Wednesday, August 1, 2012

13 Months Old

Aiden learned how to clap this month!! He also learned how to go from crawling to sitting and back to crawling. He also, more importantly, learned how to crawl over to an object, pull himself up to stand, and then get objects off (he crawled to our coffee table, pulled himself up, and then pulled the paper from the top of the table...he also crawled to Connor's tools, pulled himself up, and then threw the cars one-by-one onto the floor). He finally transitioned to crawling on his knees (before he was crawling on his belly). He is an expert now and doesn't army crawl ever anymore. I finally put the 3-6 month and 6 month clothes away. He is now wearing 9 month clothes and 12 month clothes (which are a little big). He is talking BIG TIME!! Even our early intervention specialist commented on his talking. He says "dog," "hi," and mimics a lot. He still doesn't say, "mama" or "dada" yet without prompting.

Weight:18 lbs 12 ounces - Below 5th Percentile
Height: 29 inches
Head: 18.25 inches

Isabella learned how to crawl on her knees. She is an expert now and doesn't crawl on her tummy at all anymore. She also learned how to pull herself up to standing. She doesn't do it too frequently, but if she's motivated to get something, she'll stand to do it.  I finally put the 3 month, 3-6 month, and 6 month clothes away. She could still fit into 6 month clothes, but they are all too wintery for our 100+ weather here lately. Izzy's not talking as much as her brother. But she communicates a lot in different ways. She holds out her hands when she wants to be picked up or claps when she's happy.
Weight: 16 lbs 3 ounces - Below 5th Percentile
Height: 29.25 inches
Head: 18 inches

We attempted to wean them both off formula and they had a bit of a hard time with it (if you've followed our blog, you know Connor was also allergic to milk - an allergy he grew out of at about 2.5). We're still putting 1/4 milk into their bottles to see if it was just a shock to their system, but I don't think we'll be making the complete switch for a month or two. I've heard good things about goats milk - but it is just as expensive as formula, so at this point I don't see the sense in switching them.

Because they are both below the 5th percentile, we have to come back in 4 weeks for another weight check. If they are not on the curve, we will begin adding butter, avocado, and some other fats to their diets to see if that helps them gain a little bit of weight. Thankfully, their heights are fine - so it isn't that they are malnourished. We had to do this with Connor when he was little too. (Hopefully, they keep Mr. Howard's metabolism!!).

We have our IFSP (individual family service plan) meeting tomorrow with our early intervention caseworker, where we will officially agree to the goals that the therapists have set for the babies and then we will begin welcoming a therapist into our home each week to work with them. I feel super positive about this and can't wait to learn better ways to work with them!


mom2tsgck said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

we had to supplement with Ensure with my youngest. Not sure if that's an option for you, but might be cheaper than formula and/or goat's milk. We still get to let him have pretty much anything he wants to eat because he remains "thin" though tall for his age. He was also below 10th & even 5th percentile for a long time but has finally creeped up to almost 20th ... still a little string bean :)

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you can also try pediasure. As you know to keep Taylor at the 8th-10th% she needs to drink at least 2 everyday (FYI, after age 1, ARC will fund this with a dr. prescription.) We have a little backstock, let me know if you want a case to try. It has a different balance of vitamins and nutrients than formula. I hope the IFSP goes well and I can't wait to hear about it!!!

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Again your twins are just so stinkin' adorable! My kids are always way tiny in weight and the doc is always pushing more calories but I hate forcing my babies to eat. I figure they will catch up eventually and so far they always have.

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