Monday, April 26, 2010
We had a one-month check-up at the pediatrician today. Everything is going well with the babies-- they are both gaining weight! Asher is up to 7 pounds, 5 ounces now. This puts him at the 5th percentile without adjusting for his 4 week prematurity. Considering the due-date was Friday, this is pretty average for a newborn baby. I am confident he'll catch up on the charts soon!
Benjamin is also gaining weight, they said he is 6 pounds, 4 ounces. It is hard to believe he's that big, because he still looks and feels very tiny. But, in any case, they are putting on weight, for sure. They no longer fit into any of their preemie clothes, so I emptied those out of the drawers. Asher is now fitting into things that are labeled "0-3" and Ben fits in things that are labeled "newborn." They are still small, and Ben is smaller than most newborns, but definitely getting bigger. And Asher's face is starting to fill out, he is getting chubby cheeks that you expect to see on a baby.
Yesterday we had a ceremony called pidyon haben for Asher. This is a Jewish ritual where the first born child, if it is a boy born vaginally, is redeemed from the priesthood. The ceremony takes 5 minutes, and then we ate a lot. My favorite kind of Jewish observance! We had a great lunch, topped off with a banana cream pie my mom made. It was so good!
We are going to take a 1 month picture, but we have not had the boys both awake today, so it will be taken when they are 1 month and 1 day. I'm sure they'll look the same, equally as cute!