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?