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Milestones

It has been a few weeks since we last posted anything here, and it’s certainly no coincidence that the dry spell coincides with finally getting both girls home from the hospital. The last few weeks have seemed very full indeed, but we’re just loving that the girls are home with us and we’re not still driving out to Walnut Creek every day for visits. I don’t think we ever really have more than about two consecutive free hours these days, and there have been some long nights, but we seem to be getting by OK and still managing to get a bit of sleep.

Happy Family

Happy family

A couple weeks ago we did some calculations about how much time we were spending feeding the girls… When you figure we have 2 girls who are feeding every 3 to 3.5 hours (usually back to back), that works out to about 14 feedings per day. At approximately 35 to 45 minutes per feeding, that works out to somewhere between 9 and 10 hours per day just sitting there holding a bottle. Of course, we are sharing those duties, and we’re a pretty good team. Still, that’s a lot of time!

The girls are now almost 10 weeks old and about 2 weeks past their due date. Great-Grandma Siemens came up last weekend from Shafter, so the girls were finally able to meet her. I love these multi-generational moments. It was really nice to visit with her and watch her hold our children.

Four generations

Four generations

Now that their due date has passed, the girls are starting to have short stretches when they’re awake and we can interact with them. That’s been fun! And they continue to grow and develop. They’re now more than double their birthweight — Carolyn is 8 lbs. 10 oz. and Elizabeth is 8 lbs. 7 oz. They’ve also learned a new skill — rolling from their tummy to their back. Elizabeth did it for the first time on Monday. Dan was at work and I was home with the girls. After a feeding, they were having some “tummy time” and getting a little tired and fussy. I took the empty bottles into the kitchen to wash. When I returned, Elizabeth was on her back. I did a double take and questioned whether I had indeed left her on her tummy or not — aren’t they too young to roll over? So I put her on her tummy and sat down to watch what would happen. A short time later she did it again! I still thought maybe it was just a fluke, so I rolled her back to her tummy, but she proceeded to roll over again! Then she did it again the next morning to show Dan, showing conclusively that this is a trick she’s got nailed. Not to be outdone, Carolyn rolled from her tummy to her back for the first time on Tuesday for Dan, and she did it again a short time later to show me.

We have also really enjoyed being able to take them out with us, and have had several visits with Grandma and Grandpa Siemens. We took them to the 4th of July picnic at our church and got to show them off to lots of people there. We’ve also been able to go geocaching a couple times with them, and we’re looking forward to being able to do more of that in the months (and years) to come. Here are a few more pictures, just for fun.

4th of July

4th of July

Geocaching in Sycamore Grove

Geocaching with Grandma and Grandpa in Sycamore Grove

Carolyn & Elizabeth

Carolyn & Elizabeth

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