These big ol' babies hit the 15 month mark this month! (...ok, maybe it was last month - but who's counting?!) Charlie, Claire, Henry and Dillon have been up to a lot recently with Miss Molly at the helm of our household chaos.
We celebrated 15 months at the pediatrician's office where everyone got checked up and checked out. The doctor's office is always kind of a fiasco, and now that we have a few walkers, it is even more intense trying to keep everyone occupied before they are ready to see us.
So, here's how the quadruplets are stacking up on their heights and weights at the 15 month mark:
- Charlie: 19 lbs 7 oz (2nd percentile) and 30.5 inches long (25th percentile)
- Claire: 19 lbs 7 oz (8th percentile) and 30.25 inches long (55th percentile)
- Henry: 19 lbs 11 oz (3rd percentile) and 29.75 inches long (25th percentile)
- Dillon: 21 lbs 3 oz (10th percentile) and 31.25 inches long (55th percentile)
They also all checked out great and above-average on their iron levels. The babies have been off of iron-fortified formula for about 4 months now (and thank heavens for that...not missing that $500/month+ formula bill :) They're eating like champs but I'm always a tinge worried about iron since it's such a common nutrient gap for the new eaters.
About the eating: the quads are REALLY digging food these days. Their big sis Molly has never been known for her prowess at the dinner table, and the babies routinely eat more than her at this point. Miss Moll Doll has taken to "sharing" her food with her siblings, which may seem sweet, but it's actually just her almost-3-year-old way of getting rid of food she doesn't want.
At this point all of the kids eat three full meals and 1-2 snacks per day. The babies aren't super keen on cow's milk, but probably because they're usually full of food. We do a lot of yogurt and cheese and other sources of calcium...and I might point out we only eat yogurt on bath day because it is an absolute mess.
Aside from eating, another big occurrence each day is keeping tabs on who is and who isn't walking. Charlie has been walking (now running) for almost 4 months. I thought everyone else would fall in line quickly, but it took Claire almost 8 weeks to follow suit. Dillon starting walking a week after Claire, but Mr. Henry is only now just getting interested but still not totally walking quite yet.
St. Patrick's Day is always a huge holiday in our house, and this year was no different. We realized that Baby Charlie basically looks like a leprechaun, so we took liberties in dressing him up as one for most of the month of March.
We always go to the San Diego St. Patrick's Day Parade in Balboa Park. The babies were primo parade spectators this year...and my favorite picture was of the clown who got off her parade float to come and take a picture with us :)
Molly started preschool last month. She goes to school in our neighborhood, 2 short days per week. It's been good for her to interact with other kids who aren't related to her. Molly makes us terrible preschool art and makes up her own lyrics to the songs she learns there, so I'd say so far it's a good investment.
Grammy Ann came to visit for spring break and we went on a little stay-cation to the Lawrence Welk Resort north of San Diego. All of the kids really loved going in the pool, and I loved that the hotel had a bathtub, which we don't have at home.
We have been going on the Fox5 San Diego morning show each month, and in March we talked about trying to get your baby to eat 100 foods before his or her first birthday and in April it was tax-time so all about those penny-pinching protein tips. Everyone's taking their turns acting up on TV. In March's segment it was Henry getting spooked by the camera guy; and for April's spot Claire just wasn't having it when the boys started eating her food (...and Henry stole her food) :
My Peace Corps friend Mullane came to visit from Washington state and our college friend Laura and her family came from Oregon. We went to the zoo and spent a lot of time at Granny and Papa John's in between mom and dad's various business trips out of town.
We've gone to a few Padres game, the beach (where we met a local family with triplets!), Children's Museum, our local park, and lots of time in our death trap of a front yard which we're slowly working on renovating to be a little more baby-friendly.
The quads' second Easter was pretty much the same as the first: everyone got sick and we had to cancel most of our planned festivities. (At least it was better than last year when Charlie and Claire got readmitted to the hospital.)
We had what I thought was a 24-hour bug that actually lasted 2 weeks. Everyone getting sick everywhere and I'll spare you the gory details...we did manage to get us to an Easter egg hunt, where we lasted about 5 minutes until everyone broke down and we had to head home. Ended up dying Easter eggs by ourselves alone...and then cleaning up the dye for days!
So that's what we've been up to for the past few weeks. We're moving into summer where it's getting hotter and the babies want to be spending more time outside. Right now they have a water table that occupies them for a few minutes at a time, but keeping them entertained out-of-doors is becoming a bit more challenging.
Will keep you posted as we start tearing up our yard to make a more baby-friendly space. In the meantime, hope you are enjoying the longer days and warmer weather!