Sunday morning in our bed after the 6 a.m. feeds. L to R is Laine, Danna, Forrest, Pius and Billy all conked out.
Another week has come and gone and I really don't know where the time went. I can see what people mean when they say to enjoy it now because before you know it, they'll be all grown up. It's still pretty hectic around here...trying to figure some sort of a schedule for the babies and parents. We've had a lot of good helpers to see us and the babies including Aunt Cathy, Aunt Rose, my friends Karen, Leslie, Anita, Trish, Haley, Melody and Barb, Uncle Ryno, Aunt Mollie, Aunt RayRay, cousin Steph, friends Terri, Sergio and Janet and of course, our parents and Bucko. Billy's sister, Lainie, has been our saving grace on more than one occasion and she has become quite the multi-tasker. She's done so well with the babies even though she has never really been around too many infants in her little 20 year life! I think we may be abusing her and she just doesn't know it yet. Please don't tell her.
Aunt Lainie doing double duty holding Pius in the Snugli with a little Danna on the side.
Budda holding Miss Danna Banana
We've also been dining on some great food, courtesy of Syl and MaryJo (Syl's catering), Aunt Nancy, Aunt Cathy, Aunt Bertie, Erin (EMO), Aunt Mary, Stacy and Fabes, Bonnie and Arb, mom and dad, Mike and Vicki, Bucko, Janet, Susan Webert, Aunt Paula and Uncle Nick, and Katie Duling...I mean Mohr. I'm sorry if I forgot to mention anyone. It's kinda hard to lose all 95 pounds of baby weight with good food like that in our house! Makes me wonder when all that pumping is going to start paying off (besides it being good for the kidlets).
As for the munchkins/hoglets/quad squad/lil' angels/lil' hellions/petit fours (yes, Jac, I'm taking that one back, but you can still use it, too), they're doing great. Dr Chavez wanted Danna and Laine to have weekly weigh-ins at his office because of their size, so Billy took those two in last Thursday and they gained weight like the little oinkers they are! Laine gained a whole pound in one week while Danna gained 13 ounces. That brings them to 7-6 and 5-6, respectively. I can't believe how much they're starting to fill out. Also new this week, all the babies are beginning to smile at us when we talk to them (providing they're in good moods).
Billy thought this might be a good size comparison
Billy thought this might be a good size comparison
Danna and Laine are still such sweet babies most of the time. They hardly ever give us too much grief. The Twin Towers, on the other hand, are always trying to outdo each other in the fussiness department. I think they may have some colic issues going on. Billy may disagree, but Pius is by far the worst for me. He is so good (i.e. sleeping) most of the day, but then goes through a transformation in the evening and cries for about 3-7 hours at night. I think he has Sun-Downer's syndrome minus the Alhzeimers. Forrest is fussy off and on throughout the day. I sure hope they grow out of that really fast.
Pius (L) and Forrest (R) in their beloved bouncy chairs. Pius looks like a little old bald man with hair on the sides and back!
Big Poppa and Frosty being pretty good
Big Poppa and Frosty being not so good
Billy started back to work at QT and is really liking his location at 21st and Ridge. He says he sees a bunch of familiar faces throughout the day. My official back to work day is Feb 21st. I'm just going back part-time and my manager, Jeremy, has been so helpful with getting me hours and times that work for me and my family. I'll be working from 7pm to 3am back at the Wesley West ER. I'm excited to see all my peeps again and get back into the work force, even if it is just 2-3 days a week.Forrest and daddy catching an unplanned afternoon nap
Our friend Chris (he and his wife Holly are the ones who drove our van back from PHX for us) is coming over this week to take a look at our computer. Hopefully he'll get us back up and running so we can start posting videos again. I have a few from a while ago that I wanted to post, but they're getting outdated now. I'm sure I'll post them anyway for posterity's sake.
I know I'm jumping around alot on subjects (hey, I'm sleep deprived and just typing as I think of things), but on another note, many people have asked us if we need anything or if they can do anything for us. Up until now, we haven't been able to think of anything. However, we still need volunteers to come over to help us when Billy or I are at work. If you've had your flu shot and can stick to the other rules we posted previously, we'd really appreciate you emailing Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org and letting her know if there are any times you'd be available to assist us. She has been a lifesaver with getting people's info and having them lined up for us. It's just too hard and time consuming to think of the people who've said they'd love to help and then find their numbers and arrange times. As of now, our pool is a little shallow and we don't want to wear anyone out by asking them to come over all the time. Plus, we love to show off our babies in all their smiling, kicking, burping, spitting up, pooping, peeing and crying glory! They're pretty darn cute.
More to come.... thanks again for all the prayers. They've helped get us this far and I'm sure will continue to give us the grace to survive at least another 18 years! Keep 'em coming!
Billy, Monica, Pius, Forrest, Danna and Laine
I thought I'd try one more time to post a video under a different internet browser and it worked. It only took about 45 minutes to upload. Enjoy.