Sunday, January 27, 2013
Monday, January 21, 2013
I’ll admit I’m pretty addicted to Facebook. Being at home nearly 24/7 with 5 little people, Facebook has become my main connection to the outside world and it helps me keep my sanity on most days. I can keep up with old & new friends, read the latest news, who got kicked off the latest reality show, what sports team is winning and so on. It’s seriously just an endless resource of both important and completely unimportant information. I’m sure those of you on Facebook have been seeing these little ecards going around. Having MANY mom friends on Facebook I see a lot of “motherhood/parenthood” type cards so I thought I’d share some of my faves that I’ve seen over the past couple of weeks. Enjoy :]
I cracked up when I saw this one below. That morning I came out of my room in jeans and a fitted t-shirt because I had a doctors appointment. Upon seeing me Korbin says “Mom, why you so dressed up?”
This is my all time favorite. Some of the most stressful times are getting everyone and everything ready to go somewhere… somehow they know how to make it just a tad more stressful ;)
For all my MoMs out there ;)
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Today’s been a different one. One that’s been filled with many mixed emotions. I’ve felt ongoing waves of sadness, confusion, thankfulness, relief, happiness, helplessness & hopefulness all at the same time. Most of all it’s left me struggling to remind myself that God is indeed in control and as Jeremiah 29:11 states, He has a plan for each of our lives.
Today a mother of triplets remembers this heartbreaking day 2 years ago and saying goodbye to one of her three beautiful girls just 2 weeks before her 2nd birthday. Today a sweet little boy, one of quadruplets, received his wings as well. Today that little boy who had struggled his entire life is now pain free & running the streets of gold hand in hand with Jesus.
Today 4 tiny miracles, who beat the odds stacked against them, celebrated their 5th birthday. Today I sat as two of my own precious four were evaluated for preschool. The two that I once didn’t know would make it. Emotions overcame me as I reflected on those first few months of their fragile lives. Having to explain to the therapists and diagnostician what they had been through led me to tears (and them as well). Today my heart aches and my heart rejoices at the same time.
Today I thank God for these precious lives, who are all celebrated in some way. I thank God for their parents, who so many admire, and the special way they’ve touched and will continue to touch so many lives around them. Days like today, it’s hard to understand that we in fact don’t understand. Today it’s so good to rely and lean on a God who holds the world in his hands and who can see the entire puzzle when we only see a small portion of it’s many jagged pieces.
Please keep the Younglove & Barnes families in your prayers <3
Monday, January 14, 2013
We recently had a new twin mom move to our area who happens to be a photographer. After seeing lots of her work I knew I wanted to have her photograph our family. She has tons of experience in photographing kids in general and with 4 rambunctious boys of her own, nothing is too challenging! To learn more about Rebecca Riley Photography, visit her website here and be sure to get a glimpse at more of her great work by checking out her blog here! Top – Brody & Kylee. Baxlyn & Korbin below.
I booked Rebecca shortly before Blade’s birth intending on having newborn pictures made in addition to family pictures. Due to sickness between her kiddos and then our own kiddos his “newborn” pictures didn’t get done until he was nearly 6 weeks old. Having been born half grown he wasn’t so tiny and newborn at the age of 6 weeks but Rebecca still managed to get some great shots!
What is this? Four 3 year olds not only ALL looking at the camera but ALL smiling too?!
Thanks so much Rebecca Riley for these precious pictures!
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
My sweet love is a little over 2 months already! Crazy how quickly they grow. He’s continued to be a ray of sunshine in our busy household. He’s SUCH a happy baby and for that I am so thankful. Besides the challenge of getting out with all the kids by myself, adding a fifth hasn’t been hard at all. He loves to sit in his bouncy and watch his brothers and sisters play, he loves the ceiling fan, his baths, LOVES to talk and interact with you and enjoys a little TV here and there (I know I know). We’re lucky he’s a great sleeper as well. He sleeps a total of about 10 hours each night with just one small feed around the 7th hour. Hopefully not too long before that last feed is out too!
My four little “helpers” (and I use that term loosely) and I took Blade to his 2 month check up yesterday. I was going to guess that he weighed around 13…mayyyybe close to 14lbs. To my surprise he was just a few ounces shy of 15lbs! The quads didn’t hit 15lbs until 6-8months! He falls in the 90th percentile for weight and at 24 1/4 inches he lands in the 77th percentile for height.
Bret and I had both noticed a little flattening on the back right side of Blade’s head and there’s no denying the fact that he likes to look to his right. As most of you know Brody, Baxlyn, Kylee & Korbin went through their fair share of DOC bands so Bret and I didn’t know if we were “looking for a problem” because we are used to paying close attention to detail or if there really is a small issue that could be developing. I mentioned it to Dr. Reyes and he said there’s very small but definite flattening as well as a bit of torticollis going on. Grrr. For now we’ll do stretches with Blade, the ones we’re all to familiar with, and hope that it helps the torticollis. With continued encouragement to look to his left and a little rolling over in the coming months we’ll hope that his little head rounds out and we’re not facing plagiocephaly like before. Worst case scenario, which really isn’t horrible, we visit our dear friends at Cranial Technologies in the coming months to be evaluated for a helmet.
L-R Brody, Korbin, Miss B & Kylee Mae!
Stay Tuned…. Christmas 2012!!!