Thursday, December 30, 2010

So Many Places To Be

On Wednesday the 29th of December we had a busy day at our house or rather away from our house. At 8:45am we had an appointment at Loma Linda for our High Risk Infant Follow Up check up. We had to load and leave our house by 7:30. It was raining cats and dogs which made traffic a little tricky. We actually made it on time and ended up waiting over an hour for the doctor to show up. The kids were tested with the Bayley test. Rather than butcher the definition and purpose I just copied and pasted it from the web.


Definition The Bayley Scales of Infant Development (BSID) measure the mental and motor development and test the behavior of infants from one to 42 months of age.

Purpose The BSID are used to describe the current developmental functioning of infants and to assist in diagnosis and treatment planning for infants with developmental delays or disabilities. The test is intended to measure a child's level of development in three domains: cognitive, motor, and behavioral.

This test is supposed to last 2 hrs per person. We were there 4.5 hours and we were all exhausted. They split the kids up into twos. I took two into a room with a therapist and Mike stayed outside and played with the other three. The therapist had them do all kinds of things, puzzles, sorting, colors, speech, role playing, money, counting etc. It was cute when they got tired (mentally) they would say "all done" and push whatever she was trying to get them to do away. It was mentally draining for me and I wasn't even being tested. After the first two were done then the next two were tested. We didn't wait around for results because we had been there so long and the kids were DONE! I had them call me when they figured everything out.

All of them tested, above average, superior, with a few averages. Nothing stood out as worrisome or problematic. Whooo hooooo!

They were weighed and measured as well.

Michael 31 lbs
Anthony 28 lbs
Jakob 27 lbs
Jaileigh 24 lbs
Anndalyn 21 lbs

I was really worried about Jaileigh's weight. They plotted it and said she is in the 10th percentile. This is great. Up until now she hasn't ever made it onto the chart. They said she is just a petite little girl. They did give me some tips on how to fatten all of them up because they are all pretty small. We are going to try some new things and see if we can get them to put on some LB'S!

They will mail me all the official results later. When they do I will be sure to update.



That afternoon Michael had his appointment with the allergy doctor. He went in for skin testing. He has been battling allergies for quite awhile now. He would wake up screaming in the middle of the night because he couldn't breath. He always has a cough and a runny nose. I have taken him to the doctor so many times and he is never sick. Finally when we moved we got a new doctor he referred us right away to an allergy doctor. Some of you may have noticed he always has dark circles under his eyes, classic sign of allergies. Answers to so many questions! We were meant to move so we could find a new doctor for Michael.

So the results from the allergy test. . . . . dum dum de dum He's allergic to EVERYTHING!!! Poor kid! He inherited my bum genes. I am also allergic to every tree, weed, flower, animal, grasses out there. I did allergy shots and now am allergy, asthma, and cough free. It looks like that is what Michael will be doing as well. I feel bad that I have passed on those genes to him. I am praying that it is only him and not the other three too.

What a crazy day! I am tired. Here are some pictures.


Annie


The crew
Jaileigh, Amthony, Jake, Annie, and Anthony




I love Anthony's laugh.


Jaileigh insisted on having her plate and bowl of chips in the picture. Also she had to pick out her own clothes.


Jake with his lotion


Anthony



Michael telling me he was "all done" with pictures



Anthony


Sweet Jaileigh



Jakers


Potty training here we come
Jake, Anthony, and Michael

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Tickles

Jake was playing with Annie and making her laugh so hard. I ran and got my camera but he was a little camera shy. The first video has Michael and the second one has Jake. The kids watched these over and over today. They are adorable!

video





video

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christmas Disneyland

Living so close to Disneyland (40 miles) we decided we need to try and visit more. We don't need to spend all day there, just a few hours each time is plenty. Who knows where we will be next year, or in 5 or 10 years. We may never get another chance to visit Disneyland. We went today for a couple of hours and it was sooo crowded. I think we were the only Californians there. The other ones were at home waiting for all the visitors to go home. We were still able to enjoy our visit though. We went on 3 rides, saw 3 theme characters, spent $8, and made some more preiceless memories.

Michael playing with the flowers. He really liked these flowers.


Silly Jake



Annie


Anthony


Our friend Karen joined us. The kids just love her to pieces. There was a lot of screaming going on after she left in her car and we left in ours. Anthony's feelings were hurt the most and he cried for 10 minutes.
Anthony, Karen, Jake


Jaileigh was upset because I only had an Elmo diaper for her. She wanted a Mickey Mouse diaper. I was trying to console her.


You can see the elaborate Christmas decorations that they have up


The teacups. They stopped the ride twice for us because Anthony wouldn't sit down correctly. I thought for sure they would ask us not to come back. All the kids wanted to go a second time so I made Mike go on the second round. hehe


My little Jaileigh bug with her crazy hair. She keeps pulling her bows out. I don't know what I am going to do with her. She is so opinionated already.


Somehow we stumbled upon Snow White and her wicked Stepmother. It was so lucky. We found a quiet little alcove on the side of the castle and all of a sudden the appeared. We were the first in line to get pictures.
Jaileigh, Mike, Michael, SnowWhite, Stepmother, Jake, and Karen


The quads discovered toys and the gift shop.


I bought them $2 suckers to distract them from the $20 toys.
Jake, Jaileigh, and Michael
(Anthony was sleeping in the stroller)


Jake loved his sucker. He even fell asleep eating it in the car. I had to pry it out of his hands.



Michael wasn't too interested in his sucker. It was handed back to me within a few seconds of this picture being taken.

Same with Jaileigh. She's not a big candy lover.


Jaileigh and Jakob made me put Anthony's sucker next to him while he slept. When he woke up he had a nice little surprise.


As we were leaving we spotted Mickey Mouse. There wasn't a line so we ran over and got our picture taken. The kids loved him. They weren't afraid of him at all. They have been talking about the Mouse for weeks now and this just made their day.



Jaileigh saying good bye



Karen bravely carried two sucker covered kiddos. I hope her sweater was washable because she surely did not escape unsuckered.


Monday, December 27, 2010

Bye Bye

Grandma and Grandpa and Rori snuck off in the wee hours of the morning. They left a book that had grandmas voice recorded on it. The babies loved it.

Jake reading the story




Michael



Jaileigh was upset that Grandma wouldn't come out of the book, she even cried.



Happy Anndalyn




Sweet Anthony

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Kisses, Big Sloppy Kisses

Annie LOOOVVVEEESSS Rori! Her eyes light up when she sees her and she follows her all over. I was able to capture her communicating this to Rori.






Kissy kissy



big old wet one



Soooo big!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas

Christmas morning was so exciting. The kids slept in and then when they did get up we waited upstairs until we were all ready. The missionaries came over to witness the kids opening gifts. It was chaos! They opened everything even if it wasn't theirs. We ate Amish Breakfast Casserole for breakfast, weeded the yard, played, and just enjoyed each other. It was so nice to have gram and gramps and Rori there. It was a perfect day.

Rori and Jaileigh looking over a few gifts.


Cheese


Mikey Jake and Jaileigh each opening a present from Grandma


Group photo


Anthony and Jake working together


Jaileigh opening a gift



Rori and Annie



Jake


Rori opening her gifts. You can see how excited she is.


Michael



Jaileigh with her crazy bed head and Annie.


Anthony



Annie loved Grandpa. They spent a lot of time bonding.



Michael in Jaileighs new pack n play for her baby.


One of the favorite toys was the dyson.
Anthony, Jaileigh, Michael, and Rori


Jakey on his quad.


Grandma helping Anthony steer. 


Crazy Jai on her quad


Michaels quad was still charging so he was a little upset.


Annie with Rori and of course she had to be accessorized.


One of Annie's two gifts she got for Christmas. She got a little cheated. Good thing she doesn't care.




Michael



He is actually standing on his quad while driving it.


Jake



Mikey and Grandpa


Michael standing and Jai is going with the old school toys.



Jake dragging around the Dyson


Sorry mom but I love this picture. The quads got underwear in their stockings and Jai had to put every single pair (8) on over her PJ's. We weeded the yard after eating breakfast. It was fun.


Rori and Mike weeding



Putting together the new table. Grandpa had plenty of help.


Hanging out at the end of the day. AAAHHhhhh so much fun!

 

Thanks for coming and we love and miss you!!!