Green Light, Go!

On Thursday Nisey helped me take the babies to see Dr. Knapp for their six month check up. Bless her for that. There is NO way I could take them all solo. Everyone got a stellar report and even made it on the growth charts.  Of course, they are still small compared to same age counterparts, but they are big enough to be compared in the first place.

Also, we were given the green light to start spoon feeds.  Dr. Knapp is surprisingly liberal about solid foods and says they can have pretty much anything besides honey. He doesn’t even recommend waiting on peanut butter! We aren’t planning to try peanut butter for a while and are going to offer it just before going to a well visit, just in case! He said we should just try one thing at a time and wait two days to look for signs of an allergic reaction. When they’ve tried all the components, he also suggested pureeing our dinners such as casseroles or pizza. We are excited about this new terrain, but also a bit apprehensive. With quads, spoon feeds is most definitely going to bring new challenges our way. To help us efficiency feed the quads, George began construction on a quad feeding table. As of now, he has the table built and is working on staining and painting it. Once it’s done, he is planning to write a post about how he tackled such a daunting project!

The babies are lined up largest to smallest: Harper, Rylin, Mason, & Sydney

Here everyone is waiting to see Dr. Knapp. The babies are lined up largest to smallest: Harper, Rylin, Mason, & Sydney

Sweet Baby Feet!  PS- That is not a shot you see in the picture, it is a pen.  =)

Sweet Baby Feet!
PS- That is not a shot you see in the picture, it is a pen. =)

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Rylin

13 lbs, 6 oz

25″ long

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Harper

15 lbs, 6 oz

25″ long

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Sydney

12 lbs, 3 oz

24 1/4 ” long

Over the past month or so, we experienced feeding difficulties with Sydney. She started refusing bottles, screeching, arching her back, and stiffening her legs during some feeds. She never spit up, but it became an all out battle. We considered the possibility of everything from silent reflux to food sensitivities. We tried soy formula and took reflux precautions, but didn’t find much relief. Dr. Knapp ruled out other problems such as ear infections and teething. He finally told us to stop force feeding Sydney and to let her refuse bottles if she wanted. We did that and it worked! We were trying to force the poor baby to eat more than she needed. She’s been much happier these days and she DID grow since our last checkup. She’s still the smallest, but is only about a pound lighter than Mason.  Sydney’s  hemangioma (strawberry birthmark) on her head is starting to involute (lighten and shrink), which is great news and apparently unusual.  Dr. Knapp said they usually grow much larger before they shrink.

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Mason

13 lbs, 3 oz

25 1/4″ long

Mason has been receiving Occupational Therapy through ECI since about two months of age because he had a slightly flattened head. Our therapist taught us how to do a stretching regime that we do between every feed and we encourage him to turn to his non preferred side (left). He’s made HUGE progress with therapy and is tackling many developmental milestones ahead of his siblings (notice in the picture he his holding his own bottle). However, we still see some mild facial asymmetry. Dr. Knapp of course had no concerns about it because Mason is doing so well, but as his Mama I am concerned. I plan to make an appointment for him at Cranial Technologies to make sure he doesn’t need any type of band to correct his head shape. I never want to feel guilty about not having it checked or have regrets.

The babies are all wearing size 6 month pajamas and are lined up largest to smallest.  Interesting to see how their pajamas fit!

The babies are all wearing size 6 month pajamas and are lined up largest to smallest. Interesting to see how their pajamas fit differently.

More babies!

More babies!

hugs!

Amber