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    The girls went to the ped today for their 24 month appt.

    Keira weighed 23 pounds and was 31 1/2 inches. I think she is a tad taller than that. She hates to stretch out her legs when they measure her. Developmentally, she is right on target. Yay! The ped had no concerns about her at all. He liked her growth. We can move her to lowfat milk and such.

    Sarafina weighed 20 pounds and was 31 inches. She has lost some weight since I took her in last for a sprained ankle. The ped was concerned. He did say that she is still on her own curve, but barely. So, he wants us to track her weight. He wants to see if she can gain a pound every 3 months over the next year. If she does not seem to be gaining appropriately, he wants to see her again. He also referred her for an OT eval since she seems to have very limited endurance with using utensils and has a slightly immature grasp for crayons. She is getting there though. We are also keeping an eye on her eyes. I think I am going to take her in for an appt with our eye doctor as soon as possible. I think her eyes are okay, but on ocassion one eye just seems to look odd. I cannot describe it better than that. We are keeping an eye on her physical development because we think it is anxeity related--I will post more about that in a different paragraph-- so, he wants to see that she is making attempts at things like climbing stairs and such before we refer her for PT. He agrees that she seems like she has the gross motor skills, but she won't use them out of fear.

    Sarafina must stay on whole milk and we are to work on increasing her high calorie foods. I have no clue how to do that and keep her eating healthy foods. Most healthy foods are not high calorie. So, I need to investigate. Sigh! What a royal PITA! .

    I also talked to the ped about S's anxiety. She is just very timid and scared of everything. I am pretty sure her own shadow would scare her. The girl was even scared when people sang for their birthday. She freaks out at restaurants if my DH isn't there. She was scared of the snow the other day and still refuses to walk anywhere even though all the driveways and sidewalks are dry. I know there is nothing we can do, but I wanted to make sure he knew of my concerns. At this point, he cannot say it is abnormal. He wants us to wait and see if it gets better at some point after age 4. I really struggle with this, so please pray for all of us as we continue to try to support her. There is a fine line between babying her and providing comfort and support for anxiety. It is very hard to determine at what point I force an issue and at what point I let it go. For example, when do I give in and carry her from the car into the house because she is scared of the snow and when do I make her attempt walking a few feet to see that the pavement is dry and it is the same as it was before the snow.
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    I'm sure that the anxiety will pass. I'm sorry that you are having to deal with this. But Happy Birthday to them. Can you believe that they are already 2?!
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    No way! I am not sure where the time went. It has just flown by. I guess that provides some encouragement for those that are in the first year stage. It does go pretty fast. It may be because your life is so hectic that there isn't much time to breathe.

    I am really hoping that she doesn't need OT. We already did OT from the time she was released from the NICU to 10 months of age for feeding issues. I would prefer we not go back to therapy if possible. However, I would rather intervene now than wait until K and have a teacher tell me that she is struggling to learn to write, kwim?

    I plan to get the girls an easel for Christmas and they both have Doodle Pros. So, I plan to work with her on her fine motor skills at home.
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    I plan to get the girls an easel for Christmas and they both have Doodle Pros. So, I plan to work with her on her fine motor skills at home.[/QUOTE]

    I think thats a good idea...it will improve her motor skills and at the same time be fun for her.
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    Keep in mind that if your DD seems healthy to you in pretty much every other way, other than her weight gain and size, that there may be no problem at all... my singleton is 7, tall, and she is only 43 lbs. She has only gained 3 lbs in the last 4 years. But she's healthy as a horse, and smart and well-adjusted. Just be sure to trust your mom instincts.

    I can't speak to her anxiety issues, of course, but just wanted to maybe give you a bit of comfort regarding her growth.

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    Tiny little girls, and fairly similar to my boys sizes, I think.

    Is it going to be hard to be feeding the twins different things, whole milk vs low fat, and such? I worry about that with my boys. I am just going to keep both on whole milk, because they interchange sippies all the time anyhow, and I was raised on whole milk. lol. I know Abram will need to stay on it. Brilee was really underweight, like Sarafina (she was not quite as tiny as Sarafina though) and we had to do lots of fattening stuff, it was hard. Find whole milk yogurt, cottage cheese, add peanut butter and real butter to lots of stuff. It helped, but she's still little, 23% for height and weight, and that is one of her better measurements. lol.

    As to anxiety, that is a tough one. I tend to be the tough love momma and make them do it, but at the same time, if they physically will not do it, what do you do? Abram was not a fan of the snow either (all melted right now) and was getting so upset about it being on everything. He is a nervous boy a little as well. He needs things to be a certain way already, I move the furniture and he really needs it back the way it always is. It worries me a little.

    I hope the eye doc gives you some answers. And hopefully you can work on physical skills with her. I think the doodlepro and an easel will help a ton. KUP!
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    I nursed my twins for 2years and 2 weeks! A little sad to be all done now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sweet Pea Twins View Post
    Keep in mind that if your DD seems healthy to you in pretty much every other way, other than her weight gain and size, that there may be no problem at all... my singleton is 7, tall, and she is only 43 lbs. She has only gained 3 lbs in the last 4 years. But she's healthy as a horse, and smart and well-adjusted. Just be sure to trust your mom instincts.

    I can't speak to her anxiety issues, of course, but just wanted to maybe give you a bit of comfort regarding her growth.
    Oh yes, her weight stuff is the least of my concerns. The ped always frets about it and I always remind him of the family genetic predisposition for children who are not on the growth chart. Then, he calms down a little more and we move on. S is happy and healthy. Cognitive skills are coming along at a good pace. Her physical milestones are slow, but she has that anxiety issue, and she just won't do some things. All in all, I think she is developing as expected. I will be anxious to see what the OT says because I have very minor concerns with her fine motor skills, but I think they could be anxiety-related as well.

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    Tiny little girls, and fairly similar to my boys sizes, I think.

    Is it going to be hard to be feeding the twins different things, whole milk vs low fat, and such? I worry about that with my boys. I am just going to keep both on whole milk, because they interchange sippies all the time anyhow, and I was raised on whole milk. lol. I know Abram will need to stay on it. Brilee was really underweight, like Sarafina (she was not quite as tiny as Sarafina though) and we had to do lots of fattening stuff, it was hard. Find whole milk yogurt, cottage cheese, add peanut butter and real butter to lots of stuff. It helped, but she's still little, 23% for height and weight, and that is one of her better measurements. lol.

    As to anxiety, that is a tough one. I tend to be the tough love momma and make them do it, but at the same time, if they physically will not do it, what do you do? Abram was not a fan of the snow either (all melted right now) and was getting so upset about it being on everything. He is a nervous boy a little as well. He needs things to be a certain way already, I move the furniture and he really needs it back the way it always is. It worries me a little.

    I hope the eye doc gives you some answers. And hopefully you can work on physical skills with her. I think the doodlepro and an easel will help a ton. KUP!
    I think that the only issue with feeding them different things will be the milk. Honestly, if I wasn't worried that feeding K higher fat stuff would push her out of her current growth curve, I would keep them both on whole milk. The girls do share their sippy cups, but are getting better at remembering which cup is theirs. We make sure to always give them different colors to help them distinguish it. I push them to drink from the correct cup, so I don't think it will be long before someone is getting mad at the other one for accidentally drinking out of their cup.

    I also tend to be a tough love momma for most things, but S just breaks my heart. DH made her walk from the house to the car this morning, and she screamed the entire way. They were panic screams too. When I got her out of the car at daycare she just hugged me and rubbed her face against mine. She was still pretty upset. I just told her how brave she was and that she could do it again. She then proceeded to happily walk from her sister's side of the car to daycare while I got K out of the car. Yay Sarafina! We are also forcing her to walk up and down steps, but we need to do it in chunks and I think I may need to get some chocolate for reinforcement. She screams as she does that too. I think part of it is that she is too short for our stairs, so she struggles to get one foot down.

    Rachel, you do such a great job with your twins. Sometimes I feel like I royally suck at this multiples thing. It is really hard to balance these two girls because their personalities are so different. I would never wish for them to be the same, but it is a hard balance. I admire you and many of the other ladies on this board.
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    Mel, you are too kind. I don't feel like I am doing an awesome job most days. I feel less patient with these boys than I was with my older kids. I am so stressed and tired all the time, my house is a wreck, and I feel like I am barely surviving some days. lol. But thank you. I look up to you, because you always have great advice and ideas on how to handle things.

    We have not intentionally had the boys have their own cups, but they kind of have adopted certain ones and do not like their brother having theirs. lol

    I hear ya on the tough love, when they seem genuinely scared/nervous about something, it just seems mean to push it. I hope with all the love and support you give sweet Sarafina she can overcome some of her small struggles.
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