The Seals Family

The Seals Family

Monday, October 20, 2014

Quints - 7 Months

Mia, Tessa, Brant, Gracie, & Rayleigh are 7 months old!!! I can't believe we're already to this point. I've got to start getting serious about our big birthday party in March! I've got a theme in mind, but I'm not making my mind up completely until after Christmas is over.

Anyways, the quints are seven month old now and they are doing very well. All of the girls are starting to take their bottles much better, sometimes, some of them finish all their bottle and don't have to be fed through the g-tube. They've made a lot of progress over the past month. Brant is taking 3-4oz from the bottle and we thicken it with cereal now to keep him from getting so hungry so fast. The girls eat every 4 hours and I'm trying to get Brant back on a 3-4 hour schedule. They aren't spitting up as much anymore, thank the Lord. A big milestone this month is that we started baby food! They are still working on the concept of eating from a spoon, but they seem to love the food. They're wearing 6 month clothes now and size 2 diapers. They are rolling all over the place. They all love to be held, they are so rotten. They like to sleep on their belly. When they're sleeping on their back they all put their hands behind their head. They smile all the time and like to squeal and coo. They all are entertaining, funny, and very sweet babies.

A couple of weeks ago, all 5 babies got sick with a cold. We are still dealing with the sniffles. It's not too bad, but I sure hope it doesn't get any worse. We don't get the babies out except for doctors appointments and I try to discourage people who are sick from coming over to visit. If one baby gets really sick with something like RSV or the flu, then they all will probably get it, which would be disastrous for us. I'm planning on doing a post about RSV and how to prevent spreading illnesses in the near future.
Welcome to our dinner table!

Mia and Gracie

Rayleigh and Gracie with Aunt Kristian

A big family needs a big van!
Happy 7 Months Mia, Tessa, Brant, Gracie, and Rayleigh!!! We love you!!!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Team Paula 2014

Seven months ago, to the day, I gave birth to my quintuplets; today, I ran (I didn't walk a single step) a 5K!!!! I am so proud of myself. I am out of shape, big time, but I made a goal and I wanted to reach my goal. My pregnancy with the quints was very hard on my body, so to run 3.2 miles today is a really big accomplishment. The reason I set the goal to run the 5K was in honor of my friend, Paula, who is battling breast cancer. Paula found out last summer that she had a very aggressive type of breast cancer. She had a double mastectomy and has been on several kinds of chemo. She has had a tough road and at times, she came close to dying from complications of her treatment. However, through it all, she has kept battling and is now beating cancer. She's had a couple of scans in the past few months and they've come back clear. I'm so proud of Paula. She is a such a strong, tough, and amazing woman. There were times today, while I was running the race, that I wanted to stop and walk, but I'd think about Paula and how she's continued to fight cancer and has that never-give-up attitude, and that gave me the strength I needed to keep running. Please continue to keep Paula in your prayers as she continues to fight cancer. I think she only has 4 more chemo treatments left. She's a remarkable woman and I'm very blessed to have her in my life.
Here are some pictures of our team today at the Race for Cure in Texarkana. We had a wonderful team and it was a lot of fun.
Queen Paula and me before the race.

Gavin ran the whole race!!! He beat me across the finish line by 2 minutes!!! He ran it in 38 minutes and I ran it in 40 min. 45 sec.

Our team

Gavin & Paula

Here's me modeling our team shirt... something was obviously very funny..

Friday, October 17, 2014

Pregnancy & Infant Loss Day

Wednesday was Pregnancy & Infant Loss Day. I didn't even know there was such a day until the quints' occupational therapist told me. Then a few hours later, I got a text from my friend Paula telling me she was thinking of me and remember our precious angels in heaven. I think it's such a wonderful idea to spend one day to remember those precious angels. I don't sit and think about my miscarriages as much as I used to, just because I'm so busy with my six angels on earth, but the hurt of losing them is still there and it always will be. I never experienced true heartbreak until I had my first miscarriage, and then it just kept happening. So many people don't understand the pain that comes with losing a baby (at any stage in it's life). My miscarriages taught me a valuable lesson in how God doesn't always say yes to our prayers. For whatever reason, God said no to all those babies I lost. It was hard to try to understand that and except God's plan for me. But I will say, God does have a plan for all of us and He always takes care of us and gets us through whatever storm we're facing. 

So, for those of you out there that are going to similar situations with miscarriages or have lost a baby, my heart goes out to you. I pray God will give you peace and comfort to get you through the storm.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Brady & Potty Training

So a couple of weeks ago, I decided it was time to potty train Brady. I was fed up with changing 6 kid's diapers! I read some information online and it said once a child is around 26-27 months old, they're usually ready to be potty trained. I read some information about potty training a kid and felt like I was ready for the challenge. Boy, was I wrong! Brady wanted nothing to do with wearing underwear, peeing in the potty, or anything else for that matter. I read that you need to set a timer and take your child to the potty every 45 minutes. Within the first 4 minutes, Brady had already peed in his underwear. Not a good start. However, I was determined to be successful and I wasn't giving up without a fight! So, the day went on with me setting my timer and taking him to the restroom every 45 minutes. He had some accidents, but that was to be expected. The next day, we had something to do away from the house so I put a pull-up on him and hit the road. That was pretty much the end of our first attempt at potty training. He wanted nothing to do with it and I just don't have the time to mess with it right now. I learned that he really isn't ready for it right now so there's no sense in making him miserable and driving myself crazy in the process. I guess for a little while longer, I just have to change all six of my kids diapers.
This was a bad sign...

He hated wearing his underwear.

I guess it felt like his underwear or pants were going to fall down, so he'd walk around holding his pants up.

This is what happened within the first 4 minutes of our potty training experience/failure!
So, I failed at my first attempt to potty train my kid. Hopefully, next time I will be successful. I guess by the time I get all the quints potty trained I'll be a self-proclaimed potty training expert! ;)

Saturday, October 11, 2014

My littlest Prince and Princesses

 I think these pics of the quints are too sweet not to share with all my friends. I hope when you look at these pictures you think about how awesome and wonderful our God is! This time last year we were facing the reality that our lives weren't going to turn out as we had planned. We were facing the possibility that we might lose all our babies (or some), and/or they could be born with severe disabilities, or we could have five beautiful & healthy babies. Thank the Lord we were blessed with five beautiful and healthy babies! I read stories almost daily of higher order multiple pregnancies that don't end with a happy ending like ours did and it reinforces the fact that God is in charge of everything and if we will surrender to Him and let Him take control in our lives, ANYTHING is possible! God doesn't always say yes to our prayers, He has said no to many of my prayers and requests in the past, however, I'm so thankful He said yes FIVE times with my pregnancy with the quints. I can't imagine life without them now!






M, T, B, G, R

Every good and perfect gift is from above!!!!!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Rayleigh - 6 Month

Rayleigh is such a sweet and easygoing baby. She's quiet and even when she's crying, you can hardly hear her. She's starting to coo and is almost laughing. She's our darkest complexed baby. She has dark brown hair and dark brown eyes. She weighs 13lb. She loves to suck her thumb. She is a good sleeper and likes to sleep on her side. She is very sweet, but she's also sneaky. She will reach and grab one of the other babies' paci and pull it out of their mouth. She is doing so good with her bottle. She's actually eating most of bottles now (all 3 oz). There's been several times when she hasn't needed the g-tube for a feeding. I'm so proud of the progress she's made. She has the thickest consistency of all the girls and she's doing the best on drinking her bottle.
Happy 6 Months Rayleigh!!