- Thursday, 7/25/02, 2:00 p.m.
We came home from the hospital
Tuesday afternoon. On Wednesday morning we went to the pediatrician.
Jocelyn had neonatal jaundice (common in the first few days) and
needed to be in the hospital for phototherapy. She's there now but we
are at home. She is getting breast milk pumped by Judy at home and
taken to the hospital, plus some formula. We expect she'll be back
Perry was just weighed at the pediatrician's. He is just under seven
pounds; about the same as yesterday. This looks like his minimum
weight and now we expect him to go up.
- Friday, 7/26/02, 11:00 a.m.
Jocelyn is home! Yay! She has to go in tomorrow morning to make sure
that her bilirubin level has not gone back up. Her weight is back up
to 5 lbs 7 oz from a low of about 5 lbs, so she's gained 70% of the
way back to her birthweight.
- Saturday, 7/27/02, 2:00 p.m.
Jocelyn had slightly higher bilirubin levels today than yesterday but
not enough to be a matter of concern, so she does not have to go back
to the hospital. We're very relieved.
- Sunday, 7/28/02, 11:00 a.m.
Jocelyn and Perry are one week old. They are both gaining weight, and
we don't have any doctor's appointments for 72 hours.
- Tuesday, 7/30/02, 3:00 p.m.
Jocelyn and Perry are nine days old. They are already growing and
changing. In the last few days they have started being asleep for up
to 4 hours and awake for significant periods instead of being always
half awake or going very rapidly from one state to the other.
- Wednesday, 7/31/02, 3:00 p.m.
Jocelyn has regained her birthweight. Perry is 7 lbs. 5 oz., which is
a good rate of growth, nearly 1 oz. per day since last Thursday.
- Monday, 8/5/02
The official due date, which means nothing, except that Jocelyn and
Perry were conceived 38 weeks ago. Now they are 15 days old and
- Tuesday, 8/6/02
Judy is recovering from giving birth and from sleep deprivation and
was able to go bicycling today! Don't try this two weeks postpartum
unless you have a recumbent bicycle.
- Wednesday, 8/7/02
Jocelyn is 6 lbs. 1.5oz and Perry is 7 lbs. 11 oz. Both had good
weight gain in the last week and Jocelyn is catching up. Jocelyn is
still having some trouble nursing -- she's getting plenty as evidenced
by the rapid weight gain, but it takes a long time. We finally got a
lactation consultant to come see us, and she gave us various ideas to try.
- Thursday, 8/15/02
Allan Wechsler and Jeannine Mosely lent us a fine double-beam baby
balance, so we can weigh our own kids. We can even weigh them before
and after to find out how much milk they are getting. Perry is about
8 lbs. 4 oz., and Jocelyn is about 6 lbs. 15 oz. She's gaining fast
- the spread is down to 21 oz. from 35 oz. at birth.
- Wednesday, 8/21/02
Perry and Jocelyn are one month old today. Perry weighs about 8
lbs. 9 oz. and Jocelyn about 7 lbs. 7 oz. Perry has been gaining
about an ounce a day and Jocelyn about 1.5 oz. a day. She has made up
half the original weight difference of about 35oz.
- Monday, 8/26/02
Judy went waterskiing today!
- Wednesday, 8/28/02
Jocelyn is occasionally smiling at people and things.
- Sunday, 9/1/02
6 weeks today. Jocelyn weighs about 8.5
pounds, so she has gained more than half her birthweight. Jocelyn
likes to stand up on your lap if you hold her under the arms, and she
can hold up her own weight on her legs. Perry doesn't do it quite as
much but is starting to. We think that Perry calmed down when he was
upset about being by himself and Valerie said "I'm coming".
- Tuesday, 9/3/02
Jocelyn seems to have noticed and tracked her hand for the first time
today. We hope she is now on her way toward advanced abilities such
as not putting her hands in her mouth while nursing. She also seems
to have quieted upon hearing someone say "I'm coming".
- Thursday, 9/5/02
Perry is smiling at people today.
There was a loose adjustment on our scale, so the weights I listed on 9/1
were not accurate. Perry weighs 9 lbs. 11 oz. today. He has gained 1.2
oz. per day over the last 2 weeks. Jocelyn weighs 8 lb. 15 oz. She
has gained 1.6 oz. per day over the last 2 weeks. The spread is down
to 12 oz., which is only an ounce or two more than the typical amount
by which boys weigh more than girls at this age.
- Sunday, 9/15/02
Jocelyn slept last night from 10 p.m. until 3 a.m. and then from 4
a.m. until 9:30. According to some definitions, "sleeping through the
night" means sleeping for 5 hours; under that definition, she slept
through the night twice last night. Their usual schedule is more like
4 hours sleeping, 1 hour nursing, 3 hours sleeping, 1 hour nursing, and
then anything between 1 and 3 hours sleeping.
- Saturday, 9/21/02
Two months old today. Jocelyn weighs about 10 lb. 3 oz. and Perry
weighs about 11 lb. 2 oz. They have both gained about 1.25 oz. per
day for the last two weeks.
Jocelyn can roll from her back onto her side.
- Thursday, 9/26/02
Our pediatrician was so impressed with how rapidly the twins have
grown that he said "What have you been feeding them? Miracle Grow?"
Naturally we said "yes".
Then he got all concerned because Jocelyn's head is in the 70th
percentile for girls of her age, while her length is only about the
tenth percentile. He sent us to have an ultrasound of her head to
make sure she didn't have hydrocephalus. We thought it was almost
certainly unnecessary, and in fact she was just fine.
- Tuesday, 10/1/02
Jocelyn and Perry are continuing to gain well over an ounce a day.
Jocelyn weighs about 11 pounds and Perry about 12. Somebody told me
that when a baby gets to 12 pounds he will start sleeping through the
night, but we don't seem to be there yet.
- Wednesday, 10/2/02
Today we went to court and got Valerie officially appointed as a
guardian of Jocelyn and Perry, so now they have 3 parents and
- Friday, 10/4/02
Jocelyn weighs about 11.5 lbs. - double her birthweight. Perry
weighs about 12.5 lbs.
Perry can roll from his side to his front.
- Friday, 10/11/02
Judy went to work today! We fed Perry and Jocelyn a total of 23
ounces of previously frozen breast milk over the course of the 8 hours
that she was gone.
- Tuesday, 10/15/02
Jocelyn is sometimes rubbing her eyes when she is tired, which means
that she knows how to get her hands where she wants them. We hope
that she will do it more as a signal that she is tired and wants help
getting to sleep, and then we won't waste our time trying other things
when she is fussy.
Both Jocelyn and Perry seem to be able to get their hands in their
mouths with reasonable reliability.
- Thursday 10/17/02
Both Jocelyn and Perry wave their hands in the vicinity of an
interesting object that they see. Jocelyn is occasionally able to
hold onto a rattle briefly and bring it to her mouth.
- Over the course of the third month
Some changes happen slowly, so they tend not to get recorded here.
Over the course of time, the percentage of their (and our) lives that
Jocelyn and Perry spend nursing has gradually decreased. Judy now has
a significant amount of time even in late afternoon and evening when
neither of them is nursing.
They have also essentially learned to keep their hands out of the way
when nursing, which means that Judy can usually get them on without
Jocelyn is often very upset and we need to carry her around and sing
lullabies. The usual cause seems to be that she is tired and can't
get to sleep (or at least the most common end of this situation is
that she sleeps and wakes up happy), but sometimes she seems to
recover from her problem without ever sleeping. Some of it may also
be a cycle of frustration. She is hungry and then gets too upset to
eat, and she has to relax before she can get what she needs.
- Monday 10/21/02
3 months old today. We wrote a survey of Jocelyn and
Perry at three months.
- Tuesday 10/22/02
Perry can reach out and sort of take hold of something which is hanging
in front of him. Jocelyn seems to be learning it too.
- Thursday 10/24/02
Jocelyn and Perry notice each other much more than they used to.
When one cries, the other often looks to see what is going on. Today
they looked very interestedly at each other and had a bit of a
- Monday 11/4/02
Both Perry and Jocelyn can grasp an object that you bring to their
hand and put it in their mouth.
- Thursday 11/7/02
Jocelyn was playing with a some linked rings and looking at the baby
in the mirror. When she brought the rings to her mouth, she was
fascinated to see that the baby in the mirror had done the same.
- Sunday 11/10/02
Jocelyn is having a hard time today. We think she might be having a
bad reaction to antibiotics that Judy is taking.
- Monday 11/11/02
We are feeding Jocelyn milk pumped earlier before Judy was taking
drugs. She seems to be much better today.
Today Jocelyn transferred a ring from one hand to another for
the first time.
- Tuesday 11/12/02
Conception day! Perry and Jocelyn have existed as distinct living
organisms for one year.
- Thursday 11/14/02
Perry knows how to hold a rattle and make noise with it.
- Over the course of the fourth month
We are gradually developing a schedule. Perry and Jocelyn typically
go to sleep at 10 or 10:30 p.m. and sleep (with occasional help
getting back to sleep) until about 4 a.m. Then they nurse for half an
hour or so and sleep until something like 6:30 a.m., and then they are
often awake for half an hour or so before they get hungry again. They
typically have a morning nap of 45 minutes or so around 8:30. There
are many variations, including waking up at 1 a.m. instead.
Jocelyn seems to be getting better at recovering from being upset
without quite such a struggle.
- Saturday 11/16/02
If you put Perry into a sitting position he can balance there for
- Tuesday 11/19/02
Jocelyn is definitely teething. She likes chewing on our fingers, but
doesn't have much interest in teething rings. She was very unhappy
yesterday - we aren't sure if teething was the cause.
Jocelyn can keep herself in a sitting position for a few seconds.
- Thursday 11/21/02
4 months. Perry weighs 16 lb 4.5 oz (78th percentile) and is about
24 5/8 in. (40th percentile), putting him in the 90th percentile of
weight for length. Jocelyn weighs 14 lb 13.5 oz (also 78th
percentile) and is 23 7/8 in. (36th percentile), putting her in the
87th percentile of weight for length.
- Friday, 11/22/02
Perry can pass a rattle back and forth between his hands.
- Sunday, 11/24/02
Perry and Jocelyn have a cold. It is pretty mild, but they don't like it.
- Tuesday 12/3/02
Their cold is hanging on, or they are getting a succession of them.
Fortunately the symptoms are pretty minor.
Jocelyn rolled over from her front to her back!
- Tuesday 12/10/02
Jocelyn has gotten very good at reaching out and grabbing objects,
such as eyeglasses and other toys.
- Monday 12/16/02
Jocelyn and Perry went without nursing for 7.5 hours from when they
went to sleep at 9:30 last night!
Jocelyn seems to be getting over being so unhappy so often. It still
happens sometimes, but less often, and she is better able to get in a
good mood again.
They both have colds again (or still).
- Saturday 12/21/02
Happy Solstice, everyone! Perry and Jocelyn are 5 months old today.
We returned our borrowed baby scale, so we can't get accurate weights
at home, but the we measured their lengths (which unfortunately isn't
very accurate to start with). Perry was 26 1/4 inches, which is
70th percentile, and Jocelyn was 24 7/8 which is 45th.
- Tuesday 12/24/02
They seem to finally be over their colds.
- Sunday 12/29/02
We spent 2 days in New Hampshire at a square dance weekend - Perry
and Jocelyn's first overnight away from home (not counting the
hospital). Being there was fine, but they cried quite a bit in the
car on the way home and we had to stop several times.
- Monday 1/6/03
Perry had his first taste of solid food today in the form of rice
cereal. He seemed to like it.
- Tuesday 1/7/03
In just one day of eating solid foods, Perry has learned to open his
mouth when he wants more, shut it tightly when he doesn't, and swallow
the great majority of his food instead of pushing it out onto his chin.
- Wednesday 1/8/03
We got an accurate scale again. Perry weighs 19.4 lbs. (89th
percentile) and Jocelyn weighs 17.4 lbs. (86th percentile).
Perry is about 26 inches long (48th percentile). This is 1/4 in. less
than what we measured 2 weeks ago, not because he has shrunk, but
because length is very hard to measure accurately because it isn't a
natural position for a baby to be stretched out. For this length,
Perry is in the 97th percentile of weight.
Jocelyn is about 24 7/8 inches long (31st percentile), which puts her
in the 96th percentile of weight for length.
- Saturday 1/18/03
Today we started Jocelyn on rice cereal. She likes it, but she's
equally interested in playing with the spoon, putting everything else
in sight into her mouth, and so on.
Perry is now eating quite a lot of rice cereal, bananas, and avocados.
- Tuesday 1/21/03
Happy half-birthday to Perry and Jocelyn! We
wrote a survey of Jocelyn and Perry at six
- Saturday 1/25/03
Jocelyn can stand if you set her upright and give her something to
hold on to.
- Tuesday 1/28/03
Perry is increasingly fussy. Some unknown problem seems to be making
him uncomfortable. We have tried eliminating his foods one by one
- Tuesday 2/4/03
Perry weighs about 21.8 lbs. and Jocelyn weighs about 19.4.
Collectively they have tripled their birthweight.
- Friday 2/21/03
7 months. Perry weighs 23.2 pounds (97th percentile) and is about 27
1/4" long (58th percentile). Jocelyn weighs 19.8 pounds (92nd
percentile) and is about 26" long (37th percentile).
- Monday 2/24/03
Jocelyn can hold herself in a hand-and-knees position if you put her
there. If you hold up her belly, she can make a little crawling
- Tuesday 2/25/03
Jocelyn and Perry got their second colds last night. They are not
very sick, but it's hard for them to sleep.
- Sunday 3/2/03
Jocelyn can make a little creeping progress when she is on her tummy.
She can move a foot or two, usually sideways or backwards.
- Over the course of the sixth and seventh months
Jocelyn has gradually become less fussy. In particular, it seems that
the frustrating situation in which she is too hungry to sleep and too
tired to nurse has mostly abated. Meanwhile, Perry has become
fussier, and cries loudly when things aren't to his liking. Having
something done to him (diaper changes, etc.) when he'd rather be
going to sleep is the most common cause.
Both Perry and Jocelyn want to be comforted by people they know, not
by strangers, when they are upset and tired. As a result, it's harder
for mothers' helpers to be useful, especially in the evening.
Jocelyn prefers Judy. She sometimes cries if Judy leaves the room, or
if Judy is in the room but not holding her. She's happy with Valerie
or Ken if Judy isn't around.
- Thursday 3/6/03
Jocelyn has learned to raise her hand to say "Hi".
They seem to be over their colds.
- Friday 3/7/03
Now that Jocelyn has learned to wave "Hi", she does it all the time,
for example to our cat, who unfortunately cannot wave back.
- Saturday, 3/8/03
Perry can make some creeping progress.
- Thursday, 3/13/03
When Jocelyn is sitting, she can turn around in a circle by pushing
with her feet.
- Sunday 3/16/03
Jocelyn has her first tooth!
Jocelyn can wriggle backwards fairly rapidly. She finds it
frustrating because she's trying to go forwards and because she backs
into things and gets stuck.
Perry can eat with a spoon, sort of. You have to get the food on the
spoon, but then he will bring it to his mouth and eat it. He seems to
have some idea that the spoon needs to go alternately into his
mouth and the dish.
- Thursday, 3/20/03
Perry and Jocelyn went to their first peace rally today, and also
had their first time at a restaurant. Both went very well. At the
restaurant they sat in highchairs and had rice.
- Friday 3/21/03
8 months. Perry weighs about 24.4 lb. (97th percentile) and is about
28" long (63rd percentile). Jocelyn weighs about 22.2 lb. (97th
percentile) and is about 27" long (52nd percentile).
Perry rolled over from front to back!
- Friday 3/28/03
Perry has some understanding of books. He
looks at the pages when you are reading to him and may have some idea
that what you are saying is connected with what's in the book. He
also can enjoy a book by himself: he picks it up and opens it at
random and looks at a picture and closes it again. His favorite books
are "Good night, baby" and "Elmo's friends".
- Saturday, 3/29/03
We took Perry and Jocelyn to a huge peace rally and march in Boston.
They were excellent babies. They smiled at everyone and nursed happily
on the subway. Perry slept through the entire actual march, never
mind the helicopters, the megaphones, and the brass band.
- Sunday, 3/30/03
They have another cold.
- Saturday, 4/19/03
Jocelyn rolled from her back to her front!
- Monday, 4/21/03
Nine months. We wrote a 9 month report.
- Wednesday, 4/23/03
Jocelyn can cruise! (Cruising is walking sideways by holding onto a
piece of furniture.) She doesn't try to go very far, but she can
slowly work herself several feet. She still is not crawling.
Jocelyn understands containers. She can spend quite a while dropping
something in a bowl and then dumping it out again.
- Sunday, 5/4/03
Perry can stand up quite well if he has something to hold onto, and
can transfer his hands from one object to another.
Jocelyn can take a few crawling steps. She's somewhere between using
her feet and using her knees.
- Tuesday 5/6/03
Jocelyn can really crawl now! She still has an awkward gait where she
uses both her feet and her knees, but she can pretty much go where she
Both Perry and Jocelyn can stand unsupported for a moment.
- Wednesday, 5/7/03
Jocelyn crawled up a step today.
- Monday, 5/12/03
We think that both Perry and Jocelyn made the sign for "milk" (i.e.,
We have tried to teach them a few signs: milk, eat, drink. This is
our first success.
Perry is saying things that sound just like words. So far we haven't
recognized any of them, though.
- Saturday, 5/17/03
Perry can stand unsupported for several seconds.
- Sunday 5/18/03
We went on an overnight trip (our first since December) to Western
Massachusetts. Jocelyn and Perry were fine and did not make too much
trouble in the car.
- Wednesday, 5/21/03
Ten months. Perry weighs 27.2 lb. and
Jocelyn weighs 24.2 lb., both 98th percentile. Perry measured 29
3/8", which is 71st percentile, and Jocelyn measured 27 3/4", which is
40th percentile. We don't really think that Jocelyn failed to grow at
all in the last month. Measuring lengths is fraught with errors.
Jocelyn can stand quite well and can even bend down and pick things up
- Monday, 5/26/03
Jocelyn has her first upper tooth.
Valerie wrote a summary of Jocelyn and Perry at
- Wednesday, 5/28/03
Jocelyn can walk! She took her first step a few days ago and can now
toddle a few feet.
Perry can stand up without assistance in the middle of the floor.
- Friday, 5/30/03
Perry can crawl! Just a few crawling steps so far, but he is able to
- Thursday, 6/5/03
Perry has his first tooth!
- Friday, 6/6/03
Perry can really crawl now. He sometimes flops
on his belly, but he can get anywhere he wants to go. He also
sometimes moves by sitting upright with one leg in front and one leg
behind and bouncing up and down.
- Monday, 6/9/03
Both Perry and Jocelyn can put a wooden block into a mailing tube and
tilt the tube so the block slides out the other side.
Jocelyn has learned to turn around and crawl backward down a single
step. She doesn't always remember to do it, though.
- Tuesday, 6/17/03
Jocelyn is really walking now. She will hold on to something if it is
available, but when she runs out of table or couch she will just
- Thursday 6/19/03
Perry can make a tower of 3 alphabet blocks!
- Saturday 6/21/03
Eleven months. Perry weighs 28.2
lb. (percentile 98.6) and measures 29 5/8" (62nd percentile).
Jocelyn weighs 24.6 lb. (96th percentile) and measures 28 3/8"
(43rd percentile). Even with errors due to daily fluctuation, it
seems that her weight has started to level off, as we expected it
would when she started crawling and walking.
- Wednesday 6/25/03
Jocelyn crawled up and down the stairs to the second floor.
- Friday 6/27/03
Perry took his first step today!
- Monday 6/30/03
Both Perry and Jocelyn can (sometimes) demonstrate their toes when asked.
- Saturday 7/5/03
Over the last week or so Jocelyn and Perry have started a somewhat
regular nap schedule. They typically sleep an hour or an hour and a
half at 10:30 a.m. and again sometime during the afternoon.
- Monday 7/7/03
Jocelyn and Perry have quite a bit of receptive language. For
example, Jocelyn can understand the request "Bring Daddy the giraffe
(puppet)" and distinguish the giraffe from the caterpillar.
- Wednesday 7/9/03
After many, many attempts on our part to
teach her, Jocelyn has learned to pet the cat. That is to say, she's
learned to pat the cat (rather hard) with her hand open, instead of
grabbing the cat's fur. She also transferred the same skill to
patting Perry instead of grabbing his hair. Neither Perry nor the cat
seems to object to the new treatment, whereas the old one was
- Thursday 7/10/03
Both Jocelyn and Perry know the names of all
their books. You can ask for a book by name and either of them can
get it for you.
- Monday 7/14/03
We believe Jocelyn is saying "up" (actually more like "ap") when she
wants to be picked up.
- Tuesday 7/15/03
Perry has greatly improved his walking and can now go several feet.
Jocelyn nods her head for "yes".
- Monday 7/21/03
Happy birthday, Jocelyn and Perry! Happy birthday to us: we made it
through the first year. We wrote a 1 year
- Wednesday 7/23/03
Jocelyn says "ball" and we think "no".
- Thursday 7/24/03
Perry may have said "cookie".
- Friday 7/25/03
Perry may have said "again".
- Saturday 7/26/03
Jocelyn is starting to use a lot of words. We made a list.
- Thursday 8/7/03
We think Perry is saying "yeah".
- Friday 8/8/03
Perry has learned to crawl down the stairs!
- Saturday 8/10/03
Perry can zip up a zipper.
- Thursday 8/21/03
Thirteen months. Jocelyn is about 30" long
(66th percentile) and weighs 25.8 lb. She gained only about 0.2
lb. last month and is now in the 95th percentile. Perry is about 31"
long (74th percentile) and weighs 29.4 lb. He gained 0.4 lb. last
month and is now in percentile 98.0.
- Friday 8/22/03
Jocelyn now has all her incisors.
- Monday 8/25/03
Jocelyn learned to understand the word "draw" (on the driveway with
chalk) from only a few repetitions as we explained what the chalk was for.
- Monday 9/1/03
Perry spent 20 minutes playing intently with a beads-on-wires puzzle.
- Thursday 9/4/03
Jocelyn walked up a single step without holding on to anything.
- Sunday 9/21/03
Fourteen months. Perry is about 31 3/8" long (73rd percentile).
He weighs 30.6 lbs. and is back in percentile 98.6. Jocelyn is about
30 5/8" (71st percentile) and weighs 27.2 lb. (97th percentile). Both
children gained more than a pound last month after gaining less than
half a pound the month before, which probably means that we weighed
them at an especially light time of day last time and an especially heavy
time this time. They both seem noticeably more slender to us, even
though they have gone up in the percentiles, probably because all
children are slimming down at this time of life.
- Thursday 9/25/03
Jocelyn has learned to hide things behind her back.
- Tuesday 10/21/03
Fifteen months. Jocelyn is about 30 3/4" (61st percentile) and 27.6
lb. (96th percentile). Perry is about 31 3/4" (71st percentile) and
30.8 lb. (percentile 98.2). The gained much less this month than
last, probably meaning that last month's readings were high. Standing
up, Jocelyn is about 29 1/2" and Perry is about 30 1/4" high.
- Thursday 10/23/03
Jocelyn understands "big" and "little". Given two rings she can (at
least sometimes) point to "the big ring" and "the little ring",
and will identify the same ring as "little" or "big" depending on the
size of the other one.
- Thursday 11/6/03
Perry got his last incisor.
Jocelyn has gotten much happier.
She still fusses plenty, but she's happy much more often than not.
Both Perry and Jocelyn are using lots of words. Very many of
Jocelyn's begin with B (bear, bottle, baby, etc.) and she pronounces
them all "buh".
- Friday 11/7/03
Today Perry ate soup with a spoon, filling it up and bringing it to
his mouth all by himself.
- Monday 11/10/03
Jocelyn said two sentences today: that (is) brother "da buh" and more
book "mo buh".
- Wednesday 11/12/03
Jocelyn has all her first-year molars.
- Friday 11/21/03
Sixteen months. Jocelyn is about 31 1/2" (71st percentile). She
weighed 27.6 lb., unchanged from last month, 94th percentile.
Perry is about 32 1/2" (79th percentile) and 31.8 lb. (percentile 98.6).
Perry is learning lots of words: more
than one new word per day.
Valerie wrote a sixteen month report.
- Sunday 11/23/03
Jocelyn can blow bubbles with a bubble wand.
- Monday 12/1/03
Jocelyn knows her name. She pronounces it "dja".
Both Jocelyn and Perry have some idea of the alphabet, or perhaps the
sequence of things in an alphabet book. After you read "A", they go
"buh", and after you've read "B", they go "ca".
Perry can supply many of the words of his favorite songs and books if you
stop and wait for him to give the next word.
- Wednesday 12/3/03
Already they have different tastes in music. Jocelyn likes "row,
row, row your boat" and Perry likes "baa, baa, black sheep" and "old
MacDonald" (which he calls "E I E I"). They argue about which song
they want next.
Perry learned to make the "k" phoneme, and in the last 3 days he's
acquired 8 new words beginning with it (which he pronounces pretty
much identically), along with 7 or 8 other new words.
- Saturday 12/6/03
In the last week Jocelyn has become very interested in make believe.
She wants to put stuffed animals to bed, give them a drink, put
diapers on them, and so on.
- Monday 12/8/03
Both Perry and Jocelyn have said about a hundred different words, and
we have stopped counting them.
- Wednesday 12/17/03
Perry has some idea of color and can reasonably reliably hand you a
yellow, red, or blue object.
- Saturday 12/20/03
Jocelyn now also seems to understand colors.
- Sunday 12/21/03
Seventeen months. Perry weighs 32.2 lb. (percentile 98.4) and Jocelyn
weighs 28 lb. (94th percentile). They measured the same as last
month, Jocelyn 31 1/2" (59th percentile) and Perry 32 1/2" (69th
- Wednesday 12/31/03
Jocelyn can count to 3! If you show her 3 blocks and say "how many
blocks are there" been she will point to one of them and say "Wuh".
Then you say "One..." and she points to the second block and says
"Tuh". Then you say "Two..." and she points to the third block and
says "Vree". Sometimes she says different things like "1, 2, 1" or
"1, block, block".
- Saturday 1/3/04
Jocelyn can do a jigsaw puzzle (the kind where each piece goes in a
separate hole) all by herself.
Perry and Jocelyn know lots of the letters (i.e., if you show them a
letter they will tell you its name or the sound it makes).
Jocelyn understands that the sad and crying and especially the tired
baby in the "Baby Faces" book need their mamas.
- Wednesday 1/21/04
Eighteen months. We wrote an 18 month
- Friday 1/23/04
Perry's enunciation has gotten much better in the last week or so. He
can say "two" correctly instead of "tuh" and things like "happap"
(happy) and "turtuh" (turtle) instead of "ha" and "tuh".
Today Perry has been saying two word phrases with a long delay between
words, "sit...down" and "two...pieces"
- Tuesday 1/27/04
Jocelyn can unscrew the (large plastic) screws in the workbench.
- Friday 1/30/04
Jocelyn has all her baby teeth except for second-year molars.
- Tuesday 2/10/04
Perry is routinely using two word phrases.
- Thursday 2/12/04
Perry and Jocelyn have had colds and very runny noses for about a
week. Now Jocelyn has ear infections and is on amoxicillin.
- Monday 2/16/04
Jocelyn's ears are much better, and she and Perry and are slowly getting over their colds.
- Saturday 2/21/04
Nineteen months. Perry gained a pound last month. He weighs 34
lb. (percentile 99.1). He measured 33 3/8" long (66th
percentile). Meanwhile Jocelyn's weight was 1 lb. less than last
month, 27.8 lb. (87th percentile). Probably some of this is due to
measuring at different times a day or other fluctuations, but when she
was sick she didn't eat very much, so she probably has lost weight.
She measured the same as last month, 32 1/8" long (54th percentile).
- Tuesday 2/24/04
In the last few weeks Perry has had an explosion of language. He can
say his name completely (although he tends to accent the second
syllable). He can say a 4 word phrase, and he often goes around the
house repeating the titles of books and phrases from them. He can
recite an entire nursery rhyme without prompting, although some sounds
are still missing. "To ma, to ma, to bah a fa pih. Ho'geh, ho'geh,
- Tuesday 3/2/04
Jocelyn can climb the 1-foot square mesh at the playground. She can
go down the steep slide on her belly without assistance and often
lands on her feet.
- Saturday 3/6/04
Jocelyn is gradually improving her language ability and now
occasionally says 2-word phrases.
- Sunday 3/14/04
Jocelyn can (sometimes) walk down the stairs without holding on.
- Monday 3/15/04
Jocelyn has had (we think) two stomach viruses over the last week, but
now seems finally to be getting well.
Perry is saying long sentences and "reading" whole books from memory.
- Sunday 3/21/04
Twenty months. Perry weighed 34.4
lb. (percentile 99.1). He measured 34" long (78th percentile).
Jocelyn weighed 28.4 lb. (88th percentile) and measured 32 3/8" long
Perry's ability to recite books sometimes combines in an interesting
way with his limited pronunciation ability, for example in the
following excerpt from a popular Dr. Seuss book: "Wu wuh wiy way. Wu
duh wiy way. Wu wuh wih way. Wu duh wih way."
- Sunday 3/28/04
In the last week it seems that Perry and Jocelyn have become much more
independent. It is much easier now for one adult to care for both of
them, take them out in the car, and so on.
- Wednesday 3/31/04
Jocelyn is continuing her steady development of language and now
routinely uses 3-word phrases.
- Wednesday 4/14/04
We cut Perry's hair for the first time. We just cut a little bit off
in front so it stays out of his eyes.
- Sunday 4/18/04
Jocelyn continues improving her language and can now "read" a
whole book by herself. Both Perry and Jocelyn now have more sounds in
their words, often including the one at the end (reD, dowN, etc.),
which makes them easier to understand.
- Wednesday 4/21/04
Twenty-one months. First thing in the morning Perry weighed 34.6
lb. (percentile 98.9), nearly the same as last month, and measured 34
3/8" (78th percentile). Jocelyn weighed 29.0 lb. (88th percentile)
and measured 33 5/8" (75th percentile), more than an inch more than
last month. We can see that the height difference is much less than
- Wednesday 4/28/04
Jocelyn understands the rule for making plurals. We know because she
- Sunday 5/1/04
We have been taking turns by counting to 10, so now Perry says
"1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10" to mean "I want a turn."
Toddlers often have food fads, but Jocelyn and Perry might be unusual.
At the moment they want to eat nothing but tofu all day.
- Saturday 5/8/04
Jocelyn is speaking in full sentences with articles, prepositions, and
present and past tense. She can say pretty much
Today Jocelyn sat in Dad's chair, told Dad to sit next to her, and
read a book to him.
- Sunday 5/9/04
Jocelyn tried to feed Perry a cracker. Perry: "Put it back in the
box". Jocelyn: "No, you eat it."
- Monday 5/17/04
We cut Jocelyn's hair for the first time. We just shortened it in
front to keep it out of her eyes.
Valerie wrote a report on Jocelyn and Perry's language.
- Thursday, 5/21/04
Twenty-two months. Another month, another half inch and another half pound,
more or less. Perry weighs 35.2 lb. (percentile 99.0) and measures
35" (83rd percentile); Jocelyn weighs 29.6 lb. (89th percentile) and
measures 34" (75th percentile).
Jocelyn says "self", meaning "I want to do it myself" all the time,
even about things like brushing Perry's teeth.
Jocelyn told her doll "if you stop crying I'll pick you up."
- Monday 6/7/04
Perry has all his primary teeth except two-year molars.
Apparently Jocelyn has an imaginary friend "John".
- Monday, 6/21/04
Twenty-three months. Perry did not gain weight last month. He
weighed 35.0 lb. (percentile 98.5) and measured 35 3/8" (84th
percentile). Jocelyn measured shorter than last month: 33 3/4" (59th
percentile) and gained weight: 30.4 lb. (91st percentile).
Perry has memorized large numbers of books. He declaims the text in a
loud voice while holding the book at arm's length and turning in
- Sunday 6/27/04
Jocelyn went camping with Judy and Valerie. They had a good time.
- Saturday 7/10/04
Jocelyn can swim! That is to say, wearing water wings and
front-and-back flotation she can go wherever she wants to go and seems
completely comfortable in the water.
- Monday, 7/12/04
Jocelyn can now swim with either front-and-back flotation or water wings.
- Wednesday, 7/21/04
Two years. Happy birthday Perry and Jocelyn! We had a birthday party
with lots of guests -- mostly their regular babysitters. We had pizza
and birthday cake and they had a good time.
We wrote a 24 month report.
- Saturday 8/28/04
We went on a car trip from Sharon to Ithaca and Amherst. We had no
trouble at all on the way out, and only a small amount of fussing on
the way from Ithaca to Amherst. Jocelyn often talks about seeing
waterfalls in Ithaca and her cousins in Amherst.
- Saturday 9/4/04
We went to the World Science Fiction Convention in Boston. Perry and
Jocelyn had a good time. They took their naps in the stroller and
even spent some time in the babysitting room while we were elsewhere.
Jocelyn's language is nearly that of an adult. See the end of this page for examples.
- Monday, 9/6/04
Jocelyn has apparently she has learned to hold her breath. She twice
let herself fall into the water from the ladder on the dock, her head
went underwater and she did not come up coughing and spluttering.
- Sunday, 9/12/04
Jocelyn can swing by her hands from rings intended for that purpose.
- Tuesday, 9/14/04
Perry did not nap yesterday. He was up from 8:30 until 11:30 with no
substantial difficulties. Today he had a nap at a normal time.
- Tuesday, 9/21/04
Jocelyn can do somersaults.
- Thursday, 10/21/04
Twenty-seven months. Perry is nearly the same weight as three months
ago: 36.4 lb. (98th percentile). He measured 36 1/4" both lying down
(74th percentile) and standing (81st percentile). Jocelyn gained a
pound to 31.6 lb. (88th percentile) and measured 35 1/4" (62nd
percentile) lying and 34 1/2" (51st percentile) standing.
- Saturday 10/23/04
Jocelyn peed in the potty!
- Sunday, 11/7/04
Jocelyn can ride a tricycle.
- Monday 11/15/04
Jocelyn can do a 12 piece jigsaw puzzle.
Here is a story that Jocelyn told
us this morning.
- Monday 12/01/04
We went to California (by plane) for 9 days.
All things considered it went very well, although there was a lot of
fussing at the end of the (long) outbound trip. On the day before we
left to come home Jocelyn said that she wanted to stay because she was
having fun. Presumably the fun part was meeting lots of new people
and going to new places.
- Tuesday 12/28/04
Jocelyn had a real telephone conversation in which she was able to make
appropriate replies to the person on the other end.
- Saturday 1/1/05
We all went, as usual, to the New Year's square dance in New
Hampshire, but we had to come back a day early because Jocelyn was too
- Tuesday 1/11/05
Perry got out some blocks to build a tower and when he was finished,
with no prompting from anyone, put the blocks away again.
- Friday, 1/21/05
Two and a half years. We wrote a report.
- Saturday 2/5/05
Perry now has all his baby teeth. (Jocelyn has had hers for quite a while.)
- Tuesday 2/22/05
Perry is writing his own poetry. "To market, to market to buy a fat
cat. Home again, home again, jiggety jat." He also seems to be
learning to carry a tune.
- Saturday 4/2/05
Perry has mostly got his pronouns (I vs. you) straightened out.
Jocelyn is partly potty trained. She wears diapers about half the
day, by her choice.
Perry seems (again) to be giving up his nap. He's only napped once in
the last 5 days.
- Saturday 4/9/05
Jocelyn is potty trained!
- Thursday 4/21/05
Thirty-three months. Jocelyn measured 35 3/4" (37th percentile)
standing and 36 1/4" (41st percentile) lying, and weighed 34.6
lbs. (90th percentile). Perry measured 37 1/2" (71st percentile)
standing and 38" (75th percentile) lying and weighed 39.6 pounds
- Friday 5/13/05
Perry is suddenly speaking in complete, complex, correct sentences
with all the articles and so forth in place.
- Sunday 5/29/05
Jocelyn can sing along with the piano. (It isn't really a singing voice,
but the timing is right.)
- Thursday 6/9/05
Perry can swim (with front-and-back flotation and water wings).
- Friday 6/10/05
Perry peed in the potty!
- Friday 7/1/05
Jocelyn requested her own room and slept there all night.
- Thursday 7/21/05
Three years old! We wrote a report.
- Sunday 8/7/05
We survived a 10 day trip to the northwest U.S. The only real problem
was that Jocelyn did not want to get on the plane after we changed in
San Francisco. Our fellow passengers probably feared that she was
going to scream for 6 hours, but in fact she went to sleep and after
her nap everything was fine.
- Sunday 8/21/05
Thirty-seven months and Jocelyn and Perry are weaned. See the end of
the breastfeeding story for details.
- Tuesday 9/6/05
Perry and Jocelyn are in preschool at Sharon
Country Day School.
- Wednesday 9/7/05
Perry and Jocelyn are now wearing glasses.
- Tuesday 9/27/05
Jocelyn can write her name.
- Friday 10/14/05
Jocelyn is no longer in preschool. After being excited for the first
few weeks, she decided she did not like it. We don't know why.
- Friday 10/21/05
3 1/4 years. Perry weighs 42.4 pounds (percentile 98.3) and is 39"
tall (69th percentile). Jocelyn weighs 36 pounds (84th percentile)
and is 37 1/2" tall (44th percentile).
Perry and Jocelyn are very slowly getting closer to reading
They (usually) know all the letters and their most common sounds, and
can occasionally sound out a simple word or answer questions such as
"What rhymes with cat and begins with B?". Perry can pretty reliably
tell you the first letter of a word he's never heard before (except
for mistakes with letters that make the same sound).
Three and a half years old. Perry weighed less than three months ago:
41.6 lb. (96th percentile) and was 39 1/2" tall (66th percentile).
Jocelyn weighed 37.6 lbs. (85th percentile) and was 37 3/4" tall (36th
Jocelyn appears to be back in preschool.
Perry can read 10 or 20 different words.
Backlog of news:
Jocelyn and Perry got their first professional haircuts on January 27.
At the beginning of March they started having lunch at preschool one
day a week. Now they have added a second lunch day.
They moved into their permanent rooms on the third floor of the
house on March 29.
Perry can read a lot of words, and is obsessed with spelling. He will
often ask you to spell an entire sentence. He can spell a lot of
words, answering both "how do you spell 'cat'?" and "what does C-A-T
Perry is able to write several letters semi-legibly.
We have two new cats, whom Jocelyn enjoys but Perry doesn't much care for.
3 3/4 years. Perry weighed 42.8 lbs. (95th percentile) and measured
39.5" (50th percentile). Jocelyn weighed 37.4 lbs. (78th percentile)
and measured 38" (27th percentile).
Perry can read a simple book. Mostly he memorizes the words, rather
than doing it by phonics, so first he has to ask about the words he
doesn't know, but then he remembers them.
Jocelyn and Perry stayed with a babysitter in the evening through
bedtime for the first time.
Jocelyn can pump herself in a swing!
Perry can write his name!
Jocelyn got a small fish tank with a goldfish, which
she is keeping in her room.
Jocelyn's goldfish died mysteriously yesterday. She seems not to be
upset, but did want a new fish. We got her a betta this time (Siamese
fighting fish), which we hope does better with the temperature
swings in her room.
Perry appears to be making real progress towards potty training,
despite loud objections that he doesn't want to be potty trained.
In recent weeks, Perry has replaced his obsession with spelling for a
new obsession of driving directions. He will ask (many times) which
road we are on, and when we will turn, and sometimes repeat back long
complex directions of turns and roads.
We've been on two trips so far this
summer, with two more scheduled for August. Birthday in 3 days,
they're very excited.
Perry is very interested in taking walks around the neighborhood,
sometimes as long as several miles.
Four years old! We wrote a report.
Judy updated the vacation
page with our next two trips.
Perry is appears to be completely potty trained now.
Perry, having had dry diapers at night for two weeks, slept last night
with no diaper! (And no accidents, either.)
Perry can read!
We took another trip to Ithaca a couple of weeks ago, with a stop at
Howe Caverns on the way, visiting
several tourist attractions in Ithaca.
Perry has been combining his love of driving directions with his
rapidly improving reading ability into a new obsession with maps, and
often wants to be shown the route we took to various destinations.
Valerie writes up her amusing experience
putting Jocelyn to bed tonight.
4.5 years. Jocelyn weighed 40.2 lbs. (72nd percentile) and measured
40.5" (39th percentile). Perry weighed 45.2 lbs. (90th percentile)
and measured 42.5" (70th percentile).
Both Perry and Jocelyn were accepted into the Sharon
Alternative Elementary School under a lottery system, so they will
go either there or the Sage School next
Valerie wrote a report about Jocelyn and
Perry's vision issues.
For kindergarten, Jocelyn will attend Sage School, and Perry will
attend the Sharon Alternative school.
Both kids have been interested in arithmetic recently and Jocelyn can
do simple multiplication (e.g. 2x3).
Both kids have decided to grow their hair long. Perry says, "I'll
never cut my hair!" We put up with this as long as they let us wash
and brush it regularly, and trim their bangs.
Jocelyn can swim!
Here is a (late) 5-year report.
Perry and Jocelyn started kindergarten last week. Perry is going to
Alternative Elementary School and Jocelyn to the Sage School. So far everything is going
Jocelyn likes running. Recently we've been going for runs instead
of walks. She can run half a mile with some brief stops.
Despite earlier protestations, Perry has had his hair cut.
Jocelyn and Perry can count to 1000 and can add, subtract, multiply,
and divide small numbers.
Jocelyn appears to be making rapid progress in learning to read.
Jocelyn can read!
5.5 years. Jocelyn weighed 44.6 lbs. (65th percentile) and measured
43" (35th percentile). Perry weighed 51 lbs. (88th percentile)
and measured 45" (67th percentile).
Jocelyn learned downhill skiing. By the end of her second day she was
zipping down the hill and having a great time.
Both kids got "summer haircuts", Perry's quite short.
Judy took Jocelyn on another trip to Storyland.
Jocelyn lost her first tooth! 6/16/08.
At 6 years, Perry measured 3'11" (78th percentile) and weighed
55 pounds (89th percentile). Jocelyn measured 3'8 1/2" (37th
percentile), and weighed 46 pounds (58th percentile).
Valerie wrote a report on
Jocelyn's horse-riding experience.
Jocelyn measured 3'9 1/2" (27th percentile), and weighed 50 pounds
(61st percentile). Perry measured 48 1/2" (79th percentile) on 2/8,
and refused to be weighed.
Perry wrote a crossword puzzle.
Jocelyn had her first sleepover.
Jocelyn bicycled without training wheels.
Jocelyn measured 3'10 1/2" (26th percentile), and weighed 53.4 pounds
(65th percentile). Perry measured 4'1 1/2" (76th percentile) and
weighed 59.2 pounds (83rd percentile).
Jocelyn bicycled 13 miles on the Cape Cod Canal Trail.
Perry and Jocelyn are now in second grade. Jocelyn is at Sage, Perry in a mixed 2nd and 3rd
grade at Sharon
Alternative. Jocelyn started yesterday; Perry started Wednesday last week.
Jocelyn rode her bicycle to school today (5 miles).
Jocelyn is a Free Range
Kid, having ridden her bike home by herself from an after school program.
Ken introduced Perry to combinatorics
Jocelyn now has a pet mouse. She is calling it Zippy, because it runs
so fast on the wheel.
Backlog of news:
Jocelyn asked for a kitten and we acquired one in July. Her name is Tiptoe.
This year, Perry is schooled at a homeschooling resource center called Perduco Education. Jocelyn is still at Sage.
Our pet mouse died on November 20. We buried it in the backyard.
Perry bicycled without training wheels.
Our fish died. We think it was probably old age.
We got a
sailboat. Jocelyn is learning to sail.
Jocelyn has been learning the piano. Today she played Christmas
carols while guests sang along.
Perry wrote a program (in MOO) to find the median number of turns in
the solitaire version of Star Force.
Jocelyn learned to waterski!
We had a very full summer of camps. Perry went
Hill, and eMagination.
Jocelyn went to
Kids for the
and Long Lake Camp for the Arts. At Long Lake,
she performed in Pirates of
Penzance and the circus.
Jocelyn was one of two grand prize winners in a Sage middle school competitive
recitation of Poe's "The Raven" from memory.
Perry has been spending most of his time programming. He started with
Code Academy, where he wrote a
battleship program in Python. Then he went off on his own and added
many features to that program. Then I gave
him Land of Lisp, which he went through
in a little under 3 weeks.
Jocelyn has decided not to return to the Sage School next year.
Instead she will go to
Perduco, where Perry has
gone for many years.
Jocelyn went to Portland, ME on the bus by herself to
visit a friend from camp. She got there and back without incident and
had a good time. Originally we wanted her to go on the train, but
Amtrak doesn't allow you to travel alone on the Downeaster until you
Jocelyn went to SJ riding camp
and had another great session at
Long Lake Camp for the
Arts, appearing in the circus, Annie, improv and the horse
show. Perry went to Explo and eMagination.
Jocelyn got her ears pierced.