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Thursday, September 30, 2010

What I Never Knew About Becoming a Parent!

Lately I have been thinking a lot about how much our lives changed the day that we became parents (X 4). We tried for so long to have a baby, and then planned and prepared for the four that we were blessed with. However, there are SO many things I was not at all prepared for! I decided it would be kind of fun to come up with a list of the things I wasn't expecting with parenthood....

1. I had no idea that you would feel guilty about EVERYTHING! I spend most of my time trying to be the best parent possible, and enjoy every minute of the babies while they are little, but I still find myself feeling like I didn't pay enough attention to them today, or didn't get them outside today like I wanted, etc. Although there is only so much time in a day, and lots of other household things that need to be done. I would much rather spend my time playing with the babies!

2. Becoming a mother to quadruplets has been quite the experience for me, and despite how much you try to mentally prepare yourself for the challenge, there is no way I could have prepared myself for all the crazy things I get asked when people find out that I have quads. I often hear, "Oh I bet you have your hands full!" or "Wow! I'm sure glad it's you and not me!" or "Did you know you were having quadruplets?" or "Are they identical?" and my favorite...."Can you tell them apart?"

To answer the first question, I ordered a t-shirt from a fellow quad mom at Designed for Babies that says, "YES I DO HAVE MY HANDS FULL!" I love the shirt, and wear it quite a bit when I am out and about with the babies. I think another shirt should be made to answer the second statement as well. I hear it all the time. The shirt could say, "I'm glad it's me and not you too!" The third question still gets me every time! I think that question comes when people don't know what else to say about the shock that they are looking at quads. I don't have any other explanation because if you thought about it for longer than a couple of seconds, you would know that there is no way you could show up on delivery day and not know you were carrying quadruplets! :) All four of my kids look so different from each other that I don't know how anyone could not tell them apart, but then again I am around them every day.

3. I also had no idea that becoming a parent would make me so emotional! I never used to cry much at all, and now all I have to do is watch a show on TV about kids, and it makes me tear up.

4. I did not know it was possible to love someone so much, and certainly had no idea how much you could love 4 babies equally. In fact, when I was pregnant I worried all the time about how I was going to be able to love 4 babies the same amount. It was love at first site, and all those fears went out the window the minute that I saw my four precious babies for the first time!

5. I was certainly not prepared for the amount of worrying you do as a parent. Before I go to bed at night, I always check on the babies to make sure they aren't too cold, too hot, are breathing, etc., however it never fails, the minute I lay down, and am almost asleep, I get this anxiety that tells my brain I need to check on them one more time just to make sure they are OK! I cannot seem to shut my brain off long enough to go to sleep!!

6. The biggest shock for me about parenthood is how fast your kids grow up. I remember when they were tiny newborns coming home from the NICU for the first time. We were so sleep deprived, and scared that something would happen to our fragile little babies that we worried ourselves sick most of the time. At that point it felt as though time were going so slowly, and we would never know what it's like to be rested again. I swear it feels like I blinked for a few seconds, and my babies grew up. How can they be almost 11 month old already?!

I'm sure my list could go on and on forever, and maybe I will update it later as the babies get older. I thought it would be a neat reminder to myself to look back on! Here are some cute pictures that were taken last week of the babies!

It looks like we forgot to feed them before pictures! They thought the leaves looked tasty!

Emme Lee

Sophie Marie

Brady James

Max Edward

Our Little Dotzler Quad Squad!

(L to R) Max, Emme, Brady, Sophie

Sunday, September 26, 2010

NICU Reunion 2010

On Saturday we attended our very first NICU reunion. We had so much fun catching up with the nurses and doctors who took such amazing care of our babies. We also got the chance to catch up with some of the families that we met while in the NICU. We will forever be grateful to each and every person who took care of, and supported us throughout this journey. We continue to be amazed by our four blessings, and are so thankful to God for choosing us to be the parents to Sophie, Emme, Max, and Brady!Our Family
(L to R: Emme, Sophie, Max, Brady)
Our Sweet Girls!
Our Handsome Boys!

The babies with one of their amazing NICU doctor's!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

10 Month Update

First of in the world can we have 4 ten month olds already?! This first year is going by so quickly, and I have mixed emotions on how I feel about the babies turning one. It is so exciting to watch them learn new things, but also sad to know that they won't be babies much longer. We aren't planning on having anymore children, so I wish things would slow down a bit. I am so thankful that I have been able to stay at home with the babies, and haven't missed out on any milestones yet. I know that had I only had one baby at a time, I probably wouldn't have had the opportunity to stay at home. I look forward to all the fun that we are going to have with our quads. They are already developing such a special bond with each other, and I absolutely LOVE watching them interact with each other each day. I hope they have a close bond forever! :)
Here is an update on our little stinkers! The pictures are from their first time eating/playing with pudding with their fingers! It was hilarious to watch their reactions!

Miss Sweet Sophie is such a good baby. The girl loves to sleep! She is still going to sleep around 9:00, and doesn't get up until about 10:30 in the morning. If only she could teach her brothers and sister how to sleep like that! We would have it made! She has six teeth, and looks so silly when she smiles because her little fang teeth show more than the top middle teeth. She is loving the jumperoo these days, and is trying to sit up on her own. It shouldn't be too much longer and she'll be sitting without any help! Sophie also LOVES to eat. We have been giving the babies more table food, and less baby food, and so far Sophie likes applesauce, yogurt, pudding, bananas, and carrots. She was not a fan of mashed potatoes, which surprised me.
We got some good news last week on Sophie. You may remember that Sophie has been going to a pediatric nephrologist since leaving the NICU due to high blood pressure. She has been on a diuretic to help keep fluid off her lungs, and keep her blood pressure down. After leaving the NICU, the nephrologist ordered an echo cardiogram to check her heart, and found some thickening on the left side of her heart. Since then, she has been going every couple of months for check-ups with the nephrologist. We have also been monitoring her blood pressure from home. The nephrologist ordered a repeat echo cardiogram to check her heart for improvements, and was happy with the results. He told us that the thickening is still there, but has improved. Her blood pressure has been really good too, so he is releasing her from his care, and said we can try to ween her from her meds! We are so happy for Sophie, and can't wait until she is medicine free! The pediatrician wants to see her next week to check her blood pressure, and electrolytes, but as long as everything looks good, she will only have her blood pressure checked at regular check-ups.
***Sophie was not sure about the pudding at first, but eventually learned that it was really fun to make a mess!
Miss Emme girl is also as sweet as they come! She has turned into a little goofball lately, and thinks everything (especially her siblings) are very funny! She is such a good baby, and entertains herself the majority of the time. She loves to watch TV, jump in the jumperoo, and play with toys. She has 2 bottom teeth now, and is sitting up all by herself. Emme has decided that she likes to be a night owl, and usually ends up sleeping in the swing in our bedroom. She is a big daddy's girl, so I think most nights, she is just waiting for her daddy to rock her to sleep! Emme is not liking table food much at all! The only things she seems to like are yogurt, pudding (if fed from a spoon and not her hands), and sometimes applesauce. She doesn't like anything with a weird texture, and usually ends up gagging, and throwing it up! I think the poor girl would be content with eating baby food forever!
***Emme was not into the pudding at all! She did not like getting dirty, and acted like she was disgusted by the pudding!
Mr. Brady boy has a very sweet personality, and loves to cuddle. He can also be very vocal if he wants something! He gets very angry when one of his siblings takes a toy away from him, but also loves to smile and play with his brother and sisters. This little boy is so smart! He LOVES to watch Baby Boost, which is a free show we found that our cable provider offers. He is a very quick learner, and loves to play pat-a-cake, and "so big!" If he sees someone clapping on TV, he always has to mimic what they are doing. Brady is fascinated by our dog, Gunner, and loves to get puppy kisses. He has four teeth now (two bottom, two top), and likes most of the table food that we have given him so far. His favorite are yogurt, pudding, and applesauce. He is sitting up all by himself now, and loves to play with toys that play music! He also loves the jumperoo.
***Brady thought the pudding was tons of fun! He slapped his hands on the table, and splattered pudding everywhere!

Mr. Mad Max is as high energy as ever! He learned how to crawl over the weekend, and thinks it is so much fun to get all the things that he couldn't get to before like the computer cord, vacuum, left over snacks on the floor, etc. He is definitely going to be our wild child, and most likely the leader. He LOVES to eat, and isn't very picky. So far he has eaten pretty much all the table foods that we have given him, but like Brady, his favorites are yogurt, applesauce, and pudding. Max is finally sleeping in his crib, and hasn't been in his swing all weekend!!!! I think he has finally figured it out that his bed is much more comfortable than the swing. Max is very vocal, and likes to yell as loud as possible to let you know that he needs something (usually more snacks)!

***Max loved the pudding, and wanted more. He definitely made the biggest mess!

I was very brave on Thursday, and attempted to give all four babies a bath at the same time by myself!!! I was nervous, but they did really well. They all had so much fun playing and splashing with each other. It really made bath time go much faster. I cannot believe how big they are all getting! Time flies when you're having fun!!! :)

Monday, September 13, 2010

Wedding Weekend

This past weekend we traveled to Decorah for James' cousin's wedding. James was in the wedding, so he had to be there for the rehearsal on Friday. He left Friday morning for Decorah, so Papa and I decided to take the kids to the homecoming parade in Sheffield. The babies had so much fun. They all love to be outside, and were perfect little angels!

Saturday morning we got up, and got the babies bathed, changed, and fed before we hit the road. They all looked so adorable for the wedding in their new outfits! The girls even had a black and gold hair bow that I made them since we couldn't watch the big Iowa vs. Iowa State game.

It was so great to see all of James' family at the wedding. Many of his aunts, uncles, and cousins had never met the babies before. The babies did so well in church and at the reception. Especially since they really didn't have much of a nap. James comes from a very large family (his dad has 17 brothers and sisters), so the babies were entertained the entire time by someone!

Here are some pictures from the day....

Group shot with Great-Grandma Dotzler. I don't know how in the world she raised 18 kids!!!!
(L to R: Uncle Jeremy and Brady, Daddy and Emme, Mommy, Papa and Max, Nana, and Great-Grandma Dotzler is in the front with Sophie)
How cute are we?!
(L to R: Max, Emme, Brady & Sophie)
Daddy and Uncle Jeremy with the girls.
James' Aunt Michelle with Sophie.
Max was a ladies man!
Family Photo
Nana and Papa with their grandkids!
Back: Nana and Emme, Mommy and Max
Front: Papa and Brady, James and Sophie
Miss Emme also got her first tooth this weekend(one on the bottom)!!!! I was beginning to think the poor girl was never going to get teeth! Brady got a top tooth this weekend too! Must be something about going to Nana and Papa's house. The last time we were there, Max and Sophie both got new teeth! :)

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Happy Grandparent's Day!!!

Since we will be traveling to Decorah this weekend for a wedding, I thought I would write a special blog post for Grandparent's Day a little early. Our kids truly have the best grandparents ever! They are so loved by our families, and without them our lives would be so much more chaotic! Thank you to our families for all the love and support you have given us this year, and always! Our kids are so lucky to have you all!Thank you for spoiling us!!!!


First trip to the zoo!

Last Wednesday, we ventured out on our first trip to the zoo! Although the weather was kind of rainy, it was lots of fun! My good friend Tanya, and her little boy Jack invited us to go with them. The best part was finding a place where our beast of a stroller will fit through doorways! We didn't fit through everything, but it was so nice to get out of the house for a while, and have some fun! Here are some pictures from the zoo......

Good thing Jack got a map.....we wouldn't want to get lost!

Checking out the goats.......
Sophie was not a fan!
Jack thought it was so much fun to feed the goats!