6 Months Old!

Hard to believe Norah and Naomi are closer to one than zero now! The doctor seemed positive about the babies’ stats during our appointment. She also gave us the go ahead to swim, run, and try solid foods! I was surprised that the babies didn’t weigh more. Naomi was 12 pounds 9 ounces (3rd percentile), 26.5 inches tall (78th percentile), and had a head circumference of 16 inches (7th percentile). Norah was 12 pounds 7 ounces (2nd percentile), 26.25 inches tall (70th percentile), and had a head circumference of 16 inches (7th percentile).

Earlier in the day, the girls got their ears pierced, so that I don’t have to keep painting Norah’s fingernails to tell them apart! Derek and I discussed this quite a bit, to make sure we were both okay with the decision. While it’s no worse than a shot, it is considered a procedure – so not a decision to make lightly. We have heard infant ear piercing can result in crappy looking piercings later because babies move around and have small ear lobes (the doctor said this is why they wait until 6 months to pierce). We also faced the challenge of actually finding a pediatrician that would do it. We did find a practice about 20 minutes away, and they were great. Norah and Naomi handled it like champions, only briefly crying. And now they look even more dazzling. We were surprised that they haven’t seemed to care about their new fancy earrings. It doesn’t bother them when I clean the earrings, and we haven’t had problems with the girls trying to pull at their new jewelry.

Norah & Naomi currently enjoy chewing on everything including our chins, noses, shoulders, etc. They like sticking out their tongues, playing with/eating their feet, standing and being airplanes (like always!). The girls have begun exploring our faces with their hands. They enjoy textures and scratching pillows, running their fingers through my hair and daddy’s beard, and smiling at everyone who talks to them. Our little ones are definitely growing and changing, as they can now make screeching noises, blow bubbles, and listen intently to us talk.

Naomi has begun army crawling much to my chagrin, as I was enjoying being able to leave them on their activity mat while I cooked, washed dishes, took a shower, etc. She has also just realized that she can cross her fingers. To add to the craziness of ear piercing and shots, Naomi also cut her bottom right tooth and the bottom left seems to be about the break through as well! What a 24 hours!

Norah the thumbsucker has adorably begun holding on to some fabric – her burp cloth, her sleeve, her bib, etc. – while sucking her thumb. She has some awesome sticking up hair and enjoys sucking on her bottom lip.

Now that we have told my employer, we can share our exciting news – we are spending 3 months in Brasil! We hope. Derek was selected to do a 3 month rotation in São Paulo, Brasil. After much research and discussion on health, safety, and costs, we decided the babies and I will join him for 2.5 months. While this is an amazing opportunity, it is not cheap or easy. We needed to figure out dog and cat care, buy tickets for me and the babies, figure out the costs of our housing situation in Brasil, get the girls passports, and get everyone visas. Getting baby passport pictures went better than I had feared and really their pictures look completely interchangeable. However, the visa process has been quite stressful, and we are still not 100% sure that we will get visas. The process requires many notarized documents, in person document delivery, and a hefty fee. We have heard that the process is difficult because they require Americans to do everything a Brasilian would have to do if they wanted to visit the U.S. Nonetheless, we are hopeful everything will work out and excited for this opportunity!

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3 Months Old!

 

 

We are liking 3 months – more smiles, more sleep, more cooing, and no getting into mischief yet! It has been so much fun to watch the babies gain more awareness of the world around them. We are constantly amazed by Norah & Naomi! They enjoy spending time kicking and hitting the toys hanging on their play mat, listening to mommy and daddy sing, putting their hands in their mouths and each other’s mouths, trying to mimic our sounds, and looking out their window. We think they are just under 10 pounds. Naomi rolled over from tummy to back at 12 weeks, and Norah rolled from her back to tummy twice in one night at 14 weeks. Norah also is enjoying sucking on her thumb (although sometimes she struggles to figure out how to get it in her mouth!). The girls are doing 8-10+ hours between their last feed and the middle night feed, so 6.5-9 hour sleeps. However, the swaddle is the bane of my existence. While they have become experts at breaking out of their swaddles, they refuse to sleep unswaddled, so I usually have to reswaddle them at least once a night, if I want to go 9+ hours without feeding them. With Norah’s new found rolling talent, it’s now time to break this habit…

We were lucky that Darryl and June (Grandpa and Gigi) could spend Thanksgiving with us. The babies enjoyed getting to meet them and interrupting our dinners! We also appreciated that they made and froze food for future dinners.

A few weeks later, the babies got to visit with Grandpa and Gigi again, but this time in Topeka, Kansas. The babies had their first plane rides (including a ride on a prop plane!), so that they could go visit Great Grandma Drayer for her 90th birthday. Mommy stressed a little about the trip, but it went about as smoothly as possible! We decided to leave the stroller at home, as this would only be a 2 day trip. We got lucky with the TSA agents, and we were able to keep the babies in their Ergos as we went through security, which meant that they slept the whole way through! (Some TSA agents will make you take off the carrier and put it through the x-ray while just carrying the baby.) We decided to carry the car seats to gate check in order to diminish the wear and tear on them, but they are heavy and unwieldy! The babies did an awesome job sleeping through their first 2 flights. Morning flights seem to be the way to go! Derek and I sat in the aisle seats of the same row, as only one 1 infant in arms is allowed per side of the aisle due to there only being 1 extra oxygen mask. However, we got lucky that we had empty seats next to us on our flights, which made diaper changes and making formula a breeze! For some reason, the airlines have a rule that babies can’t be in carriers for takeoff and landing. This doesn’t make sense to me as they seem more secure than just in my arms. I did some research and the answers I found didn’t make sense – crushing the baby in an emergency or flight attendants needing to get baby out if you are incapacitated in an emergency, so I think it is just a liability thing.

We got into Topeka with enough time to make family pictures. We then enjoyed a wonderful birthday dinner, where family members helped hold babies so we could eat. It was great to be able to have all of the Drayer family together! On Sunday, Grandpa, Gigi, and Great Grandma offered to watch the babies, so we could go out to lunch with the other cousins. The babies were a big hit in Great Grandma’s living community! We hung out with Great Grandma’s friends during a birthday celebration and then headed to the airport. Derek and I got super lucky and were able to sit in the same row because there was an empty middle seat! The babies were fussier on the flight home. This may have been because it was longer, or at night, or bumpier, or it was just there second day of travel. While they were a little more vocal, the people around us were very complimentary.

Norah and Naomi had a couple other firsts this month. They began getting in the Christmas spirit when we chopped down their first Christmas tree. The whole family drove up to Snoqualmie Pass to meet some friends.  After a few hours of walking around the forest they picked the perfect tree for our first Christmas as a family. As well, they got to babysit for the first time, when they helped mommy babysit a 21 month old and 5 year old. They also got their first babysitter when Grandma babysat for them for a 5.5 hour evening, so we could go to Derek’s holiday party at the aquarium!

As we count our blessings this month for happy and healthy babies, we wish everyone a happy holidays!