As I write this, I still cannot believe that I have three 21 month old children sleeping down the hall and a 4 month old sleeping in the room next to me. It seems like just yesterday that we were a family of three (the dog always counts as a member of the family when you are a young married couple with no kids) who wanted to have a baby. Little did I know that 2 years later we would have FOUR babies to love, snuggle, and tickle all day long.
We did a blog for the triplets for about a year once they were born in December of 2007 (Clifford Triplets) that was more of an update on how they were progressing in their first year. It was a good way to keep friends and family updated on how we were all doing, and after those first few rough months of sleepless nights and all day feedings we were doing pretty well. Little things like Sam holding his own bottle and Adah sitting by herself were big accomplishments and little by little we began to feel somewhat "normal" again. Sure, leaving the house was still an infrequent occurrence, but we could do it and survive without too much trouble. We were finally emerging from what I call the "baby haze." We no longer had glazed-over eyes from 4 hours of sleep the night before or sported a daily wardrobe of t-shirts riddled with spit-up stains. Our lather, rinse, and repeat schedule of feed babies, change babies, sleep babies, had actually expanded to include other things like outings, play time, and even the occasional dinner out. We really started to gain a lot of confidence that we COULD do this - have three babies at once and still lead a relatively normal life.
And then, when the triplets were about 9 months old, we got the news of our unexpected little bundle of joy on the way and everything hit a standstill. Don't get me wrong, we were very excited and thrilled beyond belief, but REALLY?!?! I mean, we'd just made it through the infant stage with premature triplets and now we were adding another one to the mix? The idea definitely took several months to sink in and before we knew it I was 9 months pregnant and heading to the hospital for my c-section. Luke was born in May of 2009 and we now have 4 babies depending on us.
Now, 4 months later, we are a happy family of six. Sure, the days are still filled with tantrums, spills, and crying, but there are also smiles, funny faces, and lots of laughing. God has blessed us beyond measure these past few years. I cannot imagine my life being any different than it currently is at this moment. We hope you enjoy reading about and seeing the adventures of our little family as we navigate through the next months and years of our lives ... we can't wait to see what it brings!