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.

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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!

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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 :)

Loved our team shirts!

Loved our team shirts!

Team Quads from Heaven

Team Quads from Heaven

Our awesome team!

Our awesome team!

With our Quad friends <3

With our Quad friends <3

Daddy & Isaac

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

Love!

Love!

So blessed!

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.

Messy faces and new discoveries

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

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

I love how they all look at me!

I love how they all look at me!

 

Daddy feeding Isaac

Daddy feeding Isaac

Baby Alexis

Baby Alexis

Spiky baby Hannah

Spiky baby Hannah

Isaac having fun

Isaac having fun

Sweet Andrew :)

Sweet Andrew :)

Hannah

Hannah

Alexis

Alexis

Andrew

Andrew

More carrots!!!

More carrots!!!

Bottle time!

Bottle time!

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

Lori.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 months of cuteness

Our crew at 4 months old!

Our crew at 4 months old!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Isaac & Andrew

Isaac & Andrew

Hannah & Alexis

Hannah & Alexis

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

Out for a stroll in the neighborhood

Out for a stroll in the neighborhood

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

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

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

IMG_3060Lori.

Time flies!!

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

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

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

Welcome home Isaac & Andrew!

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

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

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

Ready to go home

Ready to go home

Leaving the NICU

Leaving the NICU

 

Finally going home!

Sleepy boys

Life at home :)

Life at home :) Blessed with wonderful aunties!

 

Mommy's boys <3

Mommy’s boys <3

Chillin` :)

Chillin` :)

Andrew (L) & Isaac (R)

Andrew (L) & Isaac (R)

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

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

Daddy duty in the middle of the night

Daddy duty in the middle of the night

Doesn't Andrew look SO hungry? :)

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

Isaac's favorite spot

Isaac’s favorite spot

Pure chubbiness

Pure chubbiness

Alexis being so confy. I miss her so much

Alexis being so comfy. I miss her so much

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

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

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

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

Good night world!

Lori.