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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Our 4 "Roaring" Lions!

We were planning on attending the Halloween parade in Clear Lake on Saturday, but we have been dealing with ear infections and colds, and poor Sophie has been taking breathing treatments for her breathing, so we decided it wasn't a good idea to take them out in the cool weather. Nana bought the babies costumes last year, so we had to at least dress them up, and snap some pictures. Dislike doesn't even come close to describing how the babies felt about their costumes! They were literally "roaring" with disapproval! I think dress up lasted for about 10 seconds, and these are the only pictures I was able to get. They still look cute, but hopefully next year will go a bit smoother. Sophie looks shocked that we would make her look like a lion! :)
Emme didn't really care too much.

Brady looks disgusted with his new look!

Max was not happy at all about his costume, and let it be known to everyone around!
I hope everyone had a fun and safe Halloween!

Friday, October 22, 2010

RSV lockdown is here to stay for a while!

We have been hearing about a lot of sickness that has been going around, and the babies are getting over a cold, so we decided it was time for "lock down" to begin. We haven't heard anything about RSV synagist yet, so my guess is that the insurance company will not cover it this year. Our pediatrician told us that we should know no later than November, so we're still holding on to hope. We knew we would still have to be careful, and try not to expose the babies to any unnecessary germs, but it stinks now that we are used to being able to take them out and about. Last winter was so long, and the weather was horrible. We are praying for a short and mild winter this year (wishful thinking, huh)!

Two weekends ago we had so much fun getting together with a triplet family that we met while in the hospital. The triplets are a little over a month older than our quads. James met the triplets' dad, Joe, when I was on bed rest, and we met up again at the NICU reunion. The kids all had fun, and it was nice for us adults too! :)

We are SO excited about our new choo choo wagon! While I was on bed rest, I read all sorts of blogs of families with quadruplets, and every single one of them raved about the choo choo wagon. I knew that we would want one as soon as the babies were big enough to sit in a wagon, but was super disappointed to find out that the company no longer made them. I found a couple on eBay that were way over priced, and by the time you paid for the shipping, it was definitely not worth it. About a month ago, I was looking on the Step 2 website for birthday ideas for the babies, and found that they were going to start making the choo choo again this fall. Of course there were no dates as to when they would go on sale, and how much they would cost, but after much waiting, we finally have one! We were too excited to wait until November to let the babies ride in it, and knew it would probably be too cold by then, so last week we took it for a spin. The kids LOVE it, and look so grown up sitting in it! Makes me sad to see how big they are getting, but know that life is getting easier all the time!

Here are some pictures of our play date, and our new wagon!

Group shots are not easy with 7 kiddos age one and under!
Poor Sophie didn't last long!
Our New Choo Choo Wagon!!!!
Sophie looks very relaxed! :)
Gunner had to get in on the action too!

Monday, October 18, 2010

11 Months Old!

We are now one month away from the babies birthday! Where has the time gone?! I have started planning their party, but am still in a bit of denial that they will actually be one soon! It was kind of hard to come up with a birthday theme for babies that can be for girls and boys, but I think we have decided on Mickey and Minnie Mouse. I am making my own invitations, and decorations though because I didn't find much that I really liked.
We have been having so much fun lately, but that fun is going to end really soon. RSV season is fast approaching, and we will have to go back to obsessive hand washing/sanitizing, and keeping sick people away. We haven't heard yet if the babies will be approved by the insurance company for RSV synagis this year, but we are praying that they will. We definitely don't want the babies to get sick with anything this winter, especially RSV. We took the babies last week to get their flu shots, and they did really well. Both Max and Brady never even flinched when they got their shot, which really surprised us. The girls cried for maybe 30 seconds and were fine. Now Mommy and Daddy need to get theirs!
Here is an update on the babies at 11 months...

Sophie Marie

Weight: 14 pounds 11 ounces (with clothes on)

Sophie is such a good baby. She still sucks her thumb to fall asleep, and sleeps around 12-14 hours a night. We are starting to think that she might be a bit like her brother Max once she gets to crawling. When she sees something she wants, she starts kicking and squealing. She can say ba ba ma ma, and da da now, and has learned how to shake her head no. She is sitting up all by herself now, but is still a bit wobbly at times. Her favorite foods are applesauce and yogurt. We have tried giving her small pieces of carrots, green beans, peaches, and pears, but she isn't a fan yet.

Emme Lee

Weight: 18 pounds 5 ounces (with clothes on)

Emme is also a very good baby, and has a very laid back personality. She is our silly little girl, and thinks everything is funny. She is always laughing at her siblings, and loves to play with them. She usually sleeps about 12 hours at night also. Emme is sitting up on her own, and rolling all over the place now. She learned how to wave bye bye, and can play pat a cake now as well. Emme got her first top tooth at Nana and Papa's house on Saturday, October 9. Her favorite foods are applesauce and yogurt like her sister, and she finally decided last week that she kind of likes small pieces of carrots too. I think she will be our picky eater. Emme can say ma ma, da da, and ba ba.

Max Edward

Weight: 21 pounds 11 ounces (with clothes on)
Max is our wild man, and is into EVERYTHING these days! He has mastered the army crawl, and is trying to crawl on his hands and knees. I don't know if he'll ever crawl that way. He is starting to try and pull up on things, but is not quite there yet. He loves to play in the walker, and can pretty much run around the house in it. Max usually sleeps around 12 hours at night, but often times wakes up for a bottle around 3 am. He is very independent, and will not let you hold him when giving him a bottle anymore. He likes to have his bottle in his bed even though you are not supposed to do that. We have tried giving him his bottle on a boppy pillow in the living room, but he is very easily distracted, and never finishes more than a couple of ounces. He is finally sleeping in his bed and not the swing anymore! We haven't found much that Max doesn't like to eat. He loves to eat pancakes, yogurt, peaches, and mandarin oranges. Max can say ma ma, da da, ba ba, bye bye, and he is trying to say puppy. He can shake his head for yes, and no. Max just got his seventh tooth (bottom) this weekend.

Brady James

Weight: 18 pounds 11 ounces (with clothes on)

Brady is such a sweet little boy, and loves to cuddle. He can say ma ma, da da, and ba ba, but his favorite is definitely da da. He says it all day long. Brady can sit up on his own, play pat a cake, wave bye bye, and play "so big!" Brady usually sleeps about 12 hours at night, but occasionally wakes up early for a bottle. He absolutely loves our dog Gunner, and gets super excited when Gunner gives him kisses. Brady is also a good eater, and likes pretty much everything. Some of his favorites are peaches, carrots, applesauce, and yogurt.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

A Day in the Life of Max!

Since Max is currently our only crawler, I thought it would be funny to document what he is up to these days! Max is definitely our go getter, and by that, I mean he gets into EVERYTHING! :) He loves to "help" with anything that I am doing, and follows me from room to room. I cannot even begin to imagine what it will be like with four busy little crawlers, but I know it isn't too far off! I will be one busy mommy! These pictures were all taken within about 5 minutes."I think I will help you load the dishwasher, Mom!"
"Hmmm...this looks interesting!"
Busted! :)
"Look at me, Mom!"

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Visit to northeast Iowa

Since RSV season is right around the corner, and we will be in "lock down," we decided to surprise James' grandmas with a visit from the babies. Both of James' grandmas live in northeast Iowa in nursing homes, so it is hard to get there to visit with the babies. Nana Jean and I headed out early Saturday morning, and really enjoyed all the beautiful trees on the way. Both grandmas were very surprised to see us! Here are some pictures from the weekend...

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Fall Fun

It was a little windy and cool on Saturday, but we decided to bundle the kids up and take them to the pumpkin patch while Daddy was working. My mom and James' dad both came down along with Uncle Caleb to help out, so we had plenty of help. Of course I couldn't resist snapping TONS of pictures, so here ya go....

Papa pulling the babies and Uncle Caleb around the pumpkin patch!

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




Love this one! :)