Hannah, Lauren, Tyler and Tanner
are 6 months old!!!
|Babies in birth order A-D: Lauren, Tyler, Tanner & Hannah|
It's fun to watch the different developments simultaneously in all four of them. They are four amazing miracles and I love each one so individually and so fiercely. I can't imagine our life without any of them. Precious, just precious gifts from God. These are snapshots of who each person is these days:
Hannah, you are such a sweetheart! And boy, what a personality! We still call you our "Diva", which is funny because you have been our "Diva" since day 1 in the NICU! All that means, my dear, is that you don't try to hide how you feel and I love that about you. When you are happy you smile the gummiest, happiest, most infectious smile. And when you are upset, mad, or hungry, you cry like the world is going to end. Oh. my. goodness. you. cry. Hard. Thankfully, most of the time you are a very happy little girl. Gone are the days where you were always fussy in the evening. Most of the time you really only cry when hungry, bored, tired, or in pain. We kind of overdose you on prune juice right now because when you get constipated--- oh my. Hannah, you have improved so much in tummy time skills in the last 2 weeks! Suddenly the past 2 weeks you have been rolling on your side, and then two days ago you learned how to roll over. During tummy time you do very well and hold your head up for nice amounts of time or roll yourself over. On your back, you like holding your hands and like putting your feet up in the air. You also have taken a liking to a soft lovey, you love grabbing it and putting it (and anything else!) in your mouth. You talk and coo with fresh, bright eyes and love to socialize with others. You are so beautiful and we are just so glad you are our baby. You've come a long way, sweet girl.
|Tyler (can I just say I LOVE this picture?!?)|
Life sometimes seems redundant, but schedules keep things nice & predictable, which decreases stress and makes the house run more smooth for all. I for one, think schedules are- the. best. thing. ever! Don't get me wrong, my times are give or take an hour always. But, overall, our schedule right now is:
7:30- Jenna wakes us up every morning bright and eager to start the day. Get her ready, fed, etc.
8:30- wake babies up & bottle feed (yes, I said wake them up... they could sleep even longer!!!)
9:30-10:30- play time, change babies clothes (this takes a while and it's a good opportunity to have some 1:1 time with each baby!), followed by babies nap
12:00- wake babies up & bottle feed
1:00-2:00 play time, then nap for at least an hour
3:00- wake babies up & bottle feed
4-5 play time, then nap for at least an hour
5:30 family dinner
6:00 wake babies up & bottle feed
7-8 play time, then nap
9:00 wake babies up & bottle feed. Swaddle/sleeper sack them and put down for bed. All kids sleep a SOLID 11 hours at night. Good, good, good babies!!!
It has been a whirlwind last year, especially the last 6 months. But daily we continue to praise Jesus for four healthy babies!!! We love our fab 5 so much and couldn't imagine our life any other way. We pray daily that the kids remain healthy, our marriage remains strong, and that God continues to help us faithfully & cheerfully handle the gifts we have been given. God is good.