Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Meet the Lachmanns!

I was just chatting with my sister about how interesting it is to watch the kids develop their own unique personalities. While I'm sure they are more alike than just 5 random strangers, they definitely are beginning to distinguish themselves. I'll describe our lovely children and include some favorite photos.

William James- born 8/8/05 at 41w5d weighing 8lb 5oz
Will was named after his 2 Grandfathers. My Father is named William and my Father-in-Law is James.
Our big boy Will is absolutely full of life. He is smart and funny. Everyone knows when he walks in a room. He is still working on self control (I think most preschool boys are), but he genuinely tries to be a good boy. I always say he drives me crazy most days, but makes me laugh every day. His questions and observations about life crack me up and make me see the world from his perspective.
He is very handsome. Everybody comments on how pretty his eyes are. He has big blue eyes fringed in long black eyelashes. He has dimples he flashes with his wicked grin. He is tall and thin just like his Daddy. He is strong and athletic- he loves all sports and is just now getting to the age where he can play competitively. He took swim lessons this summer and starts soccer in a couple of weeks.
We sometimes think we made a mistake naming him Will because he is so strong willed. He is a very determined boy. This can make it difficult sometimes, but I think that ultimately it will serve him well. He is 100% boy! He loves cars, dinosaurs, big construction vehicles, Spiderman... All of the little boy things.
Aunt Connie and Uncle Mark gave Will a bug playground. He went out back and caught two crickets (which he thought were grasshoppers) and named them Jumpy and Hopper. They were released a few days later and we have since had many Jumpys and Hoppers.

He loves running around in his underwear and he loves costumes.
This picture combines both loves.

Will with Daddy at the Children's concert from the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Isabella Rose-Born 9/8/08 at 34w2d weighing 3lb 12oz
Isabella was given her middle name in honor of my sister Karen Rose. The quads were born on Aunt Karen's birthday.
Izzie is the firstborn of the quads and takes her role very seriously. She is the leader of the pack. We affectionately call her "Nosy Rosey" because if she hears anything from any of the other babies, she will crane her little neck around to see who is doing what. Hopefully, you saw in the last post that she is our first quad to walk! That's our Izzie. She shares her big brother's determination.
She is adorable. She looks exactly like my Mother, her Grandma Kluthe. I have my Mom's 6 mo. picture and it is like looking at a black and white picture of Izzie. She has a sweet little round face and big blue eyes. She is generally a happy baby and has a wonderful laugh. When she is not happy, however, she makes sure that everyone knows. Her scream is so awful, so bloodcurdling, that we have named it, "The Isabellow."



Trying on her big brother's armor
Julia Kay- Born 9/8/08 at 34w2d weighing 3lb 6oz
Julia was given her middle name in honor of my Mom, Mary Kay.
She was born the smallest and she still has a very dainty way about her. She is our "little lady." She is sweet and sensitive. She is always smiling and usually laughing. Even from a very early age, she was able to content herself. I could leave her in a bouncy seat or swing and come back to find her happy as a little clam just sitting, playing with her feet and laughing to herself. Because of this, I have to be careful to still give her plenty of attention.
Physically she is furthest from walking, but was one of the first to crawl. She is the tallest and the skinniest of all the quads. Julia looks a lot like her big brother Will. She shares his big blue eyes, long black eyelashes and dimples.


Andrew Douglas- Born 9/8/08 at 34w2d weighing 4 lb 4oz
Andrew got his middle name from his Father, Rodney Douglas.
Drew is huge. He has 5 lbs on his sisters. The funny thing about this is that the girls push him around. They get him in a corner and won't let him out. They take his toys. He doesn't even try to fight back or defend himself. He just lies there and cries. He also has no idea of his dimensions. He is constantly getting stuck in spaces and once again just lies there and cries. He is so lovable, but completely pitiful.
He is 100% Mama's boy. He is a little lover and gladly cuddles with anyone, but if he sees me or even hears my voice, only Mama will do. I'm taking all the loving now, because Will was like that for the first year or so, then I was unceremoniously dumped somewhere around 18mos. when he decided that his Daddy was absolutely the coolest thing going. I'm taking the adoration for as long as I can.
Physically he is tall and heavy. He has a sweetie pie face that makes him impossible to resist. He is our biggest fusser, but super sweet and loving.
Once again stuck. This time under an Exersaucer.

He really likes swimming in Aunt Laura's pool.

Paige Judith- Born 9/8/08 at 34w2d weighing 4lb 5oz
Paige's middle name is in honor of Rodney's mother Judith.
Paige was our baby D and she struggled at birth. She had to be intubated and have surfactant. She then had jaundice and had to spend a day under the lights. She bounced back strong and fast. She even came home before Drew. Our pediatrician warned us-- watch out for the ones that struggle at birth- they become fighters. Boy was he right! When people meet her the first time, she is the one that everyone says looks so sweet. Well, she is sweet, but she is definitely mischievous. She is the worst about picking on Drew. She steals toys, pushes people out of her way to get to the best spots... Yep. She's our little stinker.
Physically, she is our smallest. Like I said, she just has the sweetest little face! Everyone comments on how innocent she looks-- that's how she lures you in! She was our first to roll over and our first to crawl. She was the last one out, but she does not think that she is the baby.


Well, there you have it. The five wonderful Lachmann Kiddos. I know that I am tremendously blessed to have these 5 children. I'm so proud of my beautiful family and who knows? Maybe one day we'll introduce another...

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