Saturday, August 30, 2008

Belated 10 mos-"fun the go"

The couch is the same... the babies are growing and the summer has flown by so fast. It's a real color coordinated photo. Easy to name the babies.
Pink: Hanna- Miss Pioneer
Blue :Tomi- Mr. Nosy,
Green: Annabelle-Miss Sophisticated,
Purple: Lili-Miss Endearing (purple is her absolute color)
Yellow: Matthew- Mr Cuddle man
Wow, where to start. Their development is picking up really nicely. In the past couple of weeks they are sitting up and this last week their favourite thing is to pull themselves up on pretty much anything they can find. So things are shaky but they don't realize it. Dave and I only have 4 eyes (altogether of course) and two heads (sometimes it feels like more or maybe just spinning :)
So we hear big thump then shortly afterwards crying from always different corners.
Yes, they are getting around and starting to be more mobile. Things are dissapearing from our family room. Why? Because we have to save the cd rack full of cd's, the table lamp, books or rather the babies.
It's fun and scary at the same time.
They don't have time out yet but we have sort to called "swing rest" to prevent puking greens, orange everywhere. We feel the safest and the most relaxed when they are put in a cage. Sorry, more professionally speaking "super yard".
Of course they love to count the butterflies on Annabelle's helmet and also test the velcro. They enjoy pulling on Lili's beautiful hair and check each other's eye color.
Very rarely we have to take them apart usually they work it out among themselves. Multiple rule.
It's also funny to watch how they move around as a group. Hanna our Pioneer is the leader of the pack. She goes first to pave the way towards secret corners where we can't see her for a moment. Then usually her little follower Annabelle takes her "butterflies" for some scavenger hunt after Hanna. Tomi doesn't want to miss the fun and he wants to be there to save her brave sisters just in case. Lili is observing and Matthew is just smiling being satisfied where he is.

Annabelle is more than 14lbs and the boys were around 16lbs. Hanna and Lili are 15 something.

Connection point: Milk

How many children do you see in the picture?

It's 8.
This is Nellie and her three children. Her twin girls were born 2 days before ours. We found her through an email list. She was looking for a good use for her milk. Well, what better place than a Quintuplet home?!
Besides the Indiana Mother's Milk Bank God is providing through Nellie incredibely. We have never met before this picture but our friend from La Leche League was the connection between us. Then one day this summer we got an email from Nellie that she would like to meet us all. We had the greatest time and my heart was filled with so much thankfulness and respect for a busy mom who takes the extra mile to provide milk for us.
Thank you Nellie, we appreciate you very much and cherish the photo and your visit this summer!

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Happy 9 months

On July 19th they turned 9 months

This is another milestone just because they are getting to be more and more MOBILE. Well, I guess this is good preparation for the walking stage.
Our precious Quints are getting big. On July 19th (6 mo corrected age) we started them on yellow veggies. Our menu is carrots, squash and sweet potatoes so far.The first weeks of August they will turn green like Shrek b/c we are starting with the green ones.
The "Hoo Hoo" shirts were donations. Check it out at

Here are some numbers after their 9 mo check up.
Annabelle our petite one is 13 lbs 11 oz, 24'' 3/4
Lili is the second smallest now 14lbs 12 oz, 25'' 1/4, she is one of the longest (partly b/c of her hair :O)
Hanna has the thickest thunder thighs: 15 lbs, 24'' 7/8
Tomi due to strict "bed rest" and lots of oats he is catching up nicely (after being the smallest for a little bit he is the second biggest) Go Tomi! 15 lbs 2oz, 25'' 1/2 He is our muscle man
Matthew he is still our biggest teddy 15lbs 8oz, 25'' 1/4 he got a lot longer. Hanna still beats him with her thighs (not literally of course:)

Now a little bit about them individually.
Girls first.
On 7/15 Annabelle got an adorable helmet to shape the back of her head. We are still debating if she looks like a girly football player or hockey player. She is a hero. She got used to it very easily. She has occupational therapy once a week. She is catching up with her siblings amazingly well. She amazes us every day. She is very joyful and makes lots of funny giggles.
Tooth count: she has two down

Lili is the only one who has not have any teeth yet. She has not crawled yet but getting there. Both girls get on their knees and rocking. Adorable. She still has a sweet temper. Very friendly and patient. She has a huge smile when we get her from her bed.
She is so easy going that it doesn't bother her when Tomi gets a hold of her beautiful hair.

Hanna is the most advanced among them. She is an acrobat. She stands on her head. Flips. Sometimes it looks like she is ready to pull herself up and stand. Last Sunday (end of july) she figured out how to crawl. She sits very confidently. Actually it's funny to see her playing in a sitting position. We think she would need a helmet b/c she hits her head sometimes. Well, it comes with being a growing baby. She has quite the temper but we consider her a calm baby.
Teeth count: she is leading the pack in this also. She is having her 4th teeth. 2 down and 2 up.
Thomas/ Tomi: I am afraid I don't have enough time or space here. He is one of a kind. Today he flipped over with his bouncy chair. He didn't even cry. he thought it was fun. I removed him so that he wouldn't do it again. The other day we couldn't find him. "Where is Tomi?" He was hiding and discovering behind the furniture chewing on the cord of the Tv.
He gets super excited about eating. He loves scooting like a little marine. He is really fast.
He is having two of his bottom teeth. He is the most joyful kiddo we have been around
Matthew/Mate: He is a lovely natured kid. He is so endearing that everyone who comes to help falls in love with him. He makes sure that you are holding him long enough since he is taking his time with his meals. He loves his OT and PT exercises. Papa Cliff makes sure that he has enough practice for the day. He is a sweet little boy and loves to snuggle.