John David Pate-3years old

James Daniel Pate-3years old

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Check Up...Growing Boys...

The boys had their 8 week check up today. First of all I have to say that planning that appointment at 1:00 (feeding time) and on a day when the high only reached 31 degrees was just not a smart decision on my part. But, it is what it is and we survived. When I arrived at the doctor's office, Dr. Darby McElderry at Greenvale Pediatrics (Brook Highland), allowed us to come in through the side door to steer clear of the waiting area full of sick kids. One of her best nurses (neighbor Connie) met me at the van to help me in with both boys. What a hand full; me, two carriers, backpack, and purse! I was grateful for the special treatment.

James is growing well. Weighing in now at 4 lbs 10oz..almost 5 lbs. John David weighed 5 lbs. 4oz...both boys were exactly 18 inches long. Dr. Darby said they looked fantastic. She said to keep feeding them (they are eating about 3-4 ounces every 4-5 hours), schedule some shots for next week and at the end of February. Also, we will be visiting a pediatric surgeon on Feb 27th to consult about their hernias. James will have a blood test on the 25th to check his liver numbers. He is still a bit jaundice, so please be prayerful he is okay and his liver is functioning correctly.

We had some fun tonight with the camera. It is going to be really fun when they "wake up" and actually participate, but for now, I am having a blast dressing them alike and snapping sweet pictures with Daddy.

Daddy holding his boys after their feeding. He actually handled them both while I was tucking in the girls. So proud of him!

Brotherly love...

Here are James and John David sitting in their bouncy seats. This one is for you Holli Blass. Thank you so much. What is really funny is that initially when I put them in their seats, John David just sat back and chilled with his paci, James however, pitched a big fit until I turned on the vibration in the seat. Then he filled his diaper up with poop and fell asleep!

The girls have been so kind and helpful to Mommy. I can tell that Ellie is trying to take on a "mommy helper" role (which is totally opposite of her usual spirited self) and Jenna will do just about anything I ask if I promise her she can see the "brothers". Claire of course has been my right hand since day one. I have a feeling that these boys will be spoilt by three sisters and MOMMY and DADDY! Grandparents will probably chime in on the spoiling also!!

We are praising God today for a great doctor's report. So thankful for the blessing of health. Dr. Darby said today that she as amazed at how well the boys have done, I of course give that credit to the Almighty!

Good Night!


Tricia said...

So glad to hear the good report! And what precious pictures... they are adorable! I remember when I first put mine in their bouncy seats, they looked so little! Enjoy every moment! You are doing a wonderful job!


♥Trina♥ said...

Just popping in to check for an update before I begin grading, grading, grading!

So glad to hear that these sweet pumpkins are doing so well. I cringed, though, when I saw they need their shots next week. :( Maybe they'll handle them well.

They are two of the cutest babies ever! We keep praying for all of you.


Tara said...

Dana, girl.... grab the few things you need out of your purse (keys, payment for copay and insurance card, pen) and stick in the backpack... leave that purse in the car!!! :P I think I probably learned that on my first trip to the dr w/Parker (and have done many other times at other places as well) and he's just one baby at a time, LOL!!! I absolutely love keeping up with the Pate Family of 7, thanks for continuing the blog through your hectic, yet joyful, new routine :)