Thursday, May 21, 2009

29 Weeks Old

This week has been a fun one.....

We had a few visitors. Aunt Tara was here for 8 days and Great Uncle Jay (my uncle) made his way down here,...permanently! YAY! Another family member if we could find a way to get everyone here, it would be perfect!

This week Aunt Tara (Nick's sister) and I took the kids for another mall trip. Not bad this time. We used the quad stroller this time and they did awesome. We only had to leave because it was time for them to eat! IT did take us a while, however to load the stroller in the car...we couldn't figure out how the heck to get it closed....we did figure it out...after about 15 the hot Florida sun. Thank GOD for air conditioning!

We also took them for a trip to the park......................never again............not until they are able to walk! We thought it would be a great on the swings, slide, rest on the blanket and play......did I mention that we live in Florida, and it is hot......and we have FIRE ANTS??? We must have put the blanket on top of a mound...there were ants everywhere! SO, here we are with no stroller, because it wasn't too far to walk, in the hot sun, a ton of stuff to carry, ..........and did I mention the FIRE ANTS. Aunt Tara got bit on the toe. Ouch! The kids didn't seem to mind everything as much as we did. We'll try the park again in about a year and a half!

Mommy finally took a much needed mini vacation as you saw in the previous post. I went to Orlando with my Quad Mamma buddies. We had a great time! Thank you to my wonderful husband, awesome Mom and Dad, and Amazing sister in law Tara for keeping things in line while I was are all the BEST!

As far as what's new with the kids: They have started to copy everything that you do. It's so cute. Sarah is trying to sit up all ready...go figure, the last one to roll over, but may be the first one to sit up. Either that or she is gonna have some killer abs! Luke and Lily are crawling...BACKWARDS! They'll get it soon I hope! Ava is gonna be trouble, I can feel it coming. She is so deliberate, I swear! They are all teething. Lily and Luke seem to have it the worst. As a matter of fact, while I'm typing this, which seems to be taking hours, I have to keep going in (it's nap time) to soothe them every 5-10 minutes because they can't sleep....they are is so much pain. I feel so bad for them! Poor Babies!

I hope I didn't forget scatterbrained as I am!

Enjoy the pictures and videos!

Until Next Time!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

I've Got All My Sistas With Me!!

"What's the first thing you did when you found out you were having 4 babies?"

After the shock wore off, each of us got online and googled "quads." One by one we found each other…THANK GOD WE DID!!

We quad moms have an incredibly special bond. We have spent countless hours chatting with each other online and on the phone. A day does not go by when our in boxes aren't full of funny, frustrating, tear jerking and loving emails addressed to the group. We have seen each other through our pregnancies, NICU stays, health scares and countless moments of triumph and hours of desperation. We have shared our stories, good and bad. We cheer each other on and pick each other up when the going gets tough. We have found strength in numbers and as a group we can solve any problem.

A few months ago Casey and Jac sent out an email that would forever change us all. They were bound and determined to organize the "first annual quad mom get away!" They were not going to take "no" for an answer and were willing to do whatever they could to help each and every one of us make it. Yes, they are that sweet and wonderful!

This past weekend our trip became a reality. We quad mommas, from all over the country, flew into Orlando, FL. We spent the weekend effortlessly bonding and enjoying each others company. Seeing our best friends for the first time in person is one of those things that words cannot describe. Each and every woman was even better in "real life!"

Not every single one of us was able to make the trip, however the turn out was AMAZING! Those of you who missed this year, we can't wait to see your smiling faces next time!

Casey and Jac, THANK YOU SO MUCH for coming up with this idea and for not taking "no" for an answer. It was truly one of the best weekends of our lives and we can't wait for next year!

In the words of sweet Sandra, "I'm so glad I had quads…it gave me all of you!"

In true Quad Momma fashion we took tons of pictures, here are just a few...

Official First Annual QuadMommas 2009 Shirt Front

Official First Annual QuadMommas 2009 Shirt Back

Orlando will NEVER be the same...
Not pictured is Nicole Golden who is living in the ice age and does not have a blog...YET...we are working on corrupting her. She was not able to join us until later in the trip (some other ladies were already back home).

Thank you to all the husbands, family members and friends who made this trip possible. We could never have done it without you!.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

7 Months Old - Happy Mothers Day

First I would like to wish all Mothers out there a very Happy Mother's Day. I now have a better appreciation for what you all have done for your children and what hard work and dedication it takes to not only be a mother, but a good mother!

This week has started to become a little more challenging. I believe they are all starting to teethe! They are whining and crying a lot and chewing on their hands and fingers ans drooling like crazy! Poor babies. I wish I could do more for them.

They are all doing well otherwise. They are all eating well...YES I said all! Lily has finally got the hang of it! She is finally eating from a spoon! Yay for Lily Bug! Sarah has not rolled over yet, but we are still practicing. She likes to lay on her side now...which is new for her. I swear she is trying to sit up though. She may be able to sit up before she rolls over. Luke is such a happy baby lately, the teething thing aside. He just smiles and laughs all the time. He has the cutest contagious laugh! Ava is just Ava. So independent. She wants to do what she wants to do and you can't make her do something she doesn't want to do! She is still scooching her way around!

We also went in the pool a couple of times this week. They really seem to enjoy it, it keeps them calm, and they go down for a nice LONG nap. We are going to try to change up their feeding schedule a bit this week. We are trying to go down to 4 bottles instead of 5, but with more in each bottle of course and we are going to add lunch to the menu. We had been doing breakfast (cereal & fruit) and dinner (vegetable). We'll see how it goes!

They are all still growing great. Their weights are
Sarah: 13 lbs.
Luke: 17 lbs.
Ava: 11 1/2 lbs.
Lily: 15 1/2 lbs

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Saturday, May 2, 2009

25 to 27 Weeks Old

I know, I know, I'm falling behind in posts, but there is so much to do and so little time to do it....and when I have time, I just want to sit on my butt and watch a little that too much to ask? I has been a busy 3 weeks! Every week is busy, I guess.

Let's see....first I went to the doctor and had bloodwork done and found out that my thyroid is still a mess, we still trying to get that regulated. So, they've uped my dosage and I get more bloodwork in 6 weeks....we'll see.

In all of these posts, I need to mention how hard Daddy has been working to bring home the bacon! YEAH DADDY!

They kids had another wellness check up. They are doing well. They have grown a lot.......

Sarah - 11 lbs. 8oz. and 24 1/4 inches long
Luke - 15 lbs. 14oz. and 26 1/4 inches long
Ava - 11 lbs. 8oz. and 24 1/4 inches long
Lily - 15 lbs. 4oz. and 26 1/2 inches long

They look great!They have began eating Stage 1 foods now. They all seem to like it, but Lily is having a hard time with it...she wants to eat it, but doesn't know how to swallow good time, I guess! Lily rolled over! How if only Sarah would do it! She did it once, but it was definitely a fluke because she hasn't done it since!

Ava also had an appointment with the Gastroenterologist (GI doctor). He said she looks wonderful and he took her off of Prevacid and switched her to Zantac, thank God! It has been a pain to get the Prevacid because it has to be compounded and there aren't lot of places around here to do it, so we had to drive a ways to get it! She is still on the Reglan, but they might take her off of it, the next visit!

Nana (Nick's mom) flew in for a week to visit. She had a wonderful time and was a big help! We went in the pool for the first time. We forgot to take pictures though. We were all in the pool with a baby, that's why! No free hands.....we'll get some next time. Nana and I also took them to the mall. We had a lot of fun this week and it was sad to see Nana leave! We'll see you again soon!

Aunt Tara (Nick's sister) will be coming in for a visit on May 11th! We are very excited to see her and show her the new things we have learned!!

A Special Note: Please keep Great Granny "D" in your prayers...she had a pacemaker put in last night...she is doing well, but prayers never hurt! We love and miss you Granny!
I promise I will try to keep things a little bit more up to date!

Enjoy the pictures and the video.