As many of you have already read this week, a fellow Mom of multiples, Brook, lost her two baby girls to a very rare genetic disorder called Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Type 1. These two sweet girls were diagnosed the end of January and after only a month, Carynne and Sydney lost their battle. Tomorrow they would be 6 months old and it is also their funeral. To honor these beautiful girls and SMA research lets all wear something pink, it can be a shirt, socks, scarf, or even something as small as a hair pin. While you are at it, please sign this petition to help cure the number one genetic killer of children under the age of 2.
Today Lillian and Claire had their 2 month check up and boy what a fun time it was! They are both doing great and right were they need to be. Lillian weighed in at 10 lb 3 oz and is now 22 inches long. Claire is 10 lb 7.5 oz and is 22 1/2 inches long. They were doing great with no crying for the first half of their appointment. I think they got tired of the wait after seeing the doctor and having to wait for their immunizations. They both had 4 shots in the thigh and one oral. After the shots they calmed down pretty quickly which was great for Josh and I. :-) I took them back to day care and they slept the rest of the afternoon after falling asleep on the car ride there. Once we got home in the evening they woke and I think the pain and yucky feelings set in, because they sure were not happy. We gave them a little Tylenol and Josh fed them a bottle and they both became happy and ready for more sleep. We will go back again in 2 months for their 4 month well baby appointment.
As many of you know, I post on a message board for moms to be and new moms. On the multiples board that I post on there is a family that has had the most tragic month anyone could ever experience. On January 24th her 5 month old twin girls were diagnosed with Weirdnig-Hoffman Disease. This is a rare genetic disease which causes their lungs to slowly give because their muscles are no longer able to support them. These sweet girls have the most severe form. Yesterday one of their twins lost her battle and today both sisters met in heaven. Please keep Brook and Jake in your thoughts and prayers, as well as their baby girls Carynne and Sydney. They knew this day would come, but no one ever imagined their fight would end only a month after it was diagnosed.
Well, today was the day; my first day back to work. It was a little sad that most of my kindergartners in my class didn't seem to care that I was back after 4 months, but it was great getting the few hugs I did. I am so lucky that Lillian and Claire were right down the hall in the infant room so I could check on them through out the day. It was fun having the other teachers come into my classroom all day long telling me how sweet my girls are and how cute they are. Of course I know this already, but it was great knowing that they are loved by so many. They had a wonderful first day as well. Oh and my little chunkers are taking 5 oz at all their feedings now. They are growing too big. We are going on Wednesday for their two month well baby appointment and immunizations. I will be sure to give an update on how that goes.
I can't believe it, Lillian and Claire are already 2 months old today! They are getting too big too fast. Yesterday I finally had my first outing alone with them. I took them to a friends baby shower so I wasn't really alone, but it was still a big deal. They did a great job, except for all the fussing, but we all survived. It could have been another rough evening with them, but luckily Kylie came to the rescue and came over to help, she even brought cake! So tomorrow is the big day I have been dreading; back to work I go. The girls will be coming with me while I teach and will be in the infant room just down the hall, so that will help, but I am still not ready. I guess today I finally have to try on all my old work pants and see which ones will fit, I probably should not have put that off. Oh well. Here are some more pictures of Lillian and Claire.
Claire and Lillian having some tummy time
They were having so much fun checking eveything out on their play mat
So, I was already bummed this morning when I got up since these are my last few days at home until I start back to work on Monday. Then as the day went on the girls just became more and more fussy. They have been doing great this past week and have been such happy babies. They are smiling more and have even started to coo; I love it! They took a short nap and woke up around 3:30 ready to eat, since then it has been non-stop fuss. Nothing was working to calm them. They had fresh diapers, full bellies, and I was giving so much attention. Finally around 9 they both fell asleep and I am loving the quiet house, oh and the bowl of ice cream sure helped me out too. Only 45 minutes and Josh will be home from work!
This is a whole new world for me... blogging. I love following others and for the longest time I have been wanting to start a blog of my own to allow family and friends keep better updated on what is going on in our crazy home, but never really knew what I would post about. Obviously, I finally gave in and here we go!
Today was the start of my final week at home until I return to work and the girls spend their days in day care. I have been home for a total of four months now, two before Lillian and Claire were born and two months after. I am really hoping that this week does not pass too quickly, I am not really excited about going back, but I know the girls will do great! Alright, off to play around and figure out this whole blog thing while they are sleeping.