December 8, 2014

Two of a Kind

I still can’t get over how much Alexis takes after Nicole. Holding Alexis for the first time in the hospital, I swore I was staring at the spitting image of Nicole. Now that we’re home and I’ve been looking back on Nicole’s newborn photos I can see only a handful of differences.

Nicole at 2 weeks old, Alexis at 4 days old

Alexis hair is a shade lighter than Nicki’s was at birth, and her eyes are a touch bluer. In certain lighting Alexis’ hair is the same jet black color as Nicole’s was. I expect her complexion to change, just as Nicole’s did. Whether it gets darker or lighter is anyone’s guess. Like Nicole, I was born with jet black hair that lightened. Domingo was blond as a child and now sports black hair.

Just like Nicole, Alexis has amazingly good newborn eye sight. Nicole was able to focus on the ceiling fan over the stair case at just a few weeks old. Alexis appears to be able to see things at a distance, but more surprisingly is capable of tracking things with her eyes. This afternoon Domingo was talking to her and she was staring up at him. I walked over and started talking to Domingo. Alexis’ gaze slowly shifted from him to me! I hope this means girls got Domingo’s eyesight, as mine is pretty terrible.

Our (most likely) Christmas card photo

Nicole is doing well adjusting to Alexis’ presence. Nicole says goodnight every night to Alexis, and always asks where she is when Alexis is out of eye sight. She has even “helped” change a diaper by sitting by Alexis’ side and telling her it will be okay when Alexis was crying.

As tiring as it is chasing after a toddler all day, and trying to coax a newborn back to sleep at night, I will miss this stage when it’s over.

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