9 Months!

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The quads are 9 months old!  Sometimes I can’t believe it’s been nine months, and sometimes I can’t believe it’s only been nine months.  But we are all doing well… the babies are doing beyond well actually!  We couldn’t have hoped for more healthy, happy little ones.  They really are amazing little beings!  I can’t wait to see their personalities emerge even more as they grow.  It’s so exciting to see them hit milestones and demonstrate their different personality traits.  I’m happy that they are all little individuals with their own identities.  It’s great to see them interact together as they discover new things!

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Deacon is our shortest kid, at 27 3/4 inches(50th%).  He weighs 18lbs1oz (10-25th%), which makes him our second heaviest though!  He is a handsome boy and is just too sweet!  He’s a lot more vocal lately, blowing raspberries and babbling all sorts of different sounds.  One look at him gets you a big smile!  We joke that we need to toughen him up though, because if any of the others touch him, he cries.  When he’s happy or excited he does this funny tensing up thing and his arms are outstretched and he wiggles his fingers.  It’s so cute!  Deacon can now sit up on his own, and he gets up on all fours and rocks back and forth.  Next step will be crawling!

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Emerson is by far our most vocal little one.  She yells loudly, but she also giggles loudly!  She weighs 17lbs13ozs (25-50th%), and is tied for tallest at 28 1/2 inches (75th%).  Emerson can sit up and is starting to crawl!  She gets up on hands and feet with her butt in the air, and then falls backwards into a sitting position.  So funny to watch!

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Hayden is our lightest munchkin, weighing 16lbs13ozs (25th%).  She pretty tall though, at 28 1/4 inches (50-75th%).  Our skinny minny!  Someone said she looks like me, but I think she looks just like Brian.  Hayden is our quietest little angel.  She is just so sweet and so funny.  She nods her head, like she’s answering a question.  She also sticks out her tongue, and today she started dancing, rocking side to side while sitting up.  Although she can’t reach the position on her own, Hayden can sit up on her own.  She also will clap her hands and play peek-a-boo. 

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Brody is our biggest baby in both weight and length.  He weighs 19lbs3ozs (25-50th%), and is 28 1/2 inches long (50th%).  Brody can sit up, crawl, pull himself to standing, and is now cruising along toys and furniture!  He’s always on the go, and is so fast!  You can’t turn your head!  We now have gates up and make use of the superyard.  Brody is also the only one with teeth, and he has six of them!  You can kind of see them in the picture.  He’s such a silly boy, and always has a smile on his cute face.

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Easton is probably the awesomest two year old ever.  He is just so funny, silly and sweet, I just can’t get enough of him.  Granted, there are times when I want to scream “What are you thinking???” but overall he’s such a good kid.  He’s now discovering he can interact and play with his siblings, and it’s too cute to see.  He loves when Brody “chases” him.  He’ll get down with him and say “crawl baby!” (He doesn’t call them by name – they are all just “baby”). He loves to be outside, and has discovered worms now.  Lovely.  But his favorite thing by far is “I keem cone!” (ice cream cone). He asks for them all day, everyday.  We just adore this kid and try to spend as much quality time with him as we can so he still feels like he’s getting enough attention.  He asks for “mommy daddy hug” a lot.  We’re happy to oblige!!

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This was just a wonderful moment I caught of Brian with the babies before he left for work one day.  It was so cute to see all of them together!  I just picture them all jumping on him at once.  The wonderful chaos to come!

We are still managing this crazy life we have going.  I meet new people around, and a question I get asked a lot is “How do you do it?”  My answer is, “You just do.  You have no choice!.” And that’s just it – the kids need to be taken care of, fed, bathed, napped, played with.  We do all of these things because that’s what you sign up for when you have kids.  Granted, we didn’t anticipate so many at once, but that’s what we were given, and that’s what we do.  Unfortunately other things have to give, like some housework, and the “me” time, but that’s the way it goes.  I figure I’ll get some “me” time when they are in high school perhaps.  But I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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The Quads’ Dedication Ceremony

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Over the weekend we had a Dedication Ceremony for Brody, Hayden, Emerson and Deacon, where we named each of their Godparents.  It turned out to be a beautiful day, with the rain thankfully holding off until after the ceremony and pictures.  We even managed a family picture, which turned out pretty good, considering! 

I had a blast dressing everyone up.  For the boys, I got them matching khaki shorts and cute khaki shoes, with white button down shirts and cute ties that I ordered from JetsandLilys on Etsy.  The ties were in their colors, blue for Deacon and green for Brody.  So cute!  They also had cute little fedora hats, but you can imagine how long those managed to stay on :). The girls were in adorable eyelets lace dresses from Target, with matching shoes and beautiful headbands made by WinterScarlett on Etsy.  Hayden had a pink flower headband, and Emerson had her purple one.  Easton coordinated, with a light blue linen shirt from the Gap, khaki shorts and a tie incorporating each of the babies’ colors, also made by JetsandLilys.  He also had some cool shoes on, but style unfortunately gave him blisters 😦  Brian matched Easton, with khaki shorts and a chambray button down, and I found a cute eyelet lace dress from Old Navy to match my girls.  Corny, I know!  But it made for cute pictures.

It was great to get our family together, as each of our four sisters and their husbands were the Godparents.  All of the cousins got to run around and play together, while the adults got some quality time with the babies.  All around a great day!

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My sister designed and brought this cake from her local Walmart. Beautiful and yummy!

I can’t wait to get all of the pictures back and make a photo book to remember this event.  We also had professional portraits done with the babies in their outfits, which we should get to see this week.  I’m excited!

More updates to come, and hopefully some more great pictures…

Turning Godzilla Days into Mary Poppins Days

Days like today are trying.  They are tough.  They test your patience.  They push you to within an inch of your breaking point.  Sometimes you reach that point and lash out.  Then all you’re left with is guilt and sadness, not to mention the situation that put you there in the first place.

Then I sit down and try to think of how we got to this point.  Why is Easton so cranky?  He was sad that Pappy went to the doctor and he couldn’t go with him.  He was upset that I couldn’t take him down to the playroom to play because I had the babies.  Why were the babies so cranky?  Two of them were up for a while in the middle of the night.  All of them woke up early.  They were getting bored, and it was almost naptime.  Why is this all hard to deal with right now?  Well, Brian is away, we have movers coming tomorrow to switch around some rooms and the quads’ dedication ceremony is Saturday.  I’m trying to figure out how to get everything done and ready, plus the day-to-day stuff that needs to be done on top of that.

It all makes sense.  They aren’t just doing it to get on my nerves.  They aren’t just trying to anger me.  They aren’t trying to push me to the brink of insanity.  They really are good kids who are just being kids. 

Now is where the hard part starts.  Transforming myself from Godzilla to Mary Poppins.  These are the terms I use to describe how I feel.  There’s a middle ground too, but what I strive to do every day is NOT have Godzilla days.  I don’t want to raise my voice at my kids.  I don’t want to storm around and throw stuff, roaring to blow off steam.  I want to be happy with my kids.  I want to enjoy these special moments with them because no matter how I feel right now, someday I may be nostalgic for these cute, innocent baby days.  I want to play with the kids and take care of them, take care of the house and maybe even throw in a fun craft for Easton or some outside time.  Or holy crap, both!  I love how I feel on Mary Poppins Days.  It’s like a cycle; the better one day is, the easier it is to bring that to the next day.

It’s a challenge, and it takes work to turn a Godzilla day into a Mary Poppins day.  It takes self-control, organization and coffee!  It takes having something to look forward to.  It takes just taking a moment to do something for myself.  Sometimes it takes help.  Sometimes it just takes an email from a sympathetic friend.  Sometimes it takes writing it down and letting it go.

I hope you all have a Mary Poppins Day!

My latest blog post for Honestly!

Here is my new post for The Honest Company’s Blog… hope you enjoy! (and I hope the link works – I try to do the fancy link where it just has a title, but no luck)

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