Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Quints - 4 months!

I cannot believe Mia, Tessa, Brant, Gracie, & Rayleigh are 4 months old already!!! I look at them and it's still so hard to believe that they are all ours. They are such sweet little blessings. They are getting so big, they are all between 9 pounds to almost 11 pounds! (Tessa is the biggest and Brant is the smallest baby now.) Mia, Tessa, Brant, & Gracie are all home from the hospital! Now we're just waiting on Rayleigh to come home.

I was so nervous about handling the girl's g-tubes, but it has worked out and I'm now comfortable  with it. The g-tubes run continuously throughout the night so the girls never wake up hungry. They sleep all night. Brant has gotten on a good sleep schedule and he wakes up at 2am and 6am to eat. They love to be on their tummy during tummy time and most of the time they'll sleep on their tummy (during the day - while supervised). The first few days of having all of them at home was chaotic but we've gotten on a schedule and that has made a world of difference.

All of the babies are smiling now. They love to look at the television. They are very interactive and try to talk to you while you talk to them. We do tummy time every day and they love to fall asleep on their tummy. They all have strong legs and like to kick. They can focus their eyes on you when you're standing close and will follow you with their eyes. They are holding their heads up and love to look around, they are very curious. The girls spit up, a lot! Brant spits up some but not as much as the girls. They're now wearing 0-3 month clothes and size 1 diapers.

Fun Quint Facts:
We're going through about 32 diapers a day between the 4 babies that are home and they go through almost 2 cans of formula a day. We do at least one load of baby laundry a day.

Prayer Request: 
Please continue to keep all our babies in your prayers. Please pray especially for Rayleigh - she will have her g-tube surgery Tuesday at 2:30pm. All our girls are having feeding issues, so please pray specifically that they'll start eating by bottle soon. Pray for Brady, his whole word has changed so much the past 7 months and is about to get crazier when we all come home. Pray that it won't be too much longer before Rayleigh comes home and we all can go back to "our" home together as a family.

Here's some pics of the babies at 4 months:
Rayleigh

Brady watching over Tessa, Gracie, & Mia

Brant

This pic makes my heart smile. Love seeing my boys together.

Tessa, Gracie, & Mia before bed

T, M, & G all dressed up alike.

Gavin loving on G, M, & T

Rayleigh is waving.

Gracie & Brant

A sweet smile from Rayleigh

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Quints 3 Month Pics

I'm so behind on blogging, so I'm trying to get caught up because I want to be able to look back and remember this fun/hectic/crazy time in our lives. I blogged about Brady each month, so I have to do it for Mia, Tessa, Brant, Gracie, and Rayleigh too. Here's their 3 month pics.
Sweet Mia

Miss Rayleigh

Gracie Lou smiling big.

Tessa was almost laughing in this pic. She's so funny.

And of course, Brant was screaming at me. lol
I can't believe they will be 4 months old in 2 days!!! Time sure flies by when you're sleep deprived. haha... I sure love these sweet babies and I'm so thankful God gave all five of them to me!!

Bringing Mia Home

Two months ago, I don't think anyone would have thought Mia would be the third baby to be released from the hospital, but she was. I've said it before and I'll say it again, Mia is a very tough little girl. She is so bright-eyed. She's very alert and has the sweetest smile. She loves to be talked to and does her best to interact with you. She has a soft cry and is an easy going baby. She still has her strider (that's the technical term for the squeaky noise she makes). She does a good job of holding her head up and can move it from side to side when she's laying on her stomach. I can't thank God enough for how far He's brought Mia. There were times when I worried that she might not make it, but she did, and she's wonderful.
The day we brought Mia home from Baylor.

Mia (L) and Tessa (R) ~ Looks like Mia's saying, 'no photos please'.

She's got the biggest & sweetest smile.

So this is what it would like if I had triplets.... I wonder if 2 more babies will fit???

Papa Berney getting some baby loving'. (I love Brant's face in this pic; makes me laugh.)
 Welcome home Mia!!!! We love you so much!!!!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Bringing Tessa Home

This past Thursday, Tessa was re-released from the hospital. She was released from Baylor about 4 weeks ago but after a week home she got to where she wouldn't eat and became dehydrated and constipated. I had to take her to Children's ER where she was admitted. After two and a half weeks in Children's NICU she was released. She now has a g-tube to help with her feeding. Tessa is such a sweet and gentle baby. She has a cool cry for a baby (I know that sounds weird but she has a deep voice and she doesn't have that screeching, squalling cry that most babies have). She sleeps all night (she gets fed continuously through the g-tube). She makes lots of snorting sounds when she sleeps. She doesn't take a bottle well, but we're working on it. I love having Tessa home. I can't wait to watch her grow and change into a beautiful young woman. We're going to have so much fun together with her 3 sisters (and the boys too).
I love how happy Brady looks in this picture. This was the day Tessa was released from Baylor.
Brant was happier than he looks to have a sister home.
Brady wanted to be in the middle of all the pics.
Coming home from Children's.
I love her sweet grin.
She loves to stick her tongue out when she smiles.
Our sweet Tessa

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Random Snapshots

The day we brought Brant home from the hospital.

Brant

Daddy and Brant snuggling

Miss Rayleigh

Aunt Marty and Tessa

Gracie (L) & Mia (R)

Tessa (L) & Brant (R) sporting their Texarkana College outfits

Big Brother Brady

Brady & Tessa the day she was released from Baylor

Tessa, Brady & Brant

Tessa & Brady

Brady

Rayleigh was sick so that is why she's not in the pic with these beauties. 


Brady

This is my new favorite pic of Brady. I love that sweet grin.
I'm so thankful for my precious kids. They are the most wonderful blessings straight from Heaven.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Kayla's Big Day


Last weekend my middle sister, Kayla, got married. Kayla was a beautiful bride and Jeremy was a handsome groom. They had a beautiful wedding. I'm so thankful I was able to be there for Kayla's special day. Brady was suppose to walk the flower girls down the isle, but instead he ended up helping my dad walk Kayla down the isle. He was so cute (if I must say so myself) in his tux and acted so good during the wedding. He loved Kayla's wedding dress. I can't wait to see the pictures the photographer took of him in the dressing room. Here's a few that I snapped before the wedding.
My handsome date

Kristian helping Kayla put her shoes on.

Hiding in Kayla's dress


Hiding under the chair

Isn't she gorgeous! 
Who knew weddings were so tiring. This is how he fell asleep when we got home.
Welcome to the family Jeremy! I hope and pray Kayla & Jeremy have a wonderful life together.