Lisa holding her little boyfriend Ricky. That's Cody, one of our care partners in the background.
The babies at 3months old. Lt. to rt: Ricky, Heath, Ty, and Leah
Jenna holding Ty and Leah with Ricky in the boppy.
Picture before we headed out for our 1st visit to peditrician.
Ty snoozin on his boppy.
Sweet smiling Heath.
Ricky crashed out on the boppy.
Tummy time in the boppy.
Jenna with everyone lined up.
Leah snacking on Ricky's arm. Makes a good pacifier.
Super Girl Jenna taking down the evil Mollie.
Me crashed out with my boys, Heath and Ty. Sassy's in the boppy trying to sleep too.
Dr. Tabor with his "Stache" Gotta Love the Man! I feel like I need to buy him a do-rag!
One thing I haven't mentioned was how the boys have been working hard for the past 2 months to finish up the add on to the house. Randy and his brother, Lance laid the tile in the new bathroom, the hallway and now the half bath off the kitchen (was the old full bath until we took out the shower so we could put up a wall for the room to have a closet. Randy and my brother in law, Brad had been bustin it, framing walls, fixing the bath, you name it -they were doing it. A volunteer from our church, Don Gilbreath was also in the mix doing the electrical end of everything. By the end of this week we were ready for carpet!! I got it ordered from the Hico Building Center. Thank you Mike and Wendy for your help with great pricing all throughout this project! Our carpet came in Monday and it was out it on Tuesday! We finished before Christmas! One last thanks to everyone who had helped from start to finish on the McLean project. We are truly grateful for all the hard work and hours put in to make it happen. Thanks to all who donated materials, their time. money and resources to get the job done. We are truly blessed to have such a wonderful church family and friends to make this happen!!
Randy and I ran and did the last bit of shopping on Sunday. Thanks you Jamie Cozby for sending the cutest little ornament, "Peas in a pod" ! I love it! The first of the week, Jenna was home being a big help to me with the babies. Nana came by on Tuesday to help out with some laundry, clean the new bath so Jenna could get in the tub that night while Jenna and I made cookies for Santa and chocolate covered pretzels. This and check mix was my holiday cookin. Maybe next year I'll figure out a way to get some other goodies cooked. Or it could be the end of my fun baking for a few years! Christmas Eve we had Christmas with MoMo and Randy's brother, Lance and his family; Katy, Quinton, and Abbi. Jenna was in an awful rush for us to go to bed so Santa could come. Christmas morning of course was just us and then my family came over that afternoon for Christmas and Mexican food. It was quite different having everyone come to you instead of us going to everyone elses house. On Friday my Aunt Barbara and Uncle Bud came in from Eldorado. they were all meeting up at Granny's for supper and visiting. Saturday 12/27 my cousin Cody and his wife Christy came in with their kiddos for some time at Granny's too. They came by on Saturday with Barbara for a visit. Thank you Barbara for the knitted blankets. She said she finished Leah's between San Angelo and here, but she got it done!
Today, the 31st Jenna and I ran to Stephenville while Kristi and Mollie came to babysit. I had waited to the very last day to get my eyes checked so I could use my vision insurance that I had paid on all year long! The we ran by the hospital. I plan to go to work on Tuesday while Kristi comes and stays with the kiddos. We'll see how it goes. I'm already getting a little perplexed about the whole thing! I have such a wonderful family at work too! Those sweet guys gave us diapers for Christmas, not to mention everything else they've already done for us. I'm truly blessed to call these sweet people my friends! I also need to say thanks to all the ladies who've fixed us meals and have some to help feed a baby and help around my house. I'm oh so grateful! It was a quite New Years Eve at our house. We watched a movie and tried to stay awake after feeding the babies to watch the ball drop. Jenna roused to watch the ball drop and was a little made when she realized it was New Years Eve and we didn't do anything. The girls had been going to MoMo's for New Years the past couple of years. January 2nd we had to take the babies in for rotovirus and synagis vaccinations/checkup. I thought I had seen a possible hernia on Heath too and Dr. Ong confirmed that it looked like a little one. Same as the other 2, right inguinal hernias. So we are going the 9th to see Dr. Vaughan. You won't believe what the little chunky monkey's are weighing in at! Ricky is 11lbs 2oz and 23 3/4in long; Heath is 10lbs 1oz and 21 1/4in.; Ty is 9lbs 3oz and 21 3/4 in.; and Leah is 8lbs 13 oz and 20 1/2 inches long. How they've grown! Ty is now on Zantac too for his projectile spit ups, Heath and Leah stayed the same on their doses. So all looked great except finding the hernia on Heath. I'm hoping that if he needs surgery then they'll put them all on the 15th. If they can't I plan on rescheduling to a day they can all be done. We're making one trip! Especially since we have to stay overnight. I went to work on Tuesday the 6th while my sister, Kristi cane and stayed with the babies. My grandmother also came over to help with feeds. All went well, Kristi and I both survived. I got a little panicy the night before but all went well. I warned by manager KK, that I wouldn't be on time and she was ok with that and said I could leave if something came up. But I lasted all day. It was good to be with my friends at work but also weird not to be home with my chickies. Love my sista and my family at work! They've all been soooo good to me! So tomorrow the 9th Heath and I travel to the Dr. at Cook's to see what the game plan is. Randy's mom and volunteers LaDonna and Cathy will be here in the morning and my mom joins in after she gets off at noon.
Now I'll talk a little about what it's like to be the mom of 4 sweet miracles.
What an amazing first 2 months its been at home! Its been a little stressful at times, but for the most part everything has been going great! Do I sleep much? Yes and No. The first 2 weeks I may have slept an hour or two a night. Then I went to at least 3 hours, now I get 5-6. Am I tired? Yes, that's why I drink a pot of coffee each morning! But I think my body has adapted well (my mom keeps waiting for me to collapse!)! The first week the grandmas took vacation and helped out. I had volunteers come during the week. They help feed babies and get housework done. but for the most part, I'm it! Our feeding schedule in the beginning was every 3 hours 8-11-2-5, etc. I would breastfeed 2 while the other 2 got bottles. It's still about the same but the times seem to be ever changing. They occasionally go 4 hours between feeds. After the first month I started them on a cereal bottle at night. They were so cranky in the evenings. This seems to have helped but we still occasionally have a cranky/colicky spell after they eat around 6:30pm. When they first came home they were eating around 2oz a piece. Ricky and Heath are up to 5oz and Ty and Leah eat 4-41/2 oz plus half a bottle of cereal at noon and a 4oz bottle of cereal last bottle of the night. They've for the most part have been really good babies. Leah really started cooing and baby talking at the beginning of December. The boys have gradually followed by middle to end of the month. I call Heath and Leah smiley these days. Always smiling. They all love looking up at the things hanging above their changing table. Ty has really gotten more expressive and smiling more in the mornings. He was our serious one. Ricky is cooing and smiling up a storm too. We got the ocean wonders lights and sounds for their beds. Jenna loved hers, wore it out so I thought it would keep them occupied too. they love them especially Ricky. He'll lay in their and get his arms and legs going and just talks up a storm to it. Randy has given Ty the nickname "Screamin Steven". He's the squealer of the bunch. Sometimes all he wants is to be put on his belly, alot of the times he wants you to pick him up. Spoiled! Him and Heath especially like to be upright so they can look around. they are really holding their heads up good, getting very strong and watching/mesmerized by the fan and lights now. Some days are crazy and I get absolutely nothing done. I getting to where I do what I can. There's always another day to try to get it done. I'm trying to get back in the swing of cooking too. It's hard to find time for that also. Yesterday I started fixing a casserole at noon, but it got done! No day is ever the same with 4 little ones running the show! Sorry this post is so long, like I said I've been writing it since 12-9!