mommy!





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