Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Shoes, Shoes, and More Shoes

Since the quads were born I have not allowed shoes in the house. On the Today show they had a guest doctor on that talked about all the germs and bacteria that are brought in a house from shoes. He said to take them off at the door. So, that has been what we have done. . . . until now. The quaddies love shoes and now have an obsession with them. I can't keep them away from the shoes and its driving me crazy. On the other hand, they are entertained for a short period of time.

Anthony, Jaileigh, Jakob, and Michael

Jaileigh and Jakob

Michael watching Jaileigh fall

and here is a picture for Aunt Rori. Jaileigh in her swim suit.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Story of Anndalyn Grace

Happy Birthday dear Annie, Happy Birthday to you!

Today is Annie's one month birthday.  In celebration of her birthday I decided that it was time to write her story down.

Sometime in August or September last year (2009) I kept hearing a baby crying. If it was nap time I would run upstairs to see if someone was crying in their crib, if it wasn't nap time I would look for the crying baby. The odd thing was my babies had just turned one so they didn't have that infant cry and the cry I was hearing was an infant cry.  One day my friend was telling me the story of her kids. She said before she had her last baby she knew she was going to have one more because she kept hearing a baby cry. I then knew that we were going to have one more baby. Little did I know that I was already pregnant. I thought that we would just use one of our frozen embryos. We would wait until life was a little less hectic and the quads were in school full time. HA. Sometime shortly thereafter I took a pregnancy test and it was positive. I cried! I was not ready to have another infant. My life was so busy and crazy already. Mike and I were just barely staying sane. Well, I kept crying and then I started denying. Deny, deny, deny and everything will turn out all right. In November I went to my OB and asked him if he thought I was pregnant. He said, No. Hooray. The denying worked. (I was taking my prenatals and eating properly. I didn't want to take any chances in case my denying didn't work.)

In December I finally came to terms with the fact that I was pregnant. I bought and took at least 5 pregnancy tests hoping that one would say "No". I finally told Mike. He was so excited. I was shocked. I thought he would be upset like I was. His excitement made me feel better but I was still very nervous about having 5 children under 2.

My pregnancy was very uneventful. It was pretty much a textbook one. I was able to go back to my high risk doctor at Loma Linda Medical Center. I was technically not a high risk patient other than I was trying for a VBAC (vaginal birth after c-section). My doctor was kind enough to take me back. I was so excited. I loved the care there. So, at 30 weeks I transferred to Loma Linda.

On Saturday May 29 (39 weeks 6 days) at 1 or 2 in the morning, I finally went into labor on my own. The day before at my doctor appointment we had set a c-section date for the following Thursday. If you are a VBAC patient you cannot be induced. You either have to go into labor on your own or you have to have another c-section. I did not want to have another c-section because I didn't want to leave my quaddies for 3-5 days. I had never left them before and I was terrified that they would be traumatized. I was so excited that I went into labor on my own. I finally had Mike take me to the hospital at 7 a.m. Our wonderful friend Gina came over to babysit for us. We called my mom, who lives 5 hours away, and she packed her bags and started driving. She took over for Gina. Our other friend Karen came over and helped my mom the whole time I was gone.

Around 11 they finally gave me an epidural. Those things are awesome! The bad news was it made my blood pressure drop really, really low. My normal is 100/60 and it dropped down to the 50's. This was causing the baby to stress. He heart rate kept dropping. They would give my a shot of ephedra and it would raise for a little bit and then it would drop again. They did this about 5 times and decided it wasn't working. The decided to break my water so that they could put internal monitors inside me. They placed one in the baby's head and one on my uterus. They were unsure if the external monitors were working correctly because the TOCO monitor was not picking up my contractions. When they broke my water it caused the baby to stress even more so they decided to do an amnioinfusion. They replaced the water in my uterus with saline. This helped to the baby's stress level. At this point we decided to prep me for a c-section. They immediately carted me off to the OR and got me ready. I started crying when I signed the consent papers because I knew I wouldn't see my quaddies for at least 4 days. I was so upset. I had the best anesthesiologist she talked me through the whole thing. They didn't let Mike in yet so I was alone and she made sure that I was ok.

They finally let Mike in and they started the c-section. It went pretty smoothly. The weird thing was I could see the whole thing in the reflection off of the light. I can't believe that I watched it either. I was so excited to see the baby I think that's why I kept watching. When they got in there, they found out that the cord was wrapped around her neck twice. That is why she was stressing when they broke my water. Thank goodness they did the amnioinfusion and decided to do a c-section.

She was born at 14:55 on May 29, 2010. She weighed 7 lbs 6 ozs and was 21 in long. The NICU team was there and took her away because she was in distress during delivery. During the delivery Mike and I finally decided on her name. I had such a hard time picking out a name and wouldn't commit to one. The quads all have names with special meanings and I wanted hers to be special too. We wanted it to be after Mike's mom. She has Alzheimer's and will probably never get to meet our children. She was just placed on hospice a few months ago. Her middle name is Ann. In the middle of delivery we agreed it would be Anndalyn Grace DeMaria.

I got to hold baby Anndalyn on my way to the recovery room and after recovery they brought her right into my room and she never left again. During delivery they cut her cheek so she has a little scar that is quickly fading. She was also born with a heart murmur. One of her valves didn't close but by the time we left on Monday it had closed. I was released Monday morning. They didn't make me stay the 4 days. I was ecstatic and wanted to kiss the doctor that released me. I was missing my baby quads so much!

We have another miracle baby. I was supposed to be an infertile woman and turned out to be fertile myrtle. Then her birth story is another miracle. We are so blessed. We thank Heavenly Father every day for our 5 sweet miracles.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Bragging Rights!

We had our first major injury that required a hospital visit. If you know my little quaddies I am sure all of you can guess which one it was. . . . .

Yep thats right-

Mr Jakob my daring little monkey boy.

On Saturday we were going to our friends work party. They were having a carnival party at a local high school. We decided to take the RV because of Annie being so little still and the party was outside. Also, if the quads got tired they could go inside and play or cool off. We stopped for gas so I let them play around. Anthony and Michael were laying down being silly. Jake decided to walk over them and right as he walked over Anthony, Anthony kicked his leg up tripping Jake. Jake fell and hit a metal part of the couch resulting in his injury. As soon as it happened I knew he needed stitches. The wound was small but really deep. Luckily the hospital was 5 minutes away. Thank goodness Mike knew the area. We were in a different city than the one we live in so I was clueless on even where to go for help. I was going to call our Pediatrician. I'm sure he would have been thrilled to receive a call from his "quad mom" on a Saturday.

I ran Jake in to the emergency room while Mike stayed in the RV with the other babies. 2 hours later we left with 4 stitches. They couldn't glue it because of where it was located and how deep it was so we had to endure the whole "papoosing" ordeal. It was AWFUL!!!!! I stayed in the room and helped to hold him down. I am usually a big baby when it comes to needles and blood and guts on someone I love but I watched the whole thing. I hope this never happens again but with 3 rough and tough boys I am sure it will. Papoosing is when the wrap the baby up in a sheet like a burrito so they can't move. It's really scary for the baby and I can't imagine if they are claustrophobic. They told me that the shot would be the only thing that hurt him. Man they are ruthless when they give shots! They jabbed the needle all over in the wound and around it. I wanted to cry for him. Jake didn't cry until they started the second stitch. He was such a trooper.

When they were all done with the stitching I hurried and took the sheet/papoose off him. He was drenched in sweat and was shaking. What an awful ordeal for both of us. Within 2 minutes he was fully recovered and trying to escape. He did cry one more time. He wanted his band aid off and I wouldn't take it off. He is back to his crazy, wild, happy self. He still climbs on everything. What a character!

I was trying to entertain him with glove balloons but he kept popping them.

We missed the party but our friends saved us food so we went over after.
Jakob (with the bandaid), Michael, Kari, Jaileigh, and Anthony

Jake today without his bandaid on. The only time I could get him to hold still was at naptime.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Happy 4 Weeks!

Baby Anndalyn celebrated her 4 week birthday on Saturday. She is getting so big. This week we go in for her 1 month well baby visit so we'll get to see just how big she is. Everyday I amazed at what an easy baby she is. The quads were so hard and so scary. They were also so skinny and still are so skinny. Annie seems like such a chunky monkey compared to them. She has ROLLS all over, on her bottom, her legs, and her arms. They are so cute. They other 4 never had rolls and still don't. People keep saying that breastfed babies can't be fat but I think she is going to prove them wrong.

She has started to smile at me when I talk to her. I am having a hard time catching it on camera because I'm usually multitasking. I'm going to get it though. Next time.

Anthony- I'm not sure what this look means. He looks so innocent though.

Jaileigh in her new Hawaiian dress sliding down the slide.

Michael telling me "no, no, no"! I'm not sure what I did wrong.

Jakob crawling out of the tube.

Anthony trying to get Michael. Check out Michaels static hair.

Hope your weekend was amazing!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Cooling Off

Happy Summer!
Michael, Anthony, Jaileigh, and Jakob enjoying their popsicles

Monday, June 21, 2010

It's Getting Hot In Here . . .

Sometime last week our air conditioner starting leaking water. The repairperson came out on Saturday and said it was broke and he needed to order a part. The part would be in on Monday. So Saturday and Sunday we didn't have air conditioner. What a loooonnngggg, hot, Fathers Day weekend!

We got out the blow up pool and let the kids play in it until bedtime. I let them run in and out of the house when they needed to cool off. We kept the windows and the back door open.


Jakob was the first one in and the last one out of the pool. I had to drag him in the house screaming at bedtime.

Michael running like a madman

Jaileighs face is so funny

Jakob, Anthony, and Jaileigh

Anndalyn was so good. She hung out in her little onesie and was happy as ever.

Remember when I said we had our back door open all day? Well, Sunday night this is what I found on our front door.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Catch Up On Pictures

We have learned to climb into our high chairs and then climb on to the table. Oh joy!
Anthony proud as can be.

The boys playing with Baby Anndalyn


Anthony being goofy with 2 hats. He looks like a character from Dr Suess

Playing hide and seek under the couch cover. This is a new favorite.

Craft time at school. Anthony does NOT like his apron. Jaileigh was the only one that ended up wearing one. Good thing the fingerpaints were washable.

Hmmmm. . . . exploring Anndalyns bed? Could this be a little sibling rivalry or just curiosity?

Our friend Karen reading Michael a book. Even though he looks disinterested, he really was interested. All the babies LOVE karen. They get so excited when she comes over and run around screaming for at least 5 full minutes.

What are they doing? I have no idea. Sunbathing?

Looking for worms?

Uncle Joe came to visit last week. The quaddies had so much fun with him. He and Jakob had a special little bond. They loved each other. I wish I had a picture of the two of them. Jakob would run into Joe's room each morning and wake him up. When he left, Jakob kept checking Joe's room to see if he was in there.

Joe doing his morning phone calls outside, where there was silence.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Cheering For Two Teams

With the World Cup going on we have two teams to cheer for, USA and Italy. When Mike was in New York he went to Little Italy and found these jerseys for the kids. Jaileigh was so excited to be dressed just like the boys.

Anthony, Michael, Jaileigh, and Jakob




Anthony helping Uncle Joe pull the wagon.