The quadruplets are 5 months old this week and things are starting to pick up around our house.
Here's a quick rundown of where the quadruplets are at as they move into their sixth month:
- Charlie and Dillon can now roll over from front to back. It appears to be mostly by accident, but considering most full-term 3 month old babies can do this, we'll take it!
- The babies now eat 4 times per day (7am, 12pm, 4pm and 8pm). They take about 6 oz per feeding and are getting roughly half breastmilk and half formula.
- Everyone is smiling, giggling and interacting....finally! Claire makes you work for it, but she has the sweetest smile when she feels like giving it up.
- Nobody has teeth yet and they are on strict instruction not to start teething until they can at least sleep through the night.
There's lots of good news and much to be thankful for at five months. But for us, the best news is the quads are finally close to sleeping through the night. Of course we shouldn't compare babies, but when Molly was their age she slept for 13 hours so we know they can do better!
Up until last week we were lucky to get 3 or 4 hours of sleep from them at a stretch. But a little tweaking of their feeding schedule and 8 oz monster bottles at 8pm seem to be paying off. Most of the babies are now mostly asleep from 9pm until 7am.
Claire and Charlie share a crib and Henry and Dillon share the other crib (but we take pictures of everyone in the same crib sometimes too :) There's lots of break-dancing at night and they turn themselves around, but largely stay out of each others' way. Considering there's not room for 2 more cribs in their room, we're hoping to get a few more crib-sharing months out of them.
Claire and Charlie have yet to master crying themselves back to sleep but Dillon and Henry are pros. It always amazes me that one of the quads can be screaming their face off and everyone else is sleeping soundly. We chalk that up to the month they spent in the NICU with bells and lights and whistles...thankfully no one in this family is a high maintenance sleeper!
Here's a little update on each of the quadruplets at 5 months:
Baby Chuck is our Jekyll and Hyde baby. He can be incredibly cute and giggling like crazy one moment and you turn around and he's screaming bloody murder. Charlie does this ridiculously pathetic face before he lets loose that unfortunately will probably be our strongest memory of him at this age.
Charlie weighs 12 lb 8 oz and was the first baby to roll over. He has massive hands (and his mom to thank for that) and exercises a death grip on your necklace, shirt, hair, or whatever he can find when you're holding him. And someone is always holding him... because Baby Charlie is proof that the squeaky wheel gets the oil. He is constantly screaming his way into somebody's arms, but as a result he has the most beautifully-shaped head, since he's always being held.
Claire Bear is our petite little peanut. Despite starting out as the heaviest at birth (4 lb 2 oz), she's the lightweight now at 11 lbs 4 oz. She's pretty persnickety at times but an absolute angel at others.
Ms. Claire's defining feature is her prominent tendency to look left. Due to some tightness in the womb that hasn't really worked itself out yet, Claire has moderate-to-severe torticollis. We just started taking her to physical therapy for it last week. Interestingly, it was on the way to that appointment that I realized it was my first time in the car with just one of the quadruplets at a time. I remembered how nice it is to have just one baby at a time, so I will be volunteering to take her to all future therapy appointments.
Henry is kind of a tough nut to crack. True to his name, King Henry is very regal in nature. He has impeccable posture and is a little standoffish at first. He has a constant worried look on his face and a deep furrow in his brow. Once you get him going though, he has a fantastic laugh and sweet disposition.
Although Baby Hank looks like a tank compared to lanky Charlie, they both weigh the same at 12 lb 8 oz. We call Henry and Dillon the Bruiser Brothers because they look more and more like little bald baby gangsters every day.
Dillon has one mission in life, and that is to eat. He perks up when he hears us making bottles and gnaws on his hands in wild anticipation. Dillon can mack a bottle in no time flat and as a result he weighs the most at 14 lbs 2 oz. We give Dillon to visitors who come to help feed babies but seem to be looking for a quick exit from our chaotic house :)
One unfortunate side effect of Dillon's prowess with the bottle is his tendency to puke everything right back up. You can usually find him in 2-3 more outfits per hour than the other kids. Dillon is constantly covered in his own spit-up, but he's so sweet he doesn't seem to mind. Because he is the one quad who truly sleeps through the night, Dillon can barf all over me in the day as much as he wants!
And we can't forget Miss Molly. She is talking up a storm, from the second she wakes up until she goes to bed. Her repertoire of words is on heavy repeat and consists of, "Park", "Walk", "Shoes" (at least she gets that those 3 things go hand in hand.)
Molly still can't differentiate between the babies, but now she walks up to them and says, "Oh, hi babies." She started a tough love swim school this week and loves going to the beach and the pool with her cousins and friends.
Last week we marched in our neighborhood Memorial Day Parade and were excited to find out we won third place in the Family category. Apparently you have to have quintuplets or sextuplets to place second or first?
We also made it out to spectate the San Diego Rock 'n Roll Marathon and cheer on Cousin Allie who was running in the race.
We are looking forward to our first airplane ride at the end of the month. We are taking all of the kids to Pennsylvania and can't wait to see the looks we get on that airplane! I'm already stocking up Southwest drink coupons to mollify our neighbors on the plane.
Hope everyone is having a great week, and be on the lookout for a very belated birth announcement from us!