Monday, October 27, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Our inaugural outing with our family of 8 (not including doctor appointments -ugh) was a couple weeks ago to the Blueberry Festival - look at this freaking group of rowdies! We had a blast - and if you are suprised that blueberries were still in season and ripe for pickin' in October join the crowd, man. But it ROCKED!! Babies enjoyed the fresh air and the big boys rode horses!! Life is just too much stinking fun =) Yes, that's grammie and papa with us- they have been making the trek up north nearly every single weekend to help us out... priceless.
And, BONUS, we could finally say that we had every row in the van occupied - YEAH BABY!!! We are considering getting walkie-talkies to communicate with passengers in rows 3-4... "Uh... Houston... do you have a copy?" Nothing better than having the opportunity to YELL to your 4 year old "SPEAK UP, BOY! I CAN'T HEAR YOU!!" That just doesn't happen... except in a van as big as your house.
We also reveled in our first 'shock and awe' session as we traveled in our pack. As you can see we LOVE Bjorns; Jeremy carried one baby , my mom carried one baby, and I figured out a way that I can rig up two bjorns at the same time to carry two (as opposed to buying a whole new "double" carrier - ha!). So of course everyone thinks that I had twins and that the other two are a different family... but once the full story comes out it's a hoot to see people's reactions!! When we were out again last weekend getting our pumpkins and doing corn mazes (yes, even the babies wanted to find their way through that corn!) it was almost embarrassing - I was actually photographed by two separate families/couples and asked for my name!
A tad weird.
OK. REALLY weird.
But the best part was that instead of our usual "Oh my gosh! Did you do in-vitro or something?" question (that we've made CLEAR we LOVE...) the question I heard over and over was "Are you nursing ALL of them?" Never heard that darned other word ONCE! It was SO REFRESHING!! And, of course, mama T was loving the opportunity to tout to the world that "YES! I am!! It's so awesome!!" I am going to bore you all with a blog devoted to my nursing/pumping life with quads here shortly, so be fore-warned if you want to block that one out.
Speaking of quads - look how cute!!! They are really getting SO BIG!!! They all get weighed again tomorrow, but I'm pretty sure they'll be coming in around their fighting weights. My guess?
Dane: 8#6oz Cameron: 7#10oz Brock: 7#5oz Summer: 6#10oz
Until then - much love to you all! We are lovin' life up here - and it's complete non-stop action. Right now we are busy gearing up for grandma Horner's big departure this weekend (BOO!)... Grammie starts her new job at Munson on the 27th (YEAH!)... and Uncle Hans Aunt Jessie and baby Avery move up the road on November 1st!!!
ROLL OUT THE BARRELL!!!
Monday, October 13, 2008
And by you I mean YOU.
True, most days are a blur as of late... time has never went by so quickly (I guess that happens when every single millisecond of your time is accounted for some how!)... by time has never been so precious either (especially around 3:30am!). I am so thankful to be able to stay home with our children and bear witness to each smile, belly laugh, hug, and watch in amazement as our babies grow and thrive before our very eyes.
I know that I have to start somewhere in thanking you all - the task is absolutely impossible to do it all in one sitting, or one lifetime for that matter. Please know that you are ALL in our hearts every day and every night as we give thanks for all that we have been blessed with. But there are some in particular that I want to share with you tonight. I really, truly wish that I had time to list each and every one of you by name.... but this is the best I can do for tonight.
Being here has also allowed us the opportunity to re-aquaint ourselves with Chuck (Buddy) and Suzie - Jeremy's second cousins (I think? Is that what you are considered when it's your mom's cousin?). They are some of the sweetest people we know and their daughter Julie and her husband Rick are the fantastic couple who are allowing us to stay in their cottage all winter here in Traverse (Julie is the one all the way on the left, with Chuck and Susie on the far right)... knowing now what type of social calendar these quads need to hold (read: doctor app'ts) each week I can NOT IMAGINE how we would survive if we were indeed still living in Bellaire. Thank you, thank you, THANK you Julie and Rick. Without ever having met us you opened up your home to us...
Thank you to Jen Wickstrom, Dana Salladay, Kris Stevens, and Tonia Nemecek for all that you have done to look out for every need our family may have in bringing our babies home. You have all worked endlessly to provide our family with all the "stuff" we hadn't even thought of... on your own, through donations and other moms. Even the biggies - home, car - you continued your quest and were constantly brainstorming ideas for us and making calls. Thank you, ladies.
Thank you to each and every staff member at GT Women's (Dr. Madion's office), West Michigan OB (Dr. Jelsema's office), and Munson Medical Center (particularly ultrasound, OB, and the NICU) whom touched our lives and helped deliver our babies safely into this world. We will never forget the love and compassion you showered our family with - thank you for all that you did in making our family feel comfortable and supporting us through the rollercoaster we experienced in your trusting medical hands.
Friday, October 10, 2008
At the moment, one word can summarize our families new life - CRAZY!
Best part about it is, for the most part, we absolutely love it. The only thing that could be better is having a house to call our own in Traverse City. That will come, eventually...as will a van to call our own. We currently have a huge van on loan while our friends at Price Point scour the state for one for us to purchase.
I want to make everyone aware of the possibility of The Lewandowski Quadruplets website (http://www.lewandowskiquadruplets.com) possibly going down. The process is in the works and we are unsure of the future. However, the blog site will run, probably forever. It's just plain fun. So, in the event that one day ya'll should come to see what we are up to and the website is no longer available, be sure to save the link to the blog site...
Friday, October 3, 2008
HOW FREAKING CUTE ARE THESE KIDS!?!?!?
To the first time the boys were able to come visit their little brothers and sister...
The babies one-month birthday - we were able to hold ALL of them AT ONCE for the first time!! This was an amazing night for us - absolutely unforgetable...
And look at our little chunkers now... From left to right: Dane (7#1oz), Cameron (6#13oz), Cousin Avery, Brock (6#7oz), and Summer (5#10oz)!!! Little smittle - these babies are a-growin'!! It is already hard to believe how little and fragile they were only 8 weeks ago... now we hold arm wrestling matches nightly. These kids are just off the hook!