Colby hit the seven pound mark this week! The twins actual date date was this week (Sept 30, which was a full term 40 week due date), so he is an average size baby taking that into consideration (had he been born this week, and not on Aug 12). He is still doing great. Sometimes, he will even sleep for 5 hours at a time (this can happen during the day or night). The Dr's tell us to wake him every 3 or 4 hours to feed him, but that is easier said than done, especially in the middle of the night. We are not real motivated to wake a sleeping baby at 4am, but instead follow his cues (when he is hungry enough, he will let us know, believe me). We are somewhat on a schedule, but more or less are "feeding on demand" at this early stage.
He does however typically eat every 3 to 4 hours.
We are getting him out on occasion for Dr appointments and for an errand every now and then. Jennifer had dinner out with some friends on Monday (she rode her bike up to North Hills, kinda neat), so it was a "guy's night" for Colby and myself. I needed to get some items from Home Depot and do a few minor yard chores, so I decided we would "bond" and hit the home improvement store and spend some time "outside" together in the yard. I strapped him into his car seat, bundled him up, and we were off. Our first guy's night together went smoothly. I had a bottle on stand by, diapers packed, and a pacifier close at hand. The only issue, Colby slept through it. He totally missed the Home Depot experience, as well as the yard chores. Oh well, we will have many more opportunities for more wakeful bonding.
Yesterday, we got a nice letter (we get many nice letters by the way). It was from Pure Expressions Photography, a local photographer who volunteers for an organization called "Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep" or "NILMDTS," an infant bereavement non profit that takes professional photographs of infants that have passed away, in a very compassionate and respectful manner.
We were made aware of this group while in the hospital as Gavin's health was declining, and were open to the possibility of using their service. After Gavin passed away, we decided to allow the photographer to come to the hospital (on rather short notice needless to say). Aimee (of Pure Expressions...) came in and spent an hour or so with the four of us and took many pictures. She mailed us a CD with all of the pictures a couple of weeks ago, but we have not found the time (or been in the mood quite yet) to sit down and view them together. Well, the letter yesterday from Aimee was quite a surprise for us. It had a beautiful black & white post card picture of our two boys closely together, and Colby is actually holding Gavin's arm and is looking his way. The picture hit us quite hard, but in a nice way. The purpose of Aimee's letter was to ask our permission to display this photograph (a piece of art) in a photography exhibition this winter, and possibly in other exhibitions in the future. We were honored to do so. This particular exhibition will be at the Halle Cultural Arts Center in Apex, from March 6 through March 31, 2009. It will be a NILMDTS exhibition. If you are interested in learning more about this wonderful non profit service, check out http://www.nowilaymedowntosleep.org/start.php (there are some powerful and emotional pictures on this website, but very artfully and compassionately done). I am not sure if we have even thanked Aimee for her time and efforts (all free by the way), so I will do so now and also gladly recommend NILMDTS for future donations as well.