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Wednesday Series - Ask the Quad Mom (Week 4)

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Wow! Can you believe it's Wednesday again? You know what that means! Another round of questions. I had some fantastic questions arrive in my email this week so let's just dive right in!

Q: Where do you look on those days where you just really need an extra push to help keep you going?
A: I love my babies! I really do. It is truly a joy to be their mommy. I cherish every smile, every laugh, new development, and yes, every dirty diaper, every cry, and every spit-up. Every missed shower, every spit-up on shirt, and every unclean floor, is an extra minute I have with them. On the rare occasions that I find myself wondering what I've gotten myself into, I think about the day, after all of my tests were done, when I was given a 0.5% chance of ever conceiving. I think about the 52 days spent in NICU having to ask a nurse permission to change my babies' diapers, hold them, or put clothes on them.  My babies are miracles. No doubt about it. I love them and it's hard to feel d…

Forgiveness

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Lately, I've been thinking a lot about forgiveness. Let me take a minute to be honest here. I am, by far, not a perfect person. It took me a long time to get to the point in my life where I realized that being imperfect isn't such a bad thing after all. I've made mistakes in my lifetime, many that I am quite ashamed of. When I think of the terrible things I've done in my life, it amazes me to think that someone would say, you know what, I love you so much, that I'm going to give my own life to pay for your sins.  Wow! Talk about mercy. 

But what about when someone wrongs me? How do I handle that? Like most of us, I've had plenty of bad experiences in life. I've battled family dysfunction, lies, abuse, and even rejection. I've gone through several very painful breakups. I've experienced several life altering events that few people ever experience in life. I've learned that having four babies at once it one of the best experiences in life, but ther…

Praying for a place to call home...

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A little over a year ago, Adam and I found out we were expecting quadruplets. I don't think I have to say it, but that news definitely sent us scrambling to figure out so many changes we had to make in preparation. We were praying for one baby, but never in our lives thought we'd be preparing for four. 

We knew right off the bat (when the specialist told us immediately after we heard the heartbeats for the first time that he recommended we reduce the pregnancy to two for both my sake and the babies' sake; that's a story for another day), that my pregnancy was going to be high-risk and a lot of work. We had recently moved into a home we were leasing in a suburb of Houston. When the pregnancy hormones kicked in, so did my sense of smell. I began telling Adam repeatedly that something was off in that house. I kept smelling mildew throughout the entire house. Eventually, it got bad enough that Adam could smell it too. However, when I started having nosebleeds every single d…

Wednesday Series - Ask the Quad Mom (Week Three)

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Hey y'all! I hope that everyone's week is going well! Can you believe we're already halfway done? It's time  for another week of question and answers in our weekly series! We had some really good questions again this week so I'm excited to have the chance to answer!

Q: What formula do you use?
A: This might be a short answer but, we use Similac Advance. It's sweeter than the 22 calorie Enfacare we were feeding so when we transitioned over, we REALLY started going through the formula! We've also started going through the equivalent of about 2 jars of baby food a day! So far, we've tried sweet potatoes, avocado, banana, and apples! At this point, bananas and apples were clearly the winners! (The babies MIGHT take after their Mommy with their sweet tooth.)

Q: Do they all cry at once? What do you do?
A: Okay, this one made me giggle. Nope. They never cry! Okay. Okay! Just kidding. The truth is, yes, there are times when all four are crying at once. When this ha…

Never Say Can't - Anything CAN happen, you CAN do it, and just keep pushing!

It's official! I am no longer a recruiter. I am now simply "wife" and "mother". Simply? Maybe not. You see, for the past two days, while I've been excited to be able to focus on my family now, I've struggled a little bit with feeling alone, overwhelmed and not knowing where to focus first. 

My journey to this point has been a very long one. Never in my wildest dreams did I think this day would come. When I turned in my laptop of Friday and hugged a few close coworkers goodbye the moment was one that I never dreamt I'd experience. 

In high school, our coach used to make us run extra horses for using the word "can't". Back then, I didn't understand why saying I couldn't lift five more pounds or run 100 more feet or jump 50 more times was a bad thing. Today, I stand before you and say there isn't much that I "can't" do. I never became the college athlete that my mom or my coach or even myself may have wished I'…

Wednesday Series - "Ask the Quad Mom" Episode 2

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Oh boy! Another week in the "Ask the Quad Mom" Series! I'll keep this one going as long as I keep receiving questions. This week, I was really excited to be asked some awesome questions. Way to go guys!

Question:What was your pregnancy like? Were you sick a lot?

Answer: I love this question! Fortunately for me, this was my first pregnancy so I didn't have a lot to compare it to.

Right from the start, we knew something was up. Even before we saw two pink lines, I'd been having severe abdominal pain and had to start wearing my pants unbuttoned due to something called "Hyperactive Ovarian Syndrome". 


Once I recovered from that, my biggest complaint was fatigue! I was so tired! It took all of my being to get out of bed in the morning, I was tired all day and could fall asleep at my desk in the office, and would usually fall asleep while Adam drove us home and immediately hit the recliner the minute I walked in the door. Adam captured some really unflattering pi…

Mommy Obsession - Subscription Boxes (Birchbox and Blumm - One for me, One for them!)

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Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.If you know me, you know that for a couple of years, I've been obsessed with sample boxes subscriptions. The two that I've been subscribed to have mainly been Birchbox and Ipsy. The concept is pretty simple, for a nominal fee ($10 in the case of both of these boxes), every month, a cute little box or a cute little bag (depending on the service) arrives crammed full of 5-6 new products to try and sometimes full-size products or lifestyle items). Birchbox and Ipsy are both beauty subscriptions. After having quadruplets, these subscriptions became even more important to me. I look forward to them arriving each month because let's face it, I don't get out much and these provide me with my own little "getaway". 

My Birchbox arrived today and I couldn't wait to tear into it! Here's what all I got this month:




The first thing I noticed were the nice size samples of Neil George Shampoo and Conditioner. I LOVE trying…

Retirement

I've been keeping quiet about something, but as the big day approaches, I’m ready to share my news publicly. It’s official! On Friday, August 15, 2014, I will end my almost 10 year career in commercial real estate and recruiting. Whew. I've known it was coming for several months, but had some loose ends to clear up before I could actually leave my position. Several weeks ago I received an email from a candidate saying he had heard about my upcoming “retirement” and wished me all the best. “Hmm”, I thought to myself. “Retirement?” “Really?” I have not really thought of it as retirement, but more of a complete career change.
When we initially found out that we were going to be parents to four babies, I never dreamt that it would be an option for me to not to work outside the home (babies are expensive after all). Even after the babies were born, I fully intended on going back to work (even though after eight weeks of maternity leave, the babies were barely coming home from the ho…

Wednesday Series - Ask the Quad Mom

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Whenever someone finds out that we have quadruplets, we get a lot of questions! So I thought it would be fun to start a weekly "Ask the Quad Mom" series where readers can send in questions, and I'll answer them! Here's our first week's edition:

Q: "Quadruplets? Wow! What's it like?"
A:  Well, since this is all I know, I don't know any different. It's basically the busiest, most hectic, most rewarding, fun time of my life. The truth is, we have no idea what it's like to raise just one baby. This is all we know so I'm really not able to compare it to anything. I would guess that it's basically everything you do with one baby, times four. So my life pretty much means all I do is care for babies (at least for right now).

Q: "The babies are six months old. What's their schedule like now?"
A: You mean are the sleeping through the night? I'm happy to report they are. I usually wake them up at 6 AM for their first bottle of…