Tuesday, June 29, 2010

I Love My Life!

In yesterday's post about my birthday, I forgot to mention my favorite part of the whole day. We had a little dance party in the living room. We turned on the Ipod and the babies started boogieing. We had a great time and I managed to catch a couple moments on video. The great part of being an adult, I make the rules. No, we don't usually let the kids climb all over the furniture like they are, but we were having fun and I just let it go.

Almost five years ago, right after I had my first son, I first heard this song. I don't really listen to much country music and honestly had never heard of Jamie O'Neal, but this song just really fit how I felt right then. It has since become my "happy song." It always reminds me how good my life is and how blessed I am. Shortly after having the quads, I listened to it and was struck by the line, "More than I ever dreamed." You ain't kidding Jamie!

If I had any technical ability or if my husband was home to help me, I would somehow link the song to the post. Unfortunately, I don't and he isn't, so instead, I'll just write out the lyrics.

I Love My Life
by, Jamie O'Neal

Her little blond hair's blowing
She's swinging while her Daddy's mowing the grass
And the dog needs a bath but he's chasing the cat up a tree.

I'm looking out the window
Happy just watching my world go 'round
and I think to myself, "How lucky can a girl be?"

I've got everything
More than I ever dreamed
I love my life
Thank God for all I have
And that I love this man who loves his wife
I love my life

Twenty kisses goodnight
Turn the little butterfly nightlight on
Til the monster is gone and she's finally fallen asleep

Then we tiptoe downstairs
Cuddle up and we kiss in the big chair
And I smile and you whisper, "now it's just you and me!"

I've got everything
More than I ever dreamed
I love my life
Thank God for all I have
And that I love this man who loves his wife
I love my life

Blue and pink in the nursery
Gold and silver anniversaries
Dancing in the living room
Our little girl and me and you

I've got everything
More than I ever dreamed
I love my life
Thank God for all I have
And that I love this man who loves his wife
I love my life!!

Monday, June 28, 2010

My Happy Birthday!

Today was my birthday and it was perfect! The day started off with Rod letting me sleep in a little bit before he had to go to work. I am not a morning person and just the extra 20 minutes was a great gift! He had already surprised me over the weekend with new patio furniture.

Then my sister came over and brought lunch. It was nice to have a meal brought in that I didn't have to prepare for anyone. She and her two daughters ate with us and hung out for a few hours. The kids were so happy having their cousins over, that we didn't have to do anything but watch them play.

Just after they left, the doorbell rang. I went and found a man at the door holding a lovely bouquet of flowers. My husband sent them to me "from the kids." So sweet!

My pretty birthday flowers!!

Then another wonderful sister came over and the hubby and I went out to the Cincinnati Reds game. We got there early to sit and relax and do some good people watching. We ate a gourmet meal of hot dogs (with sauerkraut, of course) a soft pretzel and beer. We know how to live the good life! :0) A friend (and former co-worker) of mine works at the stadium and got us great seats! He also gave me a Birthday Certificate from the Reds.

Not a great picture, but it reads Happy Birthday T.D. Beth. This is short for his old nickname for me, "That D*mn Beth." No, I'm not kidding. He cracks me up. I really do miss my old co-workers.
To top off the evening, the Reds won!! It was a great day spent with all my favorite people.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

For the Love of Elmo

A little while ago my babies discovered, and fell in love with, a furry red monster. Yes, Elmo is huge in our house. The quads LOVE him! We have tons of Sesame Street books, but they have become, "Where's Melmo?" When I read to them they race to point him out and yell, "Melmo!" To put it simply, Elmo is the biggest thing going around here.

Recently, I was at Babies R Us (you know, my second home) when I came across Elmo sandals on sale. I have been looking for casual summer sandals and knew the babies would be thrilled with these. The Elmo sandals were considered "boy sandals." They had pink and purple Abby Cadabby sandals, but I knew if I came home with three pair of Abby Cadabby sandals and one pair of Elmo, we would have a riot! I bought all four babies the Elmo sandals.

Since birth, Paige has been very sensitive. Truthfully, I worry it may be too sensitive, but we're talking about things with their pediatrician. Anyhow, Paige has always been more sensitive than her siblings. Izzie's hair is finally long enough for her to wear pigtails (I have to say it is completely adorable.) When Paige first saw Izzie with her hair up, she wanted me to put hers up too. The little bit of tugging that comes with putting hair up was enough to change her mind. She is fine with a barrette in her hair, but doesn't want me tugging her hair so much. This is just one example of how things bother Paige that don't bother the others.

So back to the Elmo sandals. I brought them home and showed them to the crew. As I expected, they were thrilled! They insisted on putting them on right away. I cut off the tags and we put them on and everyone was happy. Well, everyone except Paige. See, the sandals have a thong between the kids' first two toes. They have never worn sandals like this and Paige didn't like it one bit. I didn't think that it was too big of a deal. I would just return Paige's pair and find her a different pair. Oh no I wouldn't!! She was not going to let me take off her awesome Elmo sandals!! Poor little Paige was trapped in this awful state for over an hour. She cried about the strap between her toes, but would not take the sandals off. It was rough, but after trying everything I could think of to make her happy, I decided to just let her ride it out and take some pictures.

After about 80 minutes (not exaggerating one bit...), she finally calmed down and was fine the rest of the day. She wore her sandals and played and was fine. She just had a tough time adjusting. Poor little sweetie.

Poor little Paige in misery over her new sandals.

The coolest sandals ever!!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day!!!!!

I have a confession to make. Thirteen and a half years ago, I began dating and quickly fell in love with Rod. At the time, we were both young and crazy. I gave very little thought to him as a Father. As time went by, we continued dating, got engaged and ended up getting married. I quickly knew that not only did I want to become a Mother, but I wanted Rod to be a Father. I could see what a great Daddy he would be and knew that we were meant to have a family together. Well, five kids later, he has proved me 100% correct. He main role in our family is Mr. Fun-Guy! If the kids are looking for someone to wrestle with or be silly, they know Daddy is just the man for the job. At the same time, he expects our children to be polite and well-behaved and enforces his high standards. My children and I are so lucky to have him.

Helping out in the delivery room

The Lachmann Men in the NICU

Daddy saying 'hello' to the babies when he arrived after work

Daddy is chief bather and does an excellent job!

Daddy is still pretty crazy
(mattress surfing down the stairs on an old crib mattress)

Posing with our first baby, Miss Stella

swimming with Big Boy Drew

with Will

playing in the grass with Julia

with Will on the first day of pre-school

he is head pancake chef

Silly Uncle Rod with Alex

building an awesome snow fort with Will

reading to Julia

swinging with Izzie and Paige

playing in the sprinkler with the kids

Doughnuts with Dad with Will

Through his example, Rod shows our sons how to be a man and our daughters the qualities to look for in a man. I am so fortunate to have such a wonderful Father in my husband!!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Silly Julia

Every morning, I bring the crew down stairs and change their diapers. Usually, I feed them breakfast in only their diapers. After they eat, we'll get them dressed for the day. On this day, I had gotten all of the kids' clothes together and left them in the playroom. I brought in Julia and got her dressed. Then I went back to the table to get the next kid to dress. When we came back, this is what we found:
Julia had tried to put on the two other girls' shirts. They got a little stuck, but she didn't care. She was very pleased with herself. Silly little JuJu!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Just Hangin' Around

Nothing too exciting going on around here. We've been playing outside most days. The kids love it! They rush to the door yelling, "Owside! Owside!"

Paige going for a spin in the cozy coupe

Julia buckling up-- Good girl! Safety first!

Paige pushing her sissy

Will blowing bubbles

Drew chasing bubbles

This isn't that great of a picture, but I wanted to show our front yard. Some of you have commented on us playing in the front yard. This shows one more reason I love our house. We are the last house on the road-- no cul-de-sac, just the end of the road. (I believe the subdivision was intended to go further, but there was a property issue.) There is no house across the street from us, so there is no traffic at all in front of our house. Perfect for my crew!!

We even moved the sand table out front.

Paige and Izzie playing

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Harness-- Fail!

Well, today the weather was beautiful here, so I thought that it would be a good opportunity to take the crew on a practice walk around the neighborhood using their harnesses. It did not go well. That is putting it mildly. Very mildly.

Izzie actually loved the freedom and would still be out there right now if it weren't for the others. Julia didn't mind the harness, but is apparently incapable of walking in a straight line. She wanted to wander around and would just pull until she fell on her bottom. Drew would walk, but he cried the whole time. It was like some awful death march. Then from time to time he would just stop and scream. Izzie didn't want to stop, so she and Julia would take this opportunity to wrap themselves around my legs. Paige simply refused to move from the beginning, so I was carrying her the whole time. Will was riding his bike and was just annoyed that he had to keep stopping because we couldn't keep up. I can only imagine what my neighbors thought of the whole spectacle.

My little critters
(You can't see Paige is in my arms and Drew is crying)
So help me out. How do I make this work? Are they just too young? Do we just need more time for them to get used to them? I really think these can work well for us if we could just figure them out. All advice is appreciated!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

One Year Ago Today...

our sweet little Izzie had surgery. On June 8, 2009, Izzie had a partial nephrectomy. She was born with a duplicated right kidney and had the duplication removed. This was the first major surgery any of my children had. Will had a lot of issues with his ears and had 3 sets of tubes and his adenoids removed, but all of his surgeries were minor enough to be performed at a surgical center instead of the hospital, the surgeries were very fast and we took him home that same day. Izzie had to go to Cincinnati Children's Hospital. Her surgery lasted 3 1/2 hours and she had to stay for 3 days.

Thank God everything went well. They were able to remove the duplication, but leave two fully functioning kidneys behind. We had known about her condition since around 24 weeks gestation, so I was quite relieved to have it behind us. Throughout our experience, I did gain a whole new perspective. First of all, I am so grateful that we live 20 minutes from one of the best Chlidren's Hospitals in the country (Cinci was just ranked among the top 8 in the country.) Our surgeon told us he had another patient with Izzie's condition, but her family was driving five hours each way for her appointments and surgery. I could not imagine. This was stressful enough with us being so close to home.

I was also reminded once again how blessed we are with wonderful family and friends. Our parents came to the hospital with us to support us there. We had four other children at home. Our family and friends saw to it that a couple of people were there around the clock so that we could both be with Izzie and comfort her and help her recover. There are not words to express what that meant to us. Again, we had plenty of stress without also having to worry about hurrying home to take care of the others.

Finally, I was shown how blessed we are to have healthy kids. Yes, her surgery was scary, but it is over. I know that there are parents who have been through many surgeries with their children and face many more. Izzie stayed a few days at the hospital to recover. The first night was awful, but after that, it was just her regaining her strength. To look at her today, you would never know anything had happened. To have five children, four of them premature quadruplets, in excellent health, is something I will never take for granted. I have been abundantly blessed.

Izzie in a great mood arriving.

They measured her...

and checked her heart.

She modeled her adorable hospital gown.

The nurses and staff were amazing with her! When her anaesthesiologist nurse came in, she saw it noted in her file that she was a quad. The nurse had delivered her son the same day as the babies at the same hospital! She said that the whole labor and delivery unit was still buzzing about the quadruplets that had been born that morning. She pointed out that she had known of Izzie since the day she was born! She couldn't have been in better hands!

Izzie resting after surgery

Taking a bottle from Mommy

Cuddling with Daddy

Just a couple of days later, she was back to good ole Izzie-Boo-Boo!!

She got to play in the playroom for a bit before we were released.
Izzie, April 2010

Friday, June 4, 2010

A Sprinkling of Fun!

This weekend was hot and steamy. The kids wanted to play outside, but we didn't want to melt, so we decided the best compromise would be to play outside in water. We have a small pool for them, but my husband thought that we should let them try out running through the sprinkler. He was right-- they loved it!!

Izzie and Julia are ready to go!
Yes, Izzie did insist on leaving her bow in--
even to play in the water!

Izzie would get wet, then come stand by me.
The others loved standing out there and waiting for the water to come back.

Izzie watching from the sidelines.

Drew loves the water!

Paige had a blast!!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Muffins & Doughnuts with Will

Will's preschool year is winding down and Rod and I each got to go spend a special day with him at his school this week. Yesterday was "Muffins with Mom." I went up and the kids put on a special hula dance they had learned. Then we had muffins and milk and decorated a picture frame together. It was fun and Will was so excited to show me everything they had done.

Will getting ready to dance with his class.

Showing off his hula costume

Mommy and Will

Then Rod got to go up today for "Doughnuts with Dad." It was pretty much the same as Muffins with Mom, except it was the Dads and they had doughnuts. Rod said he had a good time!

Daddy and Will

Will with his wonderful preschool teacher, Mrs. White.

We will really miss her next year! She was wonderful with Will and he loves her. I hope that he will get a great kindergarten teacher also, but she has big shoes to fill!

I still can't believe that my first little baby is going to Kindergarten next year, but I know that he will do a great job! He is very smart and super creative. He is very excited about school, so I know that he will do a great job! I'm so proud of the big boy he is becoming!