The babies had their four month well visit this week, and my how they've grown!
Kate is still our chunky monkey - she weighed 14 pounds 12 ounces and is in the 75th percentile - holy cow she's gained a lot in two weeks! The doctor said we can start the babies on rice cereal any time we think they are ready (no gluten until they are a year old!), and we think Kate is ready to try. I'm sure we will have some fun pictures for you after our first attempt to spoon feed her this weekend. Kate is still a very happy baby (unless she is hungry) and loves to make noises. She also laughs at everything, these really wonderful deep belly laughs. She is holding her head up pretty well now, and loves tv. She is also really close to flipping over from her belly to her back. She is a great sleeper and has no problem sleeping 12 hours at night without a peep.
Willa weighed in at 12 pounds 6 ounces and has now surpassed Oliver. This puts her in the 25th percentile, so she is catching up. The Dr. said they are all growing faster than full term babies do; I guess they know that they have some catching up to do. Willa is still pretty vocal when she doesn't like something, but she is no longer a high maintenance baby. She is fairly quiet and serious most of the time, but when she does smile her whole face lights up. She is the best at entertaining herself and sitting happily wherever she may be, and she is the most dexterous. She will grab little toys now and shake them around a little bit. Most nights she is sleeping straight through until morning, but recently she has discovered how to scoot around on her back by digging in her heels. She will scoot all the way up in her crib and get herself stuck in the corner, and then cry bloody murder until we come in and rescue her.
Little Oliver is officially the smallest now, but he is finally on the charts! He falls in the 5th percentile with a weight of 12 pounds even. He is still a whimpery little guy, and is very sensitive - if he hears one of his sisters crying he will always join in, even if he is perfectly fine himself. But he is by far the smiliest baby of the lot, and the most vocal. His favorite thing in the world is to stare into your eyes and talk to you. When I took him to the store yesterday, he smiled and "ooh, oohed" at everyone who walked by. He is also our champion sleeper, and hardly ever wakes up before 8 am.
He and Willa look so much alike - people often ask if they are identical, and I have to remind them that no, they are different sexes, so by definition they can't be. And then everyone wonders, well what happened with Kate? Because she is so completely different than the other two.
Unfortunately the babies had to get three shots a piece at the dr.'s office, and were pretty fussy the rest of the day. Here are a couple of pictures from the aftermath.
Yes, babies were crying, and Mom was busy taking pictures!