Well, the girls are finally starting to act like what I could consider "typical" babies...well, mostly. They have needed a little bit of help. The last couple of days have been spent working very hard to get them on a real predictable schedule in hopes of encouraging them to sleep longer at night and being able to put themselves to sleep should they wake up in the middle of the night. Before we began the past week the girls have been very sporadic in their sleeping and we would be lucky if they slept all of 20 - 30 minutes every three hours or so. AND those few minutes were sleeping while being held. At night the girls were waking up every three hours and one night Cameron woke up every 1-2 hours. So, by the end of this past week I said ENOUGH! We must get some sanity...and what I meant was really I must get some sanity! So, we are on our way and the girls are doing well. They have been sleeping for almost an hour in their own beds (not being held) every three hours. And the best part is that they are sleeping at night - Cam is the champion sleeper so far with 7 hours last night! They are very happy and so is Mommy!
The girls are changing so much and I can't wait until this week is over and we can see what the doctors at Duke have to say. On Tuesday I take Cameron to go and get her fabulously flashy hearing aids! I am so eager to see how differently she will react to our house and all the sounds that she hears! She already is cooing and laughing and getting her voice (which is very loud, I might add). Cameron was weighed on Friday and she is 9 lbs. 12 oz. She has had great weight gain over the last few weeks. We are now really working on her upper body strength and head control. She has spent so long arching that it is hard for her to focus and make her body move the other way. So, we are putting her on her tummy as much as possible - at the beginning she could hardly stand a minute or so and now we are up to several minutes. Baby steps I say. Reagan has grown so much...although we don't know exactly how much yet...we find out on Thursday at Duke. Thursday is their clinic appointments where they will see the main physicians, speech and physical therapists and the eye doctor. I also have to ask to have Reagan's hearing retested since her twin sister is hearing impaired. Reagan is talking like crazy and smiling so much. She is also drooling a ton..she has to get changed between almost every feeding...mainly because of the drool! I keep looking for tooth buds in her mouth but I don't see anything yet. Reagan can roll from her stomach to her back and is working on back to stomach. She loves to play on her belly. The girls are also learning to interact some with each other. The other day they were on their sides with each other and Cameron took Reagan's hands and starting eating them while Reagan just smiled and talked to Cameron. It was amazing!