3 weeks/15 weeks

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It’s a pretty common question: “How old are the babies?” If you’ve been following the blog, by now you know there isn’t really a simple answer. But for those who are wondering, we consider the trips to be 15 weeks (that’s almost 4 months!) as we will always celebrate their birthday on April 2nd. We will continue to adjust their age for developmental milestones and when relevant (with doctors, caregivers, etc.) we will remember to consider them three months younger than they really are. So however old you consider them to be, here’s what they are doing now.

Jack:

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Weight: 8 lbs, 14.5 oz

Length: 22.2 in

Head Size: 15.5 in

Eating: 3 oz at a time (most days)

Wearing: 0-3 month clothes

Longest sleeping stretch: 7 hours! That was a wonderful night 🙂

Favorite color: Green. Just kidding. But that’s the color we’ve given him if ever there’s an option, so we hope he likes it!

Favorite baby depository: The Fisher Price Rock ‘N Play Bassinet

Milestones reached: 

  • holds head up when supported in a seated position
  • brings hands to mouth

Henry:

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Weight: 8 lbs, 9 oz

Height: 21.5 in

Head Size: 16 in (yes, it’s bigger than Jack’s, so big, in fact, that it’s off the chart percentile-wise)

Eating: 3 oz at a time, sometimes a bit more!

Wearing: Newborns and 0-3 month sizes. Will says I’m squeezing him into the newborn clothes. They’re just so darn cute!

Longest Sleeping Stretch: 6 1/2 hours (not on the same night as Jack’s 7, but that would be too easy!)

Favorite Color: Blue. The outfit above posed a bit of a problem. It’s turquoise, so is that blue or green? But then it has matching blue pants. The other outfit like it is yellow, so that didn’t make for any easy decision either. We also have two of those little whale onesies. So sometimes you’ll see Henry in it, sometimes you’ll see Jack in it, depending on who is getting them dressed. But soon you won’t see anybody in it, because they are both getting too big!!

Favorite Baby Depository: Fisher Price Cradle ‘N Swing

Milestones Reached: 

  • holds head up when supported in a seated position
  • tracks objects with his eyes when they move through his line of vision
  • pushes up when placed on tummy (sometimes)
  • brings hands to mouth

Sophie:

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Weight: 8 lbs, 2 oz

Height: 21.04 in

Head Size: 14.4 in

Eating: 2.5 – 3 oz at a time

Wearing: Newborn clothes. And when Will is in charge, 0-3 months.

Longest Sleeping Stretch: 5 1/2 hours. Last night. Beginning at 7:45 pm. Without “coming to dinner.” Only took three tries. And it was glorious.

Favorite color: Pink. Obviously.

Favorite baby depository: Fisher Price Bouncer. I swear I am not being paid to advertise for Fisher Price.

Milestones Reached:

  • holds head up when supported in a seated position
  • tracks objects with her eyes when they move through her line of vision
  • moves head and eyes towards the direction of a sound being made
  • pushes up when placed on tummy and turns head side to side
  • focuses on faces, patterns, colors, shadows
  • brings hands to mouth
  • smiles*
  • retinas are fully developed and completely normal (this happened a couple of weeks ago, and I forgot to mention it)

*There has been some debate about this one, but we’re pretty sure she’s really smiling, not just passing gas! She smiles after focusing on a familiar face for a moment (smile of recognition), and when you shake a rattle at her (smile of enjoyment? or fear?)

We have all surpassed the 8-lb mark! Only one more pound until they match their mother’s birth weight. Yes, I was over 9 lbs when I was born.

Other Developments: 

Jack learned how to cry yesterday. That’s not to say he didn’t ever cry before. He did. But it used to be this little whimper of a cry, until yesterday. He must have been taking lessons from his brother and sister, because all of a sudden, our mellow fellow is not so, well, mellow. He’s learned to open up that mouth and let it out. He’s still a bit more patient than his brother and sister, but now we can no longer tell Jack and Henry apart from the sound of their cries. Henry is more likely to go on and on than Jack is, and there are some sounds Henry makes that only Henry could make. But if you’re in the other room and someone lets out a wail from the nursery, it’s a little less obvious which boy is causing a ruckus. It is still quite clear when it is Sophie.

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Mobiles! Now that the trips are looking around and focusing on things (some more than others!), we’ve got their mobiles up in their cribs, and it is amazing to see them transfixed. It’s also a helpful way to keep them occupied while folding laundry or while tending to one of them. The more they focus, the more they enjoy the mobiles, so it’s not surprising that Sophie likes hers best at the moment.

Vivaldi’s “Spring” — Grumples would be so proud!

Another series of photos from the Fourth. Can you tell who is who? 14411938430_8603bc4547_z 14412161487_ee217710c7_z 14412157127_5fac87b420_z

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