How To Play

“Mommy, will you play cars with me?”

The dreaded words. It’s not that I don’t like playing with my son. It’s just that it’s hard!! There’s RULES. It’s taken me a number of years to figure it out. So I’m passing on the wisdom:

1.  Don’t sit on the couch or a comfy chair. You must be on the hard floor, even if you lose feeling in parts of your body.


2.  Sit and wait to be handed a toy. Don’t dare try to pick up a car without being handed one!


3.  Wait for them to explain the story that you will act out. And never, I repeat, never try to freestyle and create your own plot.

4. When your part is over, wait patiently for your next direction. Do not try to leave.

5. Make sure other participants follow these rules. Law breaking will not be tolerated by anyone.

If you follow these simple rules, you can have a successful play session, and you might even earn the right to choose your own car next time, or the voice you use to talk.

Good luck!

Rotavirus in the House!

Emerson’s stool sample came back positive for rotavirus. One piece of the mystery solved. So now all the staff who come in her room have to wear a gown and gloves. I feel like she’s an Ebola patient!

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Today has been a long day. Em was on the VEEG all night and all day. We were supposed to see the neurologist this morning to see how her brain activity was overnight, but in typical hospital fashion, we didn’t get word or see her until almost dinnertime. She saw slowed brain activity at times, which she thought was probably just her brain recovering from the seizures. So she then left to go check how her brain activity was today, and over an hour later returned to let us know that it was all normal. We decided to keep the VEEG going tonight just in case she has another seizure. They were going to keep her another night anyway because she’s not eating well. Emerson only wants to eat plain Cheerios and water. We’ve tried to entice her with all her favorite things, like pancakes, bacon and cookies, and even resorted to potato chips and froot loops, but she wasn’t interested!
So where we are at now is figuring that her seizures are what the neurologist called “afebrile febrile seizures”, meaning they are similar to febrile seizures in how they occur, but they are different in that they aren’t caused by a rapid drop or spike in temperature. How she described it was that the virus acts on the cells of the brain in a way that the brain could react with no seizure or seizure, and her brain chooses the seizure route. Something like that. So it’s not the kind of answer I like to hear, but it’s good to hear it’s probably not epilepsy, and she will probably outgrow it. Still, I like to have clear answers!

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Today my parents came to spend some time at the hospital, which was great, since I needed lots of help calming her when she got cranky! Plus, they brought me jelly beans and Cadbury mini eggs ūüôā

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It took us forever to get her to sleep tonight because she only had one short nap this morning and she was so overtired!!

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A doctor just came in to examine her and I said no!!! Sorry buddy, I’m not letting that happen!

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Hopefully she will sleep all night and I can get some much-needed rest!
Thanks to everyone for their support and kind words…it makes me feel great to have so many people in my life who care. Brian and I appreciate it!

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.

 

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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!

 

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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.

 

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

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. ūüôā 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!

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 ūüôā 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 ūüôā

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!¬†

Happy Halloween Outtakes

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It certainly was a chore to get the final shot!!! It took three of us to get it done!! And here’s just the little pumpkins:

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And here’s cutie Deacon:

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We took the babies and Easton trick-or-treating with their cousin Madison. Easton was a first-timer!

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They had so much fun they crashed after!!

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It was a great holiday. Can’t wait to see all of them running around in their costumes next year!! Gotta start thinking of ideas ūüėČ