Noa is doing really well in Kindergarten. All of his weekly reports have come back very good and so far no calls from the teacher. Thank goodness we put him in the summer school program so that he would be prepared for starting school this year...I think it made all the difference in the world for him being able to adjust so easily. Plus, he still gets a kick out of riding the bus every day, so that makes things a little easier most mornings! Simone seems to be liking middle school...although most days she doesn't give me a lot of details. Oh, the joys of a preteen...can't wait to see what is in store for me during the teenage years. We just celebrated Simone's birthday last weekend since she turned 12 on September 7th.
|My hippie chick's peace sign cake.|
The girls have been doing well this month, but Ava has been keeping us busy. I'm not sure if I have wrote about this in any of my previous blogs but Ava has plagiocephaly and torticollis. Plagiocephaly is basically a flat spot on the back of her head that resulted from a preference to lay on the left side of her head. Torticollis is a shortening of the muscles on one side of her neck that causes her to hold her head at a tilt and made it difficult for her to turn her head to the right. It's not really sure which one of these conditions started first, but they often go hand in hand. We have been going to physical therapy to work on the torticollis for the past couple of months. She has shown a definitely improvement in her neck mobility since we have started doing the exercises. In order to correct the plagiocephaly, Ava will have to wear a helmet for the next 3-5 months. We just got it this past Tuesday, so we are wearing it longer stretches every day in order to acclimate her to it. By Monday she will be wearing it 23 hours a day. So, in addition to physical therapy, we have to go to have the helmet adjusted every 1-2 weeks and also go see her specialist every 6 weeks in Columbia. Hopefully it will resolve quickly and maybe we will have the helmet off by Christmas. I think it bothers us a lot more than it bothers her!
Other than Ava's minor issues, the girls are all doing good. They are still taking 4 bottles a day and eating solids 3 times a day. Breakfast usually consists of oatmeal, yogurt and fruit; lunch is vegetable and fruit and dinner is meat, vegetable, fruit and whole wheat cereal. Our schedule is still working pretty well for the most part, but we seem to be going through phases with sleeping through the night. We usually have a couple of good weeks followed by a couple of rough weeks. We are going through a couple of rough weeks at the moment...so hopefully the good weeks are coming up! Although we feed all of the girls the exact same amount of food, Lia continues to pull ahead in the weight department. I don't have exact weights, but last week Lia was already weighing about 20 lbs. when I put her on the scale! This girls just won't stop growing! Mya was about 17 pounds and had gained the least of the 3...but that is not surprising since that girl is in constant motion. Even when she is sitting in her bouncy seat, she is constantly bouncing herself or twirling her feet and hands in the air. Ava weighs a little over 15 pounds now but continues to put weight on steadily.
All three of the girls are still pretty easy going and are doing more and more to entertain themselves. They have really started paying a lot of attention to each other. Wade walked into the room last week to find Lia taking her pacifier out of her mouth, putting it into Ava's mouth, and then taking it back out again. They both seemed to think that this was just hilarious! We are trying to work on sitting so that hopefully they will be sitting unsupported within the next couple of weeks. Ava and Lia are doing pretty good at sitting, but Mya has no interest. I think it's because it would require her to be still in order to balance and the girl just can't sit still.
|Ava and Lia practicing their sitting skills.|
Well, it's bathtime around here which means that I am about to have some tired and cranky babies on my hands if I don't get this show on the road. Here are a few more pictures from the past month.
|Lia has always got to have her hands on somebody, or in this case, inside Mya's mouth.|
|Lia still has her hands on everyone|
|Sister Rosie meeting the girls for the first time.|
|Mya bouncing as usual|
|Ava, Lia & Mya|
|Enjoying lunch on the back deck|
|Lia, Mya & Ava|
|Noa on papa's Harley|
|Lia with Aunt Becky at Simone's birthday party|
|Lia blowing raspberries with every mouthful of oatmeal.|
|Lia, Mya & Ava|
|Mya, Lia & Ava|