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Monday, February 20, 2012

One Year Doctor Appointment & Stats

This morning the babies had their one year doctor's appointment.  To say it was eventful would be an understatement.  Poor Brady was in a terrible mood from the minute we were in the exam room.  He fussed and wouldn't let our doctor examine him on the actual table, instead I had to hold him.  Chloe was her usual cheerful and curious self, and tried to lick our doctor's stethoscope.  While I was describing some of the things the babies could do to our doctor, Chloe willfully demonstrated a few of her "tricks" for her amusement.

The worst part of course was the shots.  Each baby had 4 shots, 2 in each leg, and then they had to have their finger pricked to test for iron in their blood.  The finger prick part was awful, since not only do they prick their finger, but then they have to squeeze it in order to get enough blood out and it seems like it takes an eternity when you have crying babies.

Another problem was that I always dress the babies up for their well check appointments.  Now that I think about it, it seems crazy especially since they spend 95% of the appointment stripped down to just a diaper anyhow.  You can imagine the situation we had on our hands when we had two screaming babies and we are trying to fiddle with buttons on collared dress shirts and dresses, etc.  Maybe next time we will skip dressing up.

Here is a picture and a few facts and stats about each child:

Chloe Renee 

Height: 31 inches
Weight: 19 pounds

At one year old, Chloe is such a sweet, beautiful, and smart little girl.  She is quick to mimic almost anything you do or say.  If you ask her to say "Mama" she will say it.  She can also do high five, clap, and "Touchdown!".  If you ask her "how do you patty cake?" she will clap her hands.  She knows how to work every toy that we have and how to press every button to make a sound.  She loves to go to class at the Little Gym, and especially loves to do flips and hang from the bars.  She is an excellent sleeper just like her brother, sleeping through the night and taking two naps a day.  She likes to eat but she does not eat as much as her brother.  She is crawling, pulling up, cruising, and walking with her dinosaur walker.  She can stand on her own for a few seconds but she hasn't taken a step yet.  Lately she isn't a fan of being confined in her car seat or stroller, she prefers to be out in the open so she can see everything and everyone.  Overall Chloe is almost always happy and loves to discover and learn new things and meet new people.  

Brady Matthew

Height: 31 inches
Weight: 20 pounds, 3 ounces

At one year old, Brady has really come out of his shell in the last few months.  He is starting to babble a lot and has learned how to clap.  He still does not enjoy Birdies class at the Little Gym, but we are hoping he will warm up to it soon.  He needs a little time to warm up to new people, but once he accepts you he is very loving and sweet.  He loves to cuddle, especially when he is tired and he will rest his head on your shoulder.  He loves balls, trucks, and anything that moves.  He loves to play with Sadie and often tries to tackle and hug her.  He recently learned to clap and enjoys clapping with his sister.  He loves books and being read to.  He is an amazing eater and will eat anything you put on his plate.  He devoured his cake at his birthday.  I also recently gave him a bite of a Little Debbie Oatmeal Cream Pie and he was obsessed with trying to get me to give him more bites.  I think he might have a little bit of a sweet tooth.  He does not mind being strapped in to his stroller or his carseat.  Overall Brady is a very busy and sweet boy.  

I want to just put down a few things about both babies in general so I can remember them.  We have officially converted over to just whole milk and the babies seem to like it now and drink it readily (thank goodness!).  We are also down to one bottle a day first thing in the morning, and sippy cups the rest of the time.  I believe shortly we will also phase out the morning bottle as well.  Both babies love getting a bath and play happily while being washed.  Both babies have 8 teeth a piece, 4 top teeth and 4 bottom teeth.  In terms of sleeping they go to bed at 8:30 pm and wake up around 7:30 am.  They still take 2 naps a day, usually at 9 am and at 1 pm.  In terms of eating, they are eating all solid table food now.  They eat meats, fruits, vegetables, pasta, yogurt, and any regular foods.  When we go out to eat now I can just order their food off the kids menu.  It actually works great for us since we split one kids' meal between the two babies and it is usually just the right amount of food!  We pour cold milk in their sippy cups before we leave the house, and by the time we're ready to eat at a restaurant it is room temperature.  Both babies are crawling, pulling up, cruising, walking with a walker, but neither is walking yet.  We are looking forward to those next steps, literally!  

Whew!  Congrats to you if you made it this far!  


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