As a mom of quadruplets, I’m accustomed to questions from curious a passersby, friends, and co workers. I think I’ve heard or been asked *almost everything. Many people marvel at the amazing aspects of having quads, “One and done!” and “They always have a friend”. This is all true! Parenting quadruplets is wonderful, and we enjoy these perks. Most people also anticipate the obvious challenges inherent with raising quads: what it was like caring for four infants, diapering four infants, the expenses, etc. These all challenges we face, but there really is one massive challenge we face: being first time parents to four children at the same time. There is no learning curve for us, we have to figure everything out for four children simultaneously. For us, the first time is also our last time. With each stage, we learn new things, conquering new challenges, and feeling confident in our parenting skills. But, almost as soon as we figure it out, that stage is gone. Just. Like. That.
Tomorrow these sweet babies will graduate from kindergarten and this phase too is gone. I’m oh so proud of these once itty bitty preemies who can now read, write, and count to 100, but it is bittersweet indeed. Please excuse me while I ugly cry.
Way to go, Rylin, Harper, Sydney, and Mason!