Please Support Jackson and His Family!

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This is my adorable nephew Jackson. Next week he and his family will be embarking on a challenging journey when he has surgery to amputate his foot. This will be the first of multiple surgeries for Jack, and the first of many expenses his parents will incur, not too mention the emotional and physical trials to follow throughout his life. Jackson’s parents Holly and Patrick appreciate all the support they are receiving, and will be forever grateful for any prayers and positive thoughts for their family.  Please consider a message of support for their family! Every prayer and kind word makes a difference. Thank you!

https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/m8q7/jackson-s-fundraiser?utm_source=facebook

Another Honest Contribution

In addition to my monthly Honestly blog posts, I was honored to be asked to contribute my experiences as a mom of multiples in their new feature, Honest Feeding. Check out my story here. And since I’m not good with hyperlinks, you can also copy and paste it here:
http://blog.honest.com/honest-feeding-stories-kerry/
Enjoy!

Help for Surviving Winter Colds

Here’s my latest blog post for Honestly, the Honest Company blog. 

Tips for Winter Colds with Multiples

If that doesn’t work, try this:

http://blog.honest.com/take-5-tips-for-taking-on-winter-colds-with-multiples/

I’ll be a regular on their blog, so be sure to subscribe to their blog, as well as mine to receive future posts. Enjoy!

A Little Vaca for Mommy

So Thursday I’ll be having surgery to repair my separated abdominal muscles and two hernias. I’m really nervous and dreading having to recover from this, and I’m also going to miss my babies while I’m in the hospital for a few days.

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Don’t get me wrong, a break sounds nice right about now, but my vision of a lovely break doesn’t involve a catheter, drains and being cut open. The positive? I get a tummy tuck in the process :)  Hopefully all goes well, and I’m back to my old self in no time.
So I’m trying to get ready, by leaving schedules, instructions and labels wherever I can to help whoever is going to be here too help. I figure I’ll be out of commission for at least a few days once I’m home, so I wasn’t to do what I can.
In the meantime, while I’m packing and tying up all loose ends around here, enjoy some everyday photos of the kids. They have been cracking me up lately!

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You got something on your face there Brody

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Deacon lounging out, enjoying a book

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Hayden has enough hair for a ponytail!

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E finally got back in the pool for his swim lesson!

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Taking a break from construction work to watch a Barbie movie with some friends

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Cheeseball Brody

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Emerson says cheese

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So cute with his tools

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I don't know how this could be comfortable

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Crazy hair day for Deacon

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Brody modeling a hat

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Polite Easton...and yes he has a face drawn on his belly...That's what happens when Daddy is with the kids

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Miss Hayden

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Brody and Hayden watching tv

I’ll try to get on here and update on the surgery once I’m recovering…wish me luck!

How to Ring in the New Year with 5 Toddlers

I can’t belive it’s the end of the year – I’ve been waiting for this to come!  (Sorry, but yes, I do will the time to fly by!). As I sit here listening to the noises of 5 toddlers not sleeping (because that would really suck for all of my kids to take a nap when they are supposed to!) I’m just really trying to reflect on the past year and think of the year ahead.  2014 was better than 2013, and I think 2015 will be even better.  It feels good to say that.  It feels good to believe that life is getting better.  That we are getting more mobile, and things are getting easier.  Of course, life with this many kids still comes with its challenges, such as being house-bound a lot, and living with high levels of anxiety.

Today is just one of those days where my patience is tested, and then I have a lovely couple of moments where I am curled up in the recliner with two of my babies and I’m filled with so much love and pride, and hopefulness.  I want more of those moments.  I want to really appreciate my family more in 2015.  I want to be thankful for everyone’s health and general well-being, and to work on mine.  This starts with a fun surgery to repair my torn ab muscles (thanks quads for literally ripping mommy in half!) and then a recovery, and a rebuilding of my body and fitness in time for soccer and an anniversary vacation with my husband.  Beyond that, I plan on taking life day by day, getting and staying organized, and finding happiness every day in the big things, as well as the little things.

So I’m ending my year on kind of a low note, as I’m exhausted with a headache, Brian is working until dinner (so glad he got that week off!) and I’m just running out of patience, but I’m reminding myself that tomorrow is a new beginning, a chance to regroup mentally and get myself psyched for 2015.  It will be better!

The plan for ringing in the new year??  A far cry from the days of trying to decide which party or which bar to celebrate at.  My plan is to get through the rest of the day as quickly as possible until Brian gets home, and then we are going to enjoy a dinner of unhealthy appetizers like pizza rolls, pizza bagels, mozzarella sticks and potato skins.  Can’t wait!  After that, it’s all about watching the Charlie Brown New Year’s special getting the kids to bed.  Then maybe a drink, a movie and sleepy time!  I’m not crazy enough to try to stay awake to see the ball drop.  I’d be paying for that all day tomorrow, and I’m really not into being miserable on Pajama Sushi Day (every year we buy new pajamas or sweats and we enjoy sushi on New Year’s Day – aah the glamorous life we lead)

As we say goodbye to 2014, I reflect back on the year and all the people who have helped us get through it.  We are so lucky and thankful to have so many wonderful friends and family in our lives.  I wish we could repay all the kindnesses we’ve received, but we do what we can and try to pay it forward.

I would drone on, but the troops are getting restless in their beds.  Happy New Year everyone!  Hope your 2015 is amazing!

Gearing up for the Holidays

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As you can probably guess, we have been so busy lately.  Sorry for the lack of posts and updates!  Between Brian’s erratic work schedule, his ice hockey, my soccer, Easton’s school and swimming, and some minor colds thrown in, we seem to always have something going on!  Even when we are home, there is so much going on.  Never a dull moment!  The quads are all walking, running, climbing, singing and yelling, just like their big brother.  With four of them, you can imagine that they are into EVERYTHING.  Just when you think it’s safe, and you’ve childproofed everything, they reach a new height or figure out a handle.  I’ve had to move all my plants upstairs and empty out the changing table cabinet.  They can reach onto the dining room table, and they climb onto the hearth and up to the phone table too.  It’s impossible to block everything!  Right about now I wish I had a giant room with padded walls and floors.

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Brian and I took the quads to their 15 month doctor’s appointment.  It takes an hour and a half!  And a lot of sweat lol.  The quads got two shots in their arms, poor babies.  But the good news is that they are all meeting all of their milestones for their age.  Yay!

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As a group, they are all sleeping great at night and for their naps.  We would love to be able to sleep in just a tad more in the morning, but 6:45 is not too bad.  We went through a little cold and some teething that threw off their sleep a bit, but we seem to be settling back in nicely.  They are all awesome eaters, and pretty much just eat what we eat now, which makes life much easier.  Daddy doesn’t like feeding them anything with messy sauce, but they love it!  And we can always throw them in the bathtub after.  Baths are much easier these days too.  We are using the big tub in our master bathroom, and everyone goes in together.  Then one by one I take them out and dress them.  Then Grammy and Pappy entertain them until they are all done.  It’s tiring, but manageable.  I’ve even bathed them all by myself!  It’s a workout.

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Individually, they are each growing and developing at their own rates and in their own ways.  I love how they are all so different physically as well as their personalities.
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Brody still wears the crown for heaviest, although he’s not the tallest.  He is 32 inches long (50-75th%) and weighs 23lbs10ozs (50th%).  Poor Brody slipped on the floor and scraped up his lip just before we left so he arrived at the doctors with a big fat lip.  Brody is into everything.  He’s always looking around for what he can get his big paws on.  If you left a gate open, he makes a beeline for it.  He also wants whatever anyone else has, and will just take it right from them! Brody is a flirt with the ladies, and smiles and laughs often. He’s a goofball! Lately Brody dances a lot, though he doesn’t quite have Hayden’s rhythm. Brody has most of his teeth, including 3 molars! Brody will sign “more” and “milk”, and he also says “more”, “mommy”, “book”, “bye-bye”, “uh oh” and “night-night.”
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Hayden is not the shortest, but she is the lightest. She’s like a feather compared to Brody and Emerson! She is 31 inches tall (75th%) and weighs 20lbs2ozs (25th%). Hayden is such a sweetheart. She seems very serious, and she makes you work for it, but when she smiles, her whole face just melts into happiness. Hayden is our little climber!! She can walk, run and climb now, and there’s no stopping her! She’s got 4 teeth now, and will say “hi”, “night-night”, “that”, “uh oh” and “bye-bye.” Hayden seems to prefer being held by men, and she loves her Uncle Bob!
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Emerson is our big girl!! She is a little lighter than Brody, weighing 23lbs4ozs (50-75th%), and is our tallest, at 32 1/2 inches (95th%). She’s wearing 2T clothing now! Ems always wants to be held, and is definitely Daddy’s girl. She’s our only thumb sucker, and is happy to settle in on Daddy’s lap with her thumb in her mouth. Emerson is a big eater, and no longer has only vampire fangs. :) She now has 6 teeth, and will imitate so many words, including two-syllable words. She can also independently say, “mommy”, “cat”, “shoe”, “book”, “up”, “bye-bye”, “uh oh” and “night-night.” She’s always pointing to things, saying “that”, and will greet everyone (and no one) with a big “hi!”.
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Deacon is our little peanut, although I’m guessing not for long, because he’s been eating a ton lately! Once he gets a little pot belly, we know he will be shooting up soon! He is 31 1/2 inches tall (50-75th%) and weighs 21lbs8ozs. (%). Deacon is such a sweetheart. I always say he doesn’t have an evil bone in his body. Poor Deacon is usually the victim, getting taken down and having his toy stolen, but he will occasionally go on the offensive. Go Deacon! He has 6 teeth now, and will wave and say “night-night”. Deacon is more of the quiet type, and will play a lot by himself. But you get him laughing, and it’s the greatest sound! When it’s time to go to the kitchen for a meal, Deacon will giggle and run away to get you to chase him. It’s adorable!
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Easton is a typical three year old. LOL! When he’s nice, he’s so sweet and affectionate, but when he hasn’t had enough sleep, he’s a terror! Indecisive, saying “NO! I DON’T want snack.” And then a minute later crying “I want snack!!” It’s super frustrating, and we are just riding out this phase, waiting for it to be over. Brian and I are trying to spend more alone time with him to give him more attention away from the quads, so hopefully that helps. The recent full moon really sent everyone into a tailspin, combined with a cold, and now I think we are getting back to normal. Easton loves school, and is making lots of friends.  He is still into any vehicles, especially monster trucks, but really, ANY VEHICLES. He will name all types of trucks, what their parts are called, and what they do (Thank you Twenty Trucks!). His teacher is quite impressed! He takes swim lessons once a week, and now is in the Pike class, where no parents are in the pool. He’s definitely getting used to that! Easton is having fun finding his elf Blizzard every day, and looking forward to Santa coming. Me too!

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This post has taken me so many weeks to write, that the kids are knocking on 16 months now. We are getting more and more independent and mobile, but still I am stuck in the house a lot, without the energy to attempt taking them out by myself!! But I still get out to play soccer (thank you Brian!) and to the store sometimes, or occasionally out with a friend. In the winter though, I’m happy to snuggle in with a fire and a cup of tea. I just wish the kids could get out more and burn all that energy and get a change of scenery! But it gets easier every day and springtime should be great for them.

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It was so fun to dress them up for Halloween… Superman got to trick or treat with his bff cousin Colby, while the Ninja Turtles hung out at home.

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We also had a great Thanksgiving…

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Dresses and headbands made by HomeSpunWhit on Etsy

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I only caught a sweaty Easton as he quickly ran by with his cousins!  They had so much fun playing with their cousins and their aunts and uncles.
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I was so proud that we got our holiday card out so early this year, so enjoy it if you haven’t already seen it. It was actually pretty easy to get the pictures! Also, here is our Santa picture from this year:
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We hope you all have a wonderful holiday!

World Prematurity Day

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Today, November 17th, is World Prematurity Day.  I can’t think of a better post than to bring some attention to this important day!  My four little ones arrived 7 weeks early last August, and without research and medical advances, they might not have survived.  Thank goodness we didn’t have to face that, but many parents do.  Spread the word today and every day about prematurity and the importance of research to help future babies born too early.

Here are my sweet babies, in the first few hours of their lives.

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It brings tears to my eyes to look back on these pictures, and remember how it felt to see them in their isolettes, so tiny and fragile.  But thankfully, they received excellent care, tons of prayers and so much love, and they are now running, climbing, loud little one year olds!!

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