Although Colin's eyes were briefly open after birth, he pretty much slept the rest of the time we were in the hospital. Kailey was very alert for awhile after birth and then slept the rest of the time with a few bouts awake. We saw Kaileys eyes open a lot more than we did Colin's. After we were told that he was being tested for DS (we think it was about 10 minutes after the delivery), I remember analyzing his eyes incessantly. When he was asleep (which was all of the time), I was able to convince myself that he didn't have it because his eyes looked "normal" (whatever that means!). I had even asked my mom and my sister what they thought!
Wow, this is probably the biggest difference. I am going to lump crying into this category too because they kind of go hand in hand. I remember bragging when Colin was a newborn because we would get asked all of the time if Colin ever cried. We would smile and say no, he was such a calm and relaxed baby! When I say he literally never cried, it's the truth! Kailey on the other hand, lets her needs be known! Colin had some troubles getting the hang of sucking on the nipple and we had to try lots of different nipples and techniques. Although Kailey struggled the first day, she got the hang of it really quick and we haven't had any problems since. When she is hungry, you know. She even makes the mouth movements where she is trying to get something in her mouth, which Colin never did. Until recently, he has never been motivated by food. I can tell that she is going to be a bit different...
Colin had to stay an extra night to get his temperature and feeding issues under control while Kailey was cleared very quickly. She fit very nicely into her going home outfit while Colin was swimming in his. He looked so tiny in the car seat while she didn't even need one of the inserts because it didn't fit with her in it.
First weigh in at the pediatrician (2 days after going home):
Colin was over a pound less than Kailey and had a slow weight gain even another few days later (I think it took over a week (from 6lbs. 7 ounces) to get into the 7 pound range while Kailey gained 11 ounces in a week (they want them gaining an ounce a day). They even look different on the scale!
Need I say any more? I used these pictures for their birth announcements and thought it was funny that we were able to capture the same poses!
I would never change anything about either of their births, including Colin's. I think that everything happens for a reason and they are experiences that are a part of life. I think I could appreciate Kailey's to the extent that I did because of my experiences with Colin's birth. I think that witnessing Kailey's development is going to be unique and different and interesting and although I was always on a time frame with Colin in the beginning, I appreciate our patience now. It makes the rewards at the end that much better...
I love my little boy and girl and look forward to the journey that lies ahead with both of them. I appreciate their differences and uniqueness and I enjoy what they are both going to make our family...