Jacob's aunt Diane was in this weekend from Seattle and finally got to meet the babies. It was great to see her again and loved having the extra set of hands around for the day. I picked up the outfits to be used in the St. Patrick's Day photo shoot (coming soon;) and also found a pack of moustaches that I just couldn't resist putting on the boys--they'll hate me later for these pictures but I found it absolutely hilarious! These were just a couple quick shots Amy and I took with them so I'm sure they'll show up again in future pictures.
We thought this day would never come!! For the last week or so the babies have all been sleeping through the night. Occassionally Jade will wake up around 4:30 and need to take a few ounces but for the most part they sleep!! I know what everyone is wondering...what do you consider sleeping through the night;)...let me give you the rundown of a typical day! ( I hope to get a video of our nightly routine soon!)
We start "Tops and Tails" ...they get their tops and bottoms cleaned or a full bath depending on what night it is. Routine is usually me wiping them down and getting them dressed in their sleepers then handing them off to someone else to feed.
All babies are usually fed by now and are getting swaddled and taken upstairs. They go down in their crib awake with the white noise playing and usually don't require being settled at all. They are all really good about putting themselves to sleep! This is usually the only time Jacob and I have to ourselves so we typically get things cleaned up, make bottles, and get ready for the next day once the babies are down. We usually make it to bed ourselves around 11:00 PM.
4:30 - 6:30 AM
Typically Jade wakes up at least once during this time frame. Sometimes she won't go back to sleep without taking a couple ounces of a bottle but sometimes she will.
Jacob and I see how many times we can hit the snooze button :)
7:00 AM at the latest
Jacob and I are both up getting ready for the day. I like to be dressed and ready for work before the babies get up--much easier that way! Jacob has to leave by 7:20 at the latest in order to get to work in time (7:40).
Babies start waking up ...volunteers starting coming in around 8:30 AM as well to help me and my mom get them dressed and fed. The babies are so happy and hungry in the morning it makes for a quick feed!
9:00 - 9:30 AM
First feed of the day is usually finished. The babies like to stay awake for a while after this feed and "play". The boys usually convince someone to cuddle them to sleep too;)
I leave the house for work and the second round of volunteers start showing up.
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Jacob and I are at work and things at home are run by my mom and local volunteers. I can't explain to you how grateful I am at the generosity of the people who i used to consider complete strangers. If it wasn't for them --and my mom of course :) -- it wouldn't be possible for me to go back to work!
4:00 - 8:00 PM
Jacob, my mom, myself, and occassionally some volunteers, get some "down" time (haha...i laugh calling it down time because it isn't down time at all but you know what i mean!) We eat supper, get a workout in, play with the babies, watch some TV, get Lexi's homework done, etc... before it all starts all over again!
Yesterday Jacob and I both had to take off work to take all 5 babies to the doctor for their 4 month checkup. It took 2.5 hours to get them all weighed, measured and shots. Unfortunately my camera died at the appointment so I only have a few pictures--that'll teach me to charge it more often. They were all on the curve for where a 4month old baby should be--it was great news to see that they are on track for thier birthdate instead of their due date. Kensley was so long that she measured in the 25th percentile for babies her age-she might be the basketball player her dad was hoping for!!
The last couple of nights have gone really well with the babies sleeping longer!! They ate around 9:00 pm last night, put in bed around 10:00 and didn't wake up to eat until about 4:30am! Leighton even made it longer--not eating until abot 6:30 am. They are all doing so well with getting closer to making it through the night. I posted this weeks pictures--they are all changing and growing so fast:)
See these pictures larger on the page titled Looking Back.