Friday, June 27, 2008
So today we took Anna and Bethany in to Cranial Technologies (CT) here in Phoenix to get their heads digitally "scanned" so that CT can make the helmets specific for their heads and correct the shapes.
Now, CT used to use a plaster-of-paris type process to get an image of the baby's head. No more. Now it's all digital (aren't we all ;) ). So the girls each had a turn to wear a lovely netting over their heads/face, sit still (yeah right :P ) and have several cameras at several angles take pictures of their heads. Anna went first and then Bethany. Both cried :( and unfortunately Anna had to try it again, as she wasn't sitting up straight enough to get a perfect image. CT will take the images of their heads, manufacture the helmets and then we go back in 10 days to get each girl fitted with the helmet. Then the girls wear them until their heads look good. We also have to go back in to CT on a weekly basis, to adjust the helmets as their heads grow and are re-shapened.
So here are some pics of our outing...
Anna being the first to wear the lovely netting :(
Sit still little girl
Awe!, one of the clinicians trying to soothe and calm down Anna
Trying again (notice the beige and black column thing in the background. those are the cameras; and one was mounted on the ceiling)
Bethany's turn (she kept licking the netting - ha!)
Awe! Poor little girl!
:( Almost done sweetheart
All done and happy
Anna, almost done (had to try it again :( ) and saying "i'm ready to blow this pop stand!!"
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Mathias Quads (these are spontaneous identicals!) - born in February 2000
Breedlove girl quads (all identical too!) - born in March 2005
The Urech girl quads (we know Misty and her brood ;) ) - born in November 2006
The Hudson girl quads - born in March 2007
The Murphy girl quads (they have 2 fraternals and 2 identicals, just like us!) - born in December 2007
So, not a lot of GGGG.
And not a lot of BBBB sets either...
The Yager boy quads - born February 2005
The Murray boy quads - born February 2007
The Malone boy quads - born August 2007
ETA: I found another GGGG set! The Hogans - born November 2004
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Suzan, just hanging out under a play gym
Cute little smirk :)
Awe, Brielle looks so sweet sleeping!
Saturday, June 21, 2008
We would appreciate suggestions on a few items:
- How can we gate off the 10' and 11' openings to keep our girls in the playroom? These gates from Summer Infant and Kidco look promising, but I question their ability to hold back four little girls who want to chase their mommy into the kitchen.
-The room measures roughly 12' by 13'. What would you put in the room for each stage of development for the next several years? A play kitchen set is definitely in our future, but at what age? When would the girls enjoy playing at an activity table?
-Any suggestions for protecting the carpet from accidents, messes, and spills?
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Any guesses who might be the first mover/shaker/crawler/walker in this group? Hm...
Monday, June 16, 2008
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Anna - "Daddy's Little Girl"
Brielle - "Favorite Things...Daddy, Hugs, Kisses"
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Brielle - our baby girl, the last one born, "baby D." She has always been "baby D," even in-utero. I think she was the baby "on the top" and has always been the smallest baby, even in-utero. Although lately she is giving Suzan a run for her money, as Brielle is 10lbs 5.5oz and Suzan is 10lbs 13oz. Go Brielle ;) She has her own look to her...dark brown hair, big eyes (a color mix of blue and brown, versus the other girls having blue eyes) and an expressive mouth. I think she has a sweet little mouth :) She gives these great big smiles that are just so cute. She, like Suzan, has a distinct cry and we can always tell that it's Brielle crying. She is my best nurser, nursing about 4oz at a feeding and one time nursed 5.5oz! She also is our most physically advanced, if you will, baby. She rolls over and holds her head up the most.
Previous "Some things we've noticed about our girls..." posts:
Next, "Some things we've noticed about our boy" :)
Friday, June 13, 2008
Monday, June 09, 2008
The photographers, who are Jen and Sarah (thanks Amy K for Jen's info!), took pictures for a little over two hours. Wow! The girls did great. They did get tired near the end and started the crying fest, but really I think they did wonderfully!
So, we got a couple of family shots taken and then several more of the girls individually and as a group. I am excited to see how the pictures turned out! We won't get to see them for a few weeks so all of you out there will have to wait a bit to see them ;)
Saturday, June 07, 2008
More pictures of Jared swimming at our website, under "Jared" and "Four Years Old."
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
Wow! They are growing SO well! You'd never guess they were preemies and born two months early! So far, they...
- can hold up their heads
- roll over from tummy to back
- smile at you and hold your gaze
- are finding their hands and fingers to suck on
- and eating tons! (~4 or 4.5oz at a feeding!)
They are such joys! Wonderful gifts from God!!!!
Here is a picture we took of them today, at three months old
And here are some outtakes :P
Brielle says "Get off of me!"
Suzan says "I've had enough!"
And Anna says "Me too!"
And all the while, Bethany says "Huh? No big deal." ;)
Monday, June 02, 2008
For the longest time (like over a year), Jared has been going to the Starfall website where he learned his ABCs and recently his phonics. I think we heard about the website from Amy K (thanks Amy!) Jared also learned his ABCs from a Leap Frog train. I think we learned about the train from Carol T (thanks Carol :) ! ) So Jared has known the alphabet for a while now.
Well, since he's been stuck at home with us and the babies we thought we'd purchase some media items to help him with phonics now and help him to read. He already knew the alphabet. So Paul did his usual research and purchased a couple of Leap Frog videos that go through the phonics and how to sound out words and a Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read Kindergarten system. Jared's been doing great with it! I am AMAZED that a little four-year-old can already sound out his letters and read books! Well, sort of read books...he sounds out the letters of the words and then puts the words together that way. For example, the word RAT...rrrr...aaaaa... ta...RAT. Awesome! He just read his first book in the HOP system! He and I read some words at dinner one time too, like BUTTER, CHEESE and MIST. He got them all. Wow! Some teacher friends of ours are amazed that he is already doing this.
So the next time you are over just ask him the sounds of certain letters. He knows them all ;)
Sunday, June 01, 2008
Still holding her head up!