|Tamsie on left and Evie on right. This is the happiest I could get Tamsie during our photo session! Once again, they are with their bear who is in their NICU pictures so we can see how big they are now.|
Dear Tamsie and Evangelyn,
It's hard to believe how quickly you're growing these days! Your dad and I finally broke down and got a baby scale so we can weigh you whenever we'd like, and last night Tamsie, you were 10 lbs 3 oz and Evie, you were 9 lbs 15 oz! You're getting to be big girls, and you are trying so hard to catch up to where you should be! Even though you're five months, you should only be acting like two-and-a-half month olds, based on your due date, and I do believe you're quite a bit farther along than that.
|Evie and bear. There's a reason why Tamsie's feet are all that she contributed to this pic!|
|You can tell their tactile development is really coming along. Tamsie is loving the way her soft swing feels!|
By far, the biggest challenge this month has been feeding you. Both of you struggle with reflux, but Tamsie especially. Last week it got to the point where Tamsie would not take a meal without screaming horribly and refusing to take any more. Honestly, we're amazed that you gained any weight at all during this period! After going to the doctor on Monday and ruling out any kind of sickness, we went back on Friday to figure out what was wrong after trying everything else we could think of. The doctor, who is AMAZING by the way and has twins of his own (one of whom struggled with reflux too), watched us feed you to see how you would react, and he concluded that all your problems can be traced right back to some major reflux. Now you've been on Prevacid for quite a while, but now we're adding rice cereal to your food and switching to Zantac, since you've never tried that before. So far, feeding you has been much more pleasant... although not always easy. We're still experimenting with the amount of rice cereal to add to make it just the right thickness.
|Evie all swaddled up at meal time|
|Tamsie was one tired duck when I attempted this photo shoot!|
|Tamsie was having none of it. Meanwhile Evie could not quit sucking on her hand.|
|Oh, the intensity of it all! She was happy until I sat her down for picture time, and then she unleashed her fury! This is how she feels about not being held.|
|Evie and bear|
|"OK, Mom, you can pick me up now."|
|I really wanted a nice picture of just Tamsie, since I got so many cute ones of Evie. This is the best I could get. (That means that there are some out there on my computer that are even worse than this!!)|
|After our photo shoot, I changed Tamsie into her PJs, and she immediately calmed down.|
|You don't want to be on Tamsie's bad side, that's for sure!|
Your ability to interact and to be alert to the world around you just keeps increasing all the time, and it is so fun to see! I am so thankful to be your mom, and I can't wait to see what this next month has in store for you. I know that God's plans for you are amazing, and I am so thrilled to watch them unfold.
I love you more than you'll ever know.