Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Happy First Birthday Babies!!!!

What a difference a year makes! It's so hard to believe that the babies turned ONE today! In some respects it seems like just yesterday that they were born. On the other hand, there are times when it seems like they should be TEN years old instead of one! We had a party for some family and friends this past Saturday and everyone had a great time! The kids enjoyed putting their fingers in the icing of their cupcakes. They weren't really interested in eating it but were very interested in feeling the texture of it and smearing it all over their table! It was a very special day for our entire family and one we won't soon forget!

The babies went to the doctor for their first birthday to be weighed and measured. Dr. Hennessey was so thrilled to see everyone and marveled at how far they've come. As of today, the babies are as follows:

John - 17 lbs, 15 oz and 28 1/2"

Elizabeth - 18 lbs., 1oz. and 27 3/4"
Claire - 19 lbs., 2 oz and 27 3/4"
Kate - 16 lbs. 1oz. and 25 3/4"

The kids are changing so much. All now have teeth - with Elizabeth leading the pack with 7! John has 4 and Kate and Claire have 2 each. Elizabeth is crawling and we are now starting to work on cruising around the furniture. She can go from her belly to sitting up and then pulling herself up with ease. She is amazing! John is an "army crawling" pro! He moves down the hallway at the speed of sound and will literally crawl over anything - including his sisters! - in his way. John is also an eating machine. There is nothing this kid won't eat - and do it with a smile on his face! Claire is the biggest of all of the babies as of today and also the most vocal. Claire loves to squeal and make noises I'm not always sure are human! Claire is sitting up and starting to get adventurous by rocking a little and getting on her knees. I'm guessing it won't be too long before she joins the others moving around the floor. Kate is doing great! Kate now sits up on her own and is just amazing! She is doing well with her physical therapy and is eating better now with the help of Erythromyacin - a motility drug that helps to move her food through the digestive tract instead of just sitting undigested in her stomach as it previously was. Kate not only has GERD but also has delayed gastric emptying. The medicine has done wonders to help with this condition and Kate is finally starting to be more successful at finishing her bottles. She still isn't real crazy about spoon feeding but this is something we're continuing to work on. John, Claire and Elizabeth love to sit at their feeding table and eat hulless popcorn and their Gerber Graduate puffs. They can't get enough of them! They go NUTS when they see me grab the popcorn bag!

Here are a few random pictures of our little birthday babies:

Elizabeth enjoying some frosting..


John whooping it up at the party!



Claire flashing that pretty smile after enjoying some of her cupcake...


Kate digging in....



Our family....



Some of the BEAUTIFUL pictures taken by our dear friend Natalie, at Portraits by Natalie...
Luke...

Claire...



John...




Elizabeth...


Kate....


The crew....




A million and one thanks to Natalie for these awesome shots. I couldn't have been more thrilled with the way they turned out! When you consider that the kids cried for 90% of the session, it's amazing to me that she even got these!
And as we wrap up, a million thanks to each of you for your love, support, prayers, time and everything else you've given us over the past year. We've reached an amazing milestone and we've not only survived, we've thrived. These children are not ours, they're God's. We are their stewards and we could not have made it over the past 12 months with each of you.
God bless you all!!!