We had their 9 month checkup today! Allie is 18 1/2 lbs (in the 30th percentile) and 28 in. long (55th percentile!). Ryan is 20 1/2 lbs (50th percentile) and 28 1/2 in. long (55 percentile). Allie is still a bit of a peanut, but the doctor said she really is growing well. Ryan is obviously the bigger of the two, but the doctor said he is exceptionally well proportioned (50th & 55th percentile, so he's almost perfectly even!). He said both are really growing well - especially considering that they were around 2 months old before they were the size of an average newborn!
Allie has one lovely tooth coming in, and the doctor confirmed (since he can actually hold their mouth open with a tongue depressor and look in with a little light) that Ryan has a second tooth that just popped through.
It turns out that Allie is probably having night terrors (a little earlier than most children, but not uncommon). Poor girl apparently takes after her mama in having vivid dreams. The problem is knowing how to comfort her...the doctor suggested going in and picking her up, but I often find that she isn't awake when she cries out, and picking her up just wakes her up, and then I spend forever getting her back to sleep...I'll figure out what works best I suppose!
When it came to shots, they both took them like a pro. Allie actually screamed more when he put the tongue depressor in he mouth (she is very particular about being the only person who puts anything in her mouth), than when she got her shots. Ryan hardly cried at all. One big scream and then he jabbered away...until I refused to let him pull all the papers off the doctors desk - then he threw a fit!
It is always so reassuring to have these checkups, hear they are doing well and are on target, and get information on what's to come. And, being a mommy of preemies whose world once revolved around weight gain, I love tracking how much they've grown! Next time they see the doctor they will be a year old...crazy!