Each morning as I wake to the chatter of four babies, I sometimes wonder if they are all ours. Now I am even more amazed that we made it through the first year. The past year has been perhaps the most challenging of our lives, yet also the most JOY filled to date. Caring for four infants and now pre-toddlers is no easy feat, but we manage. A friend once told George, “You were given the Grace for four. Someone else who was given the grace for one or even two would be overwhelmed in your world.” We go back to her comment often, remembering that God blessed us with these four precious babies for a reason. Despite the hours of sleep stolen from the night and many tears shed (usually the babies’ but sometimes mine too), we would not change a thing. When we’re out with the babies people often blurt out, “How DO you do it?” Almost always we reply, “By the Grace of God.” It is true. This amazing challenge would be impossible on our own and our faith carries us through.
Reflecting upon the past year is a fast flurry. Every new stage and milestone comes and passes in a whirlwind. All too soon we will miss having babies in the house. In the future, I believe we’ll enjoy going back to this blog to recall glimpses of time we’d otherwise lose in a fog. The day we discovered we were expecting quads, I recall George repeating “four” followed by something we’d have to buy (e.g. cribs, cars, college educations). While we don’t have four of everything, we’ve gone through more than the average household of most every baby item. Together, George and I calculated rough estimates of our consumption this year-
- 9,600 Diapers
- 36,000 fluid ounces of formula (just over a TON!)
- 730 baths
- 32 visits to the doctor (only two of which were “sick” visits and neither baby was actually sick!)
- 8,760 bottles prepared & served
- 43,800 bottle parts washed
- 182 loads of laundry
We’re afraid to calculate the cost of all these things so don’t expect dollar signs to follow! We’d like to thank each person who supported us along this journey from prayers said to diapers donated. Each of you are part of this journey too. Mascara alert: I compiled this video of our first year together.