Thursday, May 28, 2009

9 Months Old

Last week we had our 9 month old check up. Is it as hard to read as it is to type/say 9 months old? I can't believe it's been 9 months since I laid on that operating table with unexplainable emotions of fear, excitement, joy, uncertainty and the repeated question to my dear surgeon, "Have you tied my tubes yet?" (Yes, I did just pull myself out of a post that was getting mushy right back into a fun one!) I can't even explain to you how much our lives changed in those 5 minutes. Gunner, of course, the Big Guy, took two minutes to come out versus the minute between the rest of them! Did I just call 3 pounds, 1 ounce the Big Guy?
Matt and I often talk about what our lives were like this time last year. 2008 or "that summer" has become a block of time all to itself. It's kind of like how down on the coast everything is based "before Katrina" or "after Katrina." We always say, well, "that summer." This time last year we didn't have this amazing blog, I didn't have my amazing Quad Mamma support nor the support of all of you who have kept me going when the going gets tough and TRUST me it gets tough! We had just purchased a mini van (oh, how I dreaded that day, but now love The Ole' Mini.) We knew that the babies were 2 boys and 2 girls although Baby B and Baby D were still nameless. We had Cannon and Lauren ready from the start! We didn't know how we were going to survive financially, emotionally, mentally or physically, we just knew for the sake of our family we had to!! Now, a year later, 9 months after their birth, we're still surviving. 99 percent of the emotional, mental and physical part are from help fro Pae-Pae (whom we couldn't and still can't live without), grandparents, friends, family and the support from our church. I sometimes look back on the first 3 months of their lives and think, Holy Cow, how did we do it? Then we remember their struggles in and out of the NICU and think, Holy Cow, how did they do it? We've all shown the fighter in us over the last year. Okay, okay, must move on.... it's not normal to be up at 4:15 with all my children sound asleep, but it's also not normal for me to be the one crying at 4:15 in the morning!!

Our schedule has changed drastically over the last 9 months. We originally had a bottle feed every 3 hours. Oh, how I'm glad that's over with!!! The babies now wake up around 8 am and have breakfast and a bottle. Around 11 they have a veggie and sometimes a fruit too and then another bottle and they settle in for a long nap!! They stay in their beds until 4, which is slowly becoming awake time from 3 to 4, but they're pretty good at staying in their beds until 4. We just cut out the 4:00 bottle and now have snacks. They love YoBaby yogurt, Gerber Puffs and Baby Mum-Mum's! Around 6:00 we start dinner and fruit and then they have their night bottle around 7 and go to bed after some loving! It's come a long way and it's still not perfect, but it'll do for now!!

Cannon Gregory
2 Pounds, 11 Ounces, 15 Inches
18 Pounds, 12 Ounces, 28 Inches

Gunner Cole
3 Pounds, 1 Ounce, 15 Inches
22 Pounds, 26 1/2 Inches

Lauren Katherine
2 Pounds, 10 Ounces, 14 Inches
14 Pounds, 25 1/2 Inches

Avery Caroline
2 Pounds, 8 Ounces, 13 Inches
15 Pounds, 4 Ounces, 25 1/2 Inches

Whew, we have come a LONG way!!

Now to answer some questions from the last post:
Leigh: What and where is Malbis?
Malbis is in Alabama. It's the Eastern Shore Shopping Center. It is an awesome place that I highly recommend for a family outing. They have a splash pad, Build A Bear, tons of great stores and even better food!

Teri Duggan: I love the big bow; where do you find them?
The bows pictured in the last post are the same bows that were previously in their headbands. I purchased both from My Dolly's Bows.
She's super cheap and very easy to work with!
Nicole: Quick question, how do you get your blog name to post on the pics on the blog? I think that is a great idea!
I use Picasa to edit my photos with and it's an option on there. I copied the idea from a Quad Mamma Sista and started doing it.

I am only a few post away from my 100th and I have something really fun in store with some great give-a-ways!
Hint: One of the give-a-ways is from.....

It's $15 dollars off of a blog design. Isn't that AWESOME!!! Thanks Jennisa!

By the way, how do you like my new look?

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nicole_dib said...

Awesome New Look!!! Love the cartoons of the family :)

Thanks for the answer about the photos! I am going to try it!

And.. 9 months... the time flies by doesn't it? They grow up sooo quickly!

Keith and Jamie said...

Love the NEW LOOK! I think it is awesome. I just might have to check into your blog designer. I am so amazed at what you have gone through and I am right their with you...9 months, WOW!

Leigh said...

I truely LOVE the new look, its "hip" just like you girl!! It doesn't seem like its already been 9 months, and Ya'll are doing fantabulous!! Thanks for answering my question, although i go to AL a LOT, I've never seen or heard of it, I'll have to try it out! Awesome weights on those babies!!

Wendy H Copeland said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the new design! SO adorable! I am going to come hang out on the coast sometime this summer and I want a selfish visit with all these babies. Just me, Andrea (cuz I want to catch up with her too) and you. OK. Maybe if Andrea is there, I will let you and Hannah Noel go to Waffle House. Then we can visit when you get back. I want to come play and get to know them!

Anonymous said...

I love your new look and I can't believe they are already 9 months old. Time flies!

Mary Kate said...

hey girl...i am loving the new look!! it is precious!! it looks like all you quad mamas had a great time on your trip!!! that is so neat that you all get together like that! i wanted to ask you about watermarking your pictures on your blog. I have been wanting to do that, but don't want to create it everytime. i read your comment on using picasa...i am not familiar with that at all. is it easy?? i can't believer your babies are 9 months old....they grow up too quick!!! they are all so precous!!

Katie said...

Hi Sandra,

It's Katie from Stonyfield, congratulations to your 9 month-olds!

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Andria said...

Love the new look. Love the post. Welcome to 9 months. They HAVE come such a long way. Just looking at the pictures of how "tiny" they once were. Your schedule sounds so do-able. I can't even get 3 singletons on a schedule. I wonder if different ages make a difference? I haven't quite figured ours out yet. LOL.

Josh and Teri Duggan said...

Happy 9 months! I always love to see the past/present pics. It always brings a tear to my eyes and makes me remember mine. Thanks! Now, I am the only one crying at my house at 11:15. ha ha JK

Stephanie said...

I love the new look!
That was neat hearing about old memories...since I am semi new toyour blog, it was fun hearing those things!!
They have come so far!!

Jac Tubre said...

LOVE it all...the new look, the babies, you, Matt, HN, PaePae...I could go on and on!

Great post and yes, 9 months is amazing and hard to imagine!


Following Him said...

SO the update and I can not believe the kiddos are NINE months old...really...time does sure fly!

The new blog makeover is so cool! I will surely have to watch out for that blog giveaway!

Sydney said...

Love the update on the babies! They are precious! My Emmie will be a year on June 7, and I can't believe a year has gone by!! They grow too fast. And the blogover is fantastic! I love the new header!!

johnna&Lilasmama said...

Hey! Love the new design. I have to admit I was wiping tears reading this because my baby girl was six months old sunday and I know how you feel about them growing too fast. They are precious Sandra.

Charity Donovan said...

Hey Baby!!!! I LOVE, love, LUV the new Blog look!!!! Awesome!!!! I cannot believe your little sweeties are 9 mos old...WHERE DOES THE FLIPPIN' TIME GO?!?!? It's crazy that first year...oh my - those darn feedings every 3 hrs - HOW DID WE SURVIVE?!?!? I didn't know that both of our biggest were 3 lbs 1 oz!!!! We called Nathan Baby Hoss!!! lol!

King Quads said...

I love the new look. I also love the post - what little miracles. I can't believe it's been 9 months already. Your babies are doing awesome!

tarismarie said...

I LOVE the new look!! Happy 9 months guys!!! You all rock!! I can't believe it has flown by so fast! I remember when we first found out you were pregnant HN told us and one of the first statements was "Delgado is gonna have to do my section early so I will fit in my dress." LITTLE DID WE KNOW!!!! I smile jsut thinking about it! I love you girlie! You are awesome!

Lauren said...

Hey Sandra - I love your new blog layout! You are so creative!

Wow, how the babies have grown! It must be amazing to first see them as little 2 and 3 lb. babies and now big healthy, happy toddlers!

Hope you all have a great weekend!


Meaghan and Wes said...

I found your blog through some of the other quad families I "stalk" (in a good way, of course)! Your babies are precious! Congrats! I was born on the coast, but raised in central MS. One of my best friends, Sally, has family in MP, and I actually saw her first cousin in some pics. Small world! :)

The Carlsons said...

What a cute blog-over!! I love Jennisa and all that she does! So creative and so many cute, cute things to do/choose from.

Wow, 9mo! Already?!?! Only 3 months left until the big ONE :D

Thanks for sharing!
-fellow quad mom of 1yo GGGG and a 5yo boy