Sunday, September 30, 2012

Happy Homecoming! (x4)

This year the quads turned four.  They are becoming more aware of the festivities surrounding birthdays.  They were very excited about celebrating their big day and picking their cake.  There's the rub.  One day, four kids.  How are we supposed to decide on a cake?  It hardly seems fair to have to vote on your birthday cake.
 
The solution we came up with was to also celebrate each quad's 'Homecoming Day'- the day that child was sent home from the NICU.  On each kid's Homecoming Day, that kid got to pick a special dinner and I made a cake decorated how they wanted.  It seemed like the least we could do.
 
 
 
 Julia came home first.  She wanted a pink cake and we had lasagna for dinner.

Izzie was second.  She asked for a Rapunzel cake and had a very specific menu for dinner. 
Macaroni and cheese, blueberries and strawberry yogurt.

Paige was third.  She wanted a blue cake and we had pizza for dinner.
 
Drew was last.  He wanted a Batman cake and Chicken Parmesan for dinner.
 
 
The downside to our plan is that the kids came home within five days.  Yes, we had four cakes in five days.  In an attempt to limit the cake, each kid got one 9" round, so it was really only half a cake each night, but believe me-- That is still a lot of cake!
 
Oh well, it was totally worth all of the cake that got thrown away.  The kids all knew when it was 'their day.'  They would talk about it all day long.  The looks on their faces when we sang to them in the evening (We sang 'Happy Homecoming' to the tune of 'Happy Birthday') made it official.  We now have four new holidays to celebrate each year.  In many ways, the quads are lucky to share their big day and the special bond that goes along with it, but every kid should get to pick their own birthday dinner and cake, Right?

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Four Year Statistics

I took the quads to the doctor for their 4 yr checkups the other day.  Since I use this as their baby book, I want to jot down their height and weight statistics so I'll remember them.  The rest of the appointments (including the 5 shots each, the freaking out, the crying, the fighting, the begging...), well, I'm just hoping to one day be able to forget.  Both appointments (I took them two at a time instead of all four at once since I knew there would be a lot of shots.  I should have taken them one at a time.) were absolutely terrible, but the good news is-- They are over!!!  Woohoo!

So on with the good news!  All four kids are big and strong and healthy.  Everyone has met every milestone and then some.  It's just incredible to think back to my teeny tiny 3 and 4 pound preemies.  I was so worried about their health and development.  Look at them now!

Here are the numbers!

               Weight (%)         Height (%)
Izzie        36.5 lb (50-75)   41.5 in. (75-90)
Julia        33.25lb (25-50)  40.5 in. (50-75)
Drew       36 lb (50)           40.5 in. (50)
Paige       32 lb (25)            39.75 in. (50)

Everyone looks great!  We are so blessed!!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Four Four Year Olds

Yep.  I have four 4yos.  Unbelievable.  They are such big kids now, no more babies here.  My big four year old are potty trained, sleep in twin beds, go to school...  They are definitely getting big!
 
 
We had their big birthday party a couple of weeks ago, so on the big day (Saturday, September 8th), we had a low-key celebration.  We went out to dinner with Grandma & Grandpa L. and had cake and gifts at home.  Nothing too elaborate, but a nice evening enjoying out itty bitty babies who are no longer babies at all- these are big kids!
 
 
And of course, our annual comparison pictures

Four years old
 

Three years old



Friday, September 7, 2012

Preschool

I can still hardly believe it, but this week the quads started preschool.  How are my little babies so big?  They are going to school at a local church.  They go on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00-1:00.  Two days in, I think it is safe to say that they love school!  Their first day, they came home bursting with stories to tell me about their day.  They say that their teacher is very nice and they have begun making friends with other kids.  I am so relieved that things seem to be going so well :-)
 
 the kids arriving for their first day


Dropping them off was hard.  Really hard.  I knew that they were excited, but I couldn't help but worry.  What if one of them got scared while I was gone?  What if another kid was mean to one of them?  What if they just missed me?  I wanted to take their teacher aside and make sure that she understood just how special these kids are.  How much they mean to me.  Luckily, the kids made the drop off as easy as possible.  They eagerly put their name tags on and started to play.  I actually had to track one down for a goodbye hug. (and yes, if you know my children well, it is the one you're guessing... ;-))

trying to get one last picture with my crew
 
 
One more big milestone on our journey!