|12 months, left to right: trystan, kailey, harrison & logan|
|1 month old (first photo shoot!), left to right: trystan, kailey, harrison & logan|
We just recently went to the pediatrician for the 12 month appointment—we were running a little behind schedule on that one. They got great reports and everyone is in fantastic health and right on track. In fact, we're evening measuring ahead! Developmentally (cognitive, motor skills, etc.) they are measuring 16-17 months!! I couldn't be more proud of my fantastic four, they're doing awesome.
After the doctor appointment, I went through Chick-Fil-A and treated us all to lunch at the drive-thru. The babies got waffle fries and chicken nuggets (I dice them up and they gobble them down) and myself, my mom and my nanny all ordered our favorites. I also got some ice cream that I let the babies try out after lunch as a special treat. Harrison and Logan loved it, Trystan was too tired to care and Kailey just kept spitting it out, totally confused as to how it melted.
I was also glad to hear I was on the right track with our bottle weaning and increased table foods. Bottles are just about over. We introduced milk over a week ago and two of the babies have taken to it very well and two have not. One of the latter being Harrison, who makes the best this-tastes-absolutely-terrible-why-are-you-making-me-drink-this face every time he has to take a sip. (They drink out of sippy cups with straws.) But he still chugs along and does his best to take a gulp now and then. Spoon feeds are slowly coming to an end, as well. More and more table food is gradually being introduced, although the quads still struggle with slimy textures, like fruits, pasta, lunch meat and so on. But with continued practice, they're improving so we'll keep on with some spoon feeding to ensure they're getting enough to eat until they're more table food-capable.
Much bigger news is that Harrison is walking! He's like a wee little old man shuffling around on his cute little feet, and he's doing a great job. He can walk all the way down the hallway of the apartment, which I got on camera recently. He also loves to grab your hands for support and have you just walk all over the place with him! Kailey is starting to appreciate the practice as well and Logan has recently begun trying to take a couple steps on her own with Trystan right behind her.
Harrison Walking from Texas Take on Vimeo.
The baby bathtub has been mostly eliminated and the babies are now bathed two at a time by two adults—you might recall my disaster attempt at sticking all four kids in the tub! They love their rubber duckies and bath toys, and I recently got those little foam shapes that stick to the side of the tub and those were an instant hit.
As they continue to work on their mobility, the quad squad as a whole wants to climb on everything. Over their toys, under their toys, on top of your lap then on your head, and occasionally they'll latch a toe or two in the corral fence surrounding their area. That's as far as they've gotten but I'll cry real tears of sorrow when they can no longer be contained by a simple barrier. The crew has also taken a real interest in mommy's hair and like to tangle it up in their fingers then yank it out. I've joked that these babies are causing me to lose my hair, but not over stress—because they are pulling it up by the roots!
Everyone has at least four teeth with three to four more cutting through. That's a lot of teething and it's certainly made for grumpier babies here and there. We'll have a decent day or two then teething rears its ugly head again and everyone's in utter turmoil for 24 to 48 hours again. Infant Advil, cold teething toys and random objects seem to suffice. When all else fails, I give them a cookie to crunch on. Thank God for small mediations that curb the insanity once in a while!
|daddy and trystan|