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. ❤️
Three years ago today, we brought our precious only boy quint home from the NICU. That moment, this day, is one of those memories that you never forget. Throughout my pregnancy and at the beginning of our long NICU stay, I honestly didn’t know if we’d bring any of the quints home, so when the day finally arrived to take Brant home I was overcome with so many emotions. I was overjoyed, overwhelmed, scared, excited, thankful, and so, so, so blessed to name a few.
Our NICU days are a distant memory now. But I will never forget how amazing everyone in the Baylor NICU were to us. I’m forever grateful to everyone single person who worked with, cared for, and loved our quints. ❤️
This picture popped up on my Facebook newsfeed today. And there is a big part of me that wishes for just a few minutes to go back and snuggle my little guy because he’s not so little anymore. He’s all boy, full of laughter and mischief. He has the most adorable wink and smile. I’m thankful for how far Brant has come since the day we brought him home. He has filled our lives with so much happiness and love. 💙
Another March for Babies is in the books. We have been participating in this event since the quints have been home from the NICU (2015 was our first year because they quints were in the NICU in 2014). The first year we went to Longview, TX for the actual walk, last year we were rained out, and this year we went to Shreveport, LA for the walk. In the past we have had team shirts made, but this year I took easy route and didn’t design shirts. We just have too much going on and I really didn’t want to deal with it. So Steven, the kids and I all wore our NICU Reunion shirts. Kristian and Gavin went with us so they wore one of the shirts from the past walks.
We woke up early, loaded up, and headed to Louisiana. This was the quints first trip to Louisiana. When we got to Shreveport we couldn’t find the event. So we were 30 minutes late and when we finally arrived everyone was starting the race. 😩 So we walked about.16 of a mile and called it quits when we started meeting other walkers coming back to the finish line. 😂 It was fun though. The kids got to jump in the bounce house and climb in a fire truck.
So far we’ve raised $317!!! It’s still not too late to donate. Every little bit helps babies born too early.
This past Friday Rayleigh and Mia had a checkup with the GI specialist in Dallas. As most of you know, all four of our girls came home from the NICU with g-tubes due to aspirating and issues with feeding from being premature. Well last year, Gracie and Tessa were doing great eating on their own and the doctor decided they would do fine without their g-tubes. He was right, they have done amazing and have grown well on their own. This past year Rayleigh has started eating better and was using her g-tube less and less. At our last checkup in November I just knew he was going to take hers out too but she hadn’t gained enough weight plus it was winter and he doesn’t typically take out tubes during the winter months because that’s when kids get sick the most. I’ll admit, I was so disappointed. I guess I had convinced myself she was ready and he’d take it out and when it didn’t happen I was a little sad. But, God is always teaching me lessons, and the doctor was right, she wasn’t 100% ready and I’m glad everything worked out the way it did because when she had her tonsils removed we were able to feed her and keep her hydrated with the tube. After her recovery, we stopped using the tube and let her eat and drink on her own. She’s done well and on Friday the doctor decided she was ready to fly solo. I’m so proud of Rayleigh. She has come so far in 3 years.
So now Mia is the only quint with a g-tube, and that’s okay. Yes, I wish she could eat enough to be healthy and thrive on her own but she’s not ready yet, so we will continue to be patient and get her the help she needs to be successful. She uses her tube twice a day. She is offered 3 meals and at least 2 snacks a day; sometimes she eats well and sometimes she doesn’t. Mia has come a long way and I’m so proud of her progress. She’s such a tough little girl.
Mia in green…Rayleigh in pink.
As always, we’re so thankful to have our Tom.
Mia was loving life and so happy to keep her g-tube. Rayleigh on the other hand, was not happy about not having her tube anymore. I should have taken pictures before the appointment when R was happy.
Mia’s facial expressions crack me up.
I finally got a few smiles out of Rayleigh at Pappadeaux.
My sweet girl has come so far and we are so proud of her.
Yummy crab cake.
Love these two sweet girls.
Please continue to keep Mia in your prayers. The GI doctor put her back on medicine to try to help with her appetite and so far it seems to be helping.
Hey y’all! It’s Thanksgiving week! I seriously can’t believe Thanksgiving is just the day after tomorrow. We have enjoyed being off from school and having so many of our family members home (most of our family works in the school setting). The kids have enjoyed getting out of the house and visiting with everyone. Tomorrow night everyone will come over here for a Mexican feast and games. We always have the best time when the whole family is together.
Last Thursday was Wold Prematurity Day so of course I had to show off my 29 weekers (and big brother too).
Last Friday, the Cardinals won the second round of the football playoffs and are Area Champs! So proud of our guys, they all played a great game! On to round 3!
So something big happened this weekend at our house; the boys are officially room mates. We bought a full size bed for them to share and they now sleep together. Brant doesn’t like going to sleep but once he is asleep they do fine. I’ll post pictures of the room makeover once I have everything just the way I want it.
Saturday was our first Thanksgiving meal with Steven’s family. It was nice to visit and let everyone see the kids.
I took Brant, Gracie, Rayleigh, and Mia to the ENT doctor yesterday. All four of them have tubes in their ears and it was time to have the tubes checked out and make sure they were still working properly. Thankfully everyone’s ears looked good but Rayleigh’s tonsils are really large, so large that the ENT doc said we needed to get them out so next Thursday she will have surgery to have her tonsils and adenoids removed so please keep her in your prayers.
Here’s a few random, yet funny pictures to put a smile on your face.
Tomorrow I plan to take you on a home tour of our Thanksgiving decorations. I plan to put our Christmas tree up this weekend….that should be interesting.