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Looking Back with Gratitude in My Heart

Facebook sure has a funny way of messing with my emotions. This memory popped up yesterday and man did it take me back to a time of lots of uncertainly, fear, and stress.

It was during this time, three years ago, that I really thought we were going to lose Rayleigh. She was so, so, so sick. In fact, she was in heart failure. I remember holding her before her surgery wondering if it would be my last time to hold alive. We experienced lots of ups and downs and scary moments during the quints NICU stay, but I I have never been so scared in all my life as I was when the medical team came to take Rayleigh back to the cath lab. Walking to the waiting room was tough. Sitting and wondering what they were doing to my baby was agonizing. They gave us an estimated time of how long the procedure would take and when the doctor walked in earlier than expected, I was scared. I didn’t know if that was good news or bad news, thankfully, it was all good news. Rayleigh recovered quickly. The surgery had immediate positive results.
Today she’s a healthy, happy, and thriving little girl.

While all this was happening with Rayleigh, Tessa was back in the NICU at Dallas Children’s Hospital. So I had 2 babies still in the NICU at Baylor, 2 babies in the NICU at Children’s, Brant at Paula’s house in Dallas, and Brady (who was only 2 years old) was back home (3 hours away) with family members. Talk about loosing your mind, I honestly don’t know how I didn’t lose my during that time. I’ve always believed in the power of prayer, but it was during this time, in particular, that I really felt the power of prayer. I was so scared, but prayers and God carried me through.

Tessa had surgery to have a feeding tube placed and was released from the NICU again. Both Gracie and Mia had their surgeries to have their g-tubes placed. After a couple of days recovering, we were able to bring them home. Rayleigh, who originally did the best after birth, was our last baby in the NICU and wouldn’t come home until the end of July. But…we got her home and for that I’m forever grateful!

I look back at these memories with so much gratitude in my heart. God was in control the whole time. He guided us through this experience, putting the right people in the right place to help us when we needed it most.

So, I want to spend today in prayer. Leave me a comment on my blog or Facebook page, text or call me, send me a private message, however you want to contact me, do it. Tell me what you want me to pray for and I’ll start talking to God on your behalf.

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Be blessed,
Michelle

Camping Trip–Part 1

Instead of trying to fit all our vacation into one post, I’m going to break it up so there aren’t so many pictures to go through. This was the quints’ first vacation; before leaving, Steven and I were a little nervous about how they’d handle being away from home for a few days. To our surprise, and it was a nice surprise, they did amazing! All six kids had a blast. We went on this vacation with my mom, stepdad, and my sisters and their families. You’d think having 16 people all under one roof that someone would get on someone’s nerves, but that never happened. We all had a great time. I hope this can become a new family tradition.


Riding in style. πŸ˜‚
There’s no doubt when you see this sight going down the road, the Seals are on vacation!!!


Our cabin was amazing! So big and spacious, just perfect for 16 people! And the kids LOVED the stairs!

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We arrived, unpacked, and hit the road with our four wheelers and golf cart.






And Gage worked out. πŸ’ͺ🏻
Mia makes the best workout buddy.

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Then we went out for dinner.
(As you can see, Mia absoluetly adores Gage.)

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These cuties were so excited!!!
Just look at those sweet smiles! Makes my heart so happy.


That’s Day 1! Stayed tuned for the rest of our adventures. πŸ˜‰

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Be blessed,

Michelle

Memorial Day 2017

I hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend. Ours was great. We enjoyed lots of family time!πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

Brady is still playing t-ball so we were at the ballpark every Thursday night.

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Friday we got our big girl beds!


Saturday Steven and I got some time away while the kids split up two-by-two-by-two and went to Nana’s, Meme’s, and Grandma’s house.

R & G played in water at Grandmas house.

M & T went to Chuck E Cheese with Nana and Pops.
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The boys had fun pretending to be dogs at Meme’s house.

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Sunday was church and we had the family over for dinner.




Memorial Day

We played outside then went to Papa Berney and Grandma’s house.









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Be blessed,

Michelle

Preschool ProgramΒ 

I can’t believe today is the last day of the school year. It has flown by so fast. Here’s some pictures and videos of the end of year program last night. Enjoy! πŸ˜€










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So thankful for my big supportive family. And this isn’t even everyone who came, some were visiting while this picture was taken.
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My big boy is a preschool graduate!πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸŽ“

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I can’t say enough good things about our four teachers. I never worried about the kids while they were at school because I knew they were in great hands. Β And all 6 kids learned so much this year. Thank you Ms. Sharon, Ms. Nichole, Ms. Ellen, and Ms. Jenna!!!

Hello Summer!!!!

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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:Β 

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

Current Weight: 25lbs Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  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. Β Overall, she’s doing great and we’re pleased with her progress!


Tessa Suzanne:

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

Current Weight: 28lbs Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  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 Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Birth Height: 15.7in

Current Weight: 27lbs Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  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 Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Birth Height: 15.3in

Current Weight: 29lbs Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  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 Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β Birth Height: 14in

Current Weight: 27lbs Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  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

Preschool Easter Parties

Yesterday the kids all had their Easter parties at school. Thankfully, the quint’s party started a little before Brady’s so I was able to see most of both parties. It helped that Steven took off and came to the parties as well. The kids had fun hunting eggs. The girls really didn’t understand the concept of finding more than one egg. A good time was had by all.

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First up…the quint’s party.


Brady’s party


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Be blessed,

Michelle

 

Hello Monday!

Hey y’all! Welcome back. I hope you had a restful and relaxing weekend.

Friday we took the kids to see the Easter Bunny at the mall. In route to the mall, Brady was talking about how he wasn’t scared of the Easter Bunny, but when we got there, he started to get nervous. Gracie was having a major meltdown and was holding on to Steven for dear life. The others were a little timid, but not my tiny little Mia, she was fearless, she walked right up to that Easter Bunny and gave him a high five. Once she did that, all the others followed her lead and gave the bunny a high five, expect Gracie. I was hoping Steven and I wouldn’t have to be in the picture this year, but that didn’t happen either. This Easter picture is too funny to me. I love how it really catches our family.

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Having fun with the Easter Bunny wore Mia smooth out!

Check out her smirk after she woke up.

Friday night we stayed home, Steven grilled hamburgers, we ate on the back porch at the picnic table and let the kids play. It was a nice way to end a busy week.

Saturday, I was very productive and cleaned out the girls’ closet. I packed all the winter clothes up and filled their closet with dresses, dresses, and more dresses. Oh my word! I had no idea how many dresses I’d gotten the girls for this spring/summer. Needless to say, they are set on dresses. I still have a few more totes to go through but for the most part, their closet is ready for a while.

While I cleaned the kids had fun with their grandparents.

Sunday, Steven and I were able to get away after church and go watch Beauty & the Beast. It was nice to have a quiet and relaxing afternoon with my love. ❀️

That evening, we ate dinner at Kayla & Jeremy’s.

Last night right before we put the boys to bed, I walked in on this happening. These two little boys melt my heart. πŸ’™πŸ’™

We’ve got another busy week ahead of us: class pictures, Easter party at school, and a t-ball game. I will be one exhausted mama by the time Friday rolls around, and you know what…I wouldn’t trade my life for anything in this world!!!😁

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Be blessed,

Michelle