7 Months!

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Yes I know the ‘s’ is missing…I have no idea where it ended up!

Well, we have logged another month into the books!!  It feels like only a few days ago that I posted their six month picture!  I have a feeling these months are going to keep flying by now.  The weather is warming up, and our calendar is filling up!

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Brody got his first tooth in!  I swear that boy is just itching to get his hands on a big, juicy steak.  He eats his food like he can’t get enough, and eyes up your food if you eat in front of him!  With that razor sharp tooth, he will be eating ribs like his big bro before we know it!

 

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Hayden is just such a happy girl!  She’s still a great sleeper, and is doing a great job with eating now too.  And those eyes!  Photos really do not do them justice!

 

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Emerson, our baby doll, is still waiting for that hair to come in, but she proves that bald is beautiful!  Though still our most vocal child, she is happy to give you a smile or a laugh when you play with her!

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Deacon looks a little goofy in this picture, but he’s such a cute, sweet boy!  This week he’s become so much more vocal and smiley!  He loves to flirt with the ladies, batting those long long eyelashes.  I love styling his hair after bath!

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This is why Easton didn’t want to be in the group picture – he had his glazed donut and he’s a happy camper!  Sporting a brand new warm-weather haircut, he looks like he’s getting ready for kindergarten!

We’ve had some warm days, and have been able to get outside for walks up to the school in our backyard.  It’s great for Easton to get some fresh air and exercise, and he loves the playground!  I’m also able to play with him in the backyard while the babies nap, which is nice.  If only this cold weather would go away for good!  We have a new (used) playard all ready to go, where the babies can play safely while Easton runs around.  Looking forward to putting that $30 to good use!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Everyone’s got their green on!!  We had our corned beef, cabbage and potatoes last night, and will have them again tonight (I love leftovers!). I hope to get a Shamrock Shake later on today if I can get out of the house!  We totally forgot the parade was on TV so Easton missed that, but I think he was ok playing on the iPad :) Oh!  And for sure I’ll be drinking a beer tonight – I may even make it a green one!

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Hayden and Emerson sporting their green

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Brody and Deacon showin off their shamrocks!

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Easton’s got his green on – and a bowl of green oatmeal!

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Group shot!

Whether you’re Irish or not, you can still appreciate the cuteness :)

Happy St. Patty’s Day!!

Happy Half Birthday Easton!

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Our big man is 2 1/2 years old today!!  In some ways it feels like he’s growing up so fast, but mostly I feel like he’s been a part of our family forever.  I can’t imagine life without him.  He just brings me so much joy and laughter every day!  I really don’t know what I’d do without him.  It may sound a bit silly, but I’m just so proud to have created such an amazing little person, and to have helped him grow into the awesome kid he is.  It really makes me so proud of us and our family.  We must be doing something right!!

Well, our big boy is still off-the-charts big!  He is now 39 1/2″tall and weights 38 1/4 lbs.  It’s no wonder he’s wearing 5T clothes!  It’s also no wonder where he gets it from…. there is certainly no shortage of height in both sides of his family.  He’s meeting all the milestones for his age, and although he’s a little slow with speech development, he still falls within normal range.  Basically, we had a great checkup! (especially since he wasn’t due for any vaccines!)

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Some of Easton’s current favorites:

TV Shows: Blue’s Clues, Doc McStuffins

Movies: Finding Nemo or Twenty Trucks

Books: Reece’s Pieces Count by Fives (it’s loaded with construction vehicles!), Bob the Builder – Bob’s Birthday, Construction Kitties………. see the theme here??

Toys: Vehicles!  Especially trains

Phrases: Oh man! , Ewww! (no doubt picked up from Mommy!)

Food: Cookies

Animals: Kitties

Places to Go: the construction site down the street

Things to Do:  watch videos with Pappy on the computer, play outside

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We love you Easton, and we couldn’t be more proud to be your Mommy and Daddy!  I don’t know how we got so lucky, but we are thankful every day (even the Terrible Two days) that we were blessed with such a wonderful boy as our son.  Your brothers and sisters certainly have big shoes to fill! 

What a Relief!!!

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We got some good news yesterday!!  We took Brody to the pediatric urologist for a consult about his hydrocele, and it turns out he doesn’t need surgery now, and may not ever need it!  We are so relieved!  The doctor said that the fluid may have increased due to activity, and is not necessarily bad.  To use a needle to remove the fluid would risk infection, and to go in and repair the tube would be premature at this point.  We are going to see him in another six months, and see where we go from there.  He said most of these resolve themselves by one year, and another 10-15% by two years of age.  The only bad thing is that we have to keep an eye on it and check for hernia symptoms, like a bump under the skin, or for Brody to be in pain.  I hate waiting for something bad to happen!  But it may not, and that’s obviously what we are hoping for.  If a hernia happens and he’s not in pain, it will have to be corrected, but not immediately – it could wait six weeks or whatever.  If a hernia happens and he is in pain, then we have to repair it right away.  So of course we will be checking it daily and keeping our fingers crossed!

We are so glad that Brody is fine!  Thanks for the good thoughts and wishes for our big boy!

Six Month Picture Outtakes

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Deacon is punching Emerson in the face.

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No one is looking, and Emerson is getting attacked from both sides.

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I think I’m losing them here!

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They are all looking!! We will work on smiles :)

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Deacon and Emerson are reaching their “all done” point!

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Easton wanted to get in the picture and put his arm around Brody.

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Hayden is about to lose it, and what’s Deacon doing?

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This is when Easton folds his arms and says “I’m NOT gonna smile!”

These crack me up, so I just wanted to share how we get to the final product :) Enjoy!

We survived six months!!!

 

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Brody, Hayden, Emerson and Deacon (always in birth order!) in their six month photo.

I can’t believe we are actually here! Ok, they actually hit this milestone a week and a half ago, but I’m soooo slow posting, and I’m still figuring out how to post on my Surface!  Anyway… we went to the doctor for our six month checkup, and everyone is GREAT!!  They are all growing as they should be (or faster!) and are on par with babies their chronological age, which I am so psyched about!  Plus, they are meeting all their developmental goals appropriately, another WHEW!  Now, Brian says this time has gone by quickly, but for me it feels slow.  However, when I think about last summer being in the hospital still pregnant, it feels like a lifetime ago.  We are closer to this summer than to last summer!  I guess I’ve just been in a fog, just focuses in my survival mode, and time marches on.  Half the time I don’t even know what day it is anyway.  The life of a SAHM with five babies! 

So what are they up to now??  Everyone is having an absolute blast in their Jumparoos and Exersaucer. 

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They are so cute bouncing around, and playing with the toys.  It’s awesome to see them so intent on the toy, reaching out and grabbing them, and of course putting them in their mouths.  These teeth HAVE to come through soon!  I swore Brody had just the tip of a tooth poke through, but I guess I just imagined it because there’s nothing there now!  But there is PLENTY of drool… we go through like 20 bibs a day. 

We’ve also started solids!  Woohoo!  I’ve been looking forward to this day, probably because it just tells me that we are closer and closer to these babies hitting that lovely mark of no more bottles and no more pumping for Mommy! 

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So far we love bananas, are so-so with yogurt, but our favorite is avocado!  They can’t get enough!  I’m slowly moving through the list I used with Easton, from the Super Baby Food book by Ruth Yaron.   I’m excited to see what they like, dislike, and to eventually feed them what we eat!  Please enjoy the messy face pics!

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Hayden was not a fan of bananas!

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It took Deacon a few days to get the hang out of it, but he wolfed his avocado down!

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Emerson is a champ with food, if you can keep her thumb out of her mouth!

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Brody will eat anything!

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Easton is part of the action too!

Sleeping is good too!  They are sleeping through the night, with the boys only waking up maybe once or twice, if at all.  And that’s only when they end up smashed in a corner pretty much.  We did have to split them up though, because when the boys do wake up, they’d wake the girls too.  Plus they just need separate cribs! 

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This is how Hayden and Emerson would wake up every day before we separated them.

So the girls now sleep in the upstairs nursery at night and the boys are still downstairs by us.  Then at nap time, the girls tend to wake up in the middle (still cursing the 45 minute intruder!), so Emerson is now sleeping in a pack n play in the office.  Hopefully not for long! 

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Brody is our biggest still!  He’s 16lbs8ozs, and is 26 inches long.  He’s so happy, and laughs and smiles all the time.  Poor guy has some reflux, so he throws up a lot, but he smiles as he’s puking so at least he’s not in pain!  At the doctor we did get some bad news for our Brody, though.  He’s going to need surgery most likely.  Sparing the details, his inquinal tube did not close, and fluid is traveling south, and since it’s gotten worse, I am taking him to a pediatric urologist this Thursday for a consult.  I’ll update more on Brody Bear after our appointment.

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Hayden is still our smallest, at 14lbs11ozs.  She is also 26″ long though, so she is our skinny minny!  Hayden has become our best baby lately!  She is such a good sleeper, and is very happy and content.  She is a great bouncer in the Jumparoo, and we love listening to her squeals of happiness! 

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Emerson now weighs 15lbs12ozs.  She’s a big girl.  She’s also the tallest, though not by much, at 26 1/2″ long.  She’s not the biggest, but I have a feeling she will be the one in charge!  She certainly has the attitude.  Her screams of happiness can quickly turn to screams of anger!  But she loves attention and will smile and laugh.  She’s our thumb sucker, which is a much easier way of going to sleep than with the pacifier!  Plus it’s super cute :)

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Deacon weighs just a bit less than Brody, at 16lbs4ozs, and is also 26″ long.  He’s such a sweet boy, and is so content all the time!  Lately, though, he is finding his voice, and will babble on and on.  Since he’s the only one with any substantial amount of hair, we love styling it.  Deacon is always sucking on his fingers.  He doesn’t have the mitts that Brody has, but he has chubby little paws!

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As usual, Easton is having fun and being silly!  He’s such an amazing and funny boy… I can only hope the quads turn out like him!  We are still majorly into trains, and has gotten some new toys…

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Some days, we regret the day he ever was introduced to “choo choo”, but they make him happy, and it could be a lot worse!!  It’s hard to balance time with him and time with the babies.  I feel so guilty because the babies are so demanding at this point, and he is the one who has to wait, or to play upstairs and not in the playroom downstairs, but he’s still happy and I’m sure it won’t stunt his growth at all :)

I could keep posting more and more pictures, but I’ll save them for another day :) I hope you enjoyed the update on the babies!