Isaac & Andrew’s special day

Handsome boys <3

Handsome boys <3

A year ago today our house became a home. The boys came home together, after 46 days spent in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Thinking back at that day… oh man! We were SO nervous! I don’t think I have EVER been that nervous in my entire life. We spent the whole day at Northside Hospital, signing papers and checking off some last things on our to do list before we were able to take the babies home. We had to take a CPR class too -one the hospital’s rules when it comes to preemies. So many emotions combined, heavy hearted because we we’re leaving the girls but excited to bring the boys home! I can’t even remember how many times I cried that day. I felt sick to my stomach all most all day long worrying about how things will be once we’ll get home. No machines to let us know if something was wrong or if someone wasn’t breathing right or breathing at all, no nurses, no doctors… Are we going to be OK? That’s what was going on in my head. My husband was holding it together better than me, at least that’s what I thought. But I know that it wasn’t easy for him either. There we were, at the end of a long day, getting the boys ready for their first car ride. Oly gently took all the wires off the boys and I got them dressed. It was weird to not have them connected to computers and different machines. We were not used to that at all. Every time we wanted to change their diapers or clothes it just felt weird not dealing with the wires. I will never forget that. One of our favorite nurses, Kristi, was the one that discharged the boys and prepared us for this next step. She stayed with us an extra couple of hours after her shift ended just to make sure we are fine and ready to go home.

First car ride! Andrew (L) ~ Isaac (R)

First car ride! Andrew (L) ~ Isaac (R)

And off we went. And we were fine… We did have to be really careful handling them especially during feeding time; Andrew had a few episodes when he would “forget” to breathe while taking his bottle, very scary! But it was amazing to finally feel like a parent! We were missing the girls so much but in a little while they got to join us all at home too.

These two munchkins were quite a pair from the beginning. We could tell there was something special between them and it is wonderful to see how amazing their bond grows with each step of the way.

Morning nap in their Pack  & Plays

Morning nap in their Rock & Plays

Brotherly love <3

Brotherly love <3

We always hoped that the boys will become friends and really get along and play together. But we never imagined that at the age of 1 they will entertain each other and have such a great relationship! It is so adorable to see them interact.

Dear Andrew & Isaac,

Today we celebrate your homecoming and could not be more proud of you guys. You have showed such strength and courage from the first moments you were born. In the NICU they say that the boys are much slower and lazier than the girls but you proved everyone wrong! You really, really wanted to come home! Isaac, you are such bubbly baby! You laugh fill our hearts and our home. You were the one that came into this world first, I guess you just couldn’t wait anymore to meet Mommy and Daddy.  Andrew, you are the energy of our home! It is such a joy to see you accomplishing new things every day. You bring excitement and enthusiasm in our home. We love you both so, so very much and pray that your lives will continue to be true miracles. God has truly blessed us with the best pair of boys we could have asked for!

While visiting the girls, the boys got their own crib just to hang out.

While visiting the girls in the NICU, the boys got their own crib just to hang out.

1st Christmas A & I

1st Christmas A & I

Sleeping buddies

Sleeping buddies

Chubby faces :) A & I

Chubby faces :) A & I

Isaac & Andrew

Isaac -baby A & Andrew -baby D

Isaac & Andrew

Isaac & Andrew

6 months old A & I

6 months old A & I

Tough love :)

Tough love :)

Reading buddies

Reading time in Andrew’s crib

Getting ready to swim for the 1st time

Getting ready to swim for the 1st time

:) When Andrew wants something, he gets it!

:) When Andrew wants something, he gets it!

Always together! A & I

Always together! A & I

Here comes trouble.. double trouble!

Here comes trouble.. double trouble!

Playtime!

Playtime!

One of their favorite things, to carry this green blanket all over the place!

One of their favorite things, to carry this green blanket all over the place!

A & I

A & I

13 months old, Isaac & Andrew

13 months old, Isaac & Andrew

We try to video record them all the time, because there are so many cute moments that we want to hang on to forever. Here is a video from a few days ago – this is what the boys do when we put them down for a nap. Sometimes it takes up to an hour for them to actually go to sleep, they are busy having fun :)

 

Now I have to get some stuff ready because tomorrow we have a very important day! Daddy’s Birthday! What an amazing bday present he had last year, having both boys home!

 

The Birthday boy and his little presents <3

The Birthday boy and his little presents <3 (2013)

Love,

Lori.

 

 

Bye bye bottles!

Finally we said our goodbyes to the bottles. I was dreading this transition thinking it is going to be so hard (X4) but it was actually not that bad. Yesterday I even cleaned out the counter space where we had our “bottle station”. It has been 5 days and everyone is going strong, yay! At the 12 months checkup, the pediatrician was happy with their weights and their growth si she gave us the OK to quit formula. But I wasn’t ready! I thought it is going to be the biggest deal ever!

Look at that big smile, she is so proud!

Look at that big smile, she is so proud!

Like I said in my last post, Alexis was the first one to be done with formula. She just didn’t want it anymore.

So for a while, while the others were still taking their morning and bedtime bottle, I would sit her at the quad table and give her finger foods. She always looked very proud of herself :) Because I was nervous to take the bottles away from the other 3, we continued to offer them each morning and night. But then Andrew wasn’t really interested anymore so he joined Alexis at the quad table. Hannah and Isaac did not show any intentions of being done with the bottles, instead they would gulp up 7 oz every.single.time! I was nervous. Ever since the quads came home from the hospital, they were all on the same schedule, they all did the same thing and now we had 2 in the Rock & Plays taking bottles and 2 at the table. Not good. So I woke up one morning last week feeling very brave and decided to hide the Rock & Plays since the babies associated them with “bottle time”. Once everyone was awake, I sat them at the quad table and I acted like that is our routine. Isaac looked very confused… but he went along. Hannah concerned me the most since at that point she was the only one that was not interested AT ALL in whole milk. Not even a sip. Well, breakfast went pretty well, but I decided to offer a bottle to Hannah and Isaac, just in case. They didn’t want it and I didn’t insist. Same thing at night. Next day I stopped the bottles completely and that was it, no turning back. That day Hannah started taking little sips of whole milk out of her sippy cup, she loved the water but she still wasn’t happy with cow’s milk. To our surprise, just a couple days later she started drinking whole milk like it was her favorite thing ever, phew! :) At bedtime, instead of a bottle, the quads get a snack with milk of course. They’ve been sleeping well and seem to be very happy.
When we first introduced sippy cups, we got the Nuby Sippy Cups. They worked pretty well for the quads since they were beginners. They mostly chewed on the silicon spouts but we considered that “training” :) Then we switched them to the Playtex Twist ‘n Click Lid because we happen to have them at home. We use those for milk. They babies really like them and so we adventured to Babies R Us one day to get them some more, but we couldn’t find any so we tried the Tommee Tippee  Explora Training cups. Great cups! No spills and fun colors. But it took a few days for the quads to get used to them, the flow is a little faster than what they were used to. As of right now, everyone is very happy drinking water and milk out of big kids sippy cups and once again Mommy & Daddy couldn’t be happier! I have to admit…. I was sad cried a few tears yesterday while cleaning our the bottle station… But I looked forward to this moment every night back when I used to fix 32 bottles for the following day. From 32 we went down to 24 and so on. One shelf in our fridge was designated to bottle only and not all were able to fit in there!

32 bottles ready for the next 24 hours

32 bottles ready for the next 24 hours

Our fridge almost a year ago!

Our fridge almost a year ago!

Less bottles, more sleep :)

Less bottles, more sleep :)

Here are the quads, mastering their sippy cups!

Andrew

Andrew

Hannah

Hannah

Alexis

Alexis

Isaac

Isaac

The crew

The crew

I love this picture of all 4 drinking out of sippy cups!

I love this picture of all 4 drinking out of sippy cups!

Smiley faces :)

Smiley faces :)

Have a great week everyone!
Lori.

Look who’s ONE ~ updates & pictures ~

Happy 1st Birthday Quads!

Happy 1st Birthday Quads!

Many times I ask myself… Is this really happening? We managed to survive the hardest year of our life and I am pretty sure my husband agrees with me. Looking back… whew! We made it! A short pregnancy that kept all of us on our toes, endless doctor’s visits, bed-rest, hospital admissions, aaaaand boom! Here they were, the Four babies we kept talking about, saw them on ultrasounds, felt them kicking and turning, dreamed about holding them and how much fun it will be…also how hard it will be… the Four that turned our world up side down, left to right and gave our life a new meaning. The Four that surprised all of us, arriving sooner than we thought… the Four that fought a great fight from the beginning. The Four that were so tiny and helpless but so strong and courageous. The Four that God had in His mighty plan, and no matter what the statistics said, He gave them life, health and helped them strive every single day. The Four that made us a family and made us realize what true LOVE is.

It is hard for me to write all this, tears fill my eyes and I get overwhelmed looking back at this last year. We started off unprepared and inexperienced (first time parents). From an ordinary couple that had no children but really wanted a baby, we were launched into this crazy adventure almost overnight! Suddenly we became responsible for FOUR little persons by becoming parents of quadruplets.

1st pics

First day of life 9/07/2013

And here we are, a year later, with our hands full but our hearts fuller. Loving every second and cherishing every moment! Time is flying by as I said many times and even though we celebrate every milestone and every accomplishment of each baby, it is SAD!!!! They are getting bigger and bigger and we can’t turn back time so I try to hold on to every moment as hard as I can!

In this past year the babies took numerous trips to the doctor’s office, not only for regular check ups but also different screenings just to make sure everyone is on the right path. We’ve had  some scares, but thankfully every single time we got great news and all four passed all tests.
We’ve used TONS of diapers and Formula of course but good news – slowly we are saying goodbye to formula! :) Actually we have a little “big” girl that decided to eat only solids and drink whole milk and so she’s been done with formula for a few days now… miss Alexis <3
All the babies are doing great eating whatever we eat. No more pureed baby food, which is awesome! I am very happy about this, it was one of my goals for them to be able to feed themselves and eat regular food when they are one. They’ve tried a bunch a things including peanut butter and honey (they love this combination).  Also, they are doing pretty well drinking out of sippy cups, such a hard transition! Big boy Andrew is rocking at this task, he picks it up easily and drinks lots of water or milk with each meal. The other 3 still need a little help but they all improved so much. Hannah doesn’t really like whole milk so I am hoping she will give in soon. Here is how the Quads’ schedule looks like at 12 months old:

7AM: bottle (Alexis gets cereal with milk in sippy cup)
We usually go outside for a walk if the weather is fine.
9AM: breakfast & sippy cups with milk/water
9:30AM: nap
12PM: lunch & sippy cups with milk/water
playtime, books, walk outside
1:45PM: snack & sippy cups with milk/water
2ish PM: nap
4:30PM: dinner, sippy cups with milk/water
play time
7PM: bottle (Alexis gets a snack & a sippy cup with whole milk)
7:30PM bedtime

Their weights at the 12 months checkup:
Isaac: 21 pounds 4 oz
Andrew: 21 pounds 4 oz
Hannah: 19 pounds 1 oz
Alexis: 19 pounds 10 oz

The days are really busy and sometimes I can’t believe how tired I am after we put them to bed. More tired than when I used to work! The babies are keeping us very busy but this stage is so much fun, we loooove it. We’ve been able to get out more and have a taste of what is like to be out in public with so many babies. Well, it’s been pretty ok. I think we (the parents) need to get used to people asking questions and being curious about our life. Sometimes it can get pretty overwhelming and weird, but some people are really nice and even offer to help us any way they can. We live in a nice neighborhood, with lots of wonderful people. I had the chance to meet a few moms and their babies, a few parents and grandparents that love to chat and I actually enjoy telling them about the babies. They offer their help every single time we see them and I think that is very sweet.

None of the babies walk yet, Andrew takes a couple of steps and stands up on his own all the time. Isaac loves to follow him everywhere and they always play together. When they go to bed, they sometimes spend 30 minutes playing with each other. Their cribs are still one next to the other so when they stand up they can touch each other. Isaac loves to throw all his friends (his little loveys)  in Andrew’s crib and they both laugh so hard! The girls are so funny together, Hannah grabs Alexis’ pig tails and they both laugh (or cry haha!); it’s so cute to see them together. Alexis loves to stand up but she needs help so she gets mad at us if we don’t pay attention and surely gets her point across in no time. Hannah is a little trouble maker, she likes to bite. I don’t think she does it on purpose though, she’s been chewing everything she gets her hands on, including her siblings.

For their 1st Birthday we had friends and family over to celebrate an amazing year. The party theme was their 4 colors – blue, pink, purple and green. Thanks again aunt Adina for giving me this idea! We wanted to do so much but you know what? The simplest ways end up being the best. I made some tissue pom poms with each of their colors, we used their first outfits, their tiny little diapers from the NICU and pictures of the quads to decorate and illustrate this first year. It looked beautiful and everything had a story behind it, so we loved it. We had cupcakes and of course each baby got to smash/eat one! They did a great job :) Oly and I ended up with icing all over us, we like to be kids sometimes too! :)
One of their birthday presents was a professional photo session so I will share some pictures from the party and the photo shoot.

Photography by Axsys Design - www.axsysdesign.com

My loves!

My loves!

We did it! Survived the 1st year! Happy Birthday quadlings <3

We did it! Survived the 1st year! Happy Birthday quadlings <3

Photography by Axsys Design - www.axsysdesign.com

Isaac Nathan Lupei

Isaac Nathan Lupei

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Hannah LianaLupei

Hannah Liana Lupei

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Alexis Madeline Lupei

Alexis Madeline Lupei

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Andrew Davis Lupei

Andrew Davis Lupei

Photography by Axsys Design - www.axsysdesign.com

Photography by Axsys Design - www.axsysdesign.com

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

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

Photography by Axsys Design - www.axsysdesign.com

Photography by Axsys Design - www.axsysdesign.com

Photography by Axsys Design - www.axsysdesign.com

Photography by Axsys Design - www.axsysdesign.com


Photography by Axsys Design - www.axsysdesign.com

Photography by Axsys Design - www.axsysdesign.com

Photography by Axsys Design - www.axsysdesign.com

Photography by Axsys Design - www.axsysdesign.com

Here are some of the pictures from the 1 year old photo shoot of the Quads :)

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

Love them SO much <3

Our girlies!

The boys :)

The boys :)

Photography by Axsys Design - www.axsysdesign.com

Photography by Axsys Design - www.axsysdesign.com

Photography by Axsys Design - www.axsysdesign.com

Photography by Axsys Design - www.axsysdesign.com

Photography by Axsys Design - www.axsysdesign.com

Photography by Axsys Design - www.axsysdesign.com

Photography by Axsys Design - www.axsysdesign.com

Photography by Axsys Design - www.axsysdesign.com

Photography by Axsys Design - www.axsysdesign.com

Photography by Axsys Design - www.axsysdesign.com

We are happy and so blessed to call these precious angels our babies. We fought for them and prayed hard along with many of you and they are truly amazing. We can’t thank God enough for His grace and mercy… There are days when we struggle and stumble but we try our best to be good parents, good examples and so on.

I wonder how this year will be, transitioning from babies to toddlers! I would love to be able to update my blog more often ~ that’s one of my goals for this year! Thank you for keeping up with us!

Lori

 

Happy 1st Birthday Quads from Heaven!

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Yesterday was a very special day for us. It has been ONE year since we’ve been blessed with not one or two, not even three, but FOUR miracles. A year ago, these precious jewels entered our world and changed every aspect of it. It has been the most challenging year of our lives, the most difficult but by far the most amazing! If someone would have told me and Oly how exactly things are going to be and that we are actually going to survive,  I would have laughed in his face. But through all and all, we had God on our side each step of the way and here we are, happier than ever, blessed more than ever, thankful and accomplished. 
Isaac, Hannah, Alexis and Andrew, you mean the world to us! Nothing fills our hearts the way you do little munchkins! We wanted you so badly and we fought for you as we’ll always do! Life is not perfect but you made our family perfect and that is our little corner of heaven. We love  and cherish you with every string of our hearts and every breath we take!
We pray that God will continue to use you and us as a family, to show his glory, to remind everyone that he is the God of miracles and you are the proof!

Happy Birthday Quadlings!
Love,
Mommy & Daddy

10 months old today

Our 10 month old baby quads :)

Our 10 month old baby quads in diapers :)

Happy 10 months quadlings! Things are pretty busy in our home, the babies are all over the place :) It’s so fun to see them doing new things, reach milestones and strive every day. They are starting to play together, especially the boys and it warms our hearts to see that they really do have a special bond. I can’t even describe how much joy they bring us, the world can be up side down as long as we see that our babies are happy, that’s all that matters.

Play area

Play area

They are doing really good with their solids and finger foods. Still working on sippy cups with water, they thinks it’s play time when I bring them at the table. Speaking about the table, we love our quad table!!! We’ve been blessed once again and it really makes a difference in our daily routine. In the beginning it was a little hard, especially for the girls, they couldn’t really sit up straight. Now they are all pros!

the Quad Table

the Quad Table

Meals are fun (it took me a while to get used to the mess but everything gets cleaned up after the feeding), babies are enjoying feeding themselves and even playing with each other – not always a good idea but they are too cute. The babies eat a pretty large variety of foods, but I am still making them their food, separate from ours. They are not quite there yet and like our pediatrician said, we are not in a rush, they are preemies so we need to be careful every step we take.IMG_6623

Their schedule changed completely about 3  weeks ago. Starting 9 months we cut down to 3 bottles a day, which is huge !!! I used to prepare 32 bottles every night, and now I am down to 12!! Also, a month ago we introduced a 3rd solid feeding so they are getting 3 bottles and 3 full meals/day. Nap time changed too, they are taking 2 naps/day and it’s going pretty well this way. The transition was a little difficult but every change we made to their schedule it took a while for them to get used to it. Our day pretty much looks like this:

7 AM : bottle
change diapers & out for a walk (weather permitting) – sometimes they take a cat nap in the stroller.
9 AM : breakfast (solids)  & put on day clothes
10 AM : nap
12 PM : lunch (solids)
play time
1:45 PM : bottle
2 PM : nap
play time, books or a little snack if they were not interested in the bottle before nap
4:30 PM : dinner (solids)
bath/play time/cartoons
7 PM : bottle
7:30 PM : bed time

They get bored so much easier now, so we really have to keep them entertained. Andrew is very active, he is the only one crawling and sits himself comfortably anywhere, even on his siblings :) He even pulls himself up. The others are sitting on their own but I try to make sure there is a pillow behind them just in case they fall.

<3 <3 <3 <3

Everyone is babbling all day long, it is so cute! Alexis was the first one to say tata & dada, Isaac says tata ( it means daddy in Romanian) and he is very proud of it and our little Hannah’s first word is Mama!! That makes me so happy :) aaaaand Andrew… this little buddy is unique in every way possible :)  His first word is AUCH! haha! They all have teeth, Andrew was the first one for this too. I think he was 8 months when he got his first 2 bottom teeth (at the same time). Right now he has 7. Isaac has 2 on the bottom, same with Alexis and Hannah has 1 and a half :) She is still our peanut but not so little anymore ! She’s doing better with her feedings and doesn’t spit up as much. They all still have reflux and actually the boys had to switch from Zantac to Prevacid a couple of weeks ago.

These were their weights last week:
Isaac: 19 pounds 4 oz
Andrew: 19 pounds 4 oz
Alexis: 17 pounds 9 oz
Hannah: 16 pounds 4 oz

Andrew

Andrew

Isaac

Isaac

Hannah

Hannah

Alexis

Alexis

The Quads’ first 4th of July was very busy. A year ago,on 4th of July 2013 , I was on complete bed rest and it was terrible!! I remember looking at pictures of other family with baby quads in the pool and could not imagine us doing the same thing a year later. But we did it! We took the babies to the pool and we had a blast! I have to admit it was hard work. The two of us and four babies is no joke but were very organized. I got the babies ready one by one and passed them to Daddy. He did a great job making sure that their first time in the pool was fun and not scary. All 4 loved being in the water, the boys even kicked their feet and splashed. It was a BIG accomplishment for us and a step forward.

There are moments when I still can’t believe we have quads, I still can’t believe this is possible and I am just speechless and yet so thankful of God’s grace. Here are some of my newest favorite pictures, along with the ones above :)

Four little heads :)

Four little heads :)

Love them like crazy !

Love them like crazy !

Sisterly love!

Sisterly love!

The boys hanging out

The boys hanging out

This is a caption of our baby monitor - Andrew's new favorite thing, to check on Isaac :)

This is a caption of our baby monitor – Andrew’s new favorite thing, to check on Isaac :)

4th of July outfits & smiles

4th of July outfits & smiles

It's a party !

It’s a party !

Mommy and her boys <3

Mommy and her boys <3

Cuties :)

Cuties :)

Getting ready for the pool

Getting ready for the pool

First time in the pool!

First time in the pool!

This is how it's done ! Baby Isaac enjoying the pool :)

This is how it’s done ! Baby Isaac enjoying the pool :)

Baby Andrew :)

Baby Andrew :)

Baby Hannah <3

Baby Hannah getting tired <3

Baby Alexis taking all in :)

Baby Alexis relaxing in the sun :)

Daddy and the boys

Daddy and the boys

4 quadlings and the quad Dad :)

4 quadlings and the quad Dad :)

Can’t believe we are only 2 months away from having four 1 year olds! Yikes! :)

Lori.

 

 

Dear Daddy…

This is a very special post for a very special Daddy. Today we celebrate all the fathers in our lives, so I would like to take a moment and really appreciate my husband because he is not just a Dad, he is a Super Quad Dad!

Some people maybe remember how even before we got married, Oly used to say that we will have 4 babies, all at once. It was just a joke! But he even gave them funny names and every now and then we would joke around about this. When we found out that we are going to become parents of quadruplets… it was not so funny! We were scared. I was terrified! All kind of scenarios went through our heads and we just could.not.imagine. life with 4 babies!! Now, we cannot imagine our life without them :) But, in that craziness and uncertainty of what will our life be like, the one person that built me back up and encouraged me the most to embrace what was yet to come, was my husband. He didn’t know exactly how everything will unfold, but he was strong and faithful to God’s promises. I felt like everything was falling apart, I was trying to make plans after plans and all failed! He was putting everything together like a puzzle game and made me realize that this was God’s plan for us, no matter how impossible it seemed at that point. From those early moments, Oly showed so much dedication and he was ready to sacrifice anything and everything for the sake of our babies. When I was home on bed rest, every morning he would wake up a few minutes earlier than his usual time, just to get food ready for me and set it by the side of my bed. In his one hour lunch break, he would drive home just to make sure I was OK and that I had everything I needed, even if that meant for him to skip lunch. Every single time I felt sick, he was right there besides me. He did everything in his power to make sure that I have an easy pregnancy; being so high risk was enough for both of us. When the babies started kicking and moving inside my belly, he used to talk to them, sing and play the harmonica. I always thought he was crazy and he was, crazy about them already! When I got admitted to the hospital, he spent those 2 weeks by my side. He only went home to do laundry and repack clothes for both of us. That gave me so much peace of mind knowing that at the end of each day, he will still come “home”. For 2 weeks he had the most uncomfortable bed ever, but he was right next to me every single night! The excitement never left his side, not for a second. Many have told me “Oh, just wait, give him a few weeks after the babies are born, he will get tired and sick of the new life style”. WRONG!!!!! He did not change, his excitement did not slow down. He held my hand through my surgery and without hesitation he watched every second of our babies birth. He learned and followed every single NICU rule; got involved in everything he could, from changing tiny preemie diapers to kangaroo care and so on,  just to be able to hold and care for the babies. Even the nurses and doctors were waiting for him to get tired, but he never did. Once the boys came home and I was not able to visit the girls like before, he drove to the hospital every night after work just to spend time with them. And it meant a lot, especially for Alexis. She would only take a bottle from her Daddy, every night he went to the hospital. Later, getting the quads on a schedule, sleep training and everything else, we did it all together and every time I wanted to give up because it was SO hard, he would not let me. There would be a lot more to say but I will let the pictures add more!

Brand new quad daddy with one of his brand new babies!

Brand new quad daddy with one of his brand new babies!

In the delivery room

In the delivery room

He was not allowed to hold the babies right away, so this was a very special moment...

He was not allowed to hold the babies right away, so this was a very special moment…

our hospital room :)

our hospital room :)

Diaper duty! tiny little diapers but a lot of work to change them having so many wires in the way! He was a pro!

Diaper duty! tiny little diapers but a lot of work to change them having so many wires in the way! He was a pro!

Kangaroo Care! Best thing in the world for our preemie babies. We were not allowed to rock the babies so imagine sitting for an hour in those uncomfortable chairs, not moving! And still, he would do it as many times a day he could!

Kangaroo Care! Best thing in the world for our preemie babies. We were not allowed to rock the babies so imagine sitting for an hour in those uncomfortable chairs, not moving! And still, he would do it as many times a day he could!

Daddy's girl - Alexis

Baby Alexis & her Daddy

Baby Hannah & her Daddy

Baby Hannah & her Daddy

Baby Andrew and his Daddy

Baby Andrew & his Daddy

Baby Isaac & his Daddy

Baby Isaac & his Daddy

This Quad Dad rocked the NICU world!

This Quad Dad rocked the NICU world!

Helping each baby to learn how to drink their bottles!

Helping each baby to learn how to drink their bottles!

Home with the boys

Home with the boys

After a while, we had triplets at home

After a while, we had triplets at home

Bath time :)

Bath time :)

Feeding 2 at once

Feeding 2 at once

Late hours in the night or should I say VERY early in the morning ?

Late hours in the night or should I say VERY early in the morning ?

Busiest Christmas ever, with 4 little babies that couldn't tell night from day, 32 bottles/day, tons of diapers, sleepless nights, exhaustion, but VERY blessed to have our miracles at home!

Busiest Christmas ever, with 4 little babies that couldn’t tell night from day, 32 bottles/day, tons of diapers, sleepless nights, exhaustion, but VERY blessed to have our miracles at home!

Play time :)

Play time :)

That's how a quad Dad rolls :)

That’s how a quad Dad rolls :)

Daddy and his team

Daddy and his team

Story time!

Story time!

Daddy & Isaac at 4 months and 7 months :) Love these pictures of them!

Daddy & Isaac at 4 months and 7 months :) Love these pictures of them!

Out and about

Out and about

Full arms, full heart!

Full arms, full heart!

Feeding the babies solid food

Feeding the babies solid food

I got to get out and enjoy some "free time" and this is what I came home to! I loved seeing how much fun the babies were having outside with their daddy!

I got to get out and enjoy some “free time” and this is what I came home to! I loved seeing how much fun the babies were having outside with their daddy! (took the pictures through the blinds)

Love!

Love! Music was jamming, babies were giggling, what a view!

Daddy and his Quads from Heaven

Daddy and his Quads from Heaven

At the park, 1st time in the swings. Daddy took the boys on the slide too :)

At the park, 1st time in the swings. Daddy took the boys on the slide too :)

Daddy & the babies

Daddy & the babies

My family!

My family!

 

Dear Daddy,

Thank you for everything you do for all of us! All your hard work and long hours at your job, away from us, the sleepless nights, the patience when all 4 of us are cranky and upset, everything you sacrifice every day by making us the center of your life. Thank you for being such a fun Dad, you are never too tired to have fun with us and our favorite thing is to play with you! Thank you for all the prayers that you lift up to Heaven for us every day!  God has blessed us with the most wonderful Daddy in the world and we love you so, so much!
Love always, the Quads.

I am blessed to have you by my side and our babies are blessed to have such a wonderful Daddy! I could not have done anything without you! I hope your 1st Father’s Day is as special as you are to us! You are an AMAZING Dad & husband! I love you Bebitzu!

Hope all Dads out there have a Happy Father’s Day!

Lori.

 

March of Dimes 2014

Last Saturday we walked in the March for Babies (part of March of Dimes), for the first time ever! We are proud to say that we managed to raise $680, way over our goal of $500. It wasn’t easy but we definitely learned a lot and gained experience for next year. Why March of Dimes? Because our babies benefited a lot from this organization and we believe other babies should be helped too. Our preemies spent a good amount of time in the NICU and we remember clearly how hard that was on us. This wonderful organization is committed to help babies that are born too soon. So, to honor our Quads and to support March of Dimes, we’ve gathered a little group of wonderful people that wanted to join our team and we spent a great day together! Thank you, to all who participated in any way!

Ready to leave our house

Ready to leave our house

Our little (big) family :)

Our little (big) family :)

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Loved our team shirts!

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Team Quads from Heaven

Our awesome team!

Our awesome team!

With our Quad friends <3

With our Quad friends <3

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Daddy & Isaac

Mommy & Andrew

Mommy & Andrew

Auntie Ada & handsome Isaac

Auntie Ada & handsome Isaac

We found our Quads' picture on the trail

We found our Quads’ picture on the trail

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Our family

Our family

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Love!

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So blessed!

Our miracles :)

Our miracles :)

We were happy to see one of our favorite NICU nurses, Kristi. She took care of baby Andrew many, many times and we love her! Also, my amazing husband did an awesome job raising a lot of money at his work and some of his coworkers joined our team, so thank you baby! As always, you got my back!

See you next year, March of Dimes!

Lori

 

Lori.

 

 

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!

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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

snow storm 2014

Have a good week everyone!

Lori.