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Monday, March 21, 2011

And the list continues...

About 6 months ago I made a list of all the things that really surprised me about becoming a mom. I have been thinking about that list lately, and all the things that I could now add to it! My list is a mixture of things that I have learned throughout the past 15+ months.

1. NEVER buy white clothes! I am very anal about the kids' clothes, and stains drive me CRAZY! I think James' new entertainment is to tell me that he switched the laundry, while he waits for my automatic response, "Did you check ALL of the clothes for stains?!?!" He then tells me no, and waits for me to freak out a bit. He then laughs, and tells me that he did indeed check ALL of the clothes for stains. He has ruined quite a few clothes, so I think he is starting to learn about what the dryer does to stained clothes! ;)

2. Always have tylenol/ibuprofen (several bottles) on never know when you will need it! I swear we shoud've bought stock in the companies who make tylenol and ibuprofen. I never knew it was possible to go through so much, but we have gone through so much sickness this winter, and have needed lots! We get some very interesting looks at Target when buying 4+ bottles of ibuprofen at a time!

3. Toddlers are fast, and can get into "trouble" even faster! I have several friends who have kids, so I know that kids get hurt, and accidents happen, but I had not prepared myself for that reality times 4! We have had our fair share of scrapes, bumps, bruises, fat lips, etc., and a lot of the time it feels like absolute craziness in our house! No amount of "baby proofing" is enough when you have 4 mobile toddlers roaming the house!

4. I cannot get over the fact that all 4 of our kiddos share a birthday, but are so unbelievably different. They look so much different from each other, and have completely different personalities. It really is amazing!

5. People are crazy. I mean that in the nicest way possible, and I know it is a bit shocking when you see a lady pulling 4 kids who are usually dressed similar, and appear to be the same age in a wagon that resembles a train....the comments I get are hilarious, and often make me wonder if I heard correctly. The most common comments are...."Are those 2 sets of twins?," "Wow! You must have your hands full!," "I'm glad it's you and not me!," "You must have help everyday!," "I don't know how you do it!," and "Are those quadtriplets?"

My favorite comment/conversation would have to be with a lady in town who saw us walking by with the choo choo wagon. The conversation went something like this....(Lady)"What's the deal here (pointing at the kids)?" (Me)"Huh?" (Lady) "What are they?" (Me)"Ummm...huh?!" (Lady) "Are they like triplets or something?" (ME) "Nope. They are quadruplets." (Lady)"You have got to be kidding!"

6. Toys are overrated! Our kids have SO many toys, and really could care less about all of them! As long as they have kitchen utensils, tupperware, pop bottles, etc. they are as happy as can be! Who would've thought!

7. "Me" time went from shopping, going out to lunch, hanging out with friends, etc., to taking a shower! :-)

I'm sure there are tons more things that I could write about, but this will do for now! It will be fun to look back at this when the kiddos are older!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

RSV has hit!

I meant to finish my last post and publish it almost a week ago, but just when you think your life can't get any crazier, it does! I apologize for the pictures below. They are not very good quality, and were taken with my phone, but you get the idea...

After Brady tested positive for RSV last Monday, we were pretty certain that everyone would end up with it. Brady was a trooper the entire time he was sick, and got over it with a few breathing treatments. By Wednesday, Sophie had all the symptoms, followed by Max on Thursday, and Emme on Friday. All weekend we have struggled with getting the girls to take fluids, and Sophie seemed to be having issues with her breathing, so Sunday evening James and I headed to the E.R. with both girls.

When we got to the E.R., both girls' oxygen levels were good (Sophie-94% & Emme 96%). Neither of the girls had taken more than about 4-5 ounces of fluid in the last 48 hours, and Emme was very lethargic. After several tests, we found out the girls had RSV(who would've thought)! Sophie's oxygen levels dropped to 88% while she was asleep, so she was admitted to the hospital. Poor Emme had to be poked 7 different times before the nurses were able to get an IV in her! Since she was so dehydrated, and wouldn't take any fluids orally, they admitted her as well. Emme's oxygen levels dropped below 90% Sunday night, so both girls have been on oxygen for the past 3 days.

Luckily my mom, and grandma came down to help late Sunday afternoon, so they stayed at home with the boys while James and I stayed with the girls. Our poor girls have been so sick! I think James and I got a total of 15-20 minutes of the sleep Sunday night because both girls were so uncomfortable and wanted to be held all night. The pediatric floor isn't set up with oxygen for two kids in a room, so they each have their own room.

James' dad came down yesterday morning to help out, so my mom and grandma could head back home. James stayed at home with boys last night, while Papa and I stayed with the girls.

Sophie started feeling a little bit better yesterday, but is still struggling to get off oxygen. Poor Emme has had some really rough days. RSV has hit her like a ton of bricks! She was extremely lethargic yesterday, and pretty much slept the entire day in her crib! Today, she seems to be feeling a bit better, but is still exhausted. Sophie started taking some formula today in her bottle, but we are still struggling with Emme. I did finally get her to take a little over an ounce of pedialyte tonight, so hopefully tomorrow will be better.

Nana came down today, so that she and Papa could stay with the boys tonight, while James and I stay with the girls. I had never really thought about what a nightmare a hospital stay would be for us as a family. The logistics of this are insane. It takes an army to help at home, while being here at the hospital for our sweet girls!

Although this has been an extremely exhausting ordeal, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel! We are hoping that both girls can come home tomorrow, however, they would both have to be off oxygen for at least 12-24 hours, which isn't looking too likely for poor Sophie, who is still on oxygen tonight. Both girls would also have to start drinking enough that they won't become dehydrated once being discharged. They have a ways to go yet, but we're hoping they won't have to stay more than one more night if that!

If you get a chance, please say a prayer for our family's health! We have been battling sickness for about 6 weeks now, and are really ready for a break! :-) Also, please pray that I do not catch anything. Somehow I have managed to stay healthy through all of my family's sickness!

Here are some pictures from our hospital stay...Poor Emme was exhausted after 7 attemps to put an IV in her!
Sophie snuggling with Daddy!
First time Emme had been awake for more than 10 minutes(yesterday).
Yesterday was the turning point where Sophie started to feel better!
Sophie reading stories with Papa in hopes that she would go to bed!
Sophie thought Daddy's hat was pretty funny!
I have never been so glad to see Emme's smiling face!
Daddy cuddling with his girls!
While trying to wean the girls from their oxygen, we were able to have them in the same room!
Starting to feel better!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Spring, where are you?!

The past couple of weeks have been complete craziness in our house, and it would be an understatement to say that we are desperately wanting spring to be here! I have never in all my life dealt with so much sickness, and am really hoping that we are on our way to being healthy!

I wrote in a previous post towards the beginning of February about our kiddos and daddy having strep throat and double ear infections, but that was a piece of cake compared to the last two weeks! Daddy ended up getting Influenza A, which took him a good 5 or 6 days to start feeling better. Within a couple of days, the kids were all sick as well. Thankfully, we were all on Tamiflu, so they didn't have Influenza A! Sophie had another ear infection, Brady and Emme had very red sore throats, and poor Max had a terrible time with croup again.

Just as we thought everyone was starting to feel well again, Brady started running a temp. and developed a horrible cough with a runny nose. I took him back to the doctor on Monday, and he tested positive for RSV! I was shocked when I heard that! The insurance company denied the kids for synagis this year because they were over a year old, so of course its possible for them to get RSV, I just thought with us keeping them away from public places and washing hands all the time, we would avoid it! He has been pretty fussy, but overall it has been pretty mild, and we are very lucky that he hasn't had any breathing complications with it, but like everything else, when one gets sick, you can count on the other three to get it too! Now the other 3 have terrible coughs and runny noses, alone with temps. Needless to say, the nebulizer and bulb syringe are our best friends right now! Poor kids!

Tuesday the 1st was the kiddos 15 month check up. Luckily, Papa was here to help! It seems like each check up gets a bit more challenging to entertain the kids while we wait for the doctor and nurse! Food seems to work best, so we had lots of snacks to hand out! We started with toys, but the minute the kiddos decided to start playing the game where they throw their toys on the floor, this Mama decided it was time for something else (considering I have become quite the germaphobe)!

The kids are all doing GREAT, and growing like crazy! Little Miss Sophie still has some catching up to do, but is continuously gaining weight each time we go in for a check-up. She may always be our little peanut, but is doing great considering what she has had to overcome!

In the midst of all this craziness, we also decided it would be a good idea to take the morning nap away, and surprisingly we love it! The boys were boycotting afternoon nap, so we thought it was time to try something else. The girls were still quite content with their 2 naps/day, so we were a little worried about how they would handle it, and how we would balance everything if the girls still needed the 2 naps, while the boys were only taking 1. Luckily everything seemed to fall into place, and it seems to be making bedtime a lot easier for us too! The kids usually eat lunch around 11:00/11:30 and lay down from 12:00ish-2:30/3:00. They are also usually ready for bed by 7:30, which makes life easier for Mommy and Daddy, who finally get a chance to have some quiet time! I probably shouldn't even say this all out loud in fear that I might jinx myself! :-)

Here are a few pictures of the kiddos at the doctor with their current heights and weights...

Sophie Marie
Height: 29 1/4" (25%)
Weight: 16 lbs. 14 oz. (<3%)

This little peanut is still eating anything and everything! We have to be careful with how much food we put in front of her or she will put every single piece into her mouth at once! She has all of her teeth now, until her 2 year molars come in! Sophie is the sweetest, and most easy going child! Her smile is contagious! Sophie is really into playing with balls lately, and is pretty coordinated with throwing a ball! She is a HUGE Daddy's girl, and keeps her eyes on him at all times! She is also very attached to Papa! She has come so far in the past month, and is now crawling, and pulling herself up to her knees. She can say...Mama, Dada, Papa, Nana, baba, cracker, ball, and bye bye.

Emme Lee
Height: 29 1/4" (25%)
Weight: 20 lbs. 6 oz. (6%)

Emme is our princess, and loves anything girly! She absolutely LOVES jewelry, hats, headbands, etc. She gets the most precious smile when someone tells her what a pretty girl she is. Emme is a very sweet and laid back girl like her sister, however, she has a VERY sassy side to her as well! She loves to "talk" on the phone, and makes us laugh when doing so. Emme is Papa's girl, and lets it be known whenever he is around! Papa has been teaching her how to dance, and it really is pretty hilarious! I have a feeling that Emme will be 100% girl! Emme recently got her top molars, and is still working on the bottoms. Luckily it doesn't seem to bother her much! She can say...Mama, Dada, Papa, Nana, baba, bye bye, Max, and much more that we haven't figured out yet (we need a translator)!
Max Edward
Height: 31 1/4" (50%)
Weight: 24 lbs. 4 oz. (50%)
Max is our big boy, and he knows it! He likes to make sure his siblings know who is boss! He tends to be a bit of a bully, but shows his siblings that he really loves them by giving kisses all the time! Sometimes when giving kisses, he forgets how much bigger he is! Max has a great personality, and loves to be silly! He is really discovering his voice, and loves to scream at the top of his lungs! He doesn't do it to be naughty, but because he can! :-) After a few days of warm weather and choo choo wagon rides, Max has decided that it's a lot of fun to go "bye bye!" Anytime Mommy and Daddy have to go somewhere, and he sees that we are putting our coat on, he instantly thinks he should go too! I have a feeling he will be the one who screams when he has to come inside this spring/summer! Max also likes to play with balls, and is getting good at throwing a ball! Max has all of his molars now until the 2 year ones come in, but is still working on a couple more teeth. Like Emme, we could use a translator to help us understand what his conversations are about, but he can clearly say...Mama, Dada, Papa, Nana, baba, bye bye, cracker, car, moo (when asked what the cow says), nice, bath and up.

Brady James
Height: 30 1/2" (50%)
Weight: 20 lbs. 5 oz. (5%)
Brady is our sweet boy, and has a smile that literally melts my heart every time! He loves to give kisses, and tends to be a big Mama's boy! He loves to cuddle, especially when he is sick! Although Brady is usually very sweet and laid back, he also has a temper that can be triggered at any moment! :-) He gets extremely angry when his siblings (usually Max) takes something away from him, but is starting to fight back! Brady LOVES our dog, Gunner! When asked what the puppy says, he will say "woof woof" in the softest little voice! SO CUTE! Brady recently discovered that he has a hole in his nose! We are hoping that he doesn't make that a habit! :-) Brady is working on his molars, and so far only has one on top. He is having a tough time with teething, and gets pretty fussy. Brady can say....Mama, Dada, Nana, Papa, baba, bye bye, uh-oh (his favorite), and woof woof.

We hope you are all staying healthy!