Friday, August 29, 2008

The feeding table

Okay, here it is. We purchased this quad feeding table from JustMultiples (a good purveyor of items for multiples). We went with the light maple top and red bucket seats. Those are our house decor colors, so hopefully the table won't be an eyesore :PHere is Anna, the first to sit in the tableAnd then BethanyThe two big girls - "um, mama? where's the food? i thought you said something about food?!"And Jared with two of his sisters :)Let the feeding frenzy begin ;)

Excuse me, Monsoon blowing through!

Last evening, two big monsoon storms blew through the Valley and left some damage. For us, we lost a good-sized tree (Sweet Acacia) and then Paul noticed the next morning some tile damage on the roof over the front porch/door.So sad to see that big tree down and gone :( The good thing, though, is it didn't do any damage to our block wall or our neighbor's house. Whew! Now, it's just that we have to cut it down and tear it out. And then get our concrete roof tiles fixed (again, thank goodness it's just a few tiles and none of them fell and broke). Ahhh, we loved the wind, rain and lightening show from the monsoon but aren't enjoying the clean up ;)

Bring on the food!

As most of you guessed, yes we got a quad feeding table for the girls. It arrived yesterday afternoon, on a baby semi truck...

We took some pictures of Anna and Bethany in the table. Will post those later today ;)
So now, just a few weeks till we try some solid, or cereal, with the girls. Fun, fun, fun, fun :)

Thursday, August 28, 2008

What is it?

What's big (4' x 6'), beige and red and has four holes?

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Croup and other related news

Yeah, it's been a while since we last posted. That's because Jared came down with croup. FYI, did you know that croup is NOT an illness but actually a symptom of an illness? Go fig. Anyways, he came down with it last week. Poor guy. You know your kids don't feel well when all they want to do is cuddle up with their teddy bear on the sofa. No play. No smiles. :( He was wheezing, had the bark-like cough and couldn't speak. So we took him in to the pediatrician who checked him out, said "yup, it's croup" and prescribed a steroid for him (to feel better). We kept him home from school AND kept him away from the girls, as their immune systems are still premature and compromised. I immediately wiped down the girls' rooms and adjoining bathrooms. We also kept Jared out of the girls' rooms and kept them in the rooms for playtime. Praise God none of the girls got sick! It would be bad, very bad, for them to get a respiratory illness. Blech! He's now all better and back in school. It was funny to hear him tell his school friends about "the big bulge" he had in his throat and that "he couldn't talk and could only whisper." Ha!

In other related news, the girls are starting to talk more and grab (either above their heads or in front of them while on their tummies) at toys. Plus, they are holding their heads much, much better, especially when you pull them up from laying down on their backs. It seems like just the other day they were letting their heads flop around and not interested in their toys. Nope. No more. Paul jokingly said he saw Suzan and Brielle grabbing at and fighting over the same toy. Ha! It's so fun to see them develop!

Anna and Bethany are enjoying their freedom from the helmets. No more. Yay! It's nice to finally be able to kiss their foreheads and be tickled by their baby hair again!

Next week the girls turn 6 months old. What?!?! How can that be? Wasn't I just 6 months pregnant with them? I'm telling you, the days, weeks and months just fly by when you are chasing around four babies and an active preschooler! Every Sunday I say "huh? it's Sunday again already? i thought it was Tuesday or something?" Crazy, I tell ya!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

One year ago - we're pregnant!

Ah, how time flies. It was exactly a year ago, on 8/20/07, that Paul and I found out I was finally pregnant. Oh, how excited we were! We were so thrilled and were praising God for what he had done! Little did we know HOW pregnant I was ;)

Here is what I journaled on that day...

August 20th, 2007 (4 weeks along): It was an anxious Monday morning. Today is the day we find out if I am pregnant or not. I went in for a blood test at the doctor's office and was told they would call me back in the afternoon. So I waited. Well, I didn't have to wait long because a few hours later they called. I was so nervous and shaky picking up the phone. I knew immediately who it was. The nurse said "Well, I have some good news for you." I said "You do?!" And then I started laughing...and laughing and kept laughing. She said "Yes, you are pregnant." Woo hoo!! I was so excited and relieved to hear that! Paul found out right then and there too. The one thing that kept us thinking was how high my beta hCG test results were. They were 1098 on Monday and then 2746 two days later. Those are pretty high blood levels and so we wondered how pregnant I really was ;) We praised God for this miracle that He had finally given to us!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

One week left of the helmets!

Amazingly enough, we have one week left of Anna and Bethany wearing their helmets. Woo hoo! This is totally unexpected. We thought we'd have about 3 to 5 months of helmet treatment, not ~7 weeks. We found out last Friday, at the girls' weekly helmet check, that they "graduated" from Cranial Technologies. Apparently, their amazing growth has helped, or sped up, their helmet treatment. So they will wear the helmets until August 25th. Then we get to hang up the helmets. Yay!

We can see a difference in their heads. They are much, much fuller, if you will, and rounder in the back. We are praising God for the excellent love and care he is always providing to the girls!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Sit girls, sit

From our visit with the neurological-developmental specialist on Monday, she said we should start to get the girls to sit up more. We asked her if we could use the little Bumbo seats we have and she said "oh yes! you should get them in those now, while they still might like them." So we've tried it out on the girls and so far, they like them alright. You can tell from the pics that they still need to develop their sitting up skills but they do like playing with the little attached toy.Here's an update from this appointment we had...the specialist said the girls look great! They still have some "preemie" things to develop, like upper body strength and use of their arms and hands when sitting up but other than that, they are perfect. Praise God! We are going to get some physical therapy started for the girls, just to help them along a bit, and we did get a stack of PT handouts for us to do ourselves.

The one funny thing from the specialist was what she said when she first saw us...."Hello, I'm 'so-and-so.' Um, did you know you have big babies?" Ha! Yup. She took measurements of the girls, e.g. height, weight, head circumference, and plotted them on her adjusted-age growth charts. Suzan and Brielle are in the 75th+ percentile and Anna and Bethany are just off the charts, all of which we knew. What was also funny was when she saw Paul after this initial comment (he was out of the room diaper-changing someone). He came in to the room, she turned to introduce herself and meet him and she says "Oh! Big Dad! Yeah, that would make you have some big babies." Ha!

The other thing she kept asking us was "so, have the girls had any colds? illnesses? anything?" Nope. Nope. And nope. She was surprised by that. Just God keeping our girls healthy - Amen!

Praising God for his awesome provision!!

Help! (I need somebody)

We had a friend/volunteer come over and take some pictures of me and the kids that will be used as promo for our church's upcoming women's fall retreat (I hope some of them work out, Bitsie!). She wanted the pictures to reflect me as a tired and overwhelmed Mom needing to get away for a relaxing retreat. So...
I hope I look overwhelmed and in need of some help or a break ;)

Then, I just like this picture because of the look on Jared's face. Don't know what he was thinking at the time - ha!

Kids at bathtime - babies revealed

Okay, so who was each baby in the Kids at bathtime post? Some of you got it! It was...
1) yup, that's Jared, at six months old. Isn't he too cute?! I think so :)
2) it's Bethany!
3) and that leaves Anna. They SO look identical. Hope we can keep them straight!!

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Penned in

In an effort to stay ahead of the storm, that is raising quadruplets, we finally found a solution to our gate/fence dilemma for the new playroom, aka former dining room. Thank you to everyone for suggestions on what gate to use! We talked with the Wilkinson Family (quintuplets) and got the make/model of the gate they use (thank you again, Rachelle!) because to me it looked like an excellent and functional gate for us - plus it looks like it fits wide openings. We read the reviews of it at Amazon and BRU, which were good (3 or 4 stars out of 5 - decent. a suggestion, always read the low/1-star/negative reviews first. that gives you an idea of the problems, if any, of the product or if people are just complaining over silly minutiae). After that, we decided to get two of them to fit our playroom openings. Now, we are ready! Armed! Prepared (yeah, sort of ;) ) for the next phase with the babies...mobility. Hopefully having these gates installed and them penned in the playroom will give them some security and safety (being corralled in one room) and us some flexibility (knowing they are in one room and we don't have to follow them around the entire house or baby proof the entire house). Now, it's only a matter of a month or two until they start becoming more mobile - Ack!

Summer Infant Sure and Secure Custom Fit Gate

A few random notes on this gate and the other gates we considered. Amazon reviewers listed two main complaints about this gate. First, the fabric panel over the door is attached with velcro and industrious toddlers can pull the panel off. The panel can easily be sewn back into place. Second, the anchors included with the gates are roughly 1" #6 screws with plastic drywall anchors that are just trash. We mounted the gates using 2" #8 pan head sheet metal screws directly into the studs behind the drywall. With gates this big, you really need to attach it to wall studs. If you cannot attach to wall studs, I would use six big drywall anchors to attach a 3' 2X4 to the wall and then mount the gate to the 2X4.

The gate includes the feet shown in the pictures. The frames of the gate are actually metal. We were expecting the gate to be all plastic. Note how the wall brackets are several inches off the floor which allowed us to install the gates without damaging the baseboards. The wall brackets for the kidco elongate attach right at the floor, so you are drilling holes into the baseboards.

The gates are a bit sturdier than we were expecting. I doubt the gate will contain two year old quadruplets that want to chase mommy, but they will allow us to contain the girls for quite a while.

Next in the baby game? One month until solid feeding begins! From what we've noticed, a lot of fellow quad families use the quad feeding tables. Hm...

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Happy 11th Birthday Tyler!

Today was my nephew, Tyler's, eleventh birthday. Can't believe he is eleven already?! My mom wanted to do something fun for him so she picked him up, got some cupcakes (eleven, to be exact) and ice cream and came over to our home to include us in the celebration (thanks again, Mom!). It was fun enjoying some cake and ice cream with them. Hope Tyler had a good day!

Suzan making a break for it!

One thing I love about quads is seeing how cute each of them sleep. They each have their own "way" of sleeping...Anna is cute sleeping with her thumb, Bethany is always curled up on her side, Brielle loves rolling over to her belly, and Suzan? Well, let's just say she loves to be stretched out ;)

Here she is making a break for it - Ha!Close-up of the sweetie girl

Kids at bathtime - name that baby

Okay, so who is this?Now, who is this?And finally, any guesses on this baby?Bathed babies will be revealed later...

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Playtime with the five kids

Enjoying a lazy Saturday morning, playing with all of the kiddos. Here are some pictures...

All five kidsJared talking with BethanySuzanAnnaBethanyBrielle
Hope your Saturday is going well too!

Friday, August 01, 2008

Teeth or growth spurt

Either Bethany is cutting some teeth or going through a growth spurt. All day today (which one day can't be an indicator of anything specific) she has been waking up from her naps crying uncontrollably. It is SO not like her. Paul and I tried everything...holding her, changing her, bouncing her, shushing her, taking off her helmet (thinking maybe her helmet was giving her pain), feeding her and then swinging her, which finally calmed her down. Really weird. But then when she did eat, she ate 7 ounces! Oh my! So, it could be teeth (I think Jared cut his first tooth at 5 or 5.5 months old) or it could just be a growth spurt. In any case, the poor little (er, big - 16lbs!) girl has had a difficult day. Let's pray tomorrow is better!
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