Category Archives: mom of multiples

Tessa’s Homecoming Day

Three years ago we brought our sweet Tessa home from the NICU. Which meant we had 2 babies home (Brant and Tessa) and three in the NICU (Mia, Gracie, and Rayleigh). Having two babies at home was busier but not so bad. My family was amazing and came out to Dallas to stay at home (actually Paula & Dave’s home) with Brant and Tessa so that during the day I could still go to check on the other 3 in the NICU.
Our NICU didn’t allow us to bring babies back after they had been released.

It was also during this time when Rayleigh got so sick. And by sick I don’t mean a little cold, I honestly thought she was going to die. It was the scariest time in my entire life. I was so happy and thankful we were able to have 2 babies home but on the flip side I was on the brink of losing my mind over the thought of losing Rayleigh. But as we know, everything worked out and we eventually came home with all 5 of our quints.

Tessa is my loud child, and by loud I mean really, really, really loud (I seriously could keep going with the reallys). She’s so animated when she talks, its hysterical. She tells the best stories, most of the time we don’t understand what she’s saying but she thinks it’s funny and laughs at herself which makes everyone else laugh too. She is my girly-girl and loves to dress up and have her hair done and she always wants a bow in her hair. Tessa has brought us so much joy, laughter, and love. ❀️


Happy 3rd Homecoming Day Tessa!

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Be blessed,
Michelle

 

Random Pictures

On my Facebook page I’ve been playing a Guess Who game with old pictures of the quints. It’s been so fun to read everyone’s guesses. And I have loved going through pictures of when the kids were little. Well, technically they’re still little but they are growing up so fast and have changed so much. So here’s a few of oldies for you to enjoy as well as some new pictures.

Gracie Lou

My girls πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—

G, R, M, T

Brant and Tessa

Mia


Here’s some recent pictures. 😊

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Be blessed,
Michelle

Camping Trip–Day 3

Sorry for dragging this very short trip out but with all the pictures I am sharing, one post would have been massive. So here we go with Day 3.

Sunday we got up and went to church in Broken Bow. It was raining that morning and rain was in the forecast all day but thankfully after lunch it was clear so we headed out to have some more fun. We took a train ride through the park, road go-carts, and spent some time by the river before the rain made us leave. We were so thankful for the nice weather so we could have some fun out of the cabin.


Ready to go to church and this guy was being a weirdo. πŸ˜‚
Gosh I sure love him. ❀️


So I was in charge of packing and I did a great job except for the fact I forgot to pack myself any shoes. The only shoes I had were the ones on my feet! So I had to wear these old flip flops to church with my dress. πŸ™ˆπŸ˜¬πŸ˜Ÿ


My cuties all ready for church. This was their first time in a church other than ours and they did so well.



We had the sweetest conductor for our train ride. He was in awe of the quints and of course big brother too.






Seems like lately in every picture we take that someone has their finger in their nose.
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While on the train, the conductor threw corn and the squirrels and deer came right up to the track to eat.





The kids loved playing in the water at the river.
















Nana and Pop’s with all the grandkids.











Then we road go-carts.


Brant loves to dance.

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I know I’ve said this on every post but we really had so much fun! The kids did so good and enjoyed everything we did.

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Be blessed,

Michelle

New Beds for our Girlies

It is official, we no longer have babies in the Seals house. Last Friday Steven took all the cribs down and we gave them away. They were replaced with 4 twin beds for each of our little sweethearts. Gracie and Mia share a room and Rayleigh and Tessa share a room. (Brady and Brant share a room.)

Here’s a look at the beds. Once I have the rooms decorated I’ll take you on a tour. πŸ˜‰


So far, the girls have done great sleeping in their new beds. I was concerned it would be a difficult transition but they have surprised me, in a good way. πŸ˜€

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Be blessed,

Michelle

Kids in the Kitchen WeekΒ 

First off….

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈHappy Memorial Day!πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

Today we remember all the men and women who have fought and made sacrifices for our country so we can enjoy our freedoms. Thank you! πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έβ€οΈ


Last week was the kickoff week to The Seals Summer Fun Theme Weeks. Our first theme was Kids in the Kitchen where we had fun making fun and tasty new recipes. In addition to our fun theme, we also incorporated learning activities. Last week we focused on colors, shapes, and the letters A & B.

Monday:

We made Munchy Madness Sandwiches. The kids enjoyed making the sandwiches more than they enjoyed eating the sandwiches.

All you need to make Munch Madness Sandwiches is: bread, peanut butter, bananas, raisins, and honey. Layer, combine, and enjoy. (We refrigerated ours for about an hour before we ate them.)

My main goal is for the kids to haveΒ fun whileΒ working on following directions, working on hand/eye coordination, and trying new foods.

Tessa loved the sandwich, Brady wouldn’t even try it πŸ™„, Brant ate the bananas 🍌, Gracie took everything off and ate the bread with peanut butter, Mia took two bites, and Rayleigh nibbled a few bites.









We read books…


We work on colors, shapes, and letters.




Tuesday

We made Protein Cookies.

Here’s the recipe.

The kids love to help me cook. And I enjoy involving them in these cooking activities.


On Wednesday we skipped cooking and went to the dentist, the mall to play, and bowling. All of us were worn out by the time we got home. Oh and we went to church that night.


Thursday

Thursday mornings are pancake day at the Seals house. So I let the kids help me make Ultimate Chocolate Chip Pancakes. The recipe is on the back of the Bisquick box.

I try to make learning fun for Brady. When he gets tired, we stop.

Friday

We skipped our cooking activity and the kids played outside all morning. Then they went to Nana’s house while their big girl beds were delivered and assembled. I’ll do a separate post on the beds. πŸ˜‰


It was a fun week and a great way to start the summer. We didn’t do everything we’d planned for the week but that’sΒ okay. We still have plenty of time to get to everything I have planned. My motto this summer is no rules. We are just going with the flow and aren’t going to worry about having to do everything right on time.

Happy Summertime!!!!πŸŒΊπŸŒžπŸ’¦πŸ–πŸβ›±

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Be blessed,

Michelle

Our Crazy Busy MorningΒ 

So if you read my post yesterday, then you already know we had an early morning. I don’t know what possessed me to make the kids dentist appointment for 7:30AM 😳 but I did. Steven got me out of bed when he left for work. I got ready then got the kids ready, all before 7am. I’m happy to report, we were on time for our appointment!! πŸŽ‰

The good thing about our 7:30am appointment is that we walked right back to get our teeth cleaned. And we were the only people there so we had the whole place to ourselves. Brady, Brant, and Tessa were amazing! They let both the hygienist and dentist do everything they needed to do. Mia had to sit up while the hygienist cleaned her teeth but she did great. Rayleigh and Gracie were scared. Both eventually, willingly, got their teeth cleaned but did not get X-rays. I was really proud of them for being so brave. The best news is that everyone has healthy teeth!!! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ No cavities!!!

I love how Brant is holding on to the chair for dear life. πŸ˜‚


After we left the appointment we headed to the mall to play and eat breakfast.

Rayleigh was playing dentist and checking Gracie’s teeth. Gracie was really proud of her clean teeth. 😁


Then we went bowling!!!

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​The kids all fought over who got to sit over the vent.

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It was an action packed morning and fun was had by all! I noticed on our newΒ appointment card that our next appointment was also scheduled for 7:30am. 😱 I called yesterdayΒ afternoon and had that changed to 9am. πŸ˜‰


If you live in the Texarkana area, I highly recommend Pediatric Dentistry of Texarkana. Everyone is so nice and friendly. They take excellent care of kids and don’t force kids to do anything they aren’t comfortable with; they work hard to not scare kids (and that’s really important to me because I want my kids to feel comfortable with their dentist). We have always had a good experience with Dr. Glass and Dr. Bunch. 😁


And a special thank you to Katie and Tom for all their help yesterday! You ladies are the best! ❀️

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Be blessed,

Michelle