|Happy Quad Mamas!|
L-R: Amber S, Ashley M, Krista L, Amber B & Becky
This group of ladies NORMALIZED what I was going through as I progressed with my HOM pregnancy. Although I was experiencing something completely new and scary, not only did God truly step in and calm my fears, but in a very tangible way these ladies also did that! They were kind, gracious, truthful, supportive and caring. They knew how to answer my questions better than anyone else could (even my doctor at times), because they had been exactly in my shoes! They gave me hope and wisdom and let me know I was not alone.
Words simply cannot express how much these ladies, whom I had never met, mean to me.
While walking through this journey, there were a few other wide-eyed mamas-to-be that were exactly where I was, finding themselves pregnant with HOM's, excited, scared, baffled, overjoyed but worried. I immediately connected with some of them. We virtually held each others' hands as we navigated the crazy pregnancy, birth & NICU struggles. We cheered & commiserated with each other, we prayed for each other, and navigated the early baby x 4 lifestyle together. Amber B, Amber S, and Krista are bloggers too, so we followed each other's blogs and got to know each other in this way also. As our friendships grew, we personally connected. We would call, text, and write to each other. I remember texting and talking to Amber & Krista with random questions like, "how much formula to water ratio are you putting in your pitcher?" and they would ask me random questions like what times my kids' naps were that day or how a new sippy cup was working out. While I felt like I knew some of these ladies very closely and our friendships had become "personal", I have never met a one of them!!! We all felt that needed to change.
I wish I could meet all the sweet ladies in our group. Some day, I think it would be amazing to meet all of them in a huge, conference-center-style QM retreat! In the meantime, those of us that already were talking regularly (as in, daily!) stared the
|First time seeing everyone "IRL". L-R from top: Amber S, Krista, Becky, Griselda; Bottom: Amber B, Ashley|
|Lunch in Austin, Texas. |
Tally= 6 moms, 29 kids. Bam.
Andy was skeptical. "What if you don't like them? What if they are not what you expected? What if someone is psycho?" were a few of his questions. I pushed the questions aside, knowing in my gut we already had a strong friendship despite us never meeting "IRL" (in real life) and our connections being behind a screen.
When I first saw Ashley & Krista at the airport, we ran into each other's arms. When we arrived at the condo, everyone hugged, & jumped up and down. I must admit, it was a little surreal finally meeting these amazing women in person. Amber B, being the sweetie she is, gave each of us a personalized box of beautiful cookies & a goodie bag when we met. I am not kidding when I say these are the best sugar cookies I have ever had! They are actually made by a friend of Amber's who has triplets. Check out her Facebook link here! We then started gabbing. And gabbing. And we did not shut up all weekend long.
No worries, Andy. No worries. In person, all we did was solidify and grow our friendships even stronger!!!
|Hanging out! Yes, I still love wearing my "Expecting Quadruplets" shirt with leggings. |
It makes me smile but a girl commented on it when we went shopping one afternoon.
Girl: "Oh my gosh, you are pregnant with quadruplets?!?!?"
Me: (laugh) "Oh, Heavens no! The shirt is old. They are almost 2 now."
|Unfortunately, Griselda (on R) started feeling sick Friday afternoon and decided to return home Friday night. We were so bummed to see her go, but it was still great to get to know her in person!|
|Wine Tasting in Gruene!|
|This is amazing: Amber and Krista are actually relaxing!! And reading magazines!!!|
|Ashley & Amber reading magazines and sittin' pretty!|
On Saturday night, not wanting our day to end, Krista, Amber S & I decided to do a "mini spa"- which consisted of a bath foot soak from Amber B's goody bag and
sticky face gel- whoops, I mean cucumber face masks. The face mask did NOT want to come off, but we all had a good laugh! We finished our night eating cookie doh and chatting on our beds until late night. I did NOT want the weekend to end!
|Soaking our feet and wearing face masks. This completely reminded me of my middle school sleepovers, just without the late night ,"Who do you like?" sleeping bag discussions!|
|...And eating cookie doh & chatting in bed on the last night. We didn't want the weekend to end!|
|Quad Moms or Second Grade School Girls? |
We might be the former, but felt like the latter!
Of course, it was great to return home and see my crew. It was nice to hold Jenna & the babies, nice to be with Andy, nice to be home. But this definitely will not be our last get together, it's only just begun!
Now when I talk about my fellow quad-mom friends, I can genuinely say they are near and dear to my heart. I love these ladies!!! I am so glad they are in my life.
It's good to have people walk the journey with you.