Friday, May 24, 2013

We are ONE!

Our "little" family
Okay, so they turned one last month, this post has been in the making for quite a while! The day before their birthday and the day of were quite emotional for me. I remember lying in the hospital bed wondering if this day would ever come, and fighting and willing that it would. There isn't a day that goes by that I do not think of how differently our lives could have turned out, that I don't remember how they fought so hard in the NICU, and that I do not think of all of the people that helped get us to where we are today. We are truly amazed at how blessed we are, and so very thankful! And yes, even on the days where I want to bang my head up against a brick wall (hey, I have to keep it real!).

We chose to do a simple Mickey and Minnie themed party for their birthday (per Ella's request, eh... demand) and grill some burgers and hotdogs with close friends and family. The babies did really well, and Ella had a blast playing with all of her friends.They scored tons upon tons of clothes, a few toys, and best of all, DIAPERS! The babies devoured their cakes, especially Carson. Carson seems to have some slight sensory issues, so I thought for sure he would want nothing to do with the cold, slimy texture of the cake. He tore into it until there was absolutely nothing left. I loved watching them, they all had so much fun! The babies all slept great that night, despite my fears of the cake hurting their tummies and keeping them up. Overall, it was a perfect day, but I would be lying if I didn't say I was glad for it to be over- parties tend to stress me out!

Cake drunk Carson

Baby lovin'
One of our fav NICU nurses

Abby and her Mimi
Ella is getting really excited to start Pre-K this fall, she will be going to a private church program that has an awesome curriculum. She has attended there before for Mothers Day Out the year I was pregnant with the babies, and she loved it. The doctors advised us to pull her out once the babies came home because they were so premature, and they/we did not want her to bring home anything to the babies. I have enjoyed having her home this year and can not believe that she will be FOUR this summer! She adores the babies, even more so now that they can chase her around everywhere!

Big girl got her first haircut today!

Ella with one of her BFF's, Lylah

The babies are doing fabulous, they amaze me every day. We gradually started the switch to whole milk a few days before their birthday and they tolerated it great. They have refused to be spoon fed (especially Abby) the past month or so, and they just eat all finger table food now. We are going to see if they are ready to give up their bottles this weekend, so we will see how that goes! I'm not in a huge rush and do not mind if they keep them a few more months, but it's a fight to get them to drink them now, so I figured it would be a great time to try!

Abby is our tiny one and weighs about 18 pounds now. She lags a tad behind the others in large gross motor skills, but she is doing great in all other areas. She is very verbal, has been clapping and signing a couple words for the past couple of months, has been pulling to stand for quite a while, but will not stand independently for more than a couple of seconds. She has the funniest little personality and is so silly, and she loves to snuggle. She can give a really demonic sounding gremlin growl that creeps everyone out. Her favorite food is probably eggs and toast, and of course cheerios! She has 6 teeth with no others in sight.

Allie is a little bigger and weighs about 19 pounds now. She is extremely verbal, she can say Momma, Dadda, bye bye, more, uh oh, and dog. She can also sign more, milk, all done, eat, clap, and wave hooray. She stands independently for a bit and cruises along the walls and couch. I don't think it will be too much longer before she is running all over the house! She has the sweetest sounding voice, besides when she is screaming her crazy "give me what I want right now" scream that comes close to shattering the windows. Her favorite foods are bananas and toast. She has had 8 teeth for a couple months now, but no others on their way yet.

Corbin weighs about 20 pounds now. He is not as verbal as the girls but does babble a lot of different things. He also does not sign like the girls, and I can't get him to clap or wave goodbye either, he just looks at me and laughs hysterically. He does love to mimic fake sneezes though which is super cute. He stands independently and cruises along couches and walls, along with climbing up anything possible and destroying everything in his sight. He has the most infectious laugh and is a huge Mommas boy. His favorite food is toast. Notice a pattern here? At breakfast, after he eats all of his toast, he will scream his head off until he realizes you are not giving in and giving him more toast. Then he will start shoving all of the other food in his mouth by the fist fulls. He has had 8 teeth for a couple of months and is now cutting his bottom cuspid teeth, which have been the worse so far.

Carson weighs about 22 pounds now. He is not verbal at all and he worries me to absolute death. He does not babble, he doesn't make a peep besides laughing and razzing. I try not to worry, but this is something he should have started doing a looonnnggg time ago, so its hard not to. He passed his hearing screen, so I am having him evaluated by a speech therapist to see if there is anything we can do to help him along. He is very interactive with us, very playful and makes eye contact, so I am hoping it is simply just a speech delay. He has pulled to stand for a while but will not stand independently. His laugh is hilarious, he sounds just like Pee Wee Herman which is awesome. He does have some sensory issues to textures, he doesn't like grass, he doesn't like squiggly toys, shaving cream, etc, but he is making a lot of progress. His OT says that its a great sign that he has never cried at these things, he just pulls away. She thinks it is something that he will be able to work through and get over since he is so young and making progress already. His favorite food is anything and everything, he will eat whatever you put in front of him, and lots of it! He has his two bottom teeth with his top four about to pop through any day now.

It has been WAY too long since I have updated, so I will just end with a few pictures from the past few months, and try to be better about updating from now on!

Don't they look THRILLED?!

Carsons first hair cut March 2013

Easter 2013
Ella-3, Babies- 10 Months
Kiddos with their GREAT GREAT Papaw, so amazing!
Our choo choo wagon, the kids LOVE this thing!


Saturday, December 15, 2012

First solids!

The babies' will be 8 months old (8 months?!?) next week, and are a little over 5 months adjusted. We were aiming to start solids around 6 months adjusted, but we decided to go ahead and start yesterday. They have really been showing us that they are ready the past month or so by sitting up, watching intently and smacking their little mouths while we eat, grabbing our food (Corbin's first food came very close to being a chocolate cupcake), etc. While thawing out some breast milk a couple of weeks ago, I got curious and gave them all a spoonful of slushy milk to see how they would do. Their tongue thrust reflexes were completely gone and they did really well, so I knew we would be starting soon.

First time in their table!
Our quad table came in, which was a Christmas gift from Larry's Mom and Santa.... but we really wanted to get it set up. The day after we did, I decided to give solids a whirl, and was really nervous. I know that babies' that had been tube fed for a while could have issues with eating solids, and ours were tube fed for quite a while. Thankfully, it is looking like I may not have to worry, because they did GREAT! We originally wanted to start with sweet potatoes, but we had an avocado on hand, and they are also a great first food. I just mashed it up with a fork really well and stirred in some breast milk to thin it a bit. In a perfect world, I would use four bowls and four spoons, or even four spoons and one bowl... but we live in quad world, so one bowl and one spoon is looking like the route we are taking.

Yum yum yum
We just stuck them in their table, buckled them in, and away we went! We got lots of hilarious faces, but overall they did so much better than I expected. They chewed it around and swallowed it down. Allie kept making the most awful faces but kept screaming at me until I gave her more. I think Abby was the least thrilled with it, she did great eating it but I do not think she liked the flavor too well. The boy's both did really well, too. I gave everyone some more avocado tonight and even made it a little more textured, and they devoured the entire bowl and screamed for more. Or everyone but Abby, that is. She still was not a big fan of the taste but still ate quite a bit. Hopefully she will like it better when we move on to sweet potatoes in a couple of days.

Ella helping out
Happy babies'!
These videos aren't the best because I was videoing with my phone while feeding them, and you can hear Larry taking an insane amount of photos, but it's all I have! These are of their very first bites.

And that's about it! Christmas post and FAQ post hopefully coming up soon!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

How time has flown!

Abby, Allie, Ella, Corbin, and Carson
It's been a couple of months and SO much has changed around this house! Things have gotten tremendously easier in most ways, and a tad harder in others. It's gotten a little trickier because they changed Larry's schedule at work, he now works both days and nights, and it took the babies' (and Mom!) a bit to adjust to that.

We have made some big changes since my last update 2.5 months ago:

- Sleeping through the night 12 hours. They have been doing this for about 2 months or so and it is heavenly!

-Dropping to four feedings a day. I can not begin to explain how much easier our life has gotten because of this! I have always been very hesitant to drop feedings. Ella at this stage was still nursing 7+ times a day, but the babies' were not eating well because they were not hungry that often, so they have done so much better with the four feedings a day.

- Putting each baby in their own crib. We did this about 2 months ago, since the babies' learned to roll back to belly, they kept rolling onto each other and waking each other up.They like to snuggle so I thought they may sleep worse, but they did so much better.

- Switching from Swaddle Me wraps to Halo sleep sacks. I was VERY scared of this transition, I had heard a lot of horror stories about making the transition from swaddling. Ella always hated to be swaddled, so this was new to me. The first night everyone but Abby woke a couple of times, but after that first night they went back to sleeping well.

- Saying bye bye to the paci. Ella had a paci until two days before she turned TWO, and it was hell getting it from her... and I did not want a repeat of that. I learned with her the older they are, the more dependent they become on it, so we decided to go ahead and get rid of the paci while they still weren't a huge deal to the babies'.

- Napping at the same time. This one took me FOREVER to get them to do. This has just happened over the past month or so. Some babies' sleep longer than others, and it's not always the same babies', but I usually get at least one hour of them all asleep at one time.

- Switching formulas. The babies' receive one bottle of formula a day, and we had gotten the okay to switch from Neosure to a regular formula. We switched to Enfamil infant powder since Enfamil will be sending us 16 cases of formula, which should get us past their first birthday since we do not use that much of it.We slowly transitioned them to the new formula so it would not upset their tummies, and they did great!

There has also been huge changes in the babies' development. Everyone started giving us big ole' belly laughs a couple months ago, and this has been my favorite! They love to laugh at each other and talk to each other which is soooo cute! They have become a lot more mobile as well. It's always a shock the first time you put your baby on the floor and walk away to do something, and then come back and they are no where to be seen! Lot's of shrieks, happy screams, squeals, and talking going on as well.  All of the babies' are wearing size 6 month clothes and size 2 diapers, but the boys will be moving to size 3 diapers when they are shipped this week (the 2's are getting pretty snug), and it wont be long before the boys' are in 9 month clothes.Their weight gain has slowed a tad since they have become more mobile, but they are still growing great.

Individual updates:

Ella has been doing great. She still just goes along with the flow and is not really jealous at all. She had her 3 year check up recently, and she is 30 pounds (30th percentile) and 36.5 inches (23rd percentile). She is a tiny tot but very healthy and smart! She is totally into her "doctor phase" right now and is constantly giving everyone checkups and telling them what their "dianosis" (diagnosis) is. She was quick to tell the doctor that she needed medication for her stuffanemia, ha. She keeps me amazed with how smart she is and with her wild imagination. I feel bad that she is stuck in the house most of the time, I can not wait until RSV season is over and we can get out and about! She is such a good little Mommy to her two baby dolls, and the dolls have to do everything our real babies' do.

This picture CRACKS me up, crazy girl feeding her babies'.
Abby is hilarious. She has the most infectious laugh and has really developed quite the personality. She has also become the master at convincing us she is drinking her bottle when she really isn't... she moves her mouth, makes the sucking noises, and really looks like she is drinking. She will do this for 30 minutes and will have only had an ounce to drink. Since going to four bottles a day her appetite has improved drastically. She did go through a spell again recently where she would not eat, but it only lasted a few days thank goodness. At her 6 month appointment, she was 3.66% for weight (up from 2.32% at 4 months) and 0.85% for height (up from 0.02% at 4 months). This is on the chart for actual age, not adjusted, so we were happy that she is slowly climbing the chart. She now weighs 14 pounds 6 ounces at 7 months.

Allie reminds me so much of Ella it is crazy. Even the way she acts and laughs reminds me of her. Her eyes have turned hazel like Ella's while the rest of the babies' eyes remain blue. Her blood pressure has been good, we go for a follow up in a week. She is very strong and active, Larry thinks she will be the first to crawl. She eats so well and is usually first to finish her bottle, but she remains the smallest and is so tiny! She was 2.19% for weight (up from 0.32% at 4 months) and 4.7% for height (up from 0.71%) at her 6 month appointment. She now weighs 14 pounds 5 ounces at 7 months.

Corbin is still my flirty boy. He loves most people but boy does he love his Momma! He is so funny and has a great little personality. He is the most mobile and I think he will be the first to crawl. He always gets himself into tiny spaces or ends up weird places, so i have to really keep my eyes on him while they are on the floor. He has to see a urologist for a hydrocele and possible hernia, but that was the only issue at his 6 month appointment. He was 3.26% for weight (up from 0.9% at 4 months) and 0.95% for height (up from 0%) at his 6 month appointment. He now weighs 15 pounds 9 ounces at 7 months.

Carson, oh my Carson. He has decided to beat the other babies' down in the weight department. He now almost has a pound lead on Corbin, and is becoming quite the chunk! He eats SO well despite his reflux. The OT said we are working her out of a job because the only reason she is seeing him and Abby are because of eating issues... And he has none. She wants to make sure that he has no problems with solids when we start them, but I have a feeling that he will do really well with them. He is a little behind the other 3 babies' in development, but he is still ahead of his adjusted age on most things, so I try not to worry too much. His hair is insane and I don't know what to do with it, so he now gets a comb over, ha. He has also FINALLY quit screaming bloody murder during his baths, which makes bath time much more enjoyable for everyone involved! He has to see a doctor to evaluate his head shape, but we are praying he will not need a helmet for this. He was 4.16% for weight (up from 0.22% at 4 months) and 1.95% for height (up from 0%) at his 6 month appointment. He now weighs 16 pounds 8 ounces at 7 months.

I have also cut down to pumping 3 times a day the past couple of weeks. I knew I would probably take a small hit to my milk supply, but I really needed to drop down for sanity reasons. The babies' are awake much more and demand a lot of attention now, and it's really hard to sit down and pump for 1-1.5 hours when they are awake. So now I wake up and pump for 1.5 hours before they wake up, pump an hour during their nap, and pump for 1.5 hours after they go to bed. This has worked out so great and I feel like I have so much more freedom now! It's also nice not to have to drag the pump every single place I go, I can actually get out for 5 hours if I need to without bringing the pump along. I did lose a little of my supply, about 10 ounces, but I am okay and content with this. We have a little over 2,000 ounces left in the deep freeze, so I am hoping we can at least get to one year between the pumping and the milk in the freezer.

We are getting excited for Christmas, we still have not put up our tree but will be doing that this week. Our Elf on the Shelf is also on her way to us... the thing is kind of creepy but I think Ella will have so much fun with it! Ella has picked out her name, and it will be "Melinda". Christmas has always been my favorite holiday but having kids to share Christmas with makes it even more amazing, especially once they can really understand it.

I've been working on this post a couple of weeks, so I am going to stop here so it isn't a mile long! I think I am FINALLY going to try and finish my FAQ post, so if you have any questions for me just leave a comment and let me know!

P.S. If everyone who reads this could please say a prayer (if you pray) for my brother in law Chuck, it would be SO appreciated. He is not doing well at all and his liver and kidneys are failing. Our God is an awesome one, and we are praying for one of His miracles! THANK YOU! XOXO

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Fat to Fit: Week 1

Weight has always been a struggle of mine. I have never been a naturally thin person, and I have ranged from "lose another pound and you look like a skeleton" to where I am at now. I have to bust my butt by hardcore exercise and a pretty strict diet to lose weight, and have to continue to workout or I will gain it back. Pregnancy obviously jacks up my weight, and for some reason breastfeeding brings it up even more. I was never the lucky one who lost weight by nursing, I steadily gained weight until I weaned Ella at a year old, and it looks like I am following the same trend this go round. I have hypothyroidism, and it has to be managed just right for me to lose the weight. I have a follow up check in a couple of weeks, and I think it may be off a bit, but not by much because I don't feel like complete death. But I'm not going to wait, I am completely over being overweight. It's not only about being thin and looking better, but I want to FEEL better. I have 5 kids to keep up with, and it's also important to me to set the right kind of example for my children.

So what's my plan? To start off, I am going to do Couch to 5K. I completed my first night tonight, and let's just say I'm pretty out of shape! I was pretty fit before I got pregnant with the quads, so this is a big difference for me. But, I have to start somewhere, and Couch to 5K seems simple enough! I also plan on starting back Weight Watchers next week, I have had really great success with it before. I tried to start back a couple of weeks ago, but I did not have the right foods in the house and I was STARVING. Nursing 4 babies is no joke when it comes to the hunger department, I am burning roughly 1,500 calories a day just by making milk, so of course that has to go back in with food. I am going to do a big shopping trip this weekend and get everything I need!

My overall goal is to lose 50 pounds. This is going to take quite a while, especially if I can keep up with breastfeeding a while longer. I do not want to lose my milk supply, so the goal is 1-1.5 pounds a week after the first two weeks. Also, I am signing up for Warrior Dash, it is on March 16th, and it's a 5K run/obstacle course. I think I can get in shape in 6 months, even if I can't meet my weight loss goal by then!

I will be taking "before" photos and measurements tomorrow so I can follow my progress closely. I need to blog about this so I can be held accountable. If I put it out there, I have to do it, right?! Here I go!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

A very late 4 month update!

Better late than never, right? We all know that I have never been great at updating this blog, and there are four new reasons why I have even less time now! The babies have been home for a little over 6 weeks now, and it's going very well, we are still over the moon to have our babies home with us! They are 4.5 months old and right at 2 months adjusted age now. I have been working on this blog post for several weeks now, and I tried to change around all the current dates/weeks/ages, but I could have missed something.

Our schedule has majorly changed over these past six weeks. I have found that letting the babies guide us into their own schedule has really worked for us. At first things went a little nutty with our schedule, but now it's back to what it was in the NICU basically, except the babies are now sleeping through the night from 9pm-6am. They eat every 3 hours during the day. If someone gets hungry in between feedings, I will nurse them, or if everyone is hungry earlier than "scheduled", I feed everyone. But they usually always want to eat every 3 hours on the dot which amazes me... Ella would have NEVER went 3 hours between eating when she was small, but I guess that is all the babies have ever known from being in the NICU, so they are used to it! The babies are eating between 3-5 oz a feeding. They all end up eating roughly the same amount thoughout the day, around 25 ounces, give or take a couple.

Individual updates:

Ella is doing great still. She still has her moments of frustration when we can't drop everything and do what she wants, but for the most part, she loves her babies and is happy they are here with us! She has started gymnastics one day a week and is LOVING it! This is really special to me because I was in gymnastics and competitive cheer growing up, and it was a huge part of my life. So I wouldn't be disappointed one bit if it turns into something she decides to stick with! It's so cute watching all the tiny toddlers in their little leotards! She loves all parts of gymnastics, but the bars were her favorite! Her BFF/cousin Mia is in the class with her which makes it all the more fun. :)
Right before her first gymnastics class

Ella and Abby right after Abby came home
Abby is doing great! She's still a chunk and is growing well. She's such a sweet, calm baby most of the time, but if she's mad she will be sure to let you know! She started smiling the day after my last update, and she has been letting out some adorable coos these days. She was the last to be able to push up on her arms while holding her head up high during tummy time, but was the second to roll over from belly to back. She doesn't cry often, but when she does, her little eyes fill up with a ton of baby tears, and it's a little heartbreaking!

Allie is doing great, too. We had a scare a bit ago, her follow up lab work a week after discharge indicated a high potassium level. We did a redraw the next day and got even higher numbers, so we were sent to Texas Children's. High potassium is a possible problem with her blood pressure medication, and it can be very bad for the heart and body if it stays high too long. We thought we were going to be admitted for observation and to figure out what exactly was going on, but the potassium level came back normal at Texas Children's. Apparently it was a problem with how they were taking her blood at the lab place we had taken her to. All future lab draws will happen at Texas Children's for sure! She also started smiling the day after my last update, and she hasn't stopped since! She just grins all the time, she reminds me so much of Ella as a baby in looks and personality. She is growing enough but on the smaller side, she is very petite like Ella was/ is! She enjoys tummy time and is the queen of rolling over. We had her first follow up renal appointment, and the doctor said they believe her high blood pressure is because of her immature preemie lungs, and that they expect her to grow out of it within a year, whoop! Such a relief!

Ella around 3 months on the left and Allie now on the right. I think they look a lot alike!

Corbin is doing great, too! He is growing great and is the fatty of the bunch! He is also easily impressed and smiles all the time, and started smiling the same day as Allie and Abby. He is the biggest FLIRT, he just stares, grins, and coos at you waiting for you to talk to him. He was the first to roll over about 5 weeks ago, but we think its because he came home first and had more of an oppourtunity. His brain scan that I was so worried about was completely NORMAL, proving once again how amazing our God is!

Carson is doing great and growing well. He actually just passed up Abby in weight and is now the second largest baby. He's our little charmer and he seems to be doing a ton better fussiness wise. He really likes his swing and dislikes tummy time unless he is asleep. He pushes up on his arms and holds his head up high during tummy time, but he is the only one not rolling over yet. He was the first to smile and coo though, so he says its all good! He is in love with the giraffee on his bouncy seat and talks to it constantly when he is in his seat. We call him the drama QUEEN of the bunch, he is defintely our most high maintinance baby, and will give the most pitiful lip pout you have ever seen.

ECI came out and evaluated Corbin a couple of weeks after he came home. He was zero months adjusted age, so of course they didn't expect him to do anything, but he was well ahead of the game in all areas, so he did not qualify for any services. The other three babies were evaluated the week before last. They also were all ahead of the game in development for adjusted age, they were measured on a one month adjusted age. Of course the babies are behind in development for their actual age (4.5 months old), but that's to be expected since they were born nearly 3 months early. They should catch up to their peers within 2 years. They did qualify Carson for Occupational Therapy (OT), but not because there is any big issues, it's just because he has reflux, and the OT said when babies have reflux they can develop sensory eating problems later in life when starting solid foods. She said she wanted to watch him to be better safe than sorry. Abby also qualified for OT at my request, she is really difficult to get to eat sometimes, so I am hoping the OT can help with that. But since qualifying her, her eating has gotten much better, and the OT hasn't had a chance to come out yet, so I am not sure if they will even keep her on.

Larry started back to work about a month ago, but only working a few days a week. Next week will be his first week back full time. We still have help from a few amazing family members a couple days a week, so I have only been on my own with all the kiddos for a full day a couple days a week. It goes really well with the exception of a few feeding times. Sometimes the babies eat great, and sometimes they don't. It can get extremely frustrating when they are all screaming hungry but are being difficult to feed. I've had a few crazy "I can't do this" freak out moments during those times because it's that frustrating. I can't wait until the day that they all eat well to say the least! But I did switch to level 2 nipples and that has cut out a ton of our feeding issues, I kicked myself in the butt for not doing it sooner! All babies are nursing now and we are VERY SLOWLY transitioning to breastfeeding. I do not want to completely overwhelm myself, so it's definitely a process. I am just now getting over another bout of mastitis, and unfortunately my milk supply took a small hit, but I'm busting my butt trying to get it back.

Corbin and Allie snuggling shortly after the girls coming home
The babies 4 month check up went well. No real issues, we are a little worried about Abby's head being flat in the back. She was on her back the most in the NICU and was the weakest baby because of her lungs, so I guess that is why hers is kind of flat. But the doctor said at this point not to worry, but if it hasn't gotten any better at our 6 month check up, we will probably need to have a consult for a helmet. But the babies were doing great and growing well.
Carson, Abby, Allie, and Corbin at their 4 month check up
Since they are well over 4 months old now (um, okay, almost 5 months old), I will give their current weights instead of their 4 months weights-

Abby is 11 pounds 7 ounces
Allie is 10 pounds 8 ounces
Corbin is 12 pounds 2 ounces
Carson is 11 pounds 8 ounces

I do not think they were on the growth charts for actual age at their 4 month appointment, but I am hoping a couple of them are by their 6 month appointment.

Overall things are going well, but its still a learning process. I have a hard times sometimes because somedays I would just love to get on the floor and play all day with my kids, but the laundry is always overflowing and the amount of bottles and pump parts that need to be washed every day is insane. It's hard knowing what it is like just having one baby at a time, all the cuddles and play time and individual attention... you just don't get a ton of that with high order multiples, and I really miss it. But I am slowly adjusting to our new normal and trying to figure out who this new Mom is. I refuse to give up several parenting aspects that have always been really important to me, even if it makes things "harder" on me, but I have defintely had to learn to let some things go and learn new ways to do things.

I am trying to think of some clever way to end this... but I'm a crappy writer and it's just not happening. And if I keep trying this post will never get published... so... goodnight!  ;)

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Finally a full house!

All of our babies are finally HOME! Carson came home last Monday, and the girls' came home last Friday!

Carson unhooking from all the monitors at the NICU!
Ready to rock and roll!
Sweet Abby gettin' ready to hit the road!
Allie girl looks less than impressed!
Ella and Mommy playing around, about to get the girls' ready to go!
Let's go!
Ella playing with Jan, our fabulous social worker!
One baby at home was an absolute breeze, two babies got a little trickier because Carson cried pretty much all day long, but it was still not bad at all. Four babies has been easier than expected, but still pretty exhausting. The other night Allie puked all over Carson, and in Larry's sleep deprived state, he dressed Carson in one of the girls' onesies, ha. And I may or may not have fallen asleep on the toilet after peeing the night before last.
Carson in his sisters onesie

Corbin enjoying being the only baby at home!
All together again!
But so far so good, it is going better than we had expected. Thankfully, we have amazing family, and someone has been here almost every day for about 8 hours during the day to help us out. Everyone has also been bringing a lot of meals, so that is helping us out a TON, I'm not sure we would eat otherwise! And most of all, it is so great to have a husband who is supportive and doesn't mind jumping in and taking care of whatever needs to be taken care of. He does just as much as I do while he is off of work for the next few weeks, and that has been more help than anything else! Another HUGE help has been the other quad moms before me and the quad moms who are going through this with me. Throughout my pregnancy I got to read about things that worked and things that didn't, the best way to do certain things, etc. While every family is different and what works for one might not work for another, I still received tons of amazing advice. Without it, we would probably be drowning right about now. Sometimes it does get quite overwhelming, particularly when there are 4 screaming babies at one time, or when they are being a pain in the butt to feed, but thankfully that doesn't happen all the time!

Individual updates-

Ella is doing amazing! She does have an occasional moment of jealously (what 3 year old wouldn't?!), but for the most part she does great! She is such a sweet big sister and is Mommy's little helper! We also celebrated her 3rd birthday on the 9th of July, I can't believe my baby is 3! She also decided she wanted to potty train the day of her birthday party which has been completely awesome to say the least! 

Birthday girl!
Minnie Mouse party at the park!
Zoe, Ella , and Mia. Two of her BFF"s!
Mommy's big helper!
Abby is doing great! We thought she would come home on oxygen and a feeding tube, but she surprised us all and caught up to her sister and brother super quick! We are so thankful she is healthy, and she doesn't have to deal with the yucky oxygen anymore. Plus it makes it a lot easier at home not to have to worry about that!

Allie is doing great as well. She developed high blood pressure there towards the end of her NICU stay, so it was a blessing in disguise that she was not a quick learner eating, because she may have been discharged before it was caught. We aren't exactly sure the cause, but they believe it is her kidneys. Her kidney ultrasound was normal, but they sent off labs to see if we could figure out what is going on. We now monitor her blood pressure 3 times a day, and she also gets blood pressure medication after her blood pressure is checked.

Corbin is doing great as well. We have a follow up head ultrasound on the 9th of this month. Although his brain bleed resolved, there was a small concerning spot on his brain, and we are not sure if it is anything or not. I'm a little worried about it, but I'm praying that the ultrasound comes back normal!

Carson is doing good, too. He has awful reflux, but thankfully at his first pediatrician appointment we were able to get him on reflux medication which has helped a TON! He's still a fussy baby but it's so much better now. He has started his true social smiling, and it's so dang cute!

We are so happy to finally have our family under one roof, and in some ways it's much easier than being torn between home and the NICU. Sometimes I just stare at them and I still can not believe they are all home, and that they are all mine. I can't believe we got pregnant with quads, made it through a quad pregnancy, and made it through the NICU stage. And most of all, I can not believe that we defied the odds and came out at the end with 4 seemingly healthy babies! God truly is so good, and we are so thankful for all of our blessings! Having 5 children, 4 of them being quadruplets, is everything I never knew I wanted. Some people seem to pity me, but I will take full hands over empty ones ANY day!! We are so happy that He chose us to take this crazy, beautiful, insane, and wonderful ride... Let the fun begin!