Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Will this Day End... Please?

Oh My Goodness! I have had one of those days. One of those days that seriously makes you struggle to remember why you want to stay home with your children. First, let me give you a couple pieces of background to help you fully understand my stress. My husband was taking employees out to dinner after work tonight. He would not be getting home until all of the kids were in bed. Somedays, I so look forward to him getting home. Just the knowledge that he is not going to show up to relieve me makes the day feel longer. Also, all four of the babies have colds. Nothing too awful, just runny noses and a bit of a cough. Still, enough to make the day longer with nose wipes.

Given these facts, our morning went pretty smoothly. No real hiccups. Then Will got home from preschool. He wanted to go out back while I fed the babies their lunch. I was fine with that. He came back in after 10 or 15 minutes and said, "Mom, I stepped in a mud puddle and my pants got really dirty."
I told him that was okay, just go take them off in the laundry room. He replied, "They're already off. They're out back in the puddle." I looked and sure enough, my little boy was standing there in his underwear. I had to go out and get his pants and his shoe which had also been left behind. My messy little nudist strikes again!

Once the babies finished lunch, I took them up for their naps. I came back downstairs to play with Will. He has gotten in a bad habit of waiting until the very last minute to go potty if he is having fun. Sure enough, I could see him squirming, so I asked him if he had to go. He said yes and ran for the bathroom. I heard him call, "Mommy, I accidentally got some on the toilet seat!" I told him that was fine, to finish and then I would help him clean up. He yelled that he was finished and I went in to find my son standing in a puddle of pee. He had never even opened the toilet lid!! He just stood there peeing all over the toilet lid and letting it run down onto the floor!! I was ready to kill him. Instead, I sent him up to his room. I then got the pleasure of scrubbing the floor and toilet. Good times.

While I was still cleaning the bathroom, I heard a commotion coming from the babies' room. I knew they were safely in their cribs, so I finished cleaning before I went up to check on them. I walked in and was horrified. Julia and Izzie were completely naked. Fortunately, Izzie's diaper had only been wet. Not so lucky with Julia. When I came in, Julia was spreading poop across her crib while Izzie jumped up and down clapping and yelling, "Yay! Yay! Yay!" I had to step out of the room, take a deep breath and count to ten before I went back in.

After getting each of the quads bathed and in clean clothes, I went back upstairs to strip the nasty bedding. While I was upstairs, I heard the dreaded thud and scream. I ran downstairs and found Paige screaming. From what I can piece together, she was climbing into their toy shopping cart and it tipped. She is going to wake up tomorrow with a nice goose egg on her forehead.

We managed to make it through the dinner and jammie time without incident. Got the quads down. Got Will down. Day finished, right? Nope, Julia woke up a little bit ago. Fever of 101 under her arm. Gave her some Motrin and cuddling and she is back in bed. I really, really, really hope everyone sleeps until morning.

I am done with this day!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Miss Stella

A couple of of years after my husband and I got married, we bought our first house. No sooner had we closed, then my husband started talking about getting a dog. He had dogs his entire childhood and was eager for us to have one together. I was not quite as excited about this. I had no problem with dogs, but felt no need to have a furry, needy creature in our new home. I knew how much Rod wanted a dog, so I decided that for Christmas, I would adopt one for him from a local pound. I looked around at several different pounds before I found our little girl. She was an 8 week old puppy who was found abandoned. She is a Boxer/Labrador mix. At the time she was only 15 lbs. She was the cutest thing I had ever seen and quickly warmed up to me. I knew she was the one.

Well, that was 7 1/2 years ago. Our little puppy has grown into a 5o lb bag of love. She completely believes she is a person just like us. She has very mixed emotions about the kids. Sometimes they play rough with her and drive her crazy, but she loves them very much. We have learned that if we take her to the dog park, we can not take the kids. She will not play. She will stay by them the whole time making sure no other dog touches her babies.

Miss Stella looking regal as usual.

Will and Stella cuddled on her dog bed.

looking down the stairs...

giving Julia kisses

getting some loving from Paige

Oh, the humiliation she suffers!

getting ridden by Izzie
This next picture is funny. I had the quads playing in the family room and ran outside to get Will on the bus. I was maybe gone for a total of 3 minutes. I come back to find...

Paige wearing Stella's collar!

No idea how she got it off of Stella, but as always, Stella was forgiving...

She even gave Paige a kiss to show there were no hard feelings.

This is one of my favorite picture of Stella. This is Will right around age 2 cuddled up with his buddy. The combination of Will all sweet in his jammies and binkie and Miss Stella letting him lay all over her melts my heart. My first two babies!

Miss Stella, you are the best doggie we could ever hope for! We love you and are so glad you put up with us. And you've put up with a lot!! I'm grateful that my children get to grow up learning to love animals from such a sweet and loving animal.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Easter Bunny Oops

So my husband's birthday was last week. His gift from his sister was a gift card for dinner and (this is the best part!!) she came over a few days ago and watched the kids so we could go out! She is a mother of four including twins. She knows what we really want! Anyway, we went out to dinner at a local steak house. It was lovely. We sat and talked. No one interrupted us. We didn't have to cut anyone's food or feed anyone. For me the best part, hands down, was someone else made our food and cleaned up after us. That right there makes a perfect night in my book!

Anyway, after a lovely dinner, we decided to get some shopping in while we had a babysitter. We hadn't gotten started on Easter Bunny shopping, so we figured we could buy a few things for the kiddos' baskets. A couple of weeks ago, Will was out with me and saw one of those pre-made Easter baskets filled with police officer things. He loved it. I told him if he really wanted it, he could ask the Easter Bunny for it (yeah, I don't know how we have gotten to asking the Easter Bunny for things, but I guess that is a separate post.) So while Rod and I were shopping, I saw a cop costume. It has a shirt, a hat, a walkie-talkie and best of all- handcuffs. I knew that Will would love it, so we got it along with a few other items.

When we got home that night, I reminded Rod that we needed to take those bags upstairs, so the kids wouldn't see them. When we went up for the night Rod grabbed the bags and brought them upstairs with us.

Every morning, Will wakes up right at 7:00 a.m. and comes into our room to wake us. Seriously, it is exactly at 7:00. We swear he has an alarm clock hidden in there somewhere. Anyway, the next morning, right at 7:00, in bursts Will. As he jumps onto our bed and we try to steal another minute or two of sleep, we hear, "Hey! What is this?" Will is sitting on the hope chest at the end of our bed holding the costume. Rod had brought the bags up, but left them sitting on the chest! While Will was distracted checking out the costume, I stuffed the other bags under the bed. The good news is he loved the costume. The bad news is it is clearly not going in his Easter basket now. I also hate to just constantly give him things. I try not to buy him things every time we go shopping. Fortunately, Will had to go to the bathroom. While he was in the bathroom, Rod and I came up with the best plan we could on the spot.

Recently, Will has been coming into our bed about every other night. It is impossible to sleep with that boy in bed! Somehow a 38 lb. four year old takes up the entire bed while his two more-than-38 lb. parents cling to the edges of the bed for dear life. So we decided that we would make the costume a reward. If he went a week without coming into our bed at night, he will get the costume. We hung it on our dresser mirror and attached 7 numbered pages to it. He is so excited to get his costume. Every night as he is going to bed he says, "I'm staying in my bed tonight so we can take off another paper tomorrow!"

So far, he has stayed in his bed every night. I only hope he stays in after he has the costume. I guess we need to get more for his Easter basket...

Will's police officer costume waiting for him.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Will Day

While it is a very special position, and Will does a wonderful job at it, being the older brother to a set of quadruplets can be hard sometimes. Will spent 2 1/2 yrs as an only child. Daddy and I belonged to him alone. We tried not to spoil him, but we always did what he wanted- there were no other votes to consider! Then we found out that I was carrying quads. That summer, I was always in bed or on the couch. Then I had to go stay at the hospital. When I finally come home, these babies start arriving. Will loves those kids, but I know that he sometimes misses all of the attention.

With this in mind, Rod and I have tried to have special "Will Days" every few months. When the quads are older, we will make sure to have one on one time with them as well. Yesterday Rod took the day off of work and his Aunt Connie came over to watch the babes. We told Will we would do whatever he wanted. He chose the museum. I thought that he would only want to do the children's section, but he really wanted to explore the natural history part. He loved the fossils. He is very into dinosaurs right now. He loves the show "Dinosaur Train." It is on PBS every evening at the babies' dinner time and it is his special treat. If he has been good, he gets to watch it while I feed the quads.

Will and Daddy

Will with a T Rex skull

Sorry the quality is so bad on the pictures. I forgot my camera, so these were taken with a cell phone.
It was a great day and good to focus on my big boy for the day. Will was so sweet! He wanted to walk between Rod and me holding our hands almost the entire time. On the way home, he asked if we could have Will Day again tomorrow. I explained that we will definitely have Will Day again, but we need to wait a little while. He is such a curious, smart boy. I loved seeing how much he loves to learn! He was very proud to leave the museum with new facts. He is going to do great things one day!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

18 Month Checkup & Kindergarten Registration

So yesterday, my sweet little babies (yes, I know they are getting big, but I am not ready to stop calling them babies!) turned 18 mos! I can not believe it has been a year and a half since they made their first appearance. My husband went into work late today so that he could go with me and we took all 4 to the pediatrician together. Unfortunately, as we were loading the diaper bag to leave the office after their appointment, I saw and remembered the camera. I want to get a picture of the kids with Dr. Fiedler. It will just have to wait until next time.

We only have good news to report! All babies are healthy. All are developing right on track. Drew and Paige speak less than Izzie and Julia, but all are in the "normal" range. They know their body parts and can follow simple commands. He also commented that we need to be prepared for the "terrible twos." He said that the twos aren't really terrible, but the toddler is learning independence and testing boundaries. Difficult with one child. Really difficult with four.

So, on to the good stuff- the measurements!

weight (%) height (%)
Izzie 22 lb 9oz (25%) 33 in (90%)
Julia 21 lb 4 oz (10%) 33 1/4 in (95%)
Drew 26 lb 2 oz (50%) 33 in (75%)
Paige 22 lb 0 oz (20%) 32 in (70%)

Yep! Everybody is tall and skinny, just like their Daddy! We are so thankful for our big healthy kiddos!

Just in case we forgot how quickly our babies are turning in to big kids, after the quads' appointment, Will and I went and registered him for kindergarten. He has gone to preschool for the last two years, but it is not the same. I can't believe he will be starting "real" school next fall! He is excited. As we were leaving the registration, they had a table set up selling "spirit wear" for his elementary school. To celebrate starting school I bought him a T-shirt. He hasn't taken it off since.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Spring is Springing!

Yesterday was so sunny and beautiful, there was no way the kids and I could stay inside. It felt so good to finally get out and let the kids play in the driveway. It is still pretty chilly, but the sun felt great!

Boys climbing trees? Yep, it's spring!

The girls had a meeting to discuss what to do.

Izzie is cruisin'

Julia drove her car right into the dirt!

Drew was excited to find an old exersaucer in the garage.

Then he took a cruise in one of the cars.

Paige wanted to ride Will's bike...

But instead got on his motorbike!

Will loved riding his bike through the leftover snow.

He even made one last (Please God) snow angel.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Our Family Has Adopted!!!!!!

A soldier. Yeah, I couldn't resist. But seriously, we adopted a marine to send cards and care packages. Will is so excited to be sending things to a real soldier!! He has been talking about it since I told him 2 weeks ago. " We are sending things to a hero!!" I was kind of hoping for a woman, just to drive home the point that women can be soldiers and heroes also, but we got a man. That's fine.

So we began assembling a care package for him. Since this is our first, we haven't had any communication with him. We just went off of the general guidelines of things to send. Hopefully, once we get to exchanging letters and things, we'll have a better idea of what he specifically likes and wants.
Will colored a picture for him.

Most of the items

Will helped put them in the box.
(yes, he's wearing a sword. Don't you always wear a sword?)

The box is ready to seal

We sent it off at the post office!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Happy Birthday Honey!!!!!

Today is my dear, sweet hubby's birthday. Rodney is 34 years old today! Happy birthday honey!! I could not have a better husband and the kids could not have a better Father. We are so blessed to have you in our lives!

Will and I made cupcakes for Daddy. Once I had frosted them, I was called away to diaper duty. (big shock!) My first sign of trouble was Will saying we were out of blue sprinkles. The container had a lot left when we took it out of the pantry. Once all bottoms were clean, this is what I found.

Will's favorite color is blue and Rod's is green, so Will decided to make the cupcakes blue and green. They are completely covered in colored sugar! He even put a green candle in his favorite one. Of course, Daddy loved them. These were definitely made from the heart!

The babies enjoyed them also!
Happy birthday Rod!!!!!! We love you very much!!!!!!