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Harrison's the only one that laughs right now and it's been a hilarious little chuckle that can make you grin from ear to ear, then he only smiles bigger back at you. I LOVE IT. It's like the best game in the world.
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Everybody's been rolling over pretty well and it's so cool to see them all interacting with each other and with us. Kailey's the love bug and will smile at all of her siblings and talk to them. Logan is still undecided how she feels about giving others the time of day, though. I think Kailey will win her over eventually! They are focusing on individual objects and pulling them to their mouth now, they are able to grab for things on occasion and we work really hard on handling objects and holding our heads up during tummy/mat time.
They keep a pretty busy daily schedule, which in turn keeps mommy on the go! Thank goodness for my mom and our wonderful nanny, April, who help me keep the week running smoothly—including all the doctor appointments we have to keep up with!
The babies wake up around 7am and they lay in their cribs until about 7:30 when we start changing them and warming bottles. They eat at 8am then go back in their cribs with blankets and lots of light in the room so they can roll around, play, watch the mobiles, talk to each other and nap. They eat again at 11am and this one includes a spoon feed of rice cereal, which is really going well. I've got a separate post for that process! Then we clean them up and give them their bottle. After that feed, it's either bath time (Monday, Wednesday & Fridays) or tummy/mat time. They eat again at 2pm and usually nap pretty well in the afternoon. If they haven't had tummy/mat time, we do that or maybe take them on a walk. After their 5pm bottle, daddy's home and interacts with them, sets them in their pack-and-plays to roll around and watch their "TVs" (music players with moving parts) or they sit in their bumbo chairs for a few minutes and watch a Baby Einstein DVD!
During all of this, I answer emails, write articles for work, snap tons of photos, clean house, cook and various other tasks. Some days are more productive than others and some days I set out to do nothing more than take care of the quads. I can't feasibly mark off a to-do list every day and if I'm trying to do that it makes me feel like I'm not getting much accomplished...when, in reality, taking care of four babies on the daily is a big job!
Their 8pm bottle comes with a couple scoops of rice cereal then after everyone's burped, I read them a bedtime story. We always dim the lights and turn off the TV so it's peaceful and quiet during this feed so they start winding down and get ready to sleep. It works like a charm, they're usually getting droopy eyed before we ever pick them up to put them in their cribs. We just moved Kailey and Logan out of their rock-and-play sleepers and into the cribs. They both take Prevacid for reflux and often spit up during the night or after a feed. But as they've gotten bigger and have incorporated rice cereal into their diet, the reflux has improved and we're seeing a LOT less spit-up. Everyone gets wrapped in a Summer Infant SwaddleMe blanket (we love these things!) and falls asleep on their own. We turn on a sound machine and they have their crib music players that are on for about 25 minutes, but they're usually asleep before they turn off. Used to, we had to comfort one or two in the rocking chair after putting them down but now hardly anyone puts up a protest!
So how much am I bicep curling every day?! Trystan is still the smallest at 11lbs 6.5oz, Kailey is 12lbs 5oz, Logan is 12lbs 10.5oz and Harrison is still the heaviest at 12lbs 12oz! They are still on Similac Neosure formula, a high-calorie formula, but should be switching to "regular" formula around 6 months. Next week we'll also be introducing a second spoon feed into our daily schedule and will be starting off with applesauce! I totally stocked up on pre-made baby foods this week to make the transition easy on myself. I'll begin making my own baby food before long, especially once I figure out how I plan to freeze and store it all, and I also am about to start reading the book Super Baby Food for tips on feeding plans, recipes and more. That'll be another post once I get everything sorted out—fingers crossed it doesn't involve any explosions of pureed foods in my kitchen!
I'm still taking any questions you guys might have for my second FAQ post, so if you wanna know something about life with quadruplets, ask away in the comments section below!
Have a great weekend!