Friday, May 30, 2008

The Great Outdoors

The little ones just love to be outside. It is a common sight to see a line of little back ends heading toward the nearest door that is left open. Whether someone is coming or going or just letting Roxy outside, anytime the door is cracked open, you can bet there is a munchkin heading that way.

Enjoying the swing out back

Dylan, Connor, Hailey and Brooklyn

We set this tent up for the them quite often. They love to go inside, crawl around and just have a grand ol time. Its funny to see the things that amuse them. Just the feel of the tent bottom on the grass and the wind blowing the sides of the tent can keep them entertained for quite a while.

Happy Mothers Day

Yeah, yeah, I know. This is a couple weeks late, but better late then never. My Mothers Day consisted of a wonderful morning and great walk with my four little ones. Brian then took over so Brittney (our 16 year-old) and I could go spend the day with my sisters and Mom. Meanwhile, after their afternoon nap, Brian took the quads over to his Mom's for a barbeque.

Cousin Devon, Grandma Nancy, Brooklyn and
Dylan having fun in the sun.

"I don't want to go" - Hailey
"Hey guys, look what I found" - Connor
Connor exploring nature
"OK, OK, I give up" - Dylan
I'm lost in a sea of green - Brooklyn

Hey! Can I eat this? - Brooklyn
If anyone reading this is interested in the beginning of our adventure with four little ones, you can read more on our website

Monday, May 19, 2008

New Stats

At our last check-up with the High Risk Infant Center at Loma Linda University, the doctor was a little concerned with the girls and Dylan's weight gain. They wanted us to check back in a couple months to see if the babies were doing better. We went to our pediatrician last Thursday for a weight check for Brooklyn, Hailey and Dylan. Lucky Connor got to stay at home with Grandma Nancy.
Here's the new weights for them:
Brooklyn - 12 lbs, 15 ozs (our little peanut has been 12 lbs for so long it will be wonderful to see her reach 13 lbs.)
Hailey - 16 lbs, 11 ozs
Dylan - 17 lbs, 5 ozs
Connor - At last dr.'s appointment - 20 lbs, 5 ozs

The kiddos are moving around so much. Any day I expect to see Hailey take her first steps on her own. (With the rest not far behind, of course.) She walked yesterday holding just one of big sister Brittney's hands. They all love using the walking toys. Here's some pictures:



They are so interested in each other lately. It amazes me how much they let their siblings do to themselves. Brooklyn and Hailey were sitting in my lap the other day after a nap. Then they started putting their fingers in each others mouths, poking cheeks and eyes, just talking away with each other. I see this quite often between all of them, as long as they are in a good mood. If not, all touchy feely goes right out the window.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Getting Out!!

We attended our first playgroup this past Thursday. My neighbor Kelly, has started a playgroup for her church and extended an invitation. So we packed the kiddos up and headed to the park. It turned out to be a very nice day. I took the camera along so as not to miss any cute pictures, and then in the bustle, forgot it in the car. We went on the swings, down the slides and rode the teeter-totter. I keep saying, "I can't wait until they can walk and run around" and then I remember how hard it is to keep track of them just crawling and think I better just sit back and enjoy this time before the races begin.

It was great to get away from the house and enjoy the blue skies. We are lucky to live in Southern California and able to get out even during the winter, but the warm weather was definitely a bonus. This was the only picture I got, after we got home, but as you can tell, the babies were happy to get some rest after a hard day of play.

Since the babies were about 4 months, they have had Early Intervention, Monday and Wednesday mornings. Audra, the crews teacher, comes for a couple hours and works with them on developmental skills. This last week, Audra was working with them on self-recognition. She put a sticker on their nose and had them look in a mirror to see if they would recognize themselves in the mirror and take the sticker off their nose.


Well, they aren't quite there yet, but they were very interested in the stickers on everyone else's nose.

They were also working on hearing the "p" sound, as in pop the bubbles. Hailey really enjoyed the bubbles.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Catching Up!

Our NEW Limo!!

We're in the process of catching up on our blog and pictures. We're going to include a quick update with a few pictures and also a slideshow with a bunch of pics that we never had a chance to post! (See at the bottom of blog)The birthday video was not working, so it has now been fixed. This one is the full length video vs. the shorter version on YouTube.

Every time we blink it seems like months have passed us by.. The babies first birthday came and went in a flash and here we are a month and a half later just getting around to posting some more. Everyone is doing good! They all passed around a few different bugs for almost a month. We're glad to be past that! We finally broke down and bought a quad stroller so that Melissa would be able to take them for a walk by herself. Their little mouths are filling with teeth quick. Right now I think we are in between teething... for a day or so! They have been eating baby food now and it has been a challenge to get the girls to drink their bottles lately. The boys never have a problem.. except when the girls crawl over and take the bottles out of their mouth - just about every feeding. The boys had a little shock factor when it came to trying meat... but Hailey is immune, she eats anything! Brooklyn is in the middle.. but a real pain to bottle feed : )

Here's a few pictures of first bites of meat.. gotta love the expressions!!

Dylan was NOT happy!

We hope to keep up on the Blog and pictures, so feel free to keep checking back. We're in the process of finding a new camera since we wore this one out. It is finally on it's last leg. I think it has produced more blurry pictures than good ones lately.
Brian, Melissa, Brittney and the CREW - Connor, Brooklyn, Hailey, and Dylan