27 and Two Months

Late May/early June is birthday time around here. Jeremy turned 27 on May 22, and I followed yesterday. No big deal there, though...we've been celebrating birthdays for years (getting so close to 30 though-scary!). The big news is this:

I can't believe my girls are two months old already! It's been a challenging two months, to say the least, but we're making it! I have enjoyed the time at home bonding with my girls, and I'm a little sad that I only have three more weeks at home with them. I am thankful they will be staying with my sweet mom in Scottsboro, where I can see them at lunch every day, and I am extremely thankful to have a flexible job where I will hopefully be able to swing a day off every now and then to spend the day with my babies. : )

So, here's a little bit about what my precious girls are up to at 2 months of age:

"Little Addison," as I call her often is proving she's not so little anymore. At her two-month checkup, she weighed in at an impressive 8 lbs, 12 oz...exceeding our expectations! She is 21 inches long, and is in the 10th-11th percentile for her size based on actual age (there is a separate scale for adjusted age, where she is only about 3.5 weeks old...she's a little higher on that one!).

In the past week or so, Addison has suddenly become very alert and aware of her surroundings. She is constantly looking around in every direction when she's up where she can see. She seems to be a little more serious and thoughtful than her sister right now, although she is also the one who smiles more easily at times. (Neither baby is smiling very much in reaction to us yet, but it's coming!) Addison has certainly found her appetite over the last few weeks. Gone are the days of force-feeding this child! She is now as voracious an eater as her sister, and will chase the bottle down with a wide-open mouth. Addie loves to lay on someone's chest, preferably her mama, daddy, or Jen-Jen (my mom), and lately we've noticed that she likes to bury her head and get snug and cozy.

Although I try very hard not to "label" my babies, I do confess that at times I refer to Addison as my little drama queen. When she drops her pacifier at night, there is no "crying it out"-the child gets louder and louder while her sister sleeps soundly next to her (thank goodness for that!). She is also the bigger "talker" already...making lots of sounds that may also turn into shrill whines at any moment. We love this baby, with all her sounds and funny faces, more than we ever thought possible, and we can't wait to watch her grow and learn all kinds of new things!

Miss Mackenzie, or "Chunky Monkey," is quite the little charmer. At two months, she is weighing in at 9 lbs, 4 oz. The surprising part about that is that she's only 8 oz. ahead of her sister! She gained her weight back so much faster (hence my nickname for her), and has felt so much bigger than Addison for many weeks, so we were surprised to see how fast Addie is catching up. She is also 21 inches long, and falls in the 10th-12th percentile for her actual age.

If Addison is the drama queen, Mackenzie is my laid-back, go-with-the-flow child. She is much less vocal than her sister, but when she actually cries, she means business! She is also very alert, and loves to stare at a spot just above your head...making you wonder what could possibly be so fascinating. Though her smiles are a little more difficult to come by, they light up her whole face and melt our hearts just as quickly as her sister's do. Mackenzie is a pretty sound sleeper once she's out (again, thankful for that!), and she is more likely to lull herself back to sleep. It's almost as if it's not worth her effort to get all worked up over a lost pacifier; she'd rather just snooze!

Both girls absolutely love being outside, and will instantly relax. Their fussy time of day is from about 5:00 pm until bedtime. I've heard it called the witching hour?? It definitely strikes around our house. Don't think I haven't considered moving the pack n' play to the front porch! : ) Because of this difficult time of day, my mom is still coming on the nights Jeremy works to help me with the fussiness and bath and bedtime. They LOVE their baths, but expect to be held or get a bottle immediately after, which I can't quite manage on my own just yet! Mom lends an extra pair of hands and stays until I get them down, bless her heart.

Even with all the extra work, the lack of sleep, the endless laundry and bottles to be washed, these girls have truly made our lives so much richer than we could ever have imagined. And it's only the beginning! I love each and every day with them, and I'm so excited for what God has in store for their little lives.

We never imagined we'd be a family of four at 27!! : )

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