I took Brady on his first water park adventure and he had a blast! My boy is fearless and he loves the water!
|Brady loved the water park.|
|Kristian and Gavin went with us.|
|The best way to beat the heat is to eat Dippin Dots!!|
|BJ, BL, G, M, T, R|
|I just can't get enough of Gracie's pig tails...that are so adorable!|
|I love this big crazy family of mine!|
|Thank the Lord for giving me an even number of kids!|
We also took the quints to the splash pad for the first time. Rayleigh, Brant, and Gracie loved it. Mia and Tessa weren't big fans. But we had a good time!
We celebrated 3 NICU Homecomings this month: Mia, Gracie, and Rayleigh!!
Brady took swim lessons with Ms. Monica.
We took a family trip to Hot Springs, AR to play at Magic Springs. My best friend, Jessica, met us there with her two kids. It was a wonderful day spent went my wonderful family and one of my oldest and bestest friends!!!
|With this crew...it's always a good time!|
|Brady was loving him so biscuits and gravy from Cracker Barrel.|
|Magic Springs with my big guys.|
|My little monkey.|
|Steven was good sport and rode the rides with the kids.|
|Steven, Brady, & Rhett|
|The beautiful Miss Mary Ella|
|Rhett & Brady|
|This guy was wore out after a fun day in the sun!|
We finally took the whole family out to eat for the first time. We ate at Chick-fil-A and all six kids did great. Gracie loved the chicken nuggets and waffle fries. Brant at some too. Mia, Tessa, and Rayleigh just enjoyed being out of the house. And of course, Brady loved it!
|Waking up from such good sleep is never fun for any of us...thankfully she didn't stay upset for too long.|
|By the time we got to the car, she was all smiles.|
What's Happening with the Six Sweet Seals this month.....
Brady loves summertime. He loves to play in the water. I've taken him to two water parks this month and he had a blast both times. He enjoyed Magic Springs also, he's fearless when it comes to riding rides. He took swim lessons and did okay. His behavior was terrible, he wouldn't obey his teacher and he wouldn't sit still long enough to learn anything. Hopefully he'll do better next year. I think it was a good experience for him and I want him be comfortable and safe around water. Brady is completely potty trained when it comes to peeing in the potty. Pooping is a different story! I don't know what to do to get him to poop in the potty. He is so difficult sometimes! And, finally, I've saved the best for last..... Brady is now sleeping in his own room in his toddler bed!!!!! Hallelujah!!!! Before I left for Dallas for my hospital bed rest, Brady slept in his crib in his room. After I left, he started sleeping with Steven and/or whoever was keeping him for us. When we finally brought all the babies home, they slept in their cribs in their rooms, but not Brady, he was in our bed. It was awful! He is a crazy sleeper and even when the quints would sleep, we were still up because Brady was all over the bed. I attempted to get him to sleep in his room several months back, with no luck. So I brought his mattress in our bedroom and put in on the floor beside our bed. He did good sleeping in our room. But, it was time to get him out and into his own room. He didn't have a bed time in our room. He stayed up as late as we stayed up and he's too young to not have a set bed time each night. So, while Steven was out of town for a week, I decided to bite the bullet and lay down the law! It was a rough couple of nights, but we have stuck to our guns this time and he's doing it! He takes his naps in his room and sleeps at night! I'm so proud of him! And I'm so proud we have our bedroom back to ourselves!! Oh, and I have a proud mama moment to share... Brady has memorized 5 bible verses!!!! My best friend, Jessica, told me about a book she bought and read with her kids; it's a bible verse for each letter of the alphabet. Her two kids ages 5 and 3 and memorized all 26 verses!! I decided to try it out with Brady and I am amazed at how well he's doing! He loves the stories and is memorizing the memory verses quicker than I expected him to! I'm so proud of him!!!
|Playing at the park.|
|This sure is a beautiful sight! He's being a big boy and sleeping in his bed in HIS room!|
|Sure love my little big guy.|
|Having cookies at the library.|
|He's all boy...he loves to run, climb, and jump around everywhere.|
The quints turned 16 months on the 18th. And I'm excited to announce that all five of them are walking now!!! They all started walking by 15 months, which is within the normal range of toddlers!! I didn't think Mia was going to meet the milestone by 15 months, but a couple of days before they turned 16 months, get did it! Now they are all walking around everywhere! It is so amazing to see five toddlers walking around. It also kind-of makes me sad, they're getting to the point where they hardly crawl anymore which means my days of having crawling babies everywhere are just about over. :( It's so sad how fast they grow up! They also like to climb. Brant is especially bad about climbing. He can climb on anything! Brant can also open our doors. We found him in our garage one day just walking around. We have to keep our doors locked now. We also have a security system so the doors chime when someone opens them, so that helps us keep up with who's coming in and out. The quints love to pull the laundry off the couch when you're folding clothes. You have to hurry up and put the folded clothes away or they'll pull them off and unfold them. They also like to play a little game called Monkey See, Monkey Do. For some reason, they like to hit their head against our entertainment center. When I correct one and move them away to get them to stop, a different baby will crawl over to the entertainment center and start banging their head! It's the craziest thing ever! They are all sleeping well during the night, which is such a blessing! They have all been healthy since the first week in July when they had strep. They enjoy playing in water and getting to go outside. We stay inside most of the time because it is SO hot outside right now. We have been getting them out a little bit more lately. We surprised my mom and my grandmother by showing up to their house to visit and play. They rarely get to go to other people's houses so that was a big deal.
Here's their weights at their last weigh-in (about 2.5 weeks ago):
Tessa: 20lb 4.5oz
Brant: 19lb 2.5oz
Rayleigh: 19lb 12oz
Tessa is our first 20 pounder!!!!!
|They love playing on the school bus.|
|Eating noodles is fun and messy!!|
Gracie & Brant
|Tessa & Mia|
|Mia & Rayleigh|
|We can't always be happy!|
|Brady & Mia|
|Mia & Gracie|
|Supporting Team Paula!!|
|Crazy hair day for Mia|
|Tessa, Gracie, & Brant|
|Mia practicing drinking from a sippy cup.|
|Rayleigh drinking from a baby bottle.|
|Gracie and Tessa playing with Daddy.|
|Rayleigh, Gracie, & Brant playing on big brother's bed.|
|A table full of blessings!|
|Brant can open doors now.|
|Gracie Lou Whoooooo!!!|
I LOVE this picture of her... priceless!