For as long as I can recall, the holiday season (Thanksgiving and Christmas) have been reminiscent of the movie, Four Christmases. We are very fortunate to have the majority of our extended family within the metroplex, but during the holidays it can get dicey making the rounds. The radius around the metroplex can mean jaunts of several hours and over one hundred miles from one holiday hot spot to the next. One year I believe we ate FOUR Thanksgiving dinners in a single day!
Since the quads arrival, we knew the holidays would be a bit different than our usual. While the babies are growing and thriving, it can be easy to forget they are still preemies. Yes, Harper is wearing SIX month clothes now, but his lungs are still underdeveloped when compared to same age peers. This means, we are on lock down even on Christmas. Besides the fact that they are preemies, George and I have a history of getting very sick this time of year after visiting so many people in tight quarters. We’ve been to Care Now for the past four years running for everything from the flu (that’s when we started getting the shot) to bronchitis. Keeping that in mind, we knew we weren’t making rounds this year. Honestly, I haven’t the foggiest idea what we’ll do next year when we have four 17 month olds getting into everything…
For fear of becoming shut-ins, we decided it would be okay to head to my parent’s house for an intimate gathering and family traditions. My Dad also picked my grandparents up for a quick visit since Grandpa hadn’t seen the babies since they were four days old. Even planning a small family Christmas meant a lot of planning on our end. It felt as if we packed everything but the kitchen sink; we packed four pack ‘n’ plays, 20 pre-filled bottles, four sets of pajamas plus a spare, and an entire package of diapers and wipes. We started feeding babies at 8:00 am and were unloaded at Nisey and Grandpa’s house by 10:30 am! That’s including the one hour trip over the river and through the woods. Not shabby for traveling with quads in tow huh?
By the end of the evening, we snuggled all of the babies up in their Christmas pajamas and headed back home. We managed to get everyone in the house by 8:00 pm for their final bottle of the night and then we tucked them all safely into bed after saying our bedtime prayers. Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!