Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Growing Up: The Schwartz Quads Are Now Ready for Kindergarten

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Growing Up: The Schwartz Quads Are Now Ready for Kindergarten

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Jill Schwartz's back-to-school dreams would be familiar to any parent, even though her life may be unfathomable to most.

There's raising the 5-year-old quadruplets, of course.

"I want chips!"

"Molly, look at me," Schwartz says, while slicing apples for lunch. "You're not just having chips."

"I want it!"

"How about some raisins?"

"No!"

"How about some cereal?"

"No! I want chips!"

Molly gets a bowl of chips. She knows she can get what she wants when a visitor is over.

Schwartz goes back to making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and bologna sandwiches for the remaining five children.

Because in addition to the four 5-year-olds (Meghan, Molly, Kurt and Cole), there are 10- and 8-year-old boys (Jason and Kyle).

"Mom! He's not giving me my tablet!"

Go ahead and add Louie, the rescued puppy and Smokey and Holiday, the guinea pigs, to the mix.

"Why don't you go outside for a while? Get your shoes on. Go play baseball outside. Yes! You're going outside for a while. First one to get their shoes on wins!"

Oh, and Schwartz works an overnight shift as a nurse once a week. And, she coaches her kids' three soccer teams in her "spare" time.

Her life would wear out most people.

But later this month, four kindergartners will be boarding the school bus from the Schwartz house in south St. Louis County. As excited and nervous as they might be to join their two older brothers at "the big school," their mother has wondered about this day for much longer.

Schwartz, 41, remembers the blur of bringing home four babies, conceived through the same low-dose fertility drugs that they used twice before without incident. In January 2009, the Post-Dispatch did a photo essay on the life of Schwartz and her husband, Chris, as they dealt with bringing the babies home.

Teams of people, up to 25 weekly, showed up to help them with feedings and laundry through those rough early months. It's hard to recall too much from those early years, but Schwartz remembers Tuesdays when she and her mom would give the babies a bath.

The years from 3 to 5 seem as though they may have been the hardest, though. It's difficult to leave the house with so many young children without it becoming an event. …

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