They defied the odds when they were born, and one year later, they continue to surprise us.
Hawaii’s first and only living quintuplets turned one year old Monday. The four boys, Kapena, Kupono, Keahi, Kaolu, and their sister, Kamalii, are doing well.
Doctors said the odds of giving birth to four identical boys and one girl were one in 55 million.
After a year, their parents, Marcie and Ray Dela Cruz, say taking care of them is not as hard as they thought. Keep in mind, they also have an older son, Makaio, who is now three years old.
The babies are happy, healthy, and quite social. They seem to have no problems with a perfect stranger picking them up.
Each of them now weighs more than 20 pounds. It’s hard to believe some weighed less than a pound when they were born.
Kamalii is not growing as fast, but she makes up for it in her own way.
“She’s become very sassy and demanding, which I guess can be expected,” said Marcie. “We try to not pay attention to that much, but she’s finding her way.”
The family moved to a four-bedroom house in Pearl City, which offers considerably more space than their old two-bedroom home in Pauoa.
Marcie has gone back to work, which means Ray stays home with the kids. He says he keeps them on a tight schedule: Get up at 8 a.m., feed them at 9 a.m., nap at 11:30 a.m., feed them again at 1 p.m., then another nap at 3:30 p.m.
“All at one time. I put them in their room in their cribs, and they cry a little bit and they go to sleep,” Ray said.
It works so well that even he gets to sneak in a 15-20 minute nap himself.
Both parents say the first year has been easier than they thought, but they are well aware that difficulties lie ahead.
The babies are not walking quite yet, but Marcie and Ray say there’s no need to hurry. They’ll just wait for that to happen.
“We’re outnumbered,” said Marcie. “I mean, they’re contained now, so this is the easy part. I think it’s going to be more fun (when they start walking) but it’s going to be more challenging too.”
Want to keep up with the Dela Cruz quintuplets? Follow Marcie’s blog, Five Misters and a Sister, here.