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SSI (Supplemental Security Income) for Premature Infants

Recently, I had an expectant quad mom ask me for some resources on SSI eligibility for infants. This is something that I had no knowledge of until after our babies were born at 28 weeks. I thought it would be a beneficial post for expectant moms of multiples if I were able to share some of what I learned through our experience here. 

SSI stands for Supplemental Security Income. While typically thought of for the over 65 population, SSI is a US Government program that provides stipends to low-income who are either aged (65 or older), blind, or disabled. It is very common in multiple births for infants to arrive premature. In fact, our doctors had no expectation of me carrying the quadruplets past 32 weeks. The average gestation for quadruplets is 29 weeks. I carried until 28 weeks and 5 days, 2 days short of average. Preemies and infants with low birth weights or other developmental problems are often eligible for SSI disability payments for the first year of their life.

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Dealing with Job Loss & Multiples

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It's not an easy topic to write about, but the truth of the matter is, it happens. I'm talking about job loss and lay-offs. I've sat on the sidelines and watched other families suffer, prayed for them, and tried to help with resume writing and whatever skills I had that could support them. And now, it's hit our family. 
In recent months, I've seen a lot of people doing the happy dance in response to falling prices at the gas pump. For us, each drop in price at the pump sent fear up our spines. Families that depend on work in the oilfield know that a drop in gas price puts their jobs at risk. And in Texas, a lot of families depend on the oilfield to survive. It's often hard, dirty, in-the-elements work and long days, often spent away from you family for weeks at a time but the reward is a paycheck that allows your family to live comfortably. I am proud to have a husband that is willing to make that sacrifice for our children and me. Through his sacrifice, while t…

Happy Dischargeiversary Babies and Happy St. Patrick's Day Everybody Else!

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Happy St. Patrick's Day from The Archibeques!

Today is not only a day honoring Christian St. Patrick; for us, it's a day of celebrating graduating from the NICU. One year ago, after spending 52 days in NICU (neonatal intensive care unit), we finally were able to bring our babies home. 

Last year, we were so excited to bring our children home, yet completely shell-shocked and scared of what to expect. A year later, while life is definitely still a roller coaster ride and we're still constantly learning and adjusting to life as a quadruplet family, when I look back on where we've come, I've got to admit I stand back and think to myself, "wow"!

On our first night home from the hospital, I remember standing at the changing table in the nursery at 3:00 AM, after only having about an hour of sleep at that point and thinking to myself "what have we gotten into". After one year of being in the thick of things, here's what I've learned: this is hard…