The Seals Family

The Seals Family

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Quints: 8 Months

I can't believe I'm already writing this post. It can't be real that my babies are 8 months old now. This time last year, I was finally coming to grips that this was going to be my reality. I was finally convinced that we were going to have 5 babies (at the same time!!!!). I'm so thankful that our story has been a happy one. I know things could have gone much differently for us, it could have been a sad and tragic story, but thankfully God blessed us with five wonderful babies. They are getting so big. I'm amazed at how well they are doing. They're gaining weight consistently, which is great. They are meeting milestones (for their adjusted age of 5 months) and developing well. They are interacting with their environment more, staying awake and alert longer, and are very expressive and sociable with people. They all love to be held and played with, and they are noticing each other and Brady now. They all like to grab the closest pacifier and put it in their mouth. They will also put the closest hand or foot in their mouth (no matter who it belongs to). It's so funny to see one of them sucking on another one's hand or foot. They are always going to share such a sweet and special bond. They're starting to laugh a lot more. They like to eat baby food. It's a mess and takes several people to get them all fed, but they enjoy it and I'm so thankful that I had several friends go in together and buy us a baby table. It makes feeding 5 babies at once so much easier. They roll everywhere and it's a job to keep them still while they're eating through the g-tube (the girls). They have discovered their hands and feet. They grab for toys, are holding their heads up well, and are all over the place. They've all stayed pretty healthy this past month, thank the Lord. They are still wearing size 2 diapers. And are in 6-9 month clothes.
Dressed, locked & loaded and ready to go to the doctor for RSV shots. (from l to r: G, R, T, M, B)


from l to r: M, T, B, G, R

Monday, November 17, 2014

Prematurity Day 2014

So, today has been set aside to bring awareness to premature babies. I've seen several posts on Facebook of premature babies and I almost brust out crying every time I look at that tiny little baby. It brings back all the emotions of watching our five fight for their lives for those first few months. I saw this quote about premies: 'Some people get to meet their hero(s), I gave birth to mine'. How perfect is that?!?! My premies are fighters and are such strong little babies. Watching them fight for their lives was so tough and heartbreaking, but thankfully, God brought them through that tough time, He brought us all through that tough time. And I'm so thankful for the extraordinary NICU team at Baylor University Medical Center. They will always have a special place in my heart.
Here are the "sweetest" premies I've ever seen! I sure do love my 29 weekers!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Brady: The Terrible & Terrific Two's

Brady is inching closer to three every day and it makes me so sad. I have enjoyed every stage of his life, but right now, he's really extra fun. His vocabulary and speech have exploded in the past few months. It's so funny to have a conversation with him. Sometimes, he's too smart for his own good. And he says &/or does things he should get in trouble for, but he's too darn funny and makes us laugh. He has great manners for a two-year-old, we work on that everyday and I can tell that it's working. He's a very loving little boy and very busy too. I love how he loves to rub my arm at night when he's falling asleep, and yes, he still sleeps in our bed. We haven't figured out how to get him to sleep in his own bed yet. He's a wild sleeper and keeps us up when we should be sleeping. He's a really good helper. When he wants something to eat or drink, I'll tell him to go get his bowl or cup and he knows exactly what to do.

All About Brady:
-Favorite shows: Thomas the Train, Mickey Mouse Playhouse, Bubble Guppies, Curious George, Lilo & Stitch.
-Favorite things: He loves his pillow & blanket (when his pillow case starts to come off, he tells me "pillow broke" so I have to "fix it" for him and put the case back on it). He loves to play with his trains & loves to run around like a crazy person. He loves bubble baths. He loves going outside.
-Favorite colors: He loves the color blue. He has learned most of his colors. He loves to play on Steven's iPhone.
-Favorite food: He likes strawberry waffles, strawberry oatmeal, strawberry yogurt, orange juice, Chick-fil-A chicken nuggets, fried catfish, french fries, mash potatoes, goldfish, pretzels, gummy bears, Fruit Loops, Frosted Flakes, & water with ice.
-Favorite people: He gets so excited when Gavin comes over to play with him. He loves anyone who will play with him.
-My Favorite Brady Phrases: "hold you" (instead of hold me), "I love you", "I'm awake" (he says that every time he wakes up from a nap or in the mornings), "where's babies", "I'm back". Last night he told me he was going to "spank my butt"....that wasn't my favorite phrase but it sure was funny. His daddy got in trouble for saying that phrase to him!

Sometimes he's moody.

He's ALL BOY... here, he's playing with a frog.

He plays hard and he sleeps hard.

He hates pictures. I'm sure people wonder why he's never in pictures with the quints, well it's because he won't stop and be still and take a picture. In fact, he usually throws a major fit when it comes to pictures. We have to try to bribe him with candy and most of the time, that doesn't even work.

He loves trucks.

He likes pony rides.

He's fearless and he loves his Thomas the Train baseball cap.

He loves to take bubble baths and rub bubbles all over the wall.

He knows how to throw some major fits. 
He loves Brant and does a great job of entertaining Brant. Brant laughs more at Brady than anyone else.

Like father, like son. Brady is a lot like Steven.

He's pretty darn cute, if I must say so myself.

This is exactly how he sleeps, with his pillow over his head (and sometimes with his trains in the bed with him).

Sometimes he still thinks he's a baby.

He loves orange juice and strawberry waffles. (He'll even eat the waffles straight from the freezer, still frozen).

He's too cool for words.

He loves Chick-fil-A chicken nuggets.

When his pillow case comes off (to him its broken), mama has to fix it. He loves to rub his pillow between his fingers.

He's always got to be in the middle of everything...here, he's on top of the baby table during feeding time.

He's a tractor guy.

He still likes to bounce in his bouncer.

He loves playing with his trains.

He's always on the go and loves to be outside.

He's part monkey. He loves to climb on everything.

He still has blond hair and beautiful blue eyes.
Oh, how I love my sweet little boy. He's growing up too fast and it really makes me sad how fast time is flying by. Of course, there's times when I could pull my hair out because he's being a little toot, but what do you expect from a little boy. He's a little charmer, full of life, silly, funny, one-of-a-kind ringtail tooter & I wouldn't trade being his mama for the world. I wish I could slow time down, but since I can't I'm going to do my very best to enjoy every little moment of Brady's precious life. 

And I will say, I'm terrified of what life will be like in a couple of years when I have FIVE two-year-olds!!! Start praying now people, start praying now!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Thanksgiving Painting 2014

I love Pinterest and I have pinned a lot of cute ideas over the past couple of years, but I never seem to get around to doing any of the cute ideas. One thing I love to pin on Pinterest is hand/foot print ideas. I think it's so sweet to have hand/foot prints of little ones because it's a way to capture their smallness, since they tend to grow up too fast. So, since I have lots of little turkeys now, I thought I needed to have a turkey painting in my house. The babies & Brady did so good with the painting and I'm so proud of how my "masterpiece" turned out. It's so special and I'll treasure it for the rest of my life.
Brady


Brant

Mia

Mia

Rayleigh
Tessa

Gracie

My Masterpiece!!! I'm so in love!!!!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Halloween 2014

So the quints' first Halloween is officially over. I have to say, this was by far my most favorite Halloween ever! We had so much fun. Our whole family dressed up like the 101 Dalmatians. Our babes were little Dalmatian puppies, and let me tell you, they were adorable. Steven and Brady were dog catchers. And I was the evil Cruella De Vil! I have been excited about this Halloween for a while. My stepmom found the puppy costumes back in the summer, and I had a friend paint Steven and Brady's shirts, which were awesome! I used stuff out of my closet and my friend's closet to dress up like Cruella. We went to 5 houses to Trick or Treat and that was all we could handle. After we got back home, all my family came over for a hot dogs and s'mores by an open fire. We had an awesome weekend.

I can't wait to start thinking up some ideas for next year's Halloween. It's going to be hard to top this year!
I got these Halloween bags from Pottery Barn. I was like a little kid at Christmas when they finally came in....they are so cute and the perfect size for just enough candy collecting.

The cutest Dalmatians I've ever seen!!!



Sweet Mia

Happy Tessa

Brant with his tongue hanging out.

Miss Gracie

Happy Rayleigh

All my loves for our first Halloween together as a family of 8!!!

It's so hard to get Brady to sit still...

My mischievous dog snatcher!

I sure do love these two guys, even if they are evil dog snatchers!!!

Trick-or-Treating at Grandmas.