The quadruplets hit their term date this week. They were born at 34 weeks - 6 weeks premature - and this is the week they would have been born if they went full term to 40 weeks. The average gestation for quadruplets is 28 weeks, and we are convinced (because it's pretty obvious...) that a huge part of their health and developmental success so far has been that they went to 34 weeks.
Although we've only had them for 6 weeks, Charlie and I feel like we've known these babies forever. And that's not just the lack of sleep talking...
This past Friday was my due date, and it happened to coincide with the quadruplets' newborn photo shoot. We were so happy to have Michelle of Michelle Mattox Photography come spend the day shooting all of our babes. That pic on the right below, she spent 45 minutes getting that pile of sleeping babies to happen!
And it's amazing she was so super patient - because look how amazing the end product turned out to be!
This past week we also took the quads for a weight check at their doctor. Turns out Henry and Dillon are far surpassing their predicted weight gain. Whereas they should be gaining about 1 oz per day, those 2 chunks are doing 10 and 14 oz per week respectively! Here's the weight stats at 5 weeks:
- Charlie - 6 lb 11 oz
- Claire - 6 lb 6 oz
- Henry - 6 lb 13 oz
- Dillon - 7 lb 4 oz
We also managed to make it for our first play date at the San Diego Zoo last week. We met up with some of my fellow dietitian friends and their kids. While we didn't get to see a lot of animals, the toddlers had fun at the playground and we got to test out our double strollers for the first time out of the neighborhood.
Because no day is complete without a proper Happy Hour, on Friday we inundated Aunt Erin's house with all of our car seats and our cousins. From left to right that's Quinn, Gracie, Connor, Molly, Norah, Clark & Joe. The babies are Claire, Dillon, Henry & Charlie. The noise level on this one was out of control.
Another highlight of the week was the quads getting to meet their Uncle Johnny who lives in New York. He graced us with his presence for about 48 hours, swooped in for some glamour shots with the kiddos and drank all of our wine before jetting back to the Big Apple.
The SHARP Experience documentary team has been following the quads since before they were born - and for one of the final vignettes they attended a raucous Sunday night family dinner at my parents' house in Poway last week.
Family dinner is a fantastic event for me and Charlie because there is no shortage of people interested in holding our babies. This gives our burgeoning biceps a bit of a break and alleviates my fears that they're all going to grow up with flat heads from spending so much time on their backs.
Our first Valentine's Day was also a success...if you gauge success by getting all 4 to sit still for a pose in their V-day bibs sent to us from Charlie's cousin Melissa.
Other developments include our gravitation towards a twice-a-week spa day schedule at home. Everyone gets a bath and their nails clipped on Tuesdays and Fridays, whether they need it or not. Some of the kids enjoy their sink baths more than others. But rest assured, everyone agrees a freshly bathed babe is probably one of the best smells in the world!
This week Charlie's mom Grammy Ann came back from Austin, TX to spend the weekend with us. We didn't have much on the agenda other than holding babies and the occasional walk around the neighborhood. But having an extra set of hands at 4:00 am was greatly appreciated by me and Charlie and we're all glad we got some more quality time with their Texas grandma!
And then on the days when we're at home and there's not much going on, I pretty much pass the time taking ridiculously cute pictures of these kids just doing their thing:
To wrap it up, once again, we have to say thanks to all of the family and friends who showed up to help feed and hold the babies over the past few weeks. It's been so wonderful to catch up with everyone from our neighborhood and beyond. Charlie and I so appreciate everyone's generosity - and if you want to get on the feeding schedule sometime soon, you just call me!
All in all, a great week - we are exhausted - but we wouldn't have it any other way!