Must needs ~ for a family with multiples

Weeks after we found out we were expecting quadruplets, I started making lists of things I thought we’ll need. Four times this, four times that and so on. It really seemed like a lot. Too much stuff! I read other blogs about families with multiples and it helped a lot. I was able to cut some things off my list, add some more and at least get an idea of what’s going to be like bringing lots of babies home from the Hospital.

I would like to create my own “must needs” list. Maybe along the way it will help another momma. I added the links to some of the products that can be purchased on-line, so just click on the highlighted words and it will take you there (if you want to take a look at them). We bought many things at consignment sales, and also, many people gifted us with a lot of the stuff we needed.

If you live in Georgia and you would like to find more information about consignment sales near you, click here.

  1. Rock & Plays (x4)
    We used the Rock & Plays since day 1 of being home for each baby and throughout the first year. Preemies most likely end up having reflux and these rocking “chairs” help a lot with that. We used them for sleeping, in the beginning, and later on we even used them for bottle time. Our babies never held their own bottles, so we sat them in the Rock & Plays and propped their bottles (always under supervision!). Worked great!
  2. Cribs (x4)
    Each of our babies has his/her own crib.When they were really tiny, we used two Pack & Plays in our bedroom and always had two babies in each.
  3. Pack and Plays (x2)
    We only had 2 in the beginning and didn’t even need more. They are easy to put together or move from one room the another. At some point, one of the boys had a sleepover in the girls room, for a few nights, because his brother was having a hard time going to sleep. So we used a pack and play in the girls room. We ended up buying 2 more pack and plays just in case we’ll need to travel somewhere with the babies.
  4. Motorola Video Baby Monitor (with 2 cameras)
    After all four babies came at home, it was too hard to get some sleep having them in our room, even when they were asleep. Little babies make so many noises!! We joked around saying that our bedroom is like a little petting zoo :) So we moved the girls in their own room and the boys in their room. In each room we have a camera up on the wall, facing down towards the 2 cribs put one next to the other. This way we are able to watch four babies using only 2 cameras. The Motorola Video Monitor does its job, so we are extremely happy with it.
  5. Dr.Browns Bottles (tons of them!!)
    Loved these bottles! The best for preemie babies that have reflux! You can find them in different colors or just use a marker to label each bottle with each of your child’s name. Some families use colored rubber bands which I think it’s brilliant. We used 32  4oz bottles every 24h in the beginning and then we moved on the 8oz ones and as the babies started sleeping through the night and also eating solids, we went down on the bottles. Only went up one size on the bottle nipples – around 6 months. Two babies needed their formula thickened with rice cereal, because of acid-reflux, but I made a bigger whole into the size 1 nipples for them. And it worked great.
  6.  Bottles drying racks (x2)
    The First Year Spinning Drying Rack worked best for us. We also had a big bath towel, folded in half, on the counter top where I dumped all the small parts after taking them out of the washer.
  7. Dishwasher baskets (3 sets)
    Washing bottles took a very long time and so I decided to use the dishwasher. One load of bottles every night. It made our life easier. They were clean and sanitized at the same time.
  8. Bottle Brush (x1)
    Since the bottles were getting washed in the dishwasher, we didn’t use a bottle brush much, but we sure did need it every now and then.
  9. A large pitcher and a large whisk for mixing formula
    When preparing gallons of formula, it doesn’t make sense to get ready one bottle at the time. I made a big batch and poured the right amount in each bottle. Simple things that made our life with quads easier. This is what was going on at our house every night. Prepared formula is good for 24h if refrigerated.
  10. Boppy Pillows (x4) and covers (x6)
    Very useful for us. We used them all the time with the quads. When we started feeding two babies at the same time, we propped them on the Boppy Pillows. Later on we learned how to feed all four at the same time and the Boppys really helped! And of course for tummy time, learning to sit up on their own and so on.
  11. Bottle proppers (x4)
    These worked great when we were feeding all four babies at the same time. And we did that most of the time unless we were at church or at our family’s house. I got ours from another quad mom but you can find them on-line among with many other different types. Very useful especially if you don’t always have extra help around.
  12. Noise Machines (x2)
    Again, we bought one for each room. We always use them during nap time and even night-time. At night we select the “rain” option. If one baby wakes up crying, having a background noise helps not wake up the others.
  13. Burp cloths & bibs (lots and lots and lots)
    We used so many! I got some new ones but I was able to buy most of them at consignment sales! You would not believe how many “like new” items you can find there.
  14. Wubbanubs (x4 or more)
    I have never heard of Wubbanubs until I got pregnant with quads. These cute pacifiers have a little toy animal attached to them and so the baby gets to snuggle with it and it is soothing for him/her. When you have four babies, these things are pretty helpful! We had 2 for each baby but now only Hannah wants them. The other babies are not interested in pacifiers anymore (unless they want to tease Hannah).
  15. Baby Bathtub (x2)
    You don’t need four of these. Most of the time we only used one but the second one was handy when both my husband and I gave baths at the same time or when auntie Lois stopped by to help with bath time. She called it “spa time”.
  16. Clipboards (x4)  and baby schedule
    Just regular clipboards where we clipped our baby log and schedule that we printed out. It made a lot of sense and this way it was easy to keep up with each baby. From feedings to medicine given, everything was written down.
  17. Humidifiers (x2)
    We bought one for each of their rooms and we usually use them during the cold seasons.
  18. Car Seats (x4)
    We opted for the Chicco Key Fit 30 because it secures babies from 4 to 30 pounds. Not all infant car seats are made for preemie babies, so make sure you choose the right one.
  19. Strollers
    Baby Trend Double Stroller Frame  worked for us. We had a hard time finding something that will match our car seats. They didn’t snap on the stroller but they were safe. We found it to be the easiest way to get around with four tiny babies. For the most doctor’s visits we took 2 babies at once, so we only used one stroller.
    Runabout Quad Stroller – Fits four babies in a row. Great for walks and hikes.
    Foundation Quad Stroller – Fits four babies, two in the front row and two in the back. It is heavy but it fits in the trunk of our minivan. We used it at church and other places when we wanted all four babies in the same stroller.
  20. Quad Table
    Love, love, love our quad table! We purchased the seats at Justformultiples.com and got our table custom-made by a local cabinet company - Kitchen and Bath Design Group.

I am pretty sure there were other things we used a lot but for now, that’s all I can think of :) I will try to update the list if my memory helps me. Have fun shopping!

Lori.

Disclaimer:
Please keep in mind that these are all personal preferences. What works for our family might not work for another family. We do not benefit from any purchases you make by clicking the links I provided. 

World Prematurity Day

Years ago, when we were newlyweds, my husband and I used to talk about having babies like it was as easy as baking a pie. The thought of having a premature baby never crossed our minds, because even if we don’t live in a perfect world, we tend to create our own and so we never thought we could end up having a premature baby (or four!)

Life is unexpected, as we all know. For my hubby and I, life followed an “untraditional” route and God choose us to deliver 4 miracles and to show His glory – for that we are forever grateful. Because it was such a unique situation, we knew from the early days of my pregnancy that the quads will be born premature. How many weeks was I going to take this high risk pregnancy? We hoped for as many as possible. Thankfully, we reached all the milestones we hoped for and we passed the 28 weeks mark which was so important. I did get some steroids shots in order to rush the development of the babies lungs and some other organs, which greatly increased their chances of survival. No one knew how much longer I’d still be pregnant.

At 29 weeks and 4 days, the quads were born. Tiny little peanuts, 2 and 3 pounds babies, that started their lives in a battle. We were not allowed to hold them, not even touch them right away. We couldn’t see their faces for days because they were covered with the CPAP tubes or oxygen cannulas. Healthy babies but small and fragile and not quite ready for the real world.

Quads from Heaven <3

Quads from Heaven <3

They all spent some time in their own incubator and they each had a special cushion that was soft and kept them warm and comfy. The incubators were covered with a large blanket, just to keep them dark. This way, they felt somewhat like in the utero. Usually babies move on to an open crib once they are able to mantain their body temperature; that happens around 34 gestational weeks, or even earlier. The incubator protected the babies from infections. A mother’s antibodies don’t cross the placenta until 32 weeks, so the immune system of a baby born before that doesn’t protect him much. We washed hands SO much. Besides that, we used hand sanitizer A LOT. By washing hands I mean a good 15-20 seconds of handwashing with soap and water, every time we entered the nursery and every time we wanted to get close to an incubator. Even when we were just moving from one incubator to another, without touching anything, we had to at least use hand sanitizer. If we touched our phones, purse, keys, a water bottle, pretty much anything and everything, even our own hair or clothes, we had to wash hands. It felt crazy in the beginning, nobody was used to that, I mean it was hard to teach ourselves and not forget that we always had to wash our hands. Even after we brought the babies home we continued this habit as crazy as it sounds. But we managed to keep the babies healthy through the flu season and throughout the first year of life.

Isaac sleeping peacefully in his warm and comfy incubator

Isaac sleeping peacefully in his warm and comfy incubator

It’s pretty scary to see your babies attached to all these machines. But it is even scarier when a machine goes off and the beeping doesn’t stop; that means something is wrong with the baby. There are many frightening moments in the NICU, everything is uncertain. As a parent, you would give ANYTHING to help your baby, you would do EVERYTHING that it takes to help their situation. But you can’t do much. Usually the nurses teach the new parents how to handle their preemies, but I remember that for a good amount of time we were only allowed to change diapers (at specific times that were called “touch times”) under their supervision of course. Later on, after spending a few weeks in the NICU, I felt brave enough to give my babies baths and both Oly and I were allowed to take them out of the incubators/open cribs by ourselves. Still, we felt better knowing the nurse is near by just in case we needed her. There are many things to be said about the NICU but thinking about those days that we spent there, is pretty hard on my heart.

Baby Hannah in her incubator

Baby Hannah in her incubator

Yesterday we went back to visit  the Northside NICU and say another “thank you” to the doctors and nurses that took care of our babies. I knew there will be a lot of emotions and flash backs but I was really hoping it will not affect me that much. It did… Even though I was there with my family, our four thriving preemies that are now 14 months and absolutely perfectly healthy and beautiful! Seeing that first nursery where Isaac was admitted right after delivery… it was very hard on me. Even after we came home, the thoughts in my head were giving me a headache.

Daddy next to Alexis' incubator

Daddy next to Alexis’ incubator

While we were there, many parents walked by to get to the nurseries where they had their babies. Moms of singletons that had emergency deliveries due to different complications, that were not prepared to bring a premature baby into this world. I could see the sadness on their faces. I could see their uncertainty and worry. There was a granddad in the lobby, playing with his grandson. He told us that his granddaughter was born at 24 weeks weighing 1 pound 8 oz. This micro preemie has been in the NICU for over 50 days now and she still has a long way to go but they really hope she will make it home in time for Christmas. 40 gestational weeks is a full term pregnancy. 24 gestational weeks is considered the point of viability and the baby has 50-70% chances of survival after reaching this milestone. Premature babies often deal with different conditions, some of them are treatable but some can stick with them for the rest of their lives. To have all four of our babies perfectly healthy is such a blessing and we know that only God was able to make that happen.

Kangaroo Care with baby Andrew

Kangaroo Care with baby Andrew

When you go through the NICU journey and have a preemie baby (or more), the only things that can help you from going nuts is a good support system and your faith in God. Many times the support system is not that strong and that’s just because people are not familiar with the NICU life and they don’t know what the parents of preemies have to deal with. And that is understandable. Without our God… we would have lost our minds, that’s all I can say. But believing His word and His promise, made us tackle one day at the time. He is in control at all times and that was proven to us. This is what the Bible says in Matthew 17:20 ~He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”~ and it is true! Instead of letting fear and desperation take over, we had our hearts full of gratitude and we embraced our faith will all our strenght.

Today is World Prematurity Day and it is special to us. There are a lot of parents of premature babies out there. People that never thought they will end up in this position. But premature births happen so very often. It could happen to any pregnant woman at any given time. But I am praying and hoping for less and less premature births. I am praying for the research teams and organizations like March of Dimes, that work hard to find ways to stop and help premature births.

Tonight, in honor of World Prematurity Day, at 5PM Eastern Time, Fox 5 News will air a story about preemies! And the story is ours! We are excited to tell the world about our miracles and how blessed we have been to have the March of Dimes Organization on our side.

Fox 5 crew at our house

Fox 5 crew at our house

Preemies are superheros!

Love,
Lori

Happy 1 year homecoming anniversary to our super girl, Alexis!

Alexis Madeline Lupei ~ 12 months old

Alexis Madeline Lupei ~ 12 months old

I wish I would have taken time, a year ago, to put my thoughts down and write about one of the most amazing days of our lives, when the last baby in the NICU, finally came home. There was an overwhelming amount of mixed feelings from happiness to uncertainty and so on. It was exciting to have all four babies home. A new chapter about to unfold…

I will never miss the days when half of the babies were home and half in the hospital. I wanted to somehow clone myself so I can be with all 4 at the same time. Once the boys came home, we were not able to visit the girls every single day. And they were getting slower and slower in learning how to take a bottle (and finish a whole feeding by bottle) among other important things that kept them from coming home. The NICU nurses and doctors have told us that the babies knew our voices, recognized our smell and it did make a difference if we spent time with them in the NICU or not. In the beginning I didn’t think it mattered that much or that the babies really knew I was with them the whole day. But later, I realized that they did know I was there, they did know when Daddy was there. And so this dedicated father went to visit the girlies by himself after work while I was home with the boys. On the weekends we always took the boys with us back in the NICU and spend a whole day there with Hannah and Alexis.

Family picture before we left the NICU. The babies were 70 days old

Family picture before we left the NICU. The babies were 70 days old

You would probably ask me “what in the world did you do 10 hours (or more) a day in the hospital?!”. I was SO busy that sometimes many times I didn’t even have time to grab something to eat! Taking a lunch break meant leaving the NICU nursery, because I wasn’t allowed to eat there. But my meals were also important because I was pumping around the clock, every 2 hours at that time, to get my body to produce more and more milk so I can keep up with all 4 growing babies. And even though it was hard and time consuming and I was dreading it, I was happy to do it because it was one of the few things I was able to do for my tiny babies those days. Along with that, I did Skin to Skin therapy (also known as Kangaroo Care) with each baby daily. This practice helps babies maintain body warmth, regulate their heartbeat, and gain weight (and also gave us the opportunity to hold and cuddle with them). I had days when I couldn’t cover all 4 because I needed at least 1 hour with each and in between that and pumping and trying to eat, there was just not enough time. I always felt very guilty for the days when I couldn’t do everything I planned and I felt very bad when I wasn’t spending the exact amount of time with each baby. But again, super daddy was there to help out, every day after work. He would stop by our friends house to shower and change (they lived 10 min away from the hospital) and come spend time with our little peanuts. At the end of each day, both of us would do Kangaroo Care with a baby, sometimes in the same nursery, and that felt awesome (we had 4 babies in 3 different nurseries in the beginning). That was family time for us. The time didn’t matter anymore; the fact that we were very uncomfortable sitting on those wooden chairs for an hour without moving an arm, did not matter; all the noises that the machines in the nursery were making on and on and on didn’t matter; not even the wires and the tubes that were in our way and all the things that were making it so hard to hold our babies, didn’t matter anymore. We were spending precious time with the most precious little people in the world. After that, we said good night to everyone, grabbed the laundry bags and headed out to get some dinner in the hospital cafeteria if it was still open. Oh those nights… when you are hungry but don’t want to go out and sometimes don’t even have the money to go out for dinner, but there is nothing at home to eat. I don’t think I made time to cook dinner in that period of time. Stopping by the grocery store? Ummm that would have taken away from the time I needed for my babies. Don’t ask how we survived, we just did. We were getting so tired of those long drives to the hospital (we lived about 40 min away from Northside at that time). We just wanted everyone home, under the same roof.

I feel like my mind is all over the place. While I try to stick to Alexis’ homecoming story, I jump to many other things, hopefully you can keep up with me :) Glad I still remember these things, but then… how could I forget?

NICU nurses rock! Kaitlyn and Lori saying goodbye to the Quads

NICU nurses rock! Kaitlyn and Lori saying goodbye to the Quads ~ November 16th, 2013

Lori & Kaitlyn today with the Quads! November 16th 2014

Lori & Kaitlyn today with the Quads! November 16th 2014

Alexis took her car seat test the day Hannah came home, right before we left the hospital . At least one of the parents was supposed to be there for that so we were glad that she passed and we got that out of the way. We were really hoping that in a few days she will come home too. And she did. 5 days later Alexis finally got discharged! After spending 70 days in the NICU, our super girl was coming home! We took our time leaving that hospital. You would think we wanted to get out of there as soon as possible. Not really. We made friends and memories for life. There are some very special people that work there and had a huge impact on our lives and they will forever be special to our family. We took some pictures with some of our favorite nurses that were at work that day. It was kind of crazy :) But thankfully we had auntie Ada with us to help out while auntie Lois was out and about, shopping for some last minute stuff that we needed at home for the quads.

Ready, set, go! A full load :)

Ready, set, go! A full load :)

My heart was pounding as I was getting pushed in the wheelchair, with my little fighter in my arms and 2 strollers with the other 3 babies were following us. My hubby and Ada were trying to get everything on camera, push the strollers, don’t lose the balloon, make sure we have all the bags and all the stuff with us. We were leaving the NICU for good. Wait, what ?! Really? Finally we were saying goodbye and talking about maybe visiting our Northside friends one day… we were going home. All six of us were going home !!! Oly and I no longer left the hospital empty handed but with our hands full and our hearts even fuller! I cannot help myself but cry just remembering those moments…

Going home!

Going home! November 16th, 2013

Our family, a year later, in the same spot :) November 16th, 2014

Our family, a year later, in the same spot :) November 16th, 2014

We strolled our way out on the Northside Hospital’s corridors and there was the Quad Taxi waiting for us. Oh how I dreamed of that day…  I used to see families leaving the hospital with their babies, daily. Balloons and flowers, excited parents and tears of joy. I wanted that every single day of our NICU stay. Finally it happened! Our minivan was packed. And off we went!

Home sweet home <3

Home sweet home <3

First night at home, Hannah reached out to her sister as they were sleeping. Love this picture!

First night at home, Hannah reached out to her sister as they were sleeping. Love this picture!

I would like to talk about our Alexis since it’s her homecoming anniversary. Maybe you wonder why I call her our super girl. It is because I feel like she fought the hardest throughout the NICU journey and even after she got discharged. This whole year has been a complete transformation for her and we praise God for answering our daily prayers. Each and every one of the quads has their own pace and their own way of learning things and reaching milestones. Like I said before, we need to give them extra time to accomplish things (because they were born premature) but also we work with them to get there. Andrew has been the leader and sometimes we call him the big brother just because he has a faster way of learning and figuring out things. It is funny because he is our baby, he is baby D of our set of quads.

Our little elf!

Our little elf!

Well, Alexis is the one that needs more time than the others and she is also an observer. Before she tries anything new, Alexis needs to make sure she knows exactly what to do (Andrew just goes for it, such a risk taker). And I think she is also a perfectionist (ahem, like her mama) because she easily gets upset if something goes wrong. On the other side, she has been a leader herself! First one to sleep through the night! (sleep training was so worth it!!) We were waking her up when the others wanted to eat (that was one of our rules – one for all and all for one). First one to say bye-bye and also wave. First one to get over baby formula and eat big kids food!  I have to say that a lot of her progress happened because of a very special person, Ms. Aimee. I mentioned in my post about Hannah’s homecoming anniversary, how this amazing lady works weekly with our girls. She puts her whole heart into it and loves our babies so much! We are very thankful for her.

Alexis is one of a kind <3 She is so friendly and ready to play even with people she sees for the first time. She is Daddy’s girl (I think a very strong bond was built back in the NICU when Daddy spent his nights with her) and loves him so much that sometimes calls him “Mama!” :) . We are truly blessed to have her as our daughter. Her sweetness is contagious!

Four peas in a pod

Four peas in a pod

1st Christmas

1st Christmas

IMG_3747Dear Alexis,

Even when you were a tiny baby in your Mommy’s belly, we knew you have a big personality because you were taking your space by kicking everyone all over the place! You are such a strong girl and we are excited to see God’s plan for your life. The first time I got to hold you in my arms, I felt like God is pouring his grace all over us… You transformed from this tiny helpless preemie baby into a strong, beautiful and gracious little lady. Coditza, you are and always will be our miracle baby, along with your sister and brothers, and we will never stop thanking the Lord for you guys. Mommy and Daddy love you so very much and we are SO proud of you!

Love,
Mommy & Daddy

Love her so much!

Love her so much!

Those eyes!

Those eyes!

6 months old

6 months old

Busy bee :)

Busy bee :)

Our little piano player!

Our little piano player!

Cutie!

Cutie! Look at that hair!

Out for a walk

Out for a walk in the Runabout stroller

March of Dimes with Daddy

March of Dimes with Daddy

Her smile.... <3

Her smile…. <3

Coditza :) (pony tail)

Coditza :) (pony tail)

1st time at the pool

1st time at the pool

our little crawler! so proud of her!

our little crawler! so proud of her!

Best friends :)

Best friends :)

Sisters <3

Sisters <3

Alexis Madeline Lupei ~ 14 months ~

Alexis Madeline Lupei ~ 14 months ~

We wanted to do something special today, to celebrate this day. So we took a trip to Northside Hospital to visit our friends. It felt surreal to be there, to see everyone. Tears of joy and hugs and cuddles with the babies – pretty much sums it up. We stopped by the NICU first and then we made a quick visit to the High Risk Pregnancy floor, where I spent two and a half weeks. Loved seeing everyone and it was well worth going back.

Some of our NICU nurses, I wish we could have seen all of them today!

A few of our NICU nurses, I wish we could have seen all of them today!

Some of the nurses that cared for me on the HRP floor and Brandee (first on the L) that made sure I always had plenty to eat so I can keep the quads growing big and strong in my belly :)

A few of the nurses that cared for me on the HRP floor and Brandee (first on the L) that made sure I always had plenty to eat so I can keep the quads growing big and strong in my belly :) 

We had such a busy, fun but full of emotions day, I feel drained! Taking a peek through a window at one of the NICU’s nurseries made my heart sink… I couldn’t help but tear up because I will never forget those days spent there with our miracles. God is so good!

Love,
Lori.

Hannah’s Homecoming anniversary!

Sweet baby Hannah ~ 12 months old

Sweet baby Hannah ~ 12 months old

I never got a chance to write on my blog about the day Hannah came home from the hospital. Today marks the 1 year anniversary and I think it is the best time to reflect a little at that special day. After a few weeks of not being able to spend much time with the girls since we had the boys at home, we were so happy to welcome sweet baby Hannah home. Bitter~sweet once again, since we had to leave Alexis by herself in the NICU for a few more days… It was probably one of the hardest days of our NICU journey, to leave the hospital knowing that only one baby is left behind. The nurse promised me to cuddle with my Alexis and give her extra hugs for us that night. Hannah spent 65 days in the NICU.

Ready to go home!

Ready to go home!

Mommy and the trio!

Mommy and the trio!

Hannah's first car drive

Hannah’s first car drive

Hannah looked better than ever :) We could tell she was READY. Ready for her home, ready to be next to her brothers, ready to be spoiled and pampered, like a real princess, by everyone around her. On our drive home, my mind was going crazy. I started counting how many bottles I had to prepare, how will the feedings go since we have 3, how things will change having baby number 3 at home. Yes I was nervous, of course I was. More happy and excited than nervous this time around. When we got home, we sat the car seats in the livingroom one next to the other. It looked really cute. But we kept repeating ” can you imagine when we have all 4 in a row? ” :)

3 home, one more to go!

3 home, one more to go!

That week was pretty challenging because having 3 at home and 1 in the NICU was tough business. Since we wanted to get Alexis home ASAP, Daddy went to see her every day after work and that really made a huge difference. So needless to say the exhaustion started to settle in.

Daddy, Hannah, Andrew & Isaac

Daddy, Hannah, Andrew & Isaac

This little lady of ours sure has a big personality. Hannah has always been a feisty girl (even in the womb – she was the 1st one to kick!). I remember giving her a bath in the hospital, you would have thought something serious was going on, that’s how loud she was! She just didn’t like anyone to mess with her. And now… the boys get in trouble if they grab her toys or paci. She fights them! But she is also a sweety-pie and gives the best hugs! She likes to follow Isaac and Andrew everywhere they go. Loves her pacifiers, her lovies and chatting with her sister at nap time. They are so cute together and we love seeing them being best friends. One of the best things about having multiples is watching their unique bond grow and become more and more special as the time goes by. She can be very,very serious, especially when we have people over or if someone approaches her, but she gets very bubbly and happy once she feels comfortable. Hannah loves Ms. Aimee, the world greatest Physical Therapist, that comes every week and plays with the girls… God works through this amazing lady and we all appreciate and love her so much!

First doctor's checkup

First doctor’s checkup

Angel <3

Angel <3

Sweet baby Hannah

Sweet baby Hannah

Chubby baby :)

Chubby baby :)

1st Christmas

1st Christmas

Hannah Liana

Hannah Liana

6 months old

6 months old

Precious baby girl

Precious baby girl

March of Dimes Walk!

March of Dimes Walk!

Hannah in her 1st bathtub from the NICU :)

Hannah in her 1st bathtub from the NICU :)

Loves books !

Loves books !

Love that smile!

Love that smile!

Hannah and her best friend and sister, Alexis <3

Hannah and her best friend and sister, Alexis <3

Love you so much!!!

Love you so much!!!

Dear Hannah,
You brought so much love and joy in our family that words are not enough to express that. From the day you were born there was something special about you! Your smile and your giggles are precious and you make our world so much better everyday. We are so proud of your progress, you are the cutest crawling peanut ever! We love seeing you try new things and even though new things can be scary, you don’t give up! Such a fighter and a brave little girl! We thank the Lord everyday for you and your siblings and we are SO blessed to be your parents!

Love,
Mommy & Daddy

The Quads at 14 months :)

The Quads at 14 months :)

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.