One Year

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. 

hugs!

Amber

Rylin, Harper, Sydney, & Mason in their new chairs from Great Grandma McCaskill.

Rylin, Harper, Sydney, & Mason in their new chairs from Great Grandma McCaskill.

Rylin Skye

Rylin Skye

Harper Stone

Harper Stone

Sydney Raine

Sydney Raine

Mason River

Mason River

Quatriplets

Back in our NICU days, a set of triplets was born just five days after the quads.  For some reason,  triplet suite is on another floor from the quad suite so we never saw them.   However, one night the babies’ nurse impassibly mentioned that she knew the family with triplets and went to church with them.  I really wanted to meet the parents as a way to normalize the whole multiples in the NICU experience, ect.  Of course due to HIPPA, the nurse could share no information about the triplets or their parents.  I cajoled this poor nurse a bit trying to get her to tell the triplets mom to Google and maybe search for our blog and leave a comment.  She agreed to none of that.  Finally someone suggested we both go to the parent lounge at the same time one particular day.  I awkwardly brought my lunch to the lounge at the specified time and waited for someone to enter who might possibly be the triplets’ mom.  I think the triplets’ mom, Tiffany, did the same thing.  At some point we finally introduced ourselves.  The two of us sat together commiserating and story swapping until it was time for “the feed”.  We exchanged phone numbers and have kept in contact since, texting often.  I think we’ve got the quads and triplets practically on the same schedule.

With lock down a thing of the past, Tiffany brought the triplets (Landry, Haylie, and Luke)  over for our very first play date.  We affectionately called it “The Quatriplet Playdate”.  I borrowed that term from a few passersby who apparently lack multiples terminology and call the quads, “Quatriplets”.   Both Tiffany and I anxiously awaited the moment when all of the babies would get an opportunity to see and interact with non-sibling babies.  All of them are around other babies 24/7, but rarely see another baby. To our surprise, the babies didn’t seem particularly interested in one another.  For the most part, the triplets congregated near each other and the quads did their normal stuff too.  Mason is the only one who crawls so he sort of made rounds, visiting everyone and then went off on his own.   On the upside, everyone was completely content and no one fussed.  In my book that is a successful play date!  It will get more interesting when everyone is truly mobile.

I thought the "Quad Squad" onsies were appropriate for our Quatriplet play date.  You know, just in case you can't figure out who is a quad and who is a triplet.

I thought the “Quad Squad” onsies were appropriate for our Quatriplet play date. You know, just in case you can’t figure out who is a quad and who is a triplet. I am aware that Mason and Sydney’s are still swallowing them.  But, Harper won’t be able to wear his much longer and it’s sort of a set so I’m trying to get some wear out of them while we can.

Here's what it looks like when you put seven babies together for blanket time.  I guess this is what septuplets look like!

Here’s what it looks like when you put seven babies together for blanket time. I guess this is what septuplets look like.  Honestly, it wasn’t half as chaotic as I anticipated.

Mason had to investigate the flower on Haylie's outfit.

Mason had to investigate the flower on Haylie’s outfit.

Just like Mason's siblings do, Landry wanted to investigate his band.

Just like Mason’s siblings do, Landry wanted to investigate his band.

Sly guy, Mason is the only one who crawls so he visited the trips then went exploring on his own.

Sly guy, Mason is the only one who crawls so he visited the trips then went exploring on his own.

As we’ve kept contact, I’ve always thought there was a “match” between each of the triplets to one of the quads.  Of course, Haylie sort of goes with both of our girls well, because she’s a girl.   Like our girls, she’s also seemingly strong-willed and sassy to boot.  Like Mason, Luke sounds like the easy-going guy who giggles often and “goes with the flow”.  Just like Harper, Landry is the big brother who enjoys being the casual observer most of the time.   For fun, I made sure everyone met their match and snapped pictures of them together.

Lukke & Mason

Luke & Mason

Sydney and Haylie

Sydney and Haylie

Landry & Harper

Landry & Harper

Haylie & Rylin

Haylie & Rylin

And this is what happens at the end of a Quatriplet play date!  Night, night, Sydney!

And this is what happens at the end of a Quatriplet play date! Night, night, Sydney!

To check out the triplets’ story, please visit their blog at http://teamtriplets.wordpress.com/

Hugs!

Amber

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