My New Scariest Day of My Life

Well, we had a good night last night, meaning everyone slept, but this morning it all started hitting the fan.  The quads woke up and all started eating Cheerios and drinking water, and then the throwing up started.  Mixed in with diarrhea.  Thank goodness there are four adults!  The men are sick with the bug too, but are a huge help in dealing with sick kids!  It truly takes a team!!

Anyway, Emerson woke up from her nap this morning crying, so Brian brought her downstairs and I gave her a cup of Cheerios and a water.  She started eating the cereal and then had another seizure in Brian’s arms.  Just like that.  I immediately called 911 and they sent the ambulance.  This time it didn’t seem to last as long, but she still turned blue.  She came out of it, and fell right asleep.  She slept until we left in the ambulance, and for most of the ride to the hospital.

Since this was her second seizure, they are not sure if they are febrile seizures anymore.  They were talking epilepsy, which is scary!  They decided to admit her and planned to do a Video EEG to take a look at her brain activity and see if they can get some clues as to why this is happening.  A couple hours after we arrived at the pediatric emergency department, Emerson had another seizure.  The pediatric doctors were examining her, so we had her sitting up.  All of a sudden she went all tensed up in the fetal position and fell over.  This one was shorter, and she didn’t turn blue, which was better.  Due to this, they put her on Keppro, an anti-seizure medication.  They also gave her IV fluids to keep her hydrated.



They moved her to the pediatric floor and kept checking on her blood sugar, which was way low.  The plan was to do a CT scan to check for brain bleeds, and then hook her up for a VEEG.  Since her blood sugar was only coming up a bit, they switched her IV to a 10% dextrose fluid, and that did the trick.  She then went off for her CT scan, and she did great!  They didn’t have to sedate her because she has just been so tired.  She actually fell asleep in the machine! I was so proud of her.  They didn’t see anything abnormal on the scan, which is awesome news!



Now she is hooked up to a million wires for the VEEG, and there is a camera on her too.  So the light has to be on, so that means she is having a tough time going to sleep!  They also gave her another dose of Keppro. Hopefully we will get the information we need overnight, and the doctors can figure out why she keeps having seizures.



Please keep Emerson, and all my little ones in your thoughts!


The Scariest Day of My Life

We seem to have had sickness running through our house since before Thanksgiving. Luckily it hasn’t been too bad, but the latest was Emerson. The other day, she woke up from her nap crying and she had thrown up. She continued throwing up until the next morning.  Then she started drinking and even eating, and our pediatrician said if we can get fluids in her we’d avoid a trip to the ER for dehydration. She also said her other patients had this for about 24 hours, and then maybe threw up once more the next day. Well, Emerson stopped throwing up before the 24 hours, which was great, and she was drinking and eating.  She seemed to be on the mend. This morning she threw up twice, but was still drinking and eating so we figured maybe it was the milk we had let her have.  But then the day took a turn for the worse.
She went down for a nap and Brian brought her downstairs when she woke up. He sat with her and gave her a cracker. She got down off his lap and stumbled a bit. He picked her up and she went totally limp in his arms. Her eyes rolled back in her head, her face contorted and she stiffened. He called for me and said, “We gotta go to the hospital. She’s having a seizure.”
I grabbed my purse and ran downstairs. I could see she was drooling and tensed up in his arms. Then she turned purple and was just lifeless.  It was the scariest thing I had ever witnessed. I thought she was dead.
Brian, with his firefighter training, knew to check her airway and vitals. Brian’s dad called 911 and I got on the phone with them. They had us take off her clothes and watch her to make sure she was breathing.  It was not even a minute before her color came back and she opened her eyes.  The police arrived first, then the paramedics and ambulance.  By then Emerson was more alert and just calling for Mommy, Daddy, Grammy, and I just lost it. I had held it together, and when I realized she was ok, I just started bawling like a baby. My mother-in-law hugged me, and I just said, “I thought I lost her.”  I was so relieved. That experience is something I wouldn’t wish on anyone. No parent should ever have to deal with something like this.
I rode in the ambulance with her and Brian followed. Emerson was fighting sleep, just watching out the window. She was out of it, but awake and holding my hand.
At the hospital, the doctor confirmed that she had a febrile seizure, caused by a virus. It made her temperature spike or drop, which brought on the seizure. This happens to 3% of kids. They put in an IV line and took some blood for tests. All of her levels were fine; she wasn’t dehydrated abd the doctor said we could go. But Brian and I were worried that we wouldn’t be able to get her to drink, so the doctor said he would give her some IV fluids.


Oh, by the way, poor Brian got hit with the stomach bug while we were in the hospital. So while he was in the bathroom, it was like a switch went off in Emerson. Halfway through the fluids, she started talking and smiling, and when Brian came back she said, “Hi Daddy!” It was wonderful!
Meanwhile, we hear that the other three quads are all throwing up at home, and my father-in-law is now down with the bug too!  We impatiently waited to get discharged, and then finally made it home.


Everyone went to bed, and are still sleeping for right now, a few hours later. My mother-in-law stayed up for a while in case someone woke up, and is on call.  I am too wired for sleep. I’m exhausted (oh, did I mention I was at the doctor for myself this morning, and I’m in antibiotics for bronchitis?) but I’m watching the monitor, jumping when someone coughs, worrying about Emerson having another seizure, worrying someone else will have a seizure, worrying that I won’t hear someone throw up and they will choke on their vomit.  I’m itchy, because I’ve also had hives for about a month now, which just adds to the anxiety and general misery I’m feeling.
The saving grace here is that it is a 24 hour thing (hopefully) so by Tuesday it should be past us. I’m sure something else fun will follow it, but as long as it doesn’t come with seizures, I’m good.
Please send us good, healthy thoughts!
I also just want to say that I’m thankful for family and friends who are there for us when we need them. My strength comes from the positive messages and the concern and the caring.  I really could not get through this without it!






One thing I’m sure of, is that tomorrow, after I’ve had my coffee, I will be hugging my babies a little tighter, and appreciating their whining and crying a little bit more.

Tips for Managing a Solo Trip to Target With Five Toddlers

I did it! I took all five kids out to Target by myself!! So many quad moms in my Facebook group take their kids out, and so I’ve thought, “well, if they can, I should be able to also!” Then last weekend Brian and I took the quads on some errands while Easton was at school. We were at Walmart and then a strip mall, and we just put all the kids in one shopping cart there. We even managed to stop in at Panera for some take-out lunch! So that got my wheels turning, and I figured if they could all fit in one cart, I could take them out myself.

So I’ve been wanting to go to Target for a while. I love the clothing and bags and things they are showing on their commercials! I decided today was the day. I just couldn’t bear another day at home. I had a coffee, so I was feeling energetic. My father-in-law helped me get their shoes and jackets on, and we loaded them in the van.  Needless to say, it was an interesting and educational outing.  On the course of our trip, I learned some Do’s and Don’ts for managing this type of trip alone:

DO pack a diaper bag. I already had one dirty diaper by the time we pulled in the parking lot!

DO park next to a cart return that has at least one cart in it. That way you don’t leave the kids unattended in the van.

DO realize that adding a 3 ½ year old to the mix is a game changer. Five of them can’t fit in the cart together!

DO plan on getting lots of smiles, looks and inane comments.

DO be proud when people tell you how beautiful your kids are.

DO plan on at least one trip to the bathroom to change a dirty diaper.

DON’T be surprised when your potty-training child has to go pee when you are all the way across the store.

DO plan on selecting and opening a treat to reward said child’s toileting success.

DON’T leave snack out for toddler to snack on while you are distracted talking to a friend you bumped into.

DON’T forget snacks for the others! I figured I would just grab something off the shelf if I needed to feed them, but if I was in a store that didn’t have food I would have had some unhappy babies.

DO have enough water cups for all four babies. I couldn’t find the other two, so they had to share. (Note: toddlers do not like sharing)

DON’T buy sippy cups with your kids. Or if you do, store them under the cart so they cannot be tested out and thrown when the kids realize they are empty.

Which leads me to my next one:

DO go to a store that has under-cart storage. When there are 4 toddlers in the cart, there isn’t much room for stuff. Plus, there are some things you don’t want them to get their hands on, like picture frames with glass.

DON’T expect to remember everything you saw in the commercials that you wanted to look for. Best have a list on your phone or write it out and keep it in your pocket.

DO get the most important things first, because you never know when you might have to leave. I left clothing shopping for me until last.

DON’T plan on trying things on in the dressing room. Just plan on buying whatever you are interested in and trying it on at home. You can always run back to the store when you have a babysitter! Or that could be your next outing!

DO make sure you have your debit/credit card or cash before leaving your house. You don’t want to get to the register with a full cart of kids and stuff and see the empty spot in your wallet.

DO sign up for the store credit card when you realize you have forgotten your debit card. You save money, and you don’t want to have to leave without your hard-earned stuff and have to come right back with that card!

DON’T forget you have a backup credit card in the van.

DON’T refuse help to get to your car when it is offered.

DO make sure your bags are secured, and don’t dump out in the road while cars are waiting for you to cross.

DO make sure your toddler knows not to run away from you when you are picking up your purchases from the road.

DO thank the good Samaritan who honks to let you know you still have items in the road as you hurry to your car.

DON’T leave your cart full of kids behind a running vehicle while you run back to retrieve the dropped item.

DO breathe a sigh of relief when all kids are buckled in their car seats.

DO stop at McDonald’s when you decide you don’t feel up to preparing lunch after the Target debacle.

DON’T get in the drive-thru line at McDonald’s when you don’t have your debit card on you.

DO pat yourself on the back for remembering you have a backup credit card in the van!!

DO enjoy a good laugh sharing your experience while your kids throw their chicken nuggets and fries on the floor.

DO enjoy your Shamrock Shake while your kids take a nap!

There – I hope this helps some of you out there.  I know I learned some valuable lessons on this outing, and I can’t wait to try again!  It really was energizing and empowering to be able to take the kids out all by myself.  We’ve really gotten cabin fever with all the cold and snow this winter, and it’s good for all of us to get out.

18 Months and Full Steam Ahead

We celebrated another milestone on the 21st (yes I’m always late to post, sorry!) – our babies hit 18 months!!!  Now we can stop saying their age in months and just round off to the nearest half-year!  Things have changed so much and it’s just amazing all the things they can do now!  Good things and bad things… life is like a mixture of humor, love, frustration and total exhaustion.  I won’t give the exact percentages, but you can guess what a house with 4 adults, 5 toddlers, 3 dogs, 3 cats and 4 fish is like.  And Brian won’t let me get a bunny!  He’s so mean.  Anyway, life is crazy, life is chaotic, but still I would not give any of them up!  Each of my crew has such uniquely individual awesomeness that makes them special, and it’s hard to think of this life without them.  Including Brian!!  🙂

Currently, the kids are playing more independently, which is good!  It gives us a chance to clean up the kitchen or fold laundry – or sit!  The quads have moved to one nap recently, which is not always a good nap though, so we do get some dinnertime crankiness!  Hopefully we settle into the new schedule and everyone takes a good nap at the same time.

Here’s the lowdown on each of our crew:

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Brody isn’t the tallest (32 1/2″, 50th%), but he is the heaviest, at 24lbs (50th%).  Brody is the child we could rent out to people childproof their houses.  The moment he enters a room, he is looking for what he can get his hands on.  So once you clear out the obvious things like the remote or a cup of water, he will start testing the room for weaknesses.  Can I climb over this baby gate?  Can I use this chair to climb on the table?  It’s exhausting!  But he’s also the most ticklish thing, except for maybe Easton, and he’s a little flirt.  This kid usually has a smile on his face, and it’s contagious.  Brody doesn’t have much rhythm, but he LOVES to dance – their favorite song is the Wayfair commercial!!

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Hayden is our petite princess.  She is 32in tall (50-75th%) and feels like a feather, weighing 21lbs8ozs (10-25th%).  She is a sweetheart whose eyes will just melt you.  She makes you work for her smiles, but it’s totally worth it.  She’s become quite clingy lately, and loves to be picked up.  And if you get the honor of bringing her to bed, she will cling to you like, “No! Please don’t take me up there!”. Hayden is starting to talk a lot more, and is a great dancer.  But her favorite thing is playing dress-up!  In the evenings when we are getting them ready for bed, we let them run around naked for a bit, and Hayden will sit down and put socks, pants and hats on, and wear shirts like shawls.  It’s so cute!  Practice makes perfect too, because she can put socks on all by herself!

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Here comes Emerson!  She is the tallest, at 33 1/4″ (90th%) and almost the heaviest, at 23lbs12ozs (50-75th%).  She is also the loudest, with a giant vocabulary.  Em has tons of words, and can identify so many pictures in books!  Books are her favorite things, and she soaks up the knowledge like a little sponge.  Emerson walks around like a little drunk girl; it’s like her body is moving faster than her legs.  Watch out when she comes careening your way!  Especially if she has a book in her hand… you might get smacked in the face with it!  Emerson is becoming so funny and endearing, and her smarts never ease to amaze us!

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Deacon is 32 1/2″ tall (50th%) and weighs 22lbs8ozs (10-25th%), but not for long!  Deacon is bulking up, probably for a growth spurt!  He is a great eater, and a great sleeper (until Brody wakes him up!) He is just an absolute sweetheart, without an evil bone in his body.  I swear, he wouldn’t know how to be naughty if it wasn’t for his brothers!  Deacon follows what they do.  I’d get mad, if he wasn’t so darn cute!  He’s got awesome hair that I refuse to cut…I’m afraid his curls will go away forever if I cut it!  Deacon is starting to talk now, and is getting the last of his molars in.  He drools like a St. Bernard!  He loves vehicles, just like his big brother.


Easton is just the coolest kid… and so funny!  He makes me laugh, when he’s not throwing three-year-old tantrums!  He’s enjoying school, and doing great.  I can’t believe I was worried about his speech!  The words and phrases he comes up with are just amazing!  He still loves vehicles, especially monster trucks.  My favorite thing to do with Easton is cuddling in bed.  There’s nothing better than watching the Sprout Channel with Easton laying next to me, his head on my shoulder.  Easton can wash his hands and brush his teeth, and we are working on potty training.  Can’t wait until that’s done!  Easton has more fun with his siblings, but his favorite is Hayden.  He always wants to play with her and share his snack with her.  It’s adorable!


As you can tell, we do have lots of fun around here!  There are some not so great moments, but as time goes on, it gets easier, better and more fun.  I still look around at least once a day and think, “I can’t believe I have FIVE kids!”  Including quads.  It’s crazy!  And it’s hard, but we are doing it, and hopefully doing it well.  We must be doing something right though, because everyone is healthy and happy.  Continued thanks to all of our help!  We wouldn’t want to do it without you!