We had the twins' 9-month appointment today - only a bit over a week late! Considering I skipped well visits for Cecilia for an entire year (she had one at 6 months and then not again until she was about 20 months...), I'm pretty proud of myself for actually getting it scheduled! It was going to be a week of well visits - John Paul had his on Tuesday and Cecilia's was scheduled for yesterday but then Andrew had court and there was NO way I was taking all 4 kids to a doctor's appointment by myself!
And now I know that I'm not trying to take both babies by myself again any time soon... WOW that was hard! We skipped any immunizations at the end because it was just too much!
|Still not out of all of their 9-month clothes, but quite a few outfits have been retired! I'm hoping we can stick it out through the fall with their summer outfits so I don't have to buy any larger sizes...|
Because I know you want their stats, Mary Claire is tipping the scales at 17 lbs 10 oz and Elizabeth is 16 lbs 12 oz. That's right, Elizabeth is less than a pound away from Mary Claire!!! Considering Mary Claire has a *much* chunkier frame, is longer, and was 2.5 lbs bigger than Elizabeth back when Elizabeth wasn't gaining weight, this is HUGE!!! Mary Claire's between the 25th and 50th percentile for weight and up near the top for head circumference, because that's what we breed for. Elizabeth is between 10th and 25th percentile for weight, which is also huge considering it took forever to even get her ON the growth chart!
|See? Mary Claire no longer totally dwarfs Elizabeth!|
They're doing great with milestones, and the doctor was pretty surprised that they're not delayed at all, since twins often are. They've been crawling and sitting up for quite a while, and they're now good enough at pulling up that they pretty much don't need to be spotted anymore. HALLELUJAH!!! Mary Claire has started cruising veeeeeery slowly, Elizabeth hasn't quite figured it out yet. I'm predicting walking by 11 months, which will be the latest of any of our kids. Again, HALLELUJAH!!!
Buuuut they're pretty severely anemic. Our pediatrician is pretty low-key, so the fact that she was worried about this is telling. Soooo I'm going to cram them full of iron-rich solids for the next few weeks until they have another blood draw (just from their toe, which they totally didn't mind, so I'm not concerned). Any suggestions?
|Corn on the cob is a big favorite, but rather lacking in nutrients...|
I think a big part of the iron deficiency is:
1. I'm pretty much always anemic, so they aren't getting much from me
2. They weren't born at or after 40 weeks like my other babies, so they didn't have time to get all their iron
3. We started solids late and are still only feeding one meal a day, at dinner time when they're at their fussiest so they generally don't eat much.
So I'm going to have the babysitter start giving them lunch when I go back to work on Monday and hopefully that'll help!
That's right, summer is over and school is starting!!! We start about as late as possible, with the first day of school right after Labor Day. Teacher work days start on Monday and I'll have a full week of inservices, meetings, more meetings, and getting everything ready for the classes I teach.
I know, you probably didn't even realize that I work! I pretty much never talk about it, but I teach part-time at a local secondary school. 2 girls' choirs (7th and 8th grade) and a music lab for 8th graders, which is mostly piano and guitar. It's pretty awesome, I LOVE my students and I love teaching music, and it gives me a little break from the kids! Plus it's not yet financially possible for me *not* to work...
I was trying to get a picture of the twins alone, but then Cecilia joined in (refusing to put on a shirt because she wanted to wear "just my tummy!"), and John Paul couldn't be left out!
John Paul has been spending most of his time writing and drawing these days - for a kid who REFUSED and showed absolutely zero interest for so long, I'm kind of amazed at his progress!
This is the first representational drawing he has EVER attempted:
Above you can see a baby in his mom's tummy, the dad on the far right, and a man named John in between them. Who is John? We have no idea.
Then I asked if he wanted to write anything else and he decided to write "Disney Classics" since that's the CD we were listening to...
And for some reason because it was a card, he wanted to write everything vertically on the front...
So... That's pretty much all we need to do with homeschooling for the rest of the year, right? I mean, he just turned 4 and is reading somewhere between a 5th and 8th grade level (according to the same reading test we did last year), writing fluently, doing simple math problems, etc...
Okay, I'll leave things off here. Have an awesome Friday and go check out more takes at Conversion Diary!