Sunday, November 30, 2008

Pictures As Promised

Pic. 1) Bottleman and Elly
2) PaPa and Elly
3)Happy Tilly

1-2)Still Happy Running out of captions
3) Happy Elly

1)Bath Time!
2)Elly, We Think!
3) Baby Elly

1)Todd! (Sorry Melisssa all the ones with you were great pictures of you, but had blurry baby. And since this is a blog about the girls and not you, I didn't add any. )
2) Brains! Want eat brains!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

4 Months is a Special Time

Hey Guys/Well Wishers,

Well the girls are 4 months old and doing great. Their interests include looking at the purple mobile, stuffing their fists into their months as much as physically possible, turning their heads quickly while parents attempt to provide nourishment and of course kicking. Seriously, they are doing so wonderfully. They are sleeping and smiling. Their favorite time of day is 5:30 in the morning. I swear you've never seen any two people happier to be alive before dawn than these tow ladies. It's pretty endearing. Alright, no new pictures since last time, but with a trip out to Abby's parents on Wed. and my parents coming up on Fri. me thinks that we'll have some by next weekend!

Here are the results from Tuesday's doctor visit: general good health. Tilly: 23 3/4 inches and 12 lbs 5 oz. Elly: 23 1/2 in. and 12 lbs 13 oz. That puts them in between the 25th and 50th percentile.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Fall Back to Sleep

The girls are almost 4 months old now, Nov. 22nd will the the big day. They are enjoying a wide range of activities these days including smiling, a lovely laugh/squeal combo, a bit of cooing ("agoo"), and watching themselves in the mirror. Tilly seems the most interested in the baby in the mirror. She was quite amazed when the baby yawned last night. Elly discovered the baby sitting next to her today (Tilly) and had fun smiling at her. Over the past few days they've also enjoyed smiling at their toys. They have a great time in Becca's jungle bouncy chair, the moving animals are very exciting. On our last visit to Nene and Papa's the girls had a very unofficial weight of around 11 pounds each, but we'll head to the doctor on the 25th for a more accurate number. The girls are getting to be quite fun and the best part is that they are really starting to sleep well in the evenings. They go down between 6-7 and then we wake them up and feed them between 9-10. Then they go back to sleep until about 3-4am, when James and I repeatedly re-pacifier the babies until about 5am. The best part is that they are back to sleeping in their port-a-cribs next to the bed, which means James and I get more than a 1/4 of the bed each. Good times. Here are some new pics and James will add some video tomorrow.

L: Cuddling in our Monkey pj's (Elly in pink, Tilly in cream)
R: Sleeping in our port'a crib (Matilda, Elinor)

L: Elinor (top), Matilda
R: Elinor, Matilda

L: Elinor and Matilda watching our mobile
R: Elinor and Matilda watching James

L: Laughing with Bottle Man (Elinor, Matilda)
R: Elinor with Ollie

Matilda and Ollie

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Synchronized Swimming!

Here are the ladies, they love to kick. They especially like kicking you in the ribs and such. Just now Sirus got kicked off the couch by the girls. We don't want to jinx anything, but the new formula seems to be kind of, sort of working, but let's not over sell anything for fear of regression. Oh, it's their 3 month birthday today! YES! Sleeping is going great, Elinor has been going between 4 and 8 hours at night and Matilda's not far behind. So that's amazingly wonderful. The girls had an exciting time at the Gilbert Family Picnic! Here's the girls dressed up for their first "winter" walk. Watch out mildly cool weather! We're on to you!

They'll grow into them.
Tilly says "Peace OUT!"

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Off With A Bang!

Well, October started off as bad as September ended, but another trip to the doctor and new formula have risen the hopes of Mama and Bottleman, (that's what the girls like to call their daddy. It is so cute when they say "Oh, Bottleman, you so crazy giving me all dem bottles and such.") News from the doctor: Matilda: 9 lbs, 15 oz. (since they gain an ounce a day, she's probably already 10 lbs) Elinor: 10 lbs 3 oz.

In order not to dwell on negative here are some fabulous pictures:

Going for a walk- Matilda, Elinor; Elinor, Sophie the giraffe, Sirus' tail

Showing off our cherry outfits from Aunt Cherrie, Matilda, Bear, Elinor

Matilda, Elinor; Matilda, Elinor (angle makes them look so different in size)

Symmetry- enjoying our giraffe blankets, Matilda, Elinor

Saturday, September 27, 2008

A September to Remeber!

Septebmer, sorry to say but no one will miss you and everyone hated you! Phew! What a rough month. Projectile vomiting, flipping out during bottles, not sleeping during the day or night. If you've seen one of their feedings when they are not happy then you know.

The doctor diagnosed the girls with Acid Reflux. That's why they've been so unhappy during their bottles. And we've just switched them to nonlactose folmula that has stemed the tide of vomit, also it's cheaper so that's a "win, win!" Unfortunately, it smells like month old pumpkin mush so we were denied the conveted "win, win, win" that is so sot after. Mmmm...sot is a funny word, doesn't look right.

Anyways the good news is that October is here and with it cooler nights and hope. With medicince and new formula things have really gotten better.

The girls are coming up on 11 weeks now. Despite the continual spitting and throwing up they are gaining plenty of weight. Matilda is now over 9 lbs and 21 1/2 inches. Elinor is a wopping 9 1/2 pounds and 20 3/4 inches long. With the extra "height" (is it really height if they spend their days scrunched up in a ball?) and the derth of weight Tilliford looks pretty skinny compared to Elinor. Both girls have 38 cm heads.

The good news about the numbers, other than they've gained like 3 pounds in a month, is that the ladies are now on the all important percentile scale!!! Yes! Now we can compare they to other babies in an endless discussion of "who's baby is better" with other parents. (Their weight and height are around the 5th and 10th percentiles and their heads are in the 25th so we got little bobble babies)

Babies also took advantage of free museum day, thanks Tien and Long, and went to the Nasher Sculpture Museum. Abby's baby, I can't tell the difference, looked at the art the whole time. My baby mostly slept. We were both pleased with the respective outcomes.

This weekend we went to the FW zoo and saw the baby lions and tigers. The lions were born two days after the girls, so the friends.

enjoy the pics of daddy's favorite time of the day...and one of bath time, too.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Watch Out Tilliford's Hungry!

The girls are doing fine. Not much news. We'll go to the doctor pretty soon and they're coming up on 2 months old. Look at how big they're getting! They are basically out of premie clothes although to telll the truth its just that they have gianormous bellies, everything else is quite slinder and form fitting.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Official Scientcian Proves Identicality

Friday, August 29, 2008 Zuich, Switzerland

Great news today we finally got the results back and the girls are offcially considered “identical.” Three weeks ago DNA samples, HI-RES laser scans and Folic Lampon Tissue residue (FLT) were sent to the CERN facility in Switzerland, home to Europe’s largest superconductor, for testing. The data was analyzed by Dutch physicist Emrick Slepzenberg for signs of identicality. Although many of the first tests we’re rather inconclusive a breakthrough was finally made with the HI-RES laser scans. Dr. Slepzenberg announced that the Large Hadron Collider’s beam synchronization systems which will allow the LHC operations team to inject the first beam into the LHC. And the rest as they say is histroy.

The good doktor described these laser scans in laymen’s terms: “You know zat part in zee movie Terminator when ze esteemed actor Arnold Schwarzenegger looks at ze people and he zees them vith a grid of some sort? Zat is essentially vat vee do ven vee are looking at the HI-RES laser scans.”

Along with a certificate proving identicality the Tiggeman-Morrises received printouts of the three laser scans that the doctors used. The first two show the girls by themselves and the last one, I think the most conclusive proof yet, shows the beautiful girls together.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Togetherness Project

We had our first doctor's appointment last Monday. Everything was fine. Elinor is up to 5 lbs and 11 oz and Matilda was just over 5 lbs and 8 oz. Their new hobbies include crying a lot and spitting up. This post is mostly for pictures so enjoy!

Friday, August 15, 2008

Matilda Joins Her Sister!!

The day has finally arrived! Matilda "Tilly Bean" Tigg-Mor at home. We put them together they immeadately suggled up to sleep. That's it for now.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Home Again, Home Again, Lickety Split

Elinor Claire has arrived home at last! After exactly 3 weeks in the Baylor NICU she arrives triumphantly home ready to take her rightful place as Co-Cream-Fed-Ruler! Mmmmm...Let's see, not much else to report about her. She's around 5 and 1/2 pounds, we just don't know what we're going to do without daily updates as to her weight. I guess we're just going to have to guessinate how many grams she weighs each night. I'm guessing 2422 grams.

Little big sis Matilda Kate is doing fabulous and we're full of hope that she joins the household this weekend. ok. Here's some pictures.
PS -- That floral burrito is Elinor.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Nothing New, Just Pics

Happy, Happy Family!

Well the girls are still going. Elinor is up to 4 nonfeeding tube feedings a day, which is great. She sucked a bottle right down from me this morning. Matilda is still at 2 feedings a day. Each little lady must be able to take 8 feedings a day before they can be discharged. The nurses say it's a developemental thing and once they get the hang of it they make huge leaps. They are both now officially over their birth weight with Elly in at a whopping 4 lbs and 7 oz and Tillbert tipping the scales at 4 lbs 5 oz. Watch out women's wrestling federation we're comin!

The big news of the weekend is that Matilda is in an open crib and out of the incubator! That's great news for cuddling because now we can hold her anytime and aren't restricted by concern for her temperature.

The other big news is that there was an opening next to Elinor and so the nurses moved Matilda over so the girls are right next to each other. Mama Abby, Ma-Mabby to her friends and well-wishers, finally got to hold both girls at once. Visual conformation that they might be slighly identical.

Anyways, things are looking just fine and we'll just take a little more time.