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Brant’s Homecoming Day

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. 💙



Happy Homecoming Day Brant!!!

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Be blessed,

Michelle

Mother’s Day 2017

I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother’s Day! I hope your day was full of lots of love and laughter.

My Mother’s Day weekend didn’t go as planned. Late Wednesday night, a young lady from our community passed away in an automobile accident. She was so beautiful, inside and out, and just the sweetest person ever. My heart is broken for her family. I can’t imagine their pain. During her funeral all I could think of was her mama. I can’t think of anything worse than losing one of my babies. It was so heartbreaking.

You know friends, I’ve seen lots of posts on social media about moms wishing to get a day off on Mother’s Day or a vacation that day to get away from their kids, and I can honestly say that’s the last thing I want. Tomorrow isn’t promised to me or Steven or any of my six kids. On Mother’s Day, I want to see their sweet little faces and hear their cute voices when they say “Happy Mother’s Day”. I want to feel their hugs and kisses. Moms, we must always cherish every little moment with our children. None of us know if this Mother’s Day will be our last Mother’s Day with one of our children. It’s so important for all of us to make each day count. Live life to the fullest. Enjoy every phase of their lives, the good, the bad, and even the toddler years (times 5)!!!


My Mother’s Day was very low-key. We went to church and then Steven grilled steaks for lunch. Afterwards, we all took naps, well, they slept and I blogged.

I’m so thankful for Brady, Mia, Tessa, Brant, Gracie, and Rayleigh. I’m thankful God chose me to be their mama. Being their mama is the hardest job I’ve ever had. They wear me out, they frustrate me, they drive me crazy, but I can’t imagine my life without all six of them in it! They fill my life with so much love and joy and it is a honor to be their mama.


Brady Boo

He is my rainbow baby. After three heartbreaking miscarriages I was losing hope of ever having my own baby. Thank you Lord for blessing me with this sweet little boy. I love him with all my heart. 🌈

The Quints….

They are my surprise babies. I never would have imagined I’d carry and give birth to quintuplets, but my God is able! I’m so thankful for these 5 little surprises. They make life so fun!

Mia

Tessa

Brant

Gracie

Rayleigh

My greatest blessings call me Mama!

Sunday night after church we went out to eat pizza. Mia and I had fun taking selfies.

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Be blessed,

Michelle

The Quint’s 3 Year Update

Last Friday we took Mia, Tessa, Brant, Gracie, and Rayleigh to the doctor for their 3 year checkup. They are all healthy and thriving! The doctor was very pleased with their progress and so are we. I am so thankful they are doing so well. The doctor talked about how by the ages of 3 to 4 years old most premature kids usually catch up with other kids their age and we are seeing that with our quints. Here’s an update on each one:


Mia Danielle: 

Birth Weight: 2lbs 10oz         Birth Height: 14.9in

Current Weight: 25lbs           Current Height: 34 3/4in

Individual update: Mia is staying strong on her growth curve. She’s very small, but the doctors don’t seem too concerned about it. I honestly think she’s going to be small like me. She’s in the 2nd percentile for weight and 4th percentile for height. Last week we were treating her for an ear infection and when the doctor looked in her ears, he said the infection was getting better. Mia is the only quint who still has a feeding tube. She gets 2 feedings a day through the tube on top of her meals and snacks.  Overall, she’s doing great and we’re pleased with her progress!


Tessa Suzanne:

Birth Weight: 2lbs 14oz         Birth Height: 16.5in

Current Weight: 28lbs           Current Height: 35in

Individual update: Tessa has always been one of the biggest quints, the girl likes to eat. She’s in the 20th percentile for weight and 6th percentile for height. We are very pleased with her growth!


Brant Lee:

Birth Weight: 3lbs 6oz             Birth Height: 15.7in

Current Weight: 27lbs             Current Height: 36in

Individual update: Brant just doesn’t like to eat. It is like pulling teeth to try to feed him. He likes to take a bite and run off then come back for another bite. Or he’ll stuff his mouth full and have to spit everything out. It’s so frustrating dealing with him when he’s eating. That being said, he’s now in the 5th percentile for weight and 10th percentile for height. Overall, he’s healthy we just have to get him to eat more so he’ll grow big and strong.


Gracie Lou:

Birth Weight: 2lbs 7oz             Birth Height: 15.3in

Current Weight: 29lbs             Current Height: 36in

Individual update: Gracie was our tiniest baby at birth and now, she’s our biggest and has been our biggest for a while now. My diva girl likes to eat! She’s now in the 30th percentile in weight and 20th percentile in height. She’s doing fabulous!


Rayleigh Ann:

Birth Weight: 2lbs 8oz            Birth Height: 14in

Current Weight: 27lbs             Current Height: 35.5

Individual update: Rayleigh lost her g-tube in March and the girl is rocking life without her tube! She is in the 10th percentile for weight and 10th percentile for height. We are so proud of her for doing so well without her tube.


  • All of the quints are getting speech therapy again.
  • I asked the doctor to refer everyone for an occupational therapy evaluation to see if anyone needs therapy. It’s been a while since they all had OT and I want to make sure we stay on top of their development.
  • All the girls are completely potty trained. Brant will pee in the potty but is not pooping in the potty yet.
  • Sleeping through the night is still hit or miss. Hopefully when the girls all get their new big girl beds that will encourage them to stay in bed and sleep well. Brant usually ends up in our bed sometime during the night, most nights.
  • They all love school and are doing well. We only have a few more weeks until summer break. They will be attending the same school next year for Pre-K3.

They were born at 29 weeks 1 day gestation and considering they were born 11 weeks early, they are doing exceptionally well at this point in their lives. I am so thankful to all the doctors, nurses, and therapists who have helped us get to this point. We have been so richly blessed with the best medical care and for that we are forever grateful.

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Be blessed,

Michelle

Brady’s Big Day

Thursday was a big day for Brady. We started the day off by registering him for kindergarten!!!! I seriously can’t believe he’s starting kindergarten in the fall. On our way there he was a little nervous and wasn’t sure about this whole “big” school stuff. But once we got there and got to talking to a few people, he quickly warmed up and did great. In fact, he’s excited about going to kindergarten now. Me on the other hand, I was struggling to not cry. I don’t know why I have to be so sensitive about everything, especially when it comes to my kids, but I am. I know he’s going to be fine and do fine, it’s just a big change and change is always hard for me. But I held it together and enjoyed getting to visit with a few of my former co-workers/friends. Brady was excited that his Aunt Kayla came over to visit with him before we left.


Thursday night, Brady had his first tee ball scrimmage. I’ll be honest, we didn’t have very high expectations of his t-ball abilities. If you remember, soccer didn’t go so great. He just wanted to hang out with his coaches the whole time. Well, to our dismay, he actually tried last night and did a pretty good job. He hit the ball, ran fast, and wanted to get the ball on defense. His little team did good and I’m so proud that Brady had fun.


The quints wanted in the dugout so bad.

His first ever at-bat.

 




After the game was over, the Six Sweet Seals took the field. I didn’t think I was ever going to get them to leave.

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Even though I get a little sad that my babies are growing up so quickly, I have to say, I’m excited about this season of our lives. I see lots of fun memories being made at the ballparks. ⚾️

Be blessed,

Michelle

Hello Monday!

Hey y’all! It’s been a while since I’ve written a Hello Monday post, now that things have calmed down from the birthday party, this seems like the perfect time to get back to my normal blogging. So, here’s what we’ve been up to lately.


Steven got the playhouse set up and the kids love it! This was our birthday gift to the girls but as with everything, it ends up being for everyone. I hope we get many years of them playing in this playhouse.

I wasn’t feeling well at the end of last week so Friday I broke down and went to the clinic and got a steroid shot and a Z-pack for a sinus infection. I feel so much better!

I went consignment shopping this weekend! Got 10 items for only $104!!! I got 3 smocked dresses, 2 Polo shirts for Brady, a cute R dress for Rayleigh, as well as a couple of cute little summer dresses. I also sold some items this year so I’m hoping to get a little cash back in return. 🙂

Friday night we watched the Cardinals win their baseball game. We love supporting our Cardinals, especially our favorite Cardinal, Gage.

We love Camryn.

Saturday night we went out to eat for my stepdad’s birthday.



We got to visit with our little friend, Tucker.



Can you believe it’s April?!???? It just doesn’t seem like it should already be April. However, I’m so glad spring is finally here. I’m loving the warmer weather and all the beautiful blooms of bright green trees and colorful flowers. It’s always so nice when the kids can go outside and play rather than being stuck inside all day long.

We have a busy week ahead, the kids have a field trip, Brady has his first t-ball scrimmage, and I have to sign Brady up for kindergarten! I’m a little heartbroken about the last part, but it’s going to be okay. It just doesn’t seem real that he’s starting kindergarten in the fall!

Be blessed,

Michelle

Choo Choos & Tutus Birthday Party

For this year’s birthday party we went with choo choo’s – for the boys and tutu’s – for the girls. Brady loves trains, so of course, the quints love trains too. Because whatever Brady loves, they love too. I loved getting to decorate with lots of pink for the girls. (Now a little side note for anyone who is new to my blog…since Brady’s birthday is 3 days before the quints, we just do one big party for all six kids.)


I didn’t get too many pictures of all the decorations; here are a few to give you an idea of how it looked. And I’m really proud of myself, I finally figured out how to upload videos on my blog. I hope it works for you so you can see how everything looked and see the videos of everyone singing happy birthday to the kids.





For the food, I kept it simple this year. On the boy’s table we did cookies, Rice Krispies stop lights, pretzels, and red Hawiian Punch. On the girl’s table we had cupcakes, Rice Krispies, tutu marshmallows, chocolate covered strawberries, and water.

For the entertainment, we rented a bounce house with a slide.




This year, I made the party more about the kids so we only invited their friends from church and school. In the past it’s been mostly adults who have helped us with the kids, but now that they have friends, I wanted to make it about them and their friends.

The weather was gorgeous. All week, it looked like it was going to be cool and raining on party day but thankfully that didn’t happen and we had a beautiful day.

The kids had fun, they got tons of presents, and I think all the guests had fun too. It was such a special day to celebrate the two most important events in our lives, Brady’s birth and the Quint’s birth.  











 






And here was the aftermath….


It’s still so hard to believe Brady is 5 years old and Mia, Tessa, Brant, Gracie, & Rayleigh are 3!

Be blessed,

Michelle

The Quints are 3!!!!!

Y’all, it seriously doesn’t seem possible that my babies are three years old! What a fast and furious three years it has been. They have filled our lives with so much joy, happiness, chaos, frustration, lack of sleep, fun, craziness, but most of all love! It is truly amazing to get to experience raising quintuplets. I’m so thankful God picked us for this awesome responsibility of loving, teaching, and raising these five precious humans. I pray that they will all grow to know and love our amazing Lord and will always know how much they are loved by our family and our wonderful support system.


Here’s Mia, Tessa, Brant, Gracie, and Rayleigh’s 3 year updates:

Mia Danielle– She is the oldest and she is the leader. She’s the toughest out of all six kids. She’s spunky, funny, and fierce. She loves to laugh. She is the only quint that still has her g-tube. Mia now weighs 24lbs and is the smallest out of all the quints. She still uses her g-tube twice a day. When she’s hungry she eats well, if she’s not hungry, she won’t eat at all.

 

Tessa Suzanne– She is the loudest of all six kids. She loves to sing, dance, and cheer. She keeps us entertained. She’s funny, loves to laugh, and is always in the middle of everything. Tessa is just a joy to be around. I can’t help but smile with I see her sweet little face. She now weighs 27lbs and is tied for the biggest quint. She is a good eater.

 

Brant Lee -He loves to dance. He is funny and very charming. He has great hand-eye coordination. She loves all things sports. He can dribble a basketball well. He loves to kick and throw balls. He enjoys playing outside. He has developed quiet the little attitude lately and will tell you off if he’s not happy. He doesn’t like for anyone to bother him! He now weighs 26lbs because he eats like a bird. He loves fruits and juice.

 

Gracie Lou – She was the smallest at birth and is now one of the biggest out of the quints. She is a Daddy’s girl. She’s strong-willed, determined, and silly. She loves to laugh and have fun. She is rather moody. If she’s in a good mood, she’s so fun to be around, but if she’s in a bad mood, stay away! She now weighs 27lb and is my best eater. She especially loves pasta.

 

Rayleigh Ann – She is the quietest of all the kids. She is independent, sensitive, and mischievous. And by sensitive, I mean she whines a lot.  She is a Mama’s girl. She can be very silly and funny. Exciting news, this past Friday, Rayleigh got her g-tube out! She now weighs 24lbs and is a pretty good eater.

 


Here’s a little bit more about all of them:

  • They all go to preschool and are in the 2 year old class.
  • They love going to church.
  • They love playing outside.
  • They will watch a little bit of tv but don’t like sitting in front of a tv all day.
  • They play well with each other. The boys pair off (big brother Brady and Brant) but the girls will play with whoever, we haven’t noticed any two girls favoring each other yet.
  • They love to get out of the house. We go to the park when it’s pretty. They enjoy playing at the playground at the mall and Chick-fil-A.
  • We haven’t sheltered them as much this year as we have in the past, due to being premature and having premature immunity systems. They are kids on-the-go now.
  • They’ve enjoyed going to Cardinal football, volleyball, basketball, and baseball games.
  • They all love to sing songs they’ve learned at church and preschool.
  • They love playing with Paw Patrol toys.
  • They love bubbles.
  • Rayleigh and Tessa are our best sleepers and still sleep in their cribs. Most nights, they sleep all night.
  • We converted Mia and Gracie’s cribs into toddler beds and neither of them will sleep in them. Mia demands to sleep on the couch and Gracie wants to sleep on the floor most night, sometimes we can get her to sleep in the bed.
  • Brant and Brady now share a bedroom and they both sleep together in a full size bed.
  • There is never a night where we don’t have at least one maybe two kids in bed with us, usually Mia, Gracie, or Brant.
  • For the most part, they are all 5 potty trained. Mia and Brant still have problems pooping in the potty but other than that everyone uses the potty.
  • Potty training was really tough for the first two weeks. We had lots of accidents and hardly ever got out of the house. After two weeks, they started to catch on with the occasional accident. We have very few accidents anymore.


Be blessed,

Michelle