Monday, March 20, 2006
Achoo! We've Been Sick
Even with all our precautions, Eleanor and Adam have caught their first cold. Since last Monday, Adam has been stuffy and has become progressively more congested as the week has gone on. Eleanor just started showing signs of having a cold last Thursday. I'm really bummed about this, not only because it's awful to see your babies suffer, but because we have been so incredibly careful about having almost no vistors all winter long. I absolutely love our pediatrician, and he saw the twins this morning. He said they are actually doing quite well, considering their situation, and the cold has not moved to their lungs, they have no fever, and they are still eating. (Adam give up eating? Never!!) Unfortunately, he also said this will last another whole week. That's fine as long as things just get better from here. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers that they don't get any sicker.
The pediatrician also plotted both their weights on the growth charts. For 6 month old babies, Eleanor is at the 5th percentile and Adam is at the 10th. This is their unadjusted weight--which mean they hit the growth charts by only 6 months, instead of 2 years! This is good on one hand, but not so good on the other. Their length has not caught up at all--which is typical--but makes for very chunky babies! Since they were premature, it's my understanding that the doctors don't mind a little extra weight, since it helps with growth of other organs like lungs, too. But this does mean that their diet will probably change by their next appointment--perhaps to regular formula, or maybe to a less concentrated preemie baby formula. Any way you look at it, I'm just glad they are growing.
Hopefully, when I write back in another week, they will both be much healthier and I will have all good things to share.