The girls love being together. Kristen used to be quite out numbered with the cousins in Utah, but now she has Elli and Clara. Unfortunately they aren't very close in age, so it's nice when Marnie comes. Kristen is on the left, she is Kim's 3rd. Elise is Marnie's 2nd.
Here are the babies all lined up on birth order. Elli is small, but she's not that far behind Clara in size. The 2 boys have both the girls beat by quite a bit. It was fun to finally meet Ian. We were sure sad to see them go back to Oregon. But we look forward to another visit in August.
Just a quick update on Elli:
We had Elli's follow up clinic with several specialists last month and they were all very pleased with her progress. They were especially impressed with her health. They couldn't believe she hadn't needed to go back to the hospital, which we found out is very common for premature babies. Up to that point she had never even had a runny nose. She did catch a very mild cold a couple of weeks later, but it didn't bother her much at all. She still has a fairly weak appetite, but that is improving slowly. She is a tiny bit behind developmentally as well, but so far there is nothing too alarming. The only thing she isn't doing well is coming up onto her arms when she is on her tummy. We have been given exercises to help strengthen her arms.
She is up to 11 lbs. 9 oz. now, and is about 25". She is small, but very happy. She laughs, but it's almost silent because of her vocal chord. It's very cute to watch her laugh. We enjoy her so much! She really is a delight!!