THREE DAYS, people! That's how many days in a row I've gone to the gym, and I'm loving every minute of it.
It is depressing, however, to climb back onto the treadmill to find that I can only run for about two minutes at a time (if I want to be huffing and puffing) when, less than a year ago, I was able to run for 30 minutes or more. Le sigh. But then I give myself a swift kick in the butt and remind myself that it only took me five weeks to get to that point and I can get there again! Yeah!
Now I just need to get over my severe chocolate addiction. My waist line will thank me for it, as will my REM sleep.
On Thursday, a nurse from the Health Department named Mary Ann came to our house to meet the boys, talk to us about immunizations, do some weighing and measuring, and check out their motor skills development. During the course of the appointment, she noticed several things about the boys:
- They don't startle nearly as much as most preemies do at this age.
- Their kicks and arm movements are very fluid and not jerky (is that redundant?)
- They are holding their heads up consistently.
- They've lost most of their step reflex when we stand them up, which most babies don't lose for another couple of months.
Pair all that with us telling her about the boys starting to roll over a week before their due date and them scootching across the floor, and her reaction was:
"These boys aren't normal!"
Don't worry boys, I'm sure she meant it in the most loving and positive way.
Actually, Mary Ann said that they are incredibly advanced in their motor skills, that usually preemies are a month or two BEHIND their gestational (adjusted) age developmental milestones and certainly not a month or so AHEAD of full term babies. She also said that their habit of staring at the ceiling fan in our living room, which is gold and brown, is amazing at this age because usually they can only really focus on blacks, whites, and reds at that distance.
Mary Ann also weighed the boys again, just a day after they were weighed for their WIC appointment. As a refresher, for the WIC appointment, Levi weighed 9 lbs 14 oz and Asher weighed 9 lbs 15 oz. Well, when Mary Ann weighed them, Levi weighed 9 lbs 15 oz (one oz per day is what we like to see) while Asher...are you ready for this...weighed 10 lbs 2 oz!!! That's THREE ounces in ONE day!!! Craziness!
Essentially, Levi and Asher are rock stars and all you other babies out there better watch out!