Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Our first trip to the park..................

and the babies loved it!!!!!! They absolutely loved the swings, that is except for Matty! He is still too small-he almost slides through the leg openings! We had a great time walking around and playing on the swings!!!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Pictures from today

Katie, Austin, Emma, Matthew. Matty is really starting to fill out-I think he's starting to look more like Austin every day. It's so nice to see the 0-3 month clothes actually get a little tighter on him!!!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Friday, May 11, 2007

My Mother's Day Present..............

Nicholas came home from school today sooo excited! He brought home his present for me and could not keep it till Sunday! He was so excited to give me my "prize". He traced the letters, "Mother's Day 2007" on a painted clay pot, and helped his teacher plant the flower inside. I absolutely love it and just about cried when he gave it to me..............he is the best, well one of the best seven children I have!!!!

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Here is our new "ride"!

It doesn't get better than this, right???? 12 passenger Ford E350 van..........oh, life is good! haha. But, I drove it tonight, and it was soo nice to get out of the house with the kids by myself. So, even though it is enormous, our family needs it! So, you all will see us coming when we drive down the street!

6 months!

So, we went to the Ped on Monday for the babies' 6 month check up! These are the weights:

Matthew 10 lbs 22 1/4 inches
Kaitlin 12.8 lbs 23 3/4 inches
Emma 13.8 lbs 24 inches
Austin 17 lbs 25 3/4 inches

They are all doing great. And all, except Matty ofcourse, are showing up on a "regular" growth chart for a normal, full-term six month old! Kaitlin is in the less than 5th%, but still showing up! That is great for premature babies! I know I've said this before, but I am so proud of these four babies.

Matty is doing wonderful. He is a different baby than before his surgery. No more spit up, no more constant fussing, and no more endless crying. He is eating more than ever. Before surgery, I was lucky if he ate 2-3 ounces. Now, he will eat 5-6 ounces, then within an hour, he is crying for more! Watch out, Austin!!!!!

Saturday, May 5, 2007

Look how they have grown!

The first pic was taken 12/31/06, before Katie girl came home from the NICU. But this pic (taken tonight) is taken on the same chair-look how much they have grown in 5 months! With them being around me every day, I know they are growing, but I haven't realized how much they have grown!!!!!!!!!!!!! The old pic shows Austin, Emma, and Matty. The new pic shows (in birth order) Matty, Emma, Katie, and 4 big pumpkins!

Matty is home!

Yes, we picked Matthew up this afternoon from CHOP! We are so glad to have him home with us. He weighs 9 lbs 9 oz (he lost a bunch of weight when he wasn't able to eat for 5 days) but he is slowly putting it back on. As you can see from the picture, Matthew wears 0-3 month clothes, while our "meatball" Austin wears 6-9 month clothes! I can't believe they turned 6 months old on the 3rd!!!!
We go for our 6 month checkup on Monday-I'll post their weights afterwards!!!
Yay-Matty is home and everyone is together!!!

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Busy, busy, busy..............

Oh, I hope things calm down soon! It's been a crazy few weeks! Matty is doing well! He began feeding yesterday, and is tolerating it great! He is up to an ounce every 3 hours, and they expect him to be at 2 ounces tomorrow! So, we are thinking we should have him home soon. (These pics are from Tuesday night-he was smiling away-so happy!) As I was visiting Matty on Tuesday, I realized that the patients in the next area near Matty were actually conjoined twins!!! I was really trying to sneak a peek, but I couldn't. From what I heard from the nurse, they are attached at the chest and will be having surgery. Seeing or hearing something like that, just really puts things into perspective-you know, even with everything these babies have been through, things could always be worse. KWIM?
Anyway, Katie came home last night! Interventional Radiology put a new MIC-KEY button feeding tube in her yesterday morning. She recovered well, and is tolerating her new feeding system great.
Austin and Emma are doing great. Actually all the babies are rolling from their backs to bellies already! It's amazing to see them roll all around the floor! They are starting to recognize each other, and they coo so much and soooo loud! Austin loves to imitate you-so cute! Katie is really starting to coo, also. It's been harder for her b/c of her floppy throat, but she really is getting vocal now, much more than before. I'm so proud of each and every one of them...............I sound just like a gushy mom, huh?