"Little Mama" is doing well! She had her four-year-old check up on Thursday and we found that she gained three pounds (for a total of 29.9 lbs) and grew 2 inches (38.5 inches) since her last well child visit. She is still so petite (10th percentile for weight and 25th for height). She loves holding her baby brother for me and enjoys playing with Little Man. Some of her favorite activities are singing, drawing, listening to stories, roller skating, playing at the playground, and learning her letters. She likes looking at bugs (and will put them into a little bug house so that she can inspected them close up) and digging for treasure (rocks, flowers, leaves, and bits of old building materials) in the empty lot next to our house. She is a very loving little girl and though she was a late bloomer in the talking department, she has completly caught up and now talks almost non-stop!
"DeeDee" (as he calls himself) is blossoming into a very nice little boy! He gave up his pacifier a few weeks ago and is really doing fine without it (though he asks for it occasionally). He loves running and jumping and wants to be a fireman in the worst way. Father John has a step ladder in the garage and Little Man likes to sneak out there and drag the ladder inside to use with the vacuum hose to pretend to put out fires. He is very imaginative and likes to play elaborate games with trucks, trains, and dress up clothes. Little Man is doing extremely well as a big brother. He is very gentle with the baby and helps me out a lot... he likes to get things that I need. He is not talking much yet, but he has recently begun saying "Hi, Baby" when he sees that his little brother is awake. He also likes to show the baby some of his favorite toys like his trains, flashlight, and fire trucks.
I really need to think up a blogging name for our little one! He is growing so well! When I weighed him this morning, he weighed 6 lbs 12 ounces! We took him for his hearing appointment last week and he passed with flying colors! The next things to get checked is his eyes (in early August) and then he will have his regular two month well check. We are still giving him some breastmilk through a bottle several times a day. I was hoping to be finished with the bottles sooner (mostly for the selfish reason that I hate to pump), but he isn't ready. I am confident that he will breastfeed exclusively though. He does a great job when we nurse, but he just doesn't have the stamina to breastfeed 100% of the time yet. We've noticed that he is having more awake times lately... Thursday morning he was up for three hours in a row! That really tuckered him out though, because he only woke up to eat the rest of the day!
We're having fun with our little trio!