The quadruplets have reached the 4 month mark. For kids who can't really move yet, these 4 babies have accomplished quite a bit in their first third of a year on this planet.
The last few weeks have been marked by many wonderful visitors. Our good friends The Spinellis came from Bozeman, MT to meet the quads. Dr. Mike quickly took to Baby Charlie - admiring his place as the screaming, crying role model on the quad squad and drawing similarities between him and Sir Charles Barkley, "The Round Mound of Rebound."
We got to spend some time with Aunt Cece and Uncle Frankie getting to know our new cousin Baby Kovey, as well as a gathering with our neighbor aunties Dee Dee and Sandy. And Aunt Lilly brought her friends from the University of San Diego over for an impromptu sorority philanthropy event, aka Baby Bottle Happy Hour:
One of the highlights of our past month was having many of Charlie's work colleagues come and visit us in San Diego. His amazing boss Dan brought all of the aviation folks into town for a weekend of food, fun, golf and of course...babies:
By the end of the weekend, everyone was down with holding 4 babies at once!
The quads had their 4 month checkup and shots last week and things went relatively well. Claire apparently favors her left side and has a touch of torticollis that may require a little physical therapy. Dillon and Claire have diagnosis flat head, and we are opting for an aggressive tummy time regimen instead of a $4,000 helmet fix :)
Here's each of the 4 kiddos at their checkup with Dr. Sepulveda - enjoying the personalized attention (Charlie, Claire, Henry & Dillon):
Even though I feel like someone is always holding them, we are consciously trying to work on reducing the amount of time the quads spend on their backs / heads. Operation Tummy Time at the top of each hour has commenced, with Sargeant Tia Carmelita formally commanding her troops:
For our 4-month checkup stats, here's where we stand:
- Charlie, 11 pounds 0 oz (3%), 23.5 in long (10%), 40.5 in head circumference (10%)
- Claire, 9 pounds 12 oz (<3%), 22.5 in long (3%), 39.3 in head circumference (10%)
- Henry, 11 pounds 2 oz (3%), 22.5 in long (3%), 39 in head circumference (3%)
- Dillon, 12 pounds 4 oz (10%), 23.5 in long (10%), 40 in head circumference (10%)
A few other things that are new at home:
- We have moved from every 4 to every 6 hour feeds. This means 6 ounce bottles 4 times a day and a (hopefully) longer stretch of sleep at night.
- The kiddos still get 50% breastmilk and 50% formula but it's hard to keep up with these hungry babies!
- We're trying to get the quads to sleep in their cribs at night for at least one 6 hour stretch. This works better for some. As I type this, Claire is currently screaming her head off in her crib while I pretend not to hear her. Tough love...builds character...
And lest I forget, here's a quick rundown of what each of the quadruplets is doing here at the four month mark:
Baby Chuck is hot and cold. He'll smile his freakin' little face off for you, right before he bursts into tears. He has a pointy little chin that differentiates him from his siblings. Everyone else has moved to a medium flow nipple, but Chuck is lagging on slow flow. I think he does it on purpose so he can get more one-on-one time with whoever is holding/feeding him...smart kid. He has the roundest head, and that's probably because he cries the most so he always gets picked up.
Sister girl is all right. Molly has taken a liking to her lately and Claire kind of digs her too. Claire has silently moved into 2nd place as the best eater (after Dillon), but that's about the only thing she has done silently. Ms. Claire Bear has a set of pipes...which are currently still going strong, a solid 30 minutes after I put her down in her crib. I must admit, she also looks good in yellow, and who looks good in yellow?!
Henry is the man. He is very regal and his exceptional posture and head control have earned him the nickname King Henry. He also resembles a Cabbage Patch kid and is the spitting image of the original Gerber baby. Most days of the week, Henry is going to be the crowd favorite. And then he'll vomit all over you after feed him, and you'll think twice about whether or not you like him the most! But Baby Hank also rocks the baby tank like no other...
Baby Dillon is my main man...and he is also generally referred to as Monster Man. He is giant compared to Claire and Charlie, but also super sweet. I think Dillon's flat head may be a result of his general agreeableness, which means we pick him up less than his screaming siblings. Dillon can put 6 ounces down in about 5 minutes and he works a nice rotation of eat, sleep, smile, repeat. This kid is a sweetheart, and I hope he stays that way forever!
We wrapped up the week with Mother's Day on Sunday. While this is generally regarded as a fake Hallmark-created holiday around these parts, Charlie and I got to sneak off to La Costa in Carlsbad for a night, and he honored me with a super creepy bouquet-of-kittens card representing our 5 kids. We went on the Historic Homes Tour of Kensington trolley tour (my dream date, his 9th circle of Hell) and loaded all the kids up to go to dinner at Aunt Kelly and Uncle Dave's for Mother's Day.
We were also honored to be featured in the Sharp Healthcare Mother's Day Commercial
All in all it has been a great couple of weeks. We are looking forward to the quadruplets' baptism later this week...a group dunk with their cousins and a total of 8 babies! Here are a few final favorite pics and wishing everyone a Happy Mother's Day from our family to yours!