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October 1, 2004

4 Months Old

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Yesterday was September 30th and the 4 month mark for the boys! It is a great milestone. They are both much more attentive, and laugh and squeal, like most kids their age. It is a lot of fun to have the interaction with them rather than have little response. For example, Caleb now likes to be lifted into the air briskly while you yell "weeeee". The almost always makes him laugh and smile. Jake, from across a room, will make eye-contact with you and crack a smile. Enough to make your legs melt.

Jake's cold has passed and hence his congestion has cleared up which has allowed him to sleep more easily.

We all, including Casey, took the ferry to Seattle yesterday to visit Children's Hospital so that Caleb could have two procedures done to investigate why he got a bladder/kidney infection. He had an ultrasound and a Voiding Cystourethrogram (VCUG). A voiding cystourethrogram is performed by inserting a catheter into the urethra. Liquid contrast material is then instilled into the bladder through the catheter. X-rays are taken before, during and after filling of the bladder. When the bladder is full, the catheter is removed. While the patient voids, additional x-rays are taken.

Needless to say, Caleb screamed and cried a lot during the VCOG. Because X-Rays are used, Jake was not allowed to be in the room and that meant that Diana stayed out as well. I think it was harder for Diana and Jake to hear Caleb screaming from outside the room not being know what was happening inside the room. There was cherry-syrup to dip his pacifier in that made it a little better - and a numbing solution for the penis - but it is a pretty horrific process. They strap the boys to a board, legs and hands and head and then stick the catheter inside.

The good news: no reflux was found.

The boys had their 4 month check up yesterday with Fred Walters. Caleb's weight was 13 lbs, 13.5 oz, with a height of 25 3/8". Jake weighed 12 lbs, 8 oz and is 24 3/4" long. Those are really great measurements for twins- Caleb's weight puts him into the 25 percentile and Jake's into the 10th percentile. Caleb's length places him in the 50th-75th percentile. Jake's length places him in the 25-50 percentile. Both have increased their weight and height relative to their peers so they are growing very well. Jake's head is bigger than Caleb's with a circumference of 42 cm compared to 40.6 cm.

Posted by johnbenj at October 1, 2004 7:11 AM

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This is a great way to stay up to date. I'm glad that Caleb's tests were negative. It must have been rough for you all.

Love to all, Dad

Posted by: Dad at October 3, 2004 11:41 PM

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