Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Carnival Fun

We brought the babies to the Carnival today in a town about 30 miles from home and they got to ride on a couple rides. We got there a little early so headed to the playground area to play on the swings. Matthew discovered kicking makes them move so he was kicking up a storm! So funny! They were not as excited about the carnival as I had hoped they would be but they seemed to have a good time all but Mr. Grumpy Pants (aka Brady). He was not happy unless he had his paci which is unlike him. Cameron was frightened by the sound one of the rides made so he was not too happy to walk by that section of the place. I think that they may have been more enthralled had it been dark and they could see everything lit up. This is just the beginning of the fun filled days ahead!

On the swings waiting for the fun to start!

Daddy and his mini me Matthew

Mommy and Cameron on the merry go round

Auntie Kate and Aubrey

Bumpa and Brady

Mommy, Matthew, Daddy and Brady riding the train

Bumpa and Cameron chilling out on the train

Uncle Tom and Aubrey in the Caboose

Ready for bed!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

9 month check up and random ranting...

As many of you know I have been contemplating making this blog private. I intended this blog as something for the babies to be able to read when they got older kind of like a memory book but only having to fill out one. I never expected for it to become a must read for as many people as it has. We love that so many people are interested in keeping up with what the little quadlings are doing and their milestones but hate that I have been made to feel that some of the things I write are an issue with some. I hate to make it private due to the fact only 100 people can follow and we have 113 publicly following and lord knows how many that just check in without an account however if it continues to be a source of conflict I am going to have to make it private. I will not censor what I have to say because, like I said, I am writing this for MY CHILDREN to read in the future. I hope that I can continue to let you all read this blog!

Oh and by the way I have changed it so everyone can comment not only the people who follow. I hope that helps!

Onto the 9 month update!

Our pediatrician was impressed by all the things the babies are doing and how they have almost caught up with their actual age. No shots were needed this time around which made Daddy a happy boy! They are all growing well and don't need to be seen again until their 1 year check up. Here are their stats:

Matthew 19 lbs 9 oz 45th percentile
28" long 45th percentile
18" head circumference 60th percentile

Brady 23 lbs 12 oz 90th percentile
29.5" long 85th percentile
19" head circumference 100th percentile

Cameron 20 lbs 9 oz 50th percentile
27.5" long 25th percentile
18.5" head circumference 90th percentile

Aubrey 16 lbs 10 oz 20th percentile
26.25" long 15th percentile
17.5" head circumference 60th percentile

Monday, June 28, 2010

What big boys we have!

All three of the boys were getting too heavy for us to carry in their infant seats so we made the decision to put them in the convertible car seats yesterday. Brady has been in his for almost 2 months now and the other two boys are at or close to the maximum weight for the infant seat. We had hoped to fit 3 of them across the back seat in order for us to be able to load them easier but after pushing, pulling, and wiggling we discovered that there was no way to put the 3 seats we have across the back seat of our van. We finally figured out that if we pull the front seat all the way up and sit it up in the straightest position that we could squeeze by the middle row to get into the rear. Not ideal but we plan to so extended rear facing as long as it works possible to keep them as safe as we can so we needed to figure out something that worked. Aubrey is still in her infant carrier for now but by one she will be in her big girl seat too.

Ben and I went to a wedding Saturday and had a fantastic time! I think the babies had a great time getting spoiled at their sleep overs. All 4 of them showed off and slept great throughout the night. Tom and Kate were especially lucky to have Aubrey sleep until 7:15 when they woke her up. That doesn't happen in our house! It was a much needed break for Ben and I and we are extremely grateful to have people that we felt so comfortable leaving our babies with. Thank you Tom, Kate, Ryan, Tonya, Sam, Chris, Mom and Larry.

We had a visit from a friend who works for Kurt Busch and she brought them some racing outfits so they were ready for the big Nascar race that NH hosted yesterday. They looked too cute! Thank you Kristy!

Tomorrow is their big 9 month check up. I cannot believe that they are that old! They have a busy week ahead, pediatrician appointment, home health appointment, hopefully a trip to the carnival if the weather is ok, a play date with the McLeod quads and their big sister Hannah, family reunion in Massachusetts, a couple nights in a hotel, fireworks and a trip to the zoo. They are so social and love to be out and about so they are going to have a blast!

Ready for the race!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Catching up

Whoever insured me life gets easier as the babies grow obviously did not live at this house! To me it seems to go in spurts, when we first came home it was so hard to adjust to 4 babies who needed us all the time then when we got in a routine it seemed much easier then they started moving!

They do not want to be contained except for rides in the stroller or car rides anymore which is great because I was just recently made aware of the downfall of using jumperoos and excersaucers. They now are only playing in those about 20 minutes a day other than that they are on the floor. They sit up all alone for as long as they want to without falling. Matthew and Brady are doing pretty good at going from sitting to laying on their own while the other two cry until we put them on their bellies. Once they are down there is no stopping them! They pull and twist and roll to get wherever they want to go with minimal effort. Brady will stand on his own holding the couch if put him up there. Brady and Matthew are getting on all fours and rocking. Lord help us when they can crawl! We are waiting for them to start pulling up on things to get themselves up but so far no progress there.

Cameron had his surgical follow up last week and all looked really good. You would never even know that surgery had been performed. Matthew was VERY whiney and wanted to be held for 3 days so I took him to the doctors the end of last week and he was a model patient while we were there. He let the doctor look in his throat, take swabs, and laughed the whole time. I kept insisting this was not at all like the Matthew we had at home the past couple days but I don't think he really believed that!

We have been on the go a lot lately! Between doctors visits we had Kindergarten Graduation for my nephew Kaden and then his student of the quarter ceremony we attended at the local elementary school, we went to 2 birthday parties last weekend for my nephew Evan and their buddy Konner, we celebrated father's day by taking Ben out to lunch and attending the fishing derby. This week hasn't been any less hectic with school being out and our days being filled with kids, early supports, a play date at Grammies with some cousins and our evening walks. Luckily it has been nice enough we have been able to go out all week!

Tomorrow Ben and I are attending a wedding for some friends and the babies are going for sleepovers! They probably won't want to come home after being spoiled by their Godparents and my mom!

They have all gotten so big they now bathe without the bath ring in the sink. I am looking forward to putting them all in the big tub together one of these nights soon! Here are some pics to end the post

Next up...9 month Well Child Check next week!






Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day!




We are so happy to be able to share in this special day this year! I cannot wait until the babies get big enough to make and buy their own gifts for daddy but for this year a picture in a frame that says Super Dad of Quadruplets was his gift as well as a few things we made for him. Off to the fishing derby, a birthday party then taking Daddy out for dinner! We love you Daddy!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Mommy's day out!

I took the day off yesterday from work and my mom and Ben kept the babies for the day and I went shopping for some birthday party supplies for the quadlings, a gift for my nephew's birthday and to stock up on supplies at BJ's before picking up my niece (not biological but of the heart<3) to take her to the Olive Garden and to a concert for her 13th birthday.

It was so weird to have the day to myself and not load and unload babies a hundred times! I missed them so much but it was a much needed day to myself. I got a couple great deals on decorations for the party and of course dinner was FABULOUS at the Olive Garden!

We got to see Cavo, Lifehouse and Daughtry in concert and it was a fabulous show! We got to meet the members of Cavo and get autographs. The highlight of that for me was that the lead singer of Cavo is also a parent to quadruplets. His wife must be Superwoman holding down the fort with him on the road!

The ride home was horrible. 2.5 hours in the dark all alone I could barely keep my eyes open. I stopped several times to get out and get some fresh air but was so happy to be home to check on my babies and get some much needed sleep!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Snack time!

We started doing snack time with the babies today with a little water and a splash of juice in their sippy cups and some puffs. They had a ball sitting in the kitchen having snack with the big kids!






Thursday, June 10, 2010

You know your a quad mommy when...

Many of these were listed on another multiples mom’s website the other day and had to share it with everyone as well as add a few of my own! I was laughing so hard at some of these because this really is our life now! I hope you all get a good laugh today! :)

You Know You Have Quadruplets When:

Everyone asks if you had your stroller specially made.

You are asked repeatedly are they all the same age.

Putting away the 3 loads of laundry you just did is considered a mini vacation.

A mini van is just not big enough to go to the grocery store with...especially when you are bringing your kids!

Everywhere you go people stare, point or think it is ok to stop you in the middle of the road to peek at your children.

Taking a walk around the neighborhood is a full day event.

You need 2 regular sized cans of formula to get through a 24 hour period.

Complete strangers take pictures of your kids in their stroller... and they wonder why we call them the Paparazzi??? (YES THIS HAS HAPPENED! LOL!)

You’ve ever truly considered strangling someone who said, “you’ve got your hands full”, "are they all yours", "better you than me" or “I’d shoot myself”.

Crying is heard not just in stereo, but in surround sound!

You call the pedi office and need to have all of them seen so they tell you to pick a time because they need to rearrange the entire schedule to accommodate you!

You go to an amusement park with your quad stroller only to realize YOU’VE become the source of amusement, or you go to the Zoo and find the other visitors watching your kids more than the animals!

You are not horrified at the idea of “waking a sleeping baby” to eat. After all, when it is time to eat it is time to eat, you don't mess with the master schedule!

All your friends have multiples.

Your main connection to the outside world is through Facebook, message boards and MoM's blogs.

Some of your best friends you have never even met in person.

You arrive at your doctor’s appointments early just to read the magazines in peace.

Root canals are a great chance to catch up on your sleep.

You laugh at singleton moms that are struggling to get their stroller out of the car.

You can unload four babies from car seats and put them in your stroller WHILE you are laughing at the singleton mom getting her stroller out of her car.

You wonder how come singleton moms need a diaper bag the size of a suitcase, while you travel with enough for your babies in a bag half the size.

Your husband has seriously tried to add GPS and motorize your stroller.

There is no room in your refrigerator for food, all available space is occupied by pre-prepared bottles of formula.

You look at a closet full of diapers and think “I’m running low”

A regular sized pack of diapers lasts only 3 days.

You can throw French-fries to the rear set of seats without looking and none end up on the floor.

You consider wearing jeans being 'dressed up', and it's a formal event if you're wearing make-up

You can change diapers standing up, while in line, at the Children’s Museum.

You feel like a sheepherder instead of a parent

You have people asking if you run a daycare because that’s what your yard looks like.

You can carry 4 plates of food and 4 cups to the table without spilling anything and you’ve never been a waitress.

A trip to Walmart for diapers is a vacation even at 1:am.

Your stroller is worth more than your first car was.

You can hold at least four conversations at the same time.

You no longer have a proper name you are either “The Lady With the Quads” or Moooooooooommmmmmmmyyyyyyyyyyyyy

You consider your shower Mommy time.

Your shower is now the most precious time of the day, if you get one.

You find yourself singing songs from Yo Gabba Gabba while at Walmart.

You can quote Monster’s Inc. verbatim.

You do your grocery shopping in stores with aisles wide enough to accommodate your stroller

You automatically divide or multiply everything by four.

You have diapers in your purse, in the glove compartment, your desk drawer and in every room of the house – just in case.

Every square inch of seating in your vehicle is taken by car seats.

Your vacuum cleaner never makes it back into the closet.

You can sweep, talk on the phone, AND read to your children all at the same time.

Your monthly grocery budget is greater than the annual budget for the State of Rhode Island.

Four hours of sleep is “fully rested” and falling asleep over the kitchen sink is a “fulfilling nap”

The first thing you ask upon arriving home is for the poop and pee report.

2 minute tasks take 30 minutes because you have to keep returning to the play room to break up fights, peel the kids from the wall, change a diaper you can actually smell from the next room, break up more fights, remove a child from the top of the couch, perform surgery on the VCR because there is an UFO inside of it, fill sippy cups back up with water because whatever was in them disappeared mysteriously (only later when you sit down on the couch you will find where it went) remind them not to jump on each other, break up a few more fights and change more poopy diapers.

You curse stores for only having two of something in a package, or for only having two of something on their shelf.

You buy Baby Motrin, Cough Syrup, etc, 4 at a time, and the clerk looks at you funny, while the whole time you are wishing they sold it in gallon containers.

You pull 4 tickets for Car seats at Babies R Us to take to the register, and when you get there the clerk says, “Ma’am, I think you picked up too many of these or they must have been stuck together”

You’ve fallen asleep in any of these places: The shower, washing dishes, sitting on the floor reading them a book, with your fork on the way to your mouth.

You agonize over what it will be like when they get to school and you have four teachers to visit on parent night, three different sets of homework, and your babies aren’t even out of the NICU yet.

Instead of a wallet full of photos you carry around a CD because it holds 700 megabytes of them.

Everyone in the neighborhood knows who you are, even though you’ve never met them before.

The grocery store clerk has commented on the 6-9 gallons of milk you buy each week, telling you it would be cheaper to buy a cow.

You know how to prop bottles with wadded up receiving blankets.

You’ve ever been so sleepy that you can fall asleep with the baby lying on your chest and fail to wake up despite the fact that the baby is screaming directly into your left ear.

You are both shocked by the rudeness, and amazed by the kindness of strangers in the same 60 seconds upon entering Walmart.

Walmart is probably your favorite store, since its open 24 hours and diapers and formula are cheaper there. Oh, and you consider going to Walmart at 11pm “going out”

If you’ve ever charted poops, pees, and food intake in an Excel schedule.

You know at one time you did have a spouse, but now you can’t remember

You have to wash the dinner dishes by hand because the dishwasher is full of bottles and sippies.

The singleton mom in front of you at Walmart buying one can of formula and one bag of diapers complains about the price and you have to restrain yourself from hitting a complete stranger.

The clerks at the grocery store have to regularly restrain you from pummeling any singleton mom that takes the last multi seat-shopping cart.

You are both revered and hated by the staff at your pediatrician’s office.

You don’t see anything unusual with the fact that you know not one, but several, quadruplet moms.

You no longer have to wonder what a “poop painting” would look like.

A complete stranger walks up to you in the mall and says “my niece has quadruplets, her name is _________ do you know her?” and you can answer “yes I do”

The awareness of silence strikes terror into your soul.

You know the black market value of a Runabout stroller.

You know the black market value of a Choo Choo wagon.

You know what a Choo Choo wagon is.

You consider cereal dumped on the middle of the floor, not to be bad parenting, but rather a unique picnic breakfast!

All kids are aware that any sippy cup left unattended is fair game.

You use the word singleton.

You need a hitch for your stroller

Your stroller dictates what kind of vehicle you can drive

You refer to your babies as A, B, C and D

$15.00 baby outfits seem too expensive.

You buy a single weeks worth of formula, and the clerk asks you if you are stocking up.

You laugh at singleton moms for sterilizing pacifiers. You can’t stop yours from sucking on each others fingers, nose, ears, toes etc, so you just shake your head because you know those germs are building up their immune system.

You intentionally feed all 4 kids from the same spoon and bowel even though one is sick, because you can’t bear the thought of 4 consecutive 2 week cold sessions, you’d rather have them sick at the same time.

After 20 minutes in the car you realize you are not only listening to the kids tape, but you are singing along with it, and there are no kids in the car.

The $250 travel system stroller that singleton moms complain about being too big, look like toy strollers to you.

You’re not sure if what you squeezed on your toothbrush was toothpaste or diaper ointment, but you’re too tired to care, and too tired to check, so you keep brushing anyway.

You say to your husband “if you wake up these babies I’ll kill you” and you mean it.

It doesn’t matter, you ARE buying them out of ProSoBee, and the other moms can just get over it.

All of a sudden everyone you know, knows someone with quadruplets.

Crib Tents? You can’t afford NOT to buy them.

You know what a crib tent is!

You consider leashes a viable safety option

You burst into laughter at the site of a diaper Genie… AS IF….!!

You bought a dog (or have thought about it) to cut down on post meal cleanup time.

On the way to rescue a paper towel roll on the verge of destruction you suddenly realize that it might buy you 5 minutes to check your e-mail.

The next day, the kids wake up too early, you open their door long enough to throw in a couple of rolls of paper towels and you go back to bed.

Your home has become a complex maze of gates, locks and barricades.

Your kids have never actually walked through the zoo or store, because getting out of the stroller is NOT an option.

You seriously wish someone would sell Orajel in a toothpaste-sized tube. Is this little tiny tube supposed to be a joke? And that’s with the one day supply of infant Tylenol… don’t they know I need a 10oz bottle?

You delivered 17 lbs of baby, and didn’t set any records.

You don’t think the Suburban is a large vehicle.

When hearing of a new pregnancy, you first question is “just one?”

You call one baby a singleton (before your quads arrived, it was just “a baby”)

You send 7 invitations to a birthday party, and you have 15 kids show up, and you were expecting more.

It's considered a 'date' if you husband goes with you to the Mother's of Multiples garage sale.

You start to question phrases like: "God will only give you what you can handle"

And you just pray a lot more in general!

Have a great day!

neglecting the blog

I just realized it has been a week since I updated the blog, not due to lack of things to share but lack of time. I thought as the quads got older things would get easier and I would have more time to get things done like housework, my pregnancy scrapbook and now ones for the babies however it seems like just the opposite! The older they are getting the more active they are becoming and when they go to bed I just feel like doing NOTHING! I am so worn out from the day that I don't amount to much.

All four of them are now sitting unassisted and hardly ever take a tumble. They can all roll, scoot and spin in circles to get where they want to do and Matthew is getting up on all fours. He seems to think bed time is the time to practice his new trick and does not like to lay down and go to sleep. The other night Ben went up to lay Matthew down yet again because he was making so much racket he was keeping the others from falling asleep. Just as Ben finished giving Matthew the lecture about staying at the top of his bed and going to sleep Brady piped up and said "HA HA!" How can you not laugh?!?! It was almost like he was picking on his brother for getting in trouble.

The four of them are easily bored and we have to keep them engaged at all times lately. I bought them some small sensory balls and they seem to like to feel them and the boys will roll them back and forth to each other but when Aubrey catches them she doesn't share well. Aubrey thinks that she is the boss of everyone and everything! Anytime that I am giving the boys, Ben or the day care kids heck about anything she runs her mouth to them too. She is all girl! LOL!

The bath ring is gone now that they can sit up so playing and splashing in the tub is big now. I usually get totally soaked while giving baths and the floor gets a good washing too so I guess that is one way to get in some neglected housework!

Night time is back to normal with babies sleeping through the night other than the occasional wake up to get a paci then back to sleep. I am trying to figure out how to go to 2 naps a day but the babies are not cooperating so we are sticking with the 3. One at 8:30 for 30-60 minutes, one at 11:30 for 60-90 minutes and one at 3:30 for 30 minutes with bedtime at 7:30. Ideally I would love to do one around 10 for a couple hours and one around 3 for an hour. I guess that will come in time, for now I have to be happy they are all on the same schedule and napping each day.

Brady was the first to show signs of teething yet he has yet to get a tooth. Matthew has 2 very cute ones on the bottom and Cameron has one poking out on the bottom too. Aubrey has no teeth yet either.

They are all very vocal lately and let each other know if they don't like something. They are definitely moving with intent now. Usually the intent is to steal a toy or paci from a sibling! LOL! I know it is only the beginning of them fighting over stuff.

We don't have a home health nurse anymore so we did a quick weigh in on our scales the other night at bath time and they are still gaining well...
Matthew 19.5 lbs
Brady 23.5 lbs
Aubrey 16.5 lbs
Cameron 20.5 lbs

Their early support coordinator thinks they are well above their adjusted age of almost 7 months and are very close to hitting milestones of their true age of almost 9 months. I like having them come and keep an eye on them so I am hoping the babies do not go to far above what is expected or we will lose this fantastic service.

We have been sampling some foods with the babies the past week and so far yogurt has been a huge hit with the four of them. Matthew and Brady like Rice Crispies and the puffs but Aubrey and Cameron are having a hard time with them. Cameron gags and chokes on any food he has been offered so he may be getting evaluated by a chewing and swallowing specialist to make sure there are no issues there other than him just being young.

That pretty much sums up what has been going on this past week!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

More teeth!

Cameron cut a tooth today! I thought he would be the first one then Matthew snuck by him and cut two last week. That explains some of the fussiness and sleepless nights we have been suffering through the past couple weeks. Now hopefully we get some rest before the other two decided they want to join the cool tooth club.

All four of them are now sitting on their own for at least a couple minutes at a time. Cameron was the first to really do more than a few seconds which made me happy because he is usually the last to do everything. It makes me happy to see them doing things that are in time with their actual age but it makes me a little sad to see them getting farther and farther from the newborn stages. It is unbelievable that they are moving around and finding ways to get where they want to go. It doesn't seem possible that they are old enough to do that already!

We've been FLOCKED!

Nine years ago this summer there was so much uncertainty, would Ben make it through his treatments?  Would I be able to carry all four babi...