Feb 13, 2013

Twindom: One Month

Dear Pip and Pop,

I can’t believe you boys are already one month old!
 
We have been home together for a week now and it feels like I have known you for ages and I am finally living the life I was always meant to lead with you in my arms. We are all slowly adjusting to living together and I am figuring out how to care for you. Daddy went back to work this week and we really miss having him around, but your Nana is helping give you love and is staying with us during the week. You are both very happy baby boys, but really love to be held and snuggle so we need an extra set of arms!
January 13, 2013. 
A few minutes old.
You boys are both such troopers! You were born at 33 weeks 3 days, but you both came out breathing on your own! This is huge and made me so happy because it meant I got to see you before you had to head to the NICU.
Meeting Davy for the first time.

Grandparents first peek at Pip and Pop on the way to the NICU. 
They were happy you came out breathing too!
We spent the first 21 days of your lives in the NICU learning to eat, control your own body temperatures and growing bigger and stronger.  During that time you hung out under the photo-therapy lights in your cool glasses, enjoyed lots of kangaroo time, and had your first sponge baths!


You both stayed Pip and Pop for the first few days after you were born because you Dad and I hadn't chosen names yet. And even once we chose your names, it took us a little while to decide on the correct spellings. We didn't fill out your birth certificate information with your official names on it until January 17, 4 days after you were born!

We were discharged on Superbowl Sunday, in time for your Daddy to sit and snuggle a baby while watching the game.  I know it was a dream come true for him and he hopes to sit and watch lots more sports games with you guys.
Three weeks old and leaving the NICU.

Happy to be heading home!  But, sad to be leaving all of the amazing NICU nurses behind.
Right now you are both still keeping the NICU’s strict every three hour feeding schedule and doing well on it. You both eat at 5, 8, 11, and 2. It takes about an hour and a half to eat, get cleaned up, and enjoy some snuggles before you are back to sleep. You both sleep well-ish, but you are two of the noisiest sleepers I have ever met in my life! You both grunt, groan, and make the cutest little chipmunk noises I have ever heard. 

Nanny dog is watching over you boys during your 4 week photoshoot.

4 Weeks.  At home in the new nursery.


Tripp,
You are such a smiler! Even at just one month old you make some of the greatest little faces I have ever seen.
You also blessed with great patience and never seem phased or unhappy about anything. The nurses at the NICU called you “laid back Jack” because you are just always content. You are happiest snuggled into someone’s chest, but will hang out anywhere. We sometimes struggle to convince you to eat though.  You have this idea, that eating is optional.  But it isn't!  Your favorite position is with your hands up above your head.  You look really adorable with your hands near your face, but we have to swaddle you to sleep or you will startle yourself awake!
While your name is Charles, we only ever call you Tripp.  In fact, it confused me once when the neonatologist asked a question about Charles.  We also call you Tripster, Tripper, and of course, Pip. Your Uncle Chris is calling you Ricochet and Rooster.  He thought we were too slow choosing your name and so named you for us.  We don't know if you are Ricochet or Rooster though.

Davy,
You are my big fellow.  You have a big appetite, a big voice, and a big personality.  Every nurse in the NICU knew who you were and you made sure they heard you.  You have strong opinions about everything and let them be known. You absolutely love to be held and to walk around and jostle and bounce.  Laying in an isolette by yourself is not your thing.  You are also a little clock.  At quarter til feeding time (almost to the dot) you start to stir and remind the nurses to go heat your bottle. You have the schedule mastered and really want to stick to it perfectly.  You are a huge pacifier guy already and instantly calm down when you are able to suck on it.
We call you Davis, Davy, and Davemeister.  I called you Dave once, but your Daddy wasn't fond of that nickname so it didn't stick.  Pop has stuck around though!  Like your brother, you have also been called either Ricochet or Rooster.  You'll have to ask your Uncle Chris which you are someday.


My darling boys,
You are both loved so very much.  My heart and soul have been loving you forever.  Holding you close and snuggling with you are my favorite things to do.  I figure I will have time to eat and do laundry later because you will only be my little guys once. 
 
I’ll love you forever,
I’ll like you for always,
as long as I’m living
my babies you’ll be

Loving you forever,
Mom

One Month Stats

Tripp:

Weight*: 4 lbs 15.8 oz - 10th Percentile on the Preemie Chart
Height*: 18 inches - 40th Percentile on the Preemie Chart
Diaper Size: Preemie - but we are almost out of Preemie and hope to switch to NB soon
Clothing Size: Preemie

Davy:

Weight*: 5 lbs 6 oz - 35th Percentile on the Preemie Chart
Height*: 18.5 inches - 50th Percentile on the Preemie Chart
Diaper Size: Preemie - but we are almost out of Preemie and hope to switch to NB soon
Clothing Size: Preemie
*Measurements taken at Newborn Pediatrician Appointment at 3 weeks 2 days on February 5

One Month Milestones

Photo-therapy: January 15-20
First Bath: January 22
NICU Discharge: February 3
First Car Ride: February 3
First Pediatrician Appointment: February 5
First Bath at Home: February 8
Meeting Aunt Barbara, Aunt Gretchen, Uncle Bob, Courtney, Megan, and Ryan: February 10
First Walk in the Neighborhood: February 11

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