Too Beautiful for earth

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Ever since we’ve learned that our family is about to expand  from 2 to 6, by becoming parents of quadruplets, our world has changed completely. Our new normal is very different from most of the other families and sometimes it is very hard to relate to others. But very early in my pregnancy, we were introduced to a new online community of quad families, where we do feel normal! I had a tremendous support system through all these moms of quads and I have been encouraged by them since day one. We share stories, worries and laughter, we pray and try to help each other as much as we can. In the past year our community has suffered tremendously because we have had families that lost all their babies due  to the fact that they were born too early. We always make a big deal when a pregnant soon-to-be mommy of quads reaches certain milestones, like 24 weeks or 28 weeks. Because, when you carry 4 babies, there are SO many risks of early complications and  miscarriages. Our bodies and minds, our spouses and families go through A LOT during a quad pregnancy and it is heartbreaking when there is not a happy story at the end of it. When I was about 24 weeks pregnant with my crew, a fellow soon to be quad mom, experienced probably the worst thing in her life, loosing all four of her babies, when she was about 22 weeks pregnant. It affected me so much because we were in the same boat at that time. A couple of days before her tragedy, we were talking about our pregnancies and how we “got this” . Well… we cannot control anything, especially human lives. I cried that day so much and I was so upset for her, I just wanted to be able to say or do something to help and make her feel better but there was nothing I could do.

We have been so blessed and I will never stop saying how amazingly God worked in our family. Our babies are doing good just because of God’s grace and not because we did something or we deserve it. But my heart aches for another family that went through the same tragedy as the one I mention earlier.

Chris with 3 of their babies and the teddy bear representing their 1st born baby - a couple of days earlier

Chris with 3 of their babies and the teddy bear belongs to their 1st born baby that came a couple of days earlier

I wrote a little bit about them on Facebook, asking for prayers as they were going through this difficult situation. You can read all about their story on their Facebook Page – Prayers for the Fantastic Four. I can’t stop thinking that it could have been me and my husband going through this! They have lost all four of their babies… We pray for them every day and we ask you to do it too! They need our support. Jen and Chris, I know God did not make a mistake. I know He has a plan, but we cannot understand His will sometimes. Please do not be discouraged, your faith will help you overcome this. You have four angels in Heaven now! They were too beautiful for earth <3

We are trying to help this family with the cost of the funeral arrangements, so if you would like to help too, please visit their Go Fund page.

Any donations will be greatly appreciated!  Thank you!

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A few of us , Quad Mommas, decided to link together and spread the word about this special couple and others like them. Read more about this topic at :

Four to Adore : http://fourtoadore.com/

Capri + 3 :  http://www.multiples-mom.com

Chillin’ with Chad : http://chillwithchad.blogspot.com/

Lori.

Half their birthday!

It feels surreal that the Quads have reached the 6 months milestone today. I am happy but also sad ( they are growing way too fast!). I am happy that they are doing great, we are all doing good and I dreamed about this day! To be able to say that everything is in place and that we pretty much have it under control. It does not mean it’s perfect, but it means we can handle what God gave us, no matter how scared and shocked and uncertain we were in the beginning. It was pretty overwhelming! We were excited even back then, but I cannot describe how much better we feel about everything right now. When I was pregnant and my belly was growing so big by the minute, I use to do a lot of research, read everything I could possibly find, about quadruplets. I tried to prepare myself and my husband for what was ahead of us, and I was SO nervous. We were about to become parents for the first time! Nothing really can prepare you for that, less alone to become quad parents. I watched videos and pictures of other families with quads and tried to “see” ourselves in the future. It does give you a glimpse but still, you don’t really know what is yet to come. But God is so wonderful! He doesn’t just give you something and lets you figure out everything by yourself. He guides you and shows you what and how to do it. I am grateful to Him for our family and how beautifully everything has come together. I am even thankful for those terrible boring bed rest days, when I thought I will go crazy! Those days of complete rest helped me carry my pregnancy all the way to 29 weeks and 4 days!  I am thankful for the 2 weeks that I spent in the hospital before the babies arrived. I was very well taken care of and I had no worries. I remember how I was in so much pain in the last weeks, it was hard to roll in bed, get out bed, walk around, shower… everything felt like it was just too much for my body. My belly stretched out so much that my uterus lining was extremely thin. So the fact that the babies came so early was very good for me at that point. I am even thankful for the NICU days, even though every single time I think back at those times, my heart sinks and it’s heavy. But we managed to be happy and hopeful even back then, because our faith was bigger than those circumstances. I am thankful for every day and every moment; everything makes sense now. It was hard for me to go back and look at the pictures from 6 months ago. But now I can clearly see again how wonderful and amazing is our God! The work of His hands is always perfect! We just need to trust Him.

Today we don’t just celebrate the babies turning 6 months. This is kind of funny and also interesting. A year ago today, very early in the morning, I took a pregnancy test and it showed 2 lines. We were beyond excited! Little did we know that March 7th was just the beginning of a beautiful story that became our life. Here we are, a year later celebrating our miracles! If you do the math, you’ll find out that my pregnancy was pretty short.

I made some collages with a few pictures of each baby in the first couple of days after they were born and also I will post pictures of them at 6 months. I am amazed and my heart is full of gratitude. You’ll see why!

ISAAC NATHAN

Our first born, Baby Isaac. He was the first one I got to see the day after the delivery. I was shocked and terrified to see how small and helpless he was. All I wanted to do is pick him up and hold him tight but I wasn't allowed yet.

Our first born, Baby Isaac. He was the first one I got to see the day after the delivery. I was shocked and terrified to see how small and helpless he was. All I wanted to do is pick him up and hold him tight but I wasn’t allowed yet.

My big boy, Isaac, today! tears are rolling down my cheeks as I type this in. Isn't God amazing?

My big boy, Isaac, today! tears are rolling down my face as I type this in. Isn’t God amazing? He is over 14 pounds now.

I get to kiss those cheeks and hold him tight every day now!!

Isaac ~ I get to kiss those cheeks and hold him tight every day now!!

Isaac ~ handsome little man

Isaac ~ handsome little man

Isaac ~ Love you to the moon and back!

Isaac ~ Love you to the moon and back!

HANNAH LIANA

Baby Hannah in the first days of the NICU life. Strong personality from the first days of life! She's our little peanut

Baby Hannah in the first days of the NICU life. Strong personality from the first days of life! She’s our little peanut

Baby Hannah today! How beautiful she is! Her smile lights up the room and she's not shy to show it!

Baby Hannah today! How beautiful she is! Her smile lights up the room and she’s not shy to show it! She is over 12 pounds now.

This little girl has so much energy! If she wakes up at 3AM, she is ready to smile and play

Hannah ~ This little girl has so much energy! If she wakes up at 3AM, she is ready to smile and play

Hannah ~ We love you so much sweet baby girl!

Hannah ~ We love you so much sweet baby girl!

Hannah ~ So precious!

Hannah ~ So precious!

ALEXIS MADELINE

Baby Alexis, our little fighter baby girl. There were some rough days back in the NICU and waiting for her to come home, felt like it took forever. But it was all worth it in the end. SO proud of her!

Baby Alexis, our little fighter baby girl. There were some rough days back in the NICU and waiting for her to come home, felt like it took forever. But it was all worth it in the end. SO proud of her!

Alexis ~ Sweetness should have been her middle name! This girl melts any heart!

Alexis ~ Sweetness should have been her middle name! This girl melts any heart! She is over 13 pounds now

Alexis ~ Beautiful little princess

Alexis ~ Beautiful little princess

Alexis ~ Those eyes!! Love you bunches!

Alexis ~ Those eyes!! Love you bunches!

Alexis ~

Alexis ~ Special in every way!

ANDREW DAVIS

Baby Andrew in the NICU. This feisty baby fought for his life and he proved every day what a strong little man he is. He made the funnies faces even when he was this tiny, such a fun baby!

Baby Andrew in the NICU. This feisty baby fought for his life and he proved every day what a strong little man he is. He made the funnies faces even when he was this tiny, such a fun baby!

Baby Andrew today! That face melts my heart! He was the biggest at birth and still is a front runner! He also weights over 14 pounds now.

Baby Andrew today! That face melts my heart! He was the biggest at birth and still is a front runner! He also weights over 14 pounds now.

Andrew ~His smile just makes my life wonderful! Love you so much little buddy!

Andrew ~His smile just makes my life wonderful! Love you so much little buddy!

Andrew ~ Handsome baby boy!

Andrew ~ Handsome baby boy!

Andrew ~ The baby of our family. Such a unique personality!

Andrew ~ The baby of our family. Such a unique personality!

From L to R Isaac, Hannah, Alexis & Andrew

From L to R
Isaac, Hannah, Alexis & Andrew

Isaac: Finally I grabbed Andrew's hand! Hannah: You are about to embarrass me, Alexis! Leave it down! Alexis: That's it! Here's a good picture! Andrew: What? We're done?!

Isaac: Finally I grabbed Andrew’s hand!
Hannah: You are about to embarrass me, Alexis! Leave it down!
Alexis: That’s it! Here’s a good picture!
Andrew: What? We’re done?!

We are truly blessed and we don’t take anything for granted. Think about the blessings in your life and don’t forget to give Thanks every single day!

Lori.

5 months schedule

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Things are starting to settle down, uh oh- maybe I am speaking too soon! I feel like I got this :-) Some days I feel like that and then other days I feel like I am going c.r.a.z.y.! The babies are just like other babies, with good, happy days and also not so good, whiny, fussy days. The only difference is that having 4, chances are that someone is in a good mood every day, but also someone else is in a bad mood every day. The weeks are going by fast and the Quads are growing & thriving, praise the Lord!

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The babies are still trying out new foods, it is still a new territory for them and of course we are taking it reaaaally easy. I started making my own baby food and I am ecstatic about it! It feels SO good to know that I am feeding them healthy and fresh produce every day. I am in love with my Cuisinart Baby Food Maker ! I never thought I will enjoy this so much, but it is easy and fun.

The days are busy and the nights… well the nights sometimes are quiet. But sometimes this momma doesn’t get much sleep. The Quads have started teething, I can’t feel or see any teeth yet, but I can tell it’s happening. So I blame the teething when I get no sleep :) Andrew has been challenging us a lot but we had a game plan and it worked out. We always have a plan A and then B, C… as many as we need until we figure things out. Every night after the last feeding, we read books and sing songs. It seems like the babies enjoy this time a lot and we do too. But when it’s time for bed… Andrew decides it’s time to scream! And he is so smart; he knows we are headed to his room and that’s when it starts. The night terror :) We had to do something so Isaac has been sleeping over in the girls room. They can still hear Andrew, even though we have noise machines in each room, but this baby can be is loud. As much as it hurts and we hate doing it, we had to let him cry it out. The first night he went for 50 intense minutes. I just wanted to go in and comfort him. But Oly encouraged me not to because that would have ruined everything. He finally fell asleep and only woke up  couple of times during the night, cried for a few minutes and again back to sleep. I used to hurry to his room every single time he would wake up to calm him down and give him his pacifier just so he won’t wake up Isaac. So now I am hoping he will quit doing that too because he needs to sleep all night, and so does his brother. The second night things got better. After I put him down and left, he only cried for 10 minutes and then kind of whined for another 20. Third night things got even better. He only whined for 5 minutes and went to sleep! I couldn’t believe it! Every morning when I get him from his crib, I tell him how proud he makes me and I snuggle with him for a few minutes before we do anything else. And he is so excited and happy, I think he is proud of himself too!

Here is our 5 months schedule. Things are not written in stone of course and they vary, but I try my best to keep the routine going – it is great for the babies and us.

7 AM : First feeding of the day
Usually everyone is calm and happy in the morning, it is easy to entertain them. Most mornings they sit in their Rock&Plays all around me and I play music toys for them, sing songs and read books. It’s pretty amazing how a simple rattle can keep all four babies attention for minutes! I’m sure that won’t be for long!
8:30 AM : Down for nap
10 AM : Spoon feeding followed by bottles
They get messy while eating solids so this is when I change them into day clothes. They take a bath every other day, sometimes right after this feeding or next one (if they are not very messy).
11:30 AM: Down for nap
1 PM : Bottle
Our living room looks like a nursery of course. We have a play area on the floor with baby gyms. I love it when all 4 are down there having fun. They also take turns on the swing and bouncer. They are a little too small for the bouncer, they can’t reach the floor but we have a pillow under and it works great. Also, they love the rocking chair. Especially if they are fussy, that thing calms them down right away. Two of them can sit in the rocking chair, always under my supervision.
2:30 PM : Down for nap
4 PM : Bottle
Playtime in the living room again or in their rooms. I like having all four babies in one crib with the baby mobil on. Or sometimes boys in one crib, girls in another one. A couple of times we went outside for a stroll because the weather was really nice. I am sure we will be going outside a lot more in the coming month. The babies don’t really like to take another nap anymore. We used to have a 4th nap because they were so tired. They do get fussy and things can get crazy but they like to chill in their Rock&Plays in the living room; some take a 15 min cat nap or they just hang out with us.  Close to the last feeding, I like to take time and get everyone ready for bed.
7 PM : Last feeding
After they eat, we read books, sing songs, hugs & kissed and off to bed! Usually by 8 PM babies are out and we enjoy the rest of the  night are exhausted!

I had fun taking some cute pictures of them. I just can’t stop !

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snow storm 2014

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Have a good week everyone!

Lori.

Messy faces and new discoveries

About two weeks ago, we started feeding the babies solids (a week before they turned 5 months). I thought they were ready but I wanted to get the doctor’s approval too. I never really know if I need to give them extra time or not, for being preemies. We started with rice cereal mixed with formula. Their faces were priceless of course! First day didn’t go that well because everyone was very hungry and I should have started feeding them cereal a little earlier than their regular feeding time. Anyway, scratch that! I didn’t really take that day in consideration. Next time I tried, they all did really well. They ate more than I expected, except Hannah, she eats like a little bird. Well, she is a little bird :) So I kept offering them rice cereal for a few days in a row. Then we started veggies. Green beans first for a couple of days. Andrew refused them the first try but liked them the second day. So far we are only feeding them solids once a day, around lunch time. Then we tried carrots. That was a big hit, everyone loved carrots!! The boys couldn’t get enough, Isaac was crying because I wasn’t fast enough for him. I can’t wait to get our Quad table, it’s going to be much easier to feed them. Right now they can’t really sit; Hannah is so little so we can only feed her in the Rock&Play, she can’t really support herself.

Yesterday the babies got sweet peas. They weren’t thrilled about it. We’ll try again today. It is very exciting to try new things with them and see their reactions. After the spoon feeding, everyone gets a bottle too. Sometimes they end up not drinking much, which is fine. We use the bottle proppers, so all babies eat together. It is a little difficult, but it works great. I can’t wait for them to hold their bottles by themselves. 

I love how they all look at me!

I love how they all look at me!

 

Daddy feeding Isaac

Daddy feeding Isaac

Baby Alexis

Baby Alexis

Spiky baby Hannah

Spiky baby Hannah

Isaac having fun

Isaac having fun

Sweet Andrew :)

Sweet Andrew :)

Hannah

Hannah

Alexis

Alexis

Andrew

Andrew

More carrots!!!

More carrots!!!

Bottle time!

Bottle time!

I can’t believe we reached this milestone too, feeding the babies solids. I never even had a chance to think about it, I always thought it was so far away!

Lori.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 months of cuteness

Our crew at 4 months old!

Our crew at 4 months old!

I know the Quads turned 5 months last week, but I need to write down their 4 months updates before I forget everything. It has been a very busy month and all the babies really changed a lot. I feel like the 4th month has been a big step forward for all of us. For me especially, it has been challenging in the beginning because my husband went back to work after the holidays and I am on my own with the babies during the week. We try to schedule help for doctors visits because those are very difficult. Some days are easier and some are SO hard, but this is my life and my family and so I embrace every little bit of it, good & bad. I still have days when I do not get out of my PJ’s until Oly comes home from work, and I probably get to shower at night before climbing in bed. And that’s ok too. I’ve learned to let go and just go with the flow. But I have to say: being organized is the key to success.

The babies are doing so well. I am proud of every single one of them and I get teary even writing about them right now, because I still cannot believe where we were 5 months ago and where we are now! The other night I looked at some pictures from the day after the delivery and I was shocked to see how tiny they were!

I will talk a little bit about each of them and I will do it in the reverse order of their birth because I feel like I always start with our first born.

IMG_3017          Super Star baby Andrew :) This baby has so much energy!!! Usually at the last feeding at night, everyone is passed out, ready for bed. Sometimes Andrew stays up a little longer with us just to get all his energy out. He kicks his feet and wiggles around so much! Also, he loves when I rock him a couple of minutes before I put him in his crib, but I never rock him to sleep. I enjoy it too. Sweetness!He is my snuggle bunny. Smiles and laughs a lot, he is very vocal and VERY loud :) Makes a lot of funny noises and loves it when we talk to him, he baby-talks back. He supports his head very well and enjoys tummy time most of the time. He even naps on his tummy sometimes. Andrew absolutely LOVES his pacifier!!! He always did, even back in the NICU. Now that we have the wubanubs ( the little animals attached to the pacifiers)  for them, it is so much easier not to lose any of the pacis and they like to hug them. He usually has at least 2 around him, sometimes sucks on one and hugs the other while he sleeps. 20140211_104625Andrew is the first one of the four that rolled over. Actually the only one so far.We call him our athletic baby, definitely Daddy’s boy! His face lights up when  Daddy comes home from work. IMG_3716He loves music and he is very playful. Many times he wakes up Isaac during their naps or during the night and then Isaac gets very upset and there we have it : two screaming babies that soon wake up the girls too and then we have a whole choir of screaming babies! During the night, I usually have to pay him a couple of visits to re-swaddle him or make sure he has his pacifier. We even had a routine for a few night in a row. Bed time is usually in between 8 and 9 PM and Andrew would wake up around midnight, screaming bloody murder! I was very tented to offer him a snack but I decided not to because I wanted to test him and see if he is able to sleep more or he really needs food at that time in the night. He slept until 3 AM without a problem before so I knew he could do it. I had a few hard nights but I think he saw that I am not playing around and that night time means sleep, so he gave up. Once they reach a certain point I would hate to go back and create bad habits. Because bad habits are hard to be fixed. Sometimes he can be a very stubborn baby but his Mommy is even more stubborn. Loves bath time and splashing water all over the bathroom! Usually cries when bathtime is over. He definitely is the joyful energy ball of the crew :) He measures 24.2 inches long  and weights 13 pounds 12 oz. Diaper size 3 and he is on Gentlease formula from Enfamil (between 120 -150ml every 3h during the day); still on Zantac for re-flux (1ml). He is the biggest out of the 4.

IMG_3747       Sweet baby Alexis :) She is so unique and special. She will ALWAYS be the puzzle piece that completed and made our family perfect the day she came home from the Hospital. My heart was heavy all those days when she was by herself in the NICU (she had wonderful nurses that loved her and cared for her) and I was not able to go and visit her because I had the trio at home. But Daddy really stepped in and decided to go and spend time with her every night after work. That was a big sacrifice but worth every second of it. Alexis always had her own pace. Nothing and nobody can rush her and that is perfectly fine with us. As the time passed by, we were able to witness a big transformation. Ever since she came home, she turned into a beautiful and precious little lady! She is very delicate and sensitive.IMG_3828Alexis used to be our serious baby, she would never ever smile. But that changed too and in the last week or so, we have been able to steal a smile from her. She is not very vocal, except when she decides not to nap and her cry is so loud!! :) Recently she started a little bit of baby talk and cooing so I am assuming that we’ll hear/see more of that in the next month. As I said before, when it comes to their development and milestones we have to be patient and sometimes give them extra time, because they were born almost 3 months earlier. Alexis is a very good night sleeper. She never wakes me up during the night and I always have to wake her when the others are ready for the first feeding of the day. 20140114_131013She loves her pink teddy wubbanub and holds it with her arm. If she is awake when I go into the girls room in the morning, she gives me the biggest smile and she gets very excited. And that is pretty much the only time I see her doing that. It makes my day! There is so much sweetness in my little baby girl! During the day, she doesn’t need as much sleep as the others. Sometimes she does get very tired and she cries before she falls asleep so I put her in her Rock & Play and move her into our bedroom so she won’t disturb the others. Andrew gets the same treatment sometimes, if he gets too crazy. Alexis doesn’t usually give us any trouble, she is a pretty content baby, enjoys music and when I read them stories she looks at the pictures with her beautiful big blue eyes. Bath time is a very relaxing time for her; loves it! She is very strong when it comes to pain or unpleasant things like taking that yucky Zantac medicine for re-flux. She swallows it like it’s the most delicious treat while the others cry and fuss and spit it out :) She loves to sleep through her feedings, so funny! it is very unusual for her to be awake while she takes her bottle. She measures 23.4 inches long and weights 12 pounds 10 oz. Diaper size 2 and she is on Enfacare formula from Enfamil (between 90 – 130ml every 3h during the day). Still taking Zantac for re-flux (0.9ml).

IMG_3023     Happy face baby Hannah :) Oh my goodness!!! I never ever imagined my Hannah being the smiley one of the quads! Back in the NICU days she used to frown so much and now it’s exactly the other way around. Our little peanut has a smile on her face most of the time and since she discovered the baby talk, it is the best combination ever. You turn around and there she is smiling ear to ear :)IMG_3812 She is the tiniest of the family and light as a feather. Hannah has a mind of her own. She used to be very laid back and just go with the flow. Not anymore. When I put her to bed, she fights it so much and even though she is so little, she wiggles a lot and she’s probably the hardest to swaddle. I should not even be bothering too much because 2 minutes later her arms are out, above her head. That’s how she likes to sleep. She likes to touch everything with her little hands. She can’t really grab things yet, although she grabs our shirts and hold on pretty tight sometimes. Such a cutie-pie, she pats her head and puts her hand on her face while she’s having her bottle. She has the funniest gestures. But most of all, she LOVES to put her hands in her mouth. They all do that but Hannah is a pro. She could give her siblings some lessons of how to suck on their fingers :) She is our little Kitty, we even got her a kitty cat wubbanub. At her last doctor checkup, I told our pediatrician that her skin is very sensitive and dry. The Dr. told me that we should bathe Hannah just like we would bathe a cat. That was hilarious! Even though she loves bath time, it has to be very quick for that reason. And it’s a workout to give her a bath, she moves so much!!! IMG_3563Of course she loves music and she really likes it when Daddy plays the harmonica. She is mesmerized! Little Hannah took me for a quick trip to Children’s Emergency Care one night; she had a terrible diaper rash that was getting worst and worst by the minute. It ended up being an yeast infection along with a bad diaper rash. That’s when I decided to make my own wipes,because commercial wipes can be very harmful sometimes. Every now and then I still use some commercial ones ( just because I have some left from my baby shower) but the ones that I make, I use even for wiping their faces and hands. Hannah usually goes to sleep pretty easily, sometimes she hangs out in her crib making sounds or winning a little. But there are times when everyone is sleeping and the house is so quiet… and she decides to start fussing and not only that but this loud voice comes out of her little body and that’s how she wakes up Alexis, Alexis wakes up Andrew and of course he wakes up Isaac. And so I am standing there in between their rooms thinking where to go first. Nap time is over, all thanks to my petite munchkin, Hannah :) She measures 22.7 inches long and weights 11 pounds 8 oz. Diaper size 2 (although it’s a little big on her) and she is on Gentlease formula from Enfacare (between 90-130ml every 3h during the day). She’s also still on Zantac for re-flux (0.8ml).

IMG_3016   Big boy Isaac aka Mommy’s boy :) And I am proud of that. Let’s get things right. They are ALL Mommy’s babies and always will be. But he just wants mommy sometimes and nobody else :) He is not the biggest ( Andrew is just by a few oz ) but he acts very mature sometimes. Loves to be held and sometimes if that’s what he wants, then he will cry until he gets it. Doesn’t really care for a pacifier; his puppy wubbanub has been sitting in the living room for the last few days and he really doesn’t want it. IMG_3794He is very happy with his friend, Monkey the taggie blanket. He has been going to sleep with it and really loves it. He chews those tags like crazy :) Issac is also very vocal, loves to baby-talk to you and to show the lip when he is upset. Enjoys musical toys and anything with lights, just like his siblings. I can tell that soon he will be able to grab things and toys, he’s been trying a lot. When he eats, he holds the bottle with his chubby hands, but he can’t do it all by himself yet. He is also a very happy baby and usually mornings are the best, everyone is in a good mood and things run pretty smoothly. A few weeks ago he went through a phase when he refused to eat or only ate a little bit. That’s when the Zantac had to be increased for everyone (they gained weight and the dose was too small for them) and also we switched 3 out of 4 babies to Gentlease formula. Even though they need a high calorie formula for being preemies, we had to do the switch because they couldn’t tolerate the Enfacare. The Zantac helps with the re-flux, so the babies don’t throw up their food. Well, at that point the low dose didn’t help anymore and so Isaac would projectile throw up sometimes and he would get so scared. Other times I was able to hear his stomach growling like he was about to puke, but he controlled himself so much not to do that. I felt so bad for him, he was not the happy boy he usually is. But everything got fixed and we are back to normal. He eats like a champ and sleeps well. 20140117_115843Isaac is very sweet, loves one-on-one time (all of them do, of course) and it is indeed a very special time whenver we are able to do that with each and every one of them. At night, when I put him to bed and kiss him goodnight, he has the biggest and the most content smile on his face… that to me is amazing and it just gives me peace of mind and tells me that I did a good job that day. A smiling angel going to sleep :) Isaac measures 23.2 inches long and weights 13 pounds 9 oz. Diaper size 3 and he is on Gentlease formula too (between 100-150ml every 3h during the day). He gets Zantac too, for re-flux(1ml).

Every night, before I get in bed, I like to make the rounds. I go and check all the babies, I give them soft kisses and pray for them. It fills my hear with joy to see all four of them sleeping so peacefully and in the same time it still amazes me that all four are ours! I am so grateful once again to have everyone home, safe and sound.

Isaac & Andrew

Isaac & Andrew

Hannah & Alexis

Hannah & Alexis

We started spoon feedings right about a week before they turned 5 months. Everyone is doing surprisingly well and even though it is pretty hard to feed all at the same time, it is fun. They get very messy but they are so cute! The carrots, so far, were the biggest hit, they all loved it. Actually Isaac and Andrew were crying while I was feeding them, because I wasn’t fast enough! Once again, I wish I would have an extra pair of arms.

Out for a stroll in the neighborhood

Out for a stroll in the neighborhood

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Our hard work of sleep training them is finally starting to pay off. They’ve been sleeping about 9h at night and that is amazing to me. I still wake up a few times to re-swaddle some of them or give Andrew his pacifier but nothing major. During the day, they take about 4 naps, we are still on the eat/play/sleep pattern. It’s been going well. Of course some naps are getting shorter and that’s fine, I know we’ll end up cutting some soon. I am happy to say that we are over the colicky stage, thank God! The boys were very colicky and I am glad it’s over. I am also not pumping anymore, it was my decision to stop and it was a hard one.

If you are interested in making your own wipes, please check out Amber’s homemade baby wipes recipe. She is one of my quad Mommas friends and she has a bunch of tips and fun ideas on her blog, Four to Adore.

I will gather some cute pictures of the Quads eating solids and post them soon.

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Time flies!!

Oh boy, my blog is getting dusty and rusty! And that’s because I haven’t stopped here for such a long time! My laptop is broken and it’s hard to type a post off the phone, but honestly I can hardly find time to finish work on my chores around the house! The Quads are SO big, I cannot believe it. On February the 7th they will be five.months.old!!!!!! Our home is full of giggles and cuteness but the crying is not off the schedule either :) Oly took off from work before the holidays and so we worked very hard on sleep training. When you have a baby, maybe you don’t care much of having him/her on a sleep schedule but with 4… it is mandatory or you go crazy. So I’ve been reading Baby Wise and with advice from other quad mommas, we did it! Yes, it was very hard because the babies did not want to do what we wanted them to do. But we are a good team and autie Lois helped us tons, so because of her we are still sane! The Quads only wake up once during the night, around 3 AM and that is a huge accomplishment. During the day, they eat every 3h, they play and sleep. It doesn’t always work, but most of the time they are good. We feed 2 at once, first the boys and then the girls. I am so proud of them! And even though they still wake up once at night, after they eat, they go back to sleep right away. I am excited for the spring to come so we can get out, meet with friends, go to the park… a whole new chapter! But hey, let’s not rush things :)) we enjoy the baby stage SO much, especially now that they smile a lot, they laugh and giggle when we act silly… we have all this 4 times:) so blessed!

There is so much to tell, pictures to post but hopefully my laptop wilk get fixed soon and also by that time maybe I’ll be able to manage my time better so I can continue blogging. I will have to go back in 2013 for a moment for some good stories about the Lupei Quadville!

Lori.Photography by Axsys Design - www.axsysdesign.com

Welcome home Isaac & Andrew!

After 46 days in the NICU, our boys came home! They were always neck in neck, gaining weight pretty much the same, they got their cannulas out just a couple of days apart and they reached 8 bottles in 24h about the same time too. They are best buddies :) The plan was for Isaac to come home 1st. But in the NICU you just never know. Andrew was doing so great so our surprise was double. They have been home for a week now and things are going pretty smoothly. They are good babies. They sleep well and eat well. We enjoy them so much but we miss the girls. Maybe the hardest thing for us right now is to be away from them for days in a row. Hopefully the bambinas will come home soon. They still need to work on finishing their bottles and reaching 8 bottles/day. I would love, love, love if they would come home together too, so nobody is left behind.

As we learn our way as parents of twins right now, we’re really getting ready for what is to come. Many times I find myself thinking how everything that we do now, will soon double. It is a little scary honestly. But we’ve made it this far, I know we’ll be just fine. We are excited to be together as a family under the same roof, enjoy each other and raise these wonderful miracle babies.

The boys have reached 7 pounds! I am so proud of them!!! Isaac is 7 pounds, 5 oz (3 pounds, 5 oz at birth) and Andrew is 7 pounds, 1 oz (3 pounds, 9 oz at birth). They are chubby and healthy and just adorable. Here are the stars of the week :)

Ready to go home

Ready to go home

Leaving the NICU

Leaving the NICU

 

Finally going home!

Sleepy boys

Life at home :)

Life at home :) Blessed with wonderful aunties!

 

Mommy's boys <3

Mommy’s boys <3

Chillin` :)

Chillin` :)

Andrew (L) & Isaac (R)

Andrew (L) & Isaac (R)

Bottles ready for the night. Can't imagine how our fridge will look once everyone is home!

Bottles ready for the night. Can’t imagine how our fridge will look once everyone is home!

Daddy duty in the middle of the night

Daddy duty in the middle of the night

Doesn't Andrew look SO hungry? :)

Doesn’t Andrew look SO hungry? :) He was about to have his bottle.

Isaac's favorite spot

Isaac’s favorite spot

Pure chubbiness

Pure chubbiness

Alexis being so confy. I miss her so much

Alexis being so comfy. I miss her so much

Hannah passed her car seat test. Hopefully she'll be ready to come home soon

Hannah passed her car seat test. Hopefully she’ll be ready to come home soon

We would like to limit visitors to family only for a while. We just want them to get bigger and stronger, to build their immune system up and then we’ll have plenty of time for play time :) But thank you to all of you that always check on us and the Quads! It’s nice to know that we are on your mind and in your prayers. God has been wonderful to us and really provided for our family.

Also, many of you have asked if there is anything you can do for us. Actually there is. If you get coupons for diapers, wipes and/or formula, and you don’t need them, we would love to have them! It’s amazing how fast we go through boxes of all those things! And it’s just the beginning:))

Good night world!

Lori.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reunited for the 1st time!!

It’s been a while since my last post. I wish I could spend more time writing about our babies. I keep thinking things will slow down at some point, but I doubt it. Maybe once we settle down and everyone is home. I am happy to say that the Quads are doing wonderful. They are 6 weeks already, actually they are minus 4 weeks :) 36 weeks gestational. They changed so much! We have big babies!! The boys are 5 pounds 10oz, Alexis is 5 pounds 3oz and Hannah right at 5 pounds. Everyone is breathing on their own and they only have the feeding tube left. They all look so good and everyday we get great evaluations from the doctors. They are periodically tested for different things (hearing, vision, tummy & head scans, etc.) just to make sure they develop and grow. The best environment for them would still be inside my belly, for 4 more weeks, but they are doing very good and they are very well cared for at Northside. That’s why they have to be there, not because they are sick. They are not sick. Many people think there is something wrong with them. I would think that too if I wouldn’t have to go through this journey probably, but now I’ve learned so much about preemies. They still need to sleep as much as possible so even though we are so excited to see their pretty eyes and hang out with them while they are awake, we keep it to a minimum. The nurses call it “touch time” when it’s time time to feed them and change their diapers. It’s a lot better than before. We do hold them more and we actually bottle feed them (I breastfeed them too), give them baths (they all LOVE bath time!), change outfits and all that cute stuff. They know our voices and now that they are all in the same pod, they get jealous!! They hear us when we get there and many times they all start fussing. The nurses tell us how everyone has been behaving until we got there :) So cute!

Yesterday was the first time the Quads got together! It was a unique moment… They had a little play date in Isaac’s crib :) I wonder if they feel something special for each other already.

The Quads! from left to right: A- Isaac, B- Hannah, C- Alexis, D- Andrew

The Quads! from left to right: A- Isaac, B- Hannah, C- Alexis, D- Andrew

The Lupei Quads

The Lupei Quads

Their 1st play date :)

Their 1st play date :)

Hannah & Alexis

Hannah & Alexis

Love!

Love!

Isaac & Andrew

Isaac & Andrew

Brothers :)

Brothers :)

Isaac and Hannah

Isaac and Hannah

These are our treasures! When I saw all 4 of them together… it just melted my heart! Very soon one of them is coming home! I will make sure to have a special post about that :)

One VERY blessed Mommy,
Lori.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 pounders !

The Quads are looking better and better as the days go by. They are getting closer to 4 weeks now and everyone is gaining weight just like they are supposed to! Every now and then I post pictures of them on Quads from Heaven facebook page, so Like us on Facebook :) Sometimes it’s so much easier to write a little something there or post a picture than write a whole post for the blog. Time has a different meaning for me now. If I have extra time, I try to sleep. I never appreciated sleep so much and I think once the babies will come home, things will change even more. Because I pump so often, I don’t know what a good night sleep is anymore. For now I am able to provide milk for all 4 babies and that is so rewarding for me.

The little munchkins are getting chubby! It’s hard not to kiss their cheeks but we just have to be patient and wait until they are ready for all the love :) Hannah is 4 pounds 0,4oz; Alexis is 4 pounds 0,5oz; Isaac is 4 pounds 7,5oz and Andrew is 4 pounds 8oz. Hannah graduated to the 7th floor last week. It was a surprise because we thought one of the boys will go upstairs. Moving to the 7th floor means they are doing good on their breathing, not needing much help, they tolerate their feeds well, they are gaining weight like they are supposed to and so on. Miss Hannah was the first one to break the ice and we hope the others will follow her soon. Up there she has her own little room.

Last week Isaac had some tummy trouble. The doctors checked him out every day, they took x-rays of his tummy to see if there is something wrong. He had an IV in his hand and that’s how he got his fluids and his antibiotics while they stopped his feeds. He wasn’t allowed to have any milk until they figured out what or if something was wrong with him. He was so fussy and he cried a lot… I had a very hard time those few days. It was heartbreaking to hear him cry so much. But he ended up being fine, the doctors think he might have had a reaction the the additives they put in the milk they fed him and so they are watching him closely to see what makes his tummy hurt so they can eliminate that. Because they are premature babies, they don’t get the milk just as it is. There are some additives that go in the milk to help the babies grow and develop. Once they reach 40 weeks, they will get breast milk or formula without anything else added. In the other crib, Andrew was acting up a little too. He had a bladder infection. So he is still on antibiotics for a couple more days, but he is fine. He is breathing most of the time on his own, but sometimes he needs a little bit of help from his oxygen cannula. He has days when it’s completely off and other days when he needs it back on. But overall he is doing really good.

Alexis is now in an open crib too, just like her siblings. That is so exciting for us. She has been in the incubator for the longest time, these last few days only because there were no cribs available. She was getting too hot in there! She had to be back on her CPAP for a couple of days but things are progressing well with her too. Because of those big oxygen tubes pressing on her face, her eyes were very puffy and we were so worried. It seems like it’s normal for the babies in the NICU to have puffy eyes but she was the only one out of the quads. Her eyes look so much better and she is showing us her pretty smile everyday. She is such a sweet little girl, all the nurses are in love with her. Doesn’t cry much, there has to be something serious going on to make her cry. I enjoy holding her and I wish time would stop when I see how happy and how good she feels when we hold her skin to skin.

I never mention anything about this but I have to say it because it is one more proof that God really is in control of our situation and He is providing for our family. For the longest time we were trying to figure out how are we going to get a minivan. This was not the time for buying a car and having a car payment every month. Time was passing by and I told Oly so many times “we are about to have these babies and we have no car for them! what are we going to do?” . Well, the babies arrived and we still had no plan for getting a car. I knew somehow, at the right time, we will manage to get a car but I just couldn’t figure out how. One day, Oly got phone call from a friend of his from Chicago. Him and his wife wanted to GIVE us their minivan. Not to get rid if it, but to help us. Before Oly went to Chicago to pick it up, they took it to a shop, put new tires on it, change the oil and some other things that needed to be replaced, cleaned it and prepared it for us. The only thing missing was probably a big red bow on top of it:) Dinu and Mona, you guys cannot imagine what your gesture means for us and our babies. Nobody gives you a minivan, especially one that is in a very good condition and it drives so well. God has worked through this family the way we never thought it’s possible. So thank you, thank you, thank you! We’ll never be able to express our gratitude enough but every chance we have, we’ll try to pay it forward any way we can. It’s amazing how this world could change if we just pay it forward every day. And I don’t mean by doing big things, but even the smallest, like giving up the best parking space you found, to somebody else (that came to mind because I always have a hard time finding parking spots at the hospital). Anything means something. All the blessing that we receive from above are the answer of all the prayers that have been lifted for us. Many of you don’t know our exact needs, but just because you are praying, it means so much!

In the next days we are going to start packing! Oh, you thought our blessings list has ended? Oh no :) Everything is falling into place, AT THE RIGHT TIME. We are moving into a house! Raising 4 babies in a 2 bedroom apartment on the 3rd floor did not sound like a good idea at all, but after months and months of looking for a house that we could afford, we gave up. Honestly we did everything in our power to figure out our living situation but nothing was coming together. Can you imagine the stress we were going through, being pregnant with quadruplets, I had to quit my job, no minivan, no house, only one income… At some point I decided that I will not talk about all this anymore, I will not try to figure things out anymore, I will not think about it anymore. It was all on my hubby’s shoulders. And I would look at him after a long day at work and wonder why he looks so drained of energy… Having all this on your shoulders and not being able to do much, it drives you crazy. But once again, God didn’t let us down. He showed us that walking in faith is what He wanted us to do. By the time the babies will start coming home, they will have their nursery ready and a warm, perfect home to welcome them. As I said before, I will never understand why He choose us, why He wanted to change our lives so drastically, but we thank Him everyday; we feel so blessed and every time we look at our babies, it’s like heaven’s angels came down and they are part of our family now. We would not change a thing, this whole experience has been amazing. Even the hard days when we struggle, when I cry because as a new Mom I just want to hold my babies and have them with me all the time, these days are worth it too. Even the nights when it’s time to go home and our babies still don’t come with us, that stabbing pain is worth it too. We have each other and no matter what we have to go through, we will happily do it. Because our four miracles are worth it!

Hannah's new room

Hannah’s new room

A little bundle - Hannah

A little bundle – Hannah

A sleeping angel, Alexis

A sleeping angel, Alexis

 

Isaac and auntie Lois

Isaac and auntie Lois

Mr.Chubbs, Andrew! pure cuteness

Mr.Chubbs, Andrew! pure cuteness

Lori.

 

 

 

 

 

Life lately ~ in pictures

The babies are gaining weight and that is good news! Our heaviest is Isaac – 4 pounds 1 oz!!! You probably think it is funny that we are so excited but it is a huge deal for us :) Then comes Andrew right at 4 pounds, way to go baby! Alexis is next with 3 pounds 11 oz and Hannah right at 3 pounds 7 oz. We’re getting there! Oly said something really sweet the other day. The advantage of having preemies is that we are going to have babies at our house for a longer time! True :) Here they are!

Big boy Isaac, after bath time

Big boy Isaac, after bath time

Mommy & Isaac

Mommy & Isaac

cute little feet <3

cute little feet <3

with Hannah, after bath time

with Hannah, after bath time

Daddy love! with Hannah

Daddy love! with Hannah

Alexis and Daddy

Alexis and Daddy

Daddy next to Alexis's incubator and Hannah's is in the back

Daddy next to Alexis’s incubator and Hannah’s is in the back

Andrew and Daddy

Andrew and Daddy

The boys in their cribs!

The boys in their cribs!

Andrew without his oxygen cannula

Andrew without his oxygen cannula

Sweet Isaac! He did not take his eyes off me, he made me feel so special!!

Sweet Isaac! He did not take his eyes off me, he made me feel so special!!

Baby Isaac's IV. But he is our little champ!

Baby Isaac’s IV. But he is our little champ!

Little angel, Alexis

Little angel, Alexis

A smile from Alexis :)

A smile from Alexis :)

We still don’t know the final results about Isaac but so far, everything that came back looked good. No sign of infection!! The Dr. thinks he might be ok and maybe he will start getting his feedings again by tonight. I really hope so, he obviously is hungry. Thank you for keeping him and all the babies in your prayers! It’s amazing to see God’s work in their lives!

Lori.