Friday, January 8, 2010

4 Month Check-up & Our Oldest Friend Matthew

The girls' had their 4 month checkup at the pedi on Thursday. 3 hours at the doctor's office later (seriously....3 hours) here is what we know:

  • All girls are off of their iron supplement. Yeay! One less thing!
  • Baylee Boo is switching back over to Zantac from Reglan for her reflux. We didn't want to keep her on Reglan for too long because of some potential side effects.
  • Baylee has an appointment with the ENT (Ear, Nose & Throat) specialist in about 2 weeks to look at her tongue. The connective tissue below her tongue is connected really close to the very tip of her tongue, making it hard for her to reach her tongue to the top of her mouth. This makes it hard for her to soothe herself by sucking on the roof of her mouth and also makes it hard for her to close off the flow of a nipple on a bottle which is why she is still on Preemie nipples. We also believe this will cause issues with speech development down the road and we would like to nip that in the bud right now by getting that connective tissue clipped if at all possible. We also would like to get it clipped now rather than later so she won't remember the experience at all. :) Our pedi said she "wasn't going to touch it with a 10-foot pole..." Don't know exactly why pediatricians are so hesitant these days, we have heard this can be rather common and we didn't expect to have to be referred to an ENT. Oh well, we will see where we get with the next doc.
  • Baylee Boo - "Ooooooo Ahhhh..."

  • Reagan has a flat spot that has developed on the back, right side of her head. Having Reagan sleep on her back, as we are told to do these days, has caused this. We also believe that Reagan has some stiffening of the neck muscles on the left side of her neck which causes her to comfortably lay on her right side all of the time. We have a CT scan scheduled for next week to make sure her skull plates have not already fused together making the flat spot permanent (which we don't expect to be the case) and then we will start some physical therapy for Reagan to help relax those neck muscles so she can lay on the other side and even out her head. If all else fails, and as a last resort, we may have to get a helmet for her to sleep in to round out that side...we will see.

    Reagan Baby - She likes checkin out the stars and her reflection in the mirror above her...

  • All of the girls have a little cough with some congestion. The pedi said it wasn't in their lungs at all, just up in their noses. Baylee was wheezing a little during the appointment so the pedi gave her a breathing treatment while we were there and she did improve. So we are doing breathing treatments for Baylee as needed for wheezing. Hopefully, the girls will get over this crud so we can get back to sleep training. :)
Addie Bear -"I don't know about these things, Mom..."
  • The girls also got their 4 month shots...all 4 of them. It is always hard to watch, but after 2.5 hours of dressing, undressing and redressing, poking and proding...they were tired, hungry and OVER the doctor's office so that made things a little more stressful. I was expecting a crazy night because of the messed up schedule they were on, but Baylee woke twice to be fed, Addison once and Reagan not at all. :) Progress.

I think that is it! Whew!

As far as the girls' physical development:

Reagan - 13 lbs. 7 oz. and 23.25 inches long

Addison - 13 lbs. 2 oz. and 23.5 inches long

Baylee - 12 lbs. 13 oz. and 22.5 inches long

The girls are charting exactly average for a 4 month old child even though they were premature. They are in the 90th+ percentile for adjusted age (2 months old) for their weight and height.

Also, while we were loading up to leave the doctor's office in the triplet stroller, a mom came out of her waiting room to ask about our triplets and her little 3 and 1/2 year old triplets followed her out of the waiting room. 2 girls and a boy and they were SO CUTE! She asked us a few questions and then mouthed "This is much easier..." referring to her 3 - 3 and 1/2 year olds. :) I sure hope so.

Today the girls' had a visit from their first and oldest friend, Matthew McKown!

Addison and Matthew had a special bond...after a few minutes he didn't mind her touching his face so much. Haha!
Matthew with his girlfriends :)
"Mom! There's a boy on our blanket!"
Matthew - "I could get used to this..." :) CUTIE!

1 comment:

  1. I LOVE the pictures of Matthew and the girls! Too cute!!