The Seals Family

The Seals Family

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Our Family Tree

Of all my earthly possessions my family is my most favorite! I can't thank God enough for everything He's done for me and blessed me with. I am one very blessed girl!!!
Our latest masterpiece.   L.O.V.E

Monday, November 24, 2014

Rayleigh- 8 Months

Rayleigh is our easiest going baby. She smiles a lot and entertains herself well. She has long dark hair and lots of it. Her eyes are brown. She's taking her bottle well. She loves baby food. She sleeps the best at night. She is talking and cooing at lot more these days. She loves to laugh and she usually always gets the hiccups after she laughs. She loves her feet and can get them in her mouth. She always pulls her socks off. She's quiet but very mischievous. She tries to play with all the babies, however, Mia doesn't appreciate Rayleigh messing with her. She likes to steal everyone's pacifiers. Rayleigh weighs 15lb 4.5oz.
Rayleigh is showing you her toe touch.
She's trying to chew on Gracie's hand.

Gracie- 8 Months

Gracie Lou is still our diva. She makes a noise that isn't a cry, it sounds like she's complaining about something. She will let you know when she's not happy. On the flip side, she's such a sweet and funny baby. Some of her looks crack me up. She'll look at you sometimes like, 'what the heck are you talking about'. She's hilarious. She loves her paci. She can sit up for a few seconds on her own. We noticed yesterday that she has her first tooth. She likes to be held and talked to, she's very interactive. Just like Tessa, she likes to scoot backwards on her back and therefore, she doesn't have any hair on the back of her head. She's also starting to get up on all fours and is trying to scoot around. She weighs 15lbs 4.5oz.

Brant: 8 Months

Brant is such a little turkey. He loves Brady. Brady can make some funny little noises and Brant will laugh and laugh. Brant watches everything that Brady does. It melts my heart to see them two together. Brant has brown hair (with maybe a hint of red in it) and I think his eyes are going to be bluish/hazel - I think eventually they'll be hazel. He is loud, he laughs out loud, he squeals, he screams, and he cries loudly. He is getting better about intertaining himself. He rolls everywhere and he's fast at doing it. He is trying to crawl, he'll get up on all fours and tries to push forward...he's got the army crawl going on. He's also getting better about self-soothing himself. I think he sometimes gets overstimulated and he just wants to be put down and left alone. He's also doing much better at night, in fact, he slept through the night last night. He weighs 15lbs 4oz.

Brady and Brant playing in the baby bed together.
Brant and Rayleigh

Tessa: 8 Months

Tessa is our first baby to get a tooth (she now has 2)!!! She drools all the time; we usually have to change her clothes at least once a day because her shirt is so wet from the drool. When she's on her back, she will push with her legs and inch backwards...therefore, she doesn't have any hair on the back of her head. She's so big and cuddly. She's got the biggest and sweetest smile. She still doesn't have much hair. What hair she does have looks like it's going to be light brown. She's got beautiful blue eyes. She cries when you try to put her down, she loves to be held. She holds her head up well, reaches for things, she loves to stand up and bounce. She's starting to roll over (she's the last baby to get this technique down). She is fascinated by her hands. She'll look at them for the longest time just trying to figure out what they are and how they work. She can also cross her fingers. She drinks most of her bottles and loves baby food. She weighs 15lbs 3oz.

Rayleigh was practicing her new wrestling move on poor little Tessa.

Caught in the act... She's sucking, chewing, or biting Gracie's finger. Gracie and the rest of the crew better watch out now that Tessa has two teeth. They are very sharp and she's not afraid to use them!

Mia: 8 Months

Mia is our oldest quint, but you probably wouldn't guess it due to her size. She's still the smallest baby, by a lot. She weighs 13lbs 7oz. She is consistently gaining weight and is doing well in the growth department, she's just a small baby. I was concerned about her growth and talked to the pediatrician about it, he said she has "failure by comparison" --- I was like, what??? He explained that because she's a multiple, she's compared to the other babies and it looks like she's not doing well, when in all actuality, if she were a singleton, we wouldn't have anyone to compare her to and we'd think she was doing just fine. So, I'm going to stop worrying so much about her being small and except the fact that she's probably going to be my small kid. Mia has the sweetest smile and loves to snuggle. She's got a weak cry and she growls when she's trying to talk. She just had another surgery to have her airway stretched and it was very successful. She's much louder now. The doctor told us she shouldn't need the procedure done again unless she gets sick &/or starts having trouble breathing. She rolls all over the place. She's reaching for things and can put her pacifier back in her mouth when it falls out. She chews on her hands a lot, I think she's trying to cut a tooth. She will respond when you say her name. She's getting lots of brown hair and it's getting longer. Her eyes are hazel.

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