Tuesday, May 19, 2009

8 Tubes, 8 Ears, 8 Minutes

Well Friday went great. We checked in at the hospital at 7:30am. Luckily, we didn't have to wait long at all. They took us back almost immediately, and then the process began. The blood pressures, the questions, the hospital gowns, the breathing treatments, etc. And then it was time to wait. I was worried the kids would start to get hungry, but the playroom was awesome and they stayed so busy they didn't even realize they were starving. Charlie on the other hand, knew he was hungry and couldn't quite understand why I wouldn't let him eat. They came and took Carter and Jake back to the induction room to give him his "giggle juice". Then they came and took Charlie straight back to the operating room. He is too young to need the relaxing medicine. They came and got me, Huddy, Ella and Jake's parents and took us to the induction room to wait with Jake and Carter. As soon as we turned the corner, my stomach dropped. We were going to the exact same room we waited in for Carter's first surgery. It was exactly the same. Same color, same smell, same sounds, same chair I sat in touching his incubator. It took me a minute, but the eight year old little boy that just had his giggle juice was hilarious, so that kind of diverted my attention. They came to get Carter and told me Charlie was done and in recovery. I didn't know where to go, Charlie was done, Carter going, and Ella and Hudson were still waiting. Jake and his parents were there but I was torn and didn't know who needed me most. Luckily by the time I got around to the recovery room, Charlie and Carter were there and Hudson and Ella were on there way. We waited in the recovery room for a while, while the big kids ate Popsicles. Then they wheeled us out in the wagons. Hudson got sick in the car on the way home. But after that, it went pretty smoothly. They were totally wired from the anesthesia, but after a nap, you would have never known they had anything done. Overall, I think it went as smoothly as one could hope. Thanks for all the prayers.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Tomorrow is the big day

All four kiddos go in for tubes in the morning. We spent this morning getting registered at the hospital, and doing the pre-op business. We have to be there at 7:30am and hopefully it won't take to long to get us in. They can't eat or drink anything after midnight, and I'm a little worried about Charlie. The triplets don't eat breakfast until eight so they should be fine, but Charlie has been eating about 5:00am and then again at 8:00am. So I'm anxious to see how he does with nothing in his little tummy. So, if you don't mind, say a little extra prayer tomorrow for the kids and the doctors and staff.

Here's a few cute pics of the kids from the past couple weeks.

Some afternoon movie time after yet another visit to the doc for ear infections, hopefully to be resolved tomorrow! Excuse the messiness of the house.

The boys before a zoo trip

The boys happy as can be and Miss 'Tude on the left. Stubborn as a mule, and enough attitude for all four children. It's a good thing she's cute!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Happy (Belated) Mother's Day!

Hope all you Moms out there had a great Mother's Day yesterday. I started mine off by sleeping in until 7:19am. That's right folks, 7:19am. If you would have told five years ago that 7:19am would be sleeping in, I would have called you a crazy fool! But kids don't care if your tired, and time four, that's alot a noise in the morning! So we went to church yesterday and then out to McAlister's for lunch. After a super short nap, the kids, Jake and I worked in the yard and cleaned up the garage. After dinner, we played blocks with the kids and then it was time for bed. Hooray, my favorite part of the day. Jake did surprise me with a necklace with the kids name's on it. I LOVE IT!!! I'm not a big jewelry/accessory person, but I needed a "casual" necklace. I had no idea I was getting one. We're not big gift people and I am rarely surprised, but he did really good this time! He even made a handmade card with a sweet poem in it. Thanks babe!

So here are some pics of me and the kids before church yesterday.


Mother's Day 2009

And because he is just too darn cute, here's some pics of me and Charlie from yesterday after nap time.


Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Charlie is 5 months old!

Last Sunday, Charlie turned 5 months old. I would guesstimate he weighs about 16 puonds. He is a long lean eatin' machine. He is eating about 4 big jars of Stage 2 baby food everyday along with his four bottles a day. He has one lonely tooth (bottom right) and drools until he is soaking wet from head to toe. He's still sleeping great, he goes to bed about nine at night and usually sleeps until the kids wake him up at seven. He is still in 6-9 month clothes, but if it is a one piece outfit, they are just too dang short, so most of his clothes are seperates. He just rolls and rolls all over the place and is very close to sitting up by himself. His most favorite thing in the whole world, is his jumperoo. He could jump in that thing for hours. Which is good since he often gets stuck in something to keep him up off the floor and safe. He loves his big brothers and sisters. As soon as he sees them, he gets this big goofy grin and starts leaning and reaching for them. The kids just love him too! Here's the Charlie and the triplets five month pics.

Charlie 4 months

Charlie 5 months

Hudson 5 months

Ella 5 months

Carter 5 months

Monday, May 4, 2009

Where to Begin?

OK, so I have totally had the best of intentions to post everyday, but there just aren't enough hours in the day I tell you. I used to be able to sit in the kitchen and do a post while the kids were playing in the playroom, but as of two weeks ago we did away with the playroom. That's right, I got a wild hair and decided that it is time that the kids be normal two year olds. I was also ready to have house be a house again, instead of looking like a daycare as soon as your walk in the door. So no more giant fenced in room, it's an actual dining/living room. All four kiddo's cribs are in one room, and Charlie's old room now stores the toys and changing table. So far, it has gone quite well. Of course they are crazy wild running all over the place but the only thing to succomb to the whirlwindish tornado that is three two year olds, other than my sanity, is one DVD. Poor Peter Pan. But other than that, everything has remained intact and rather organized, much to my surprise.

My new deal is trying to let them be normal two year olds, not two year old triplets. This means playing in the house and not a fenced in room, walking at the zoo and not strapped in a stroller (with monkey back packs of course) and our "Chick-Fil-A Fridays". I've decided that the normalcy is just as much for me as it is the kids. I want to be a normal mom that does normal things with her two year olds!

So needless to say, I stay rather busy with the little munchkins having free rein of the house and by the end of the day, I'm beat, exhausted, done! So I have decided to do one big post with all our latest happenings instead of doing one each day, b/c trust me, it will never happen! So sit down relax, it's gonna be a long one boys!

About a month ago, Jake the kids and I met my parents up in Norman for OU's "Red/White Spring Game". It's just a scrimmage, but it's the only game the kids get to go to, and with the love for all things OU, I knew they would enjoy it this year. Last year they were still pretty young and they had fun, but they didn't quite get it. This year though, they had a blast. The weather was great and the kids loved it! They loved all the OU's everywhere, the band, the football players, the music, even the "Rufnek's" and their guns. Here's some pics from our big day.

"What? Me? I didn't do anything wrong!" - Guilty Huddy


"I so have this guy whipped" - Ella, self proclaimed "Pincess" and her Daddy

"Carter run very fast" - Carter man who now talks in the third person

"Don't I look adorable with my Big Poppa and my mom's OU retro Nike kicks she wore when she was a baby" - Charlie man

"Why do you think all these people are jumping up and down behind the crazy lady with the camera? I guess if we just do what they tell us, they'll stop acting like fools." - The Whole Gang

The next weekend, Jake and his brothers took his Dad to Alabama for a little golf weekend. While the boys were away, the kids and I stayed with Jake's mom, Granna. The kids had a blast! They helped with the horses, played with the dogs and their all time favorite, drove the gator. We also went to a rodeo with Granna, Aunt Brynn and cousin Julia. The kids loved all the "horsey neighs" and "Yee-haw cowboy hats"! Here's some pics of our time at the farm.

Granna and the gang in the gator

Cousin Julia and Ella, two little peas in a pod I tell you

Momma and Ear infection boy Huddy

Last weekend my parents came down to see the kiddos. They decided they wanted to see them enjoy the zoo, so Saturday, we loaded up and headed to see the "big monkeys" and the "youd yion" (loud lion). The kids did great, they walked almost the entire time and were totally exhausted by the time we got home. We also went and go the kids their summer shoes and they love them. They are the same style they wore last year, but they were awesome, and I decided why fix something that isn't broken, right? Here's some pics of the kids and us at the zoo.

Jake and me waiting for the train

Me and the big man, isn't he too cute!

Yia-Yia, Pops and the big kids
In between all that, we have been having our weekly play dates with Hollee, Marlee, Lilly and Beau. Hudson, Ella and Carter just adore them and everytime we get in the car, they ask if we are going to see "Lilly, Beau?" They love Hollee and Marlee too, but they just don't ever say their names. We go to the zoo, the park and the botanical gardens. Here's some pics of our fun playdates.

The six kiddos at the Botanical Gardens - Ella, Hudson Carter, Marlee, Beau, Lilly
Carter man pulling Huddy, Beau, and Ella in the Ford's Choo Choo Wagon
Easter brunch at Mrs. Myra's (Hollee's mom) house.
Our lunch table at the zoo
The whole crew - Lilly, Beau, Marlee, Hudson, Carter, Charlie and Ella
I promise, I will do better at this blogging thing. I know I've said it before, but I'm really going to try. I know, I know, promises, promises.