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Good afternoon loyal readers and curious followers!

I was standing in the kitchen while my monsters ate and I couldn’t help but feel inspired to write something if for no other reason than for me to stumble across it years from now and realize just exactly what all we have went through.

So for those of you who know or heck the ones that don’t know our little girls will be turning 2 this April and there are times when I am holding them that it literally blows my mind because I will look down at this smiling, talking and usually pulling my hair child and see that small 4 pound princess we brought home so long ago…

I know it seems like I am rambling along but there really is a point to this post and I am getting to it now. After we stopped bottle feeding the girls and realized high chairs just didn’t make feasible sense because of room we decided to go with the Regalo “Easy Dinner” chairs and they have worked like a charm.

Sadly there comes a time when your kids as well as you decide it’s time to move on and grow up and we did just that! This past weekend Heather decided she wanted to move them to their own table so we purchased a Tots Tutors Kids Table and it finally arrived yesterday. Flash forward to last night and after about 60-90 minutes the table and chairs were put up and ready for action!

I unfortunately had to work this morning so I was not privileged enough to watch them enjoy their first meal in it but I did get some pictures and heard they enjoyed some cinnamon rolls! For the record super jealous of that but I did get the chance to feed them lunch and those pictures I can post!

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As you can see they thoroughly enjoyed pasta for lunch, a refreshing drink and we capped the ever so enjoyable meal off with some gummy snacks!

One thing I can say for sure as a father of quadruplets girls is that life is never boring! There will always be something going on or some crazy story they are telling me that I can only partially decipher that just keeps the days rolling!

Thank you all for reading and I hope everyone has an amazing day!

Daddy Day Care Tip: For the love of good if your going to put something together for your children use your own tools! I’m now 100% certain they think elves or fairies put these things in of ether with the size tools they ship with…

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Dusting Off The Cobwebs

Good morning everyone!

It’s been months since I have posted and I am genuinely sorry but life has been beyond crazy! The girls are close to hitting that 2 year mark and things are going amazing! I am going to get back into the habit of updating this more often!

Better Late Than Never….

First off let me say it feels like forever since I have posted anything and to those who do follow me and keep up with everything I am sorry it has been so long but it has been a CRAZY 7 days since we returned home from Alabama. So let me give everyone a quick recap over these this last week.

* The last few days in Alabama the girls ended up coming down with Thrush which ended up being a bigger pain then I had originally anticipated but we got home, got some medicine and the girls are doing far better now.

* After a little over 3 months we have finally finished moving into our home… It has been a long and arduous journey but it has finally happened and with Heather finished the girls nursery which I must say looks amazing!

The girls nursery

The girls nursery

* Heather and I decided it was time for a change in our home and have cleaned up our eating habits. There is no more fast food e.g. McDonalds, Hardees, Burger King. Certain higher end restaurants are still acceptable to some degree. With this change in our home we have cut out canned vegetables and fruits as well as most boxed products if it last longer than a week without being frozen e.g. meats we have gotten rid of it which has opened our minds up to expand more with meals.

Unfortunately there hasn’t been anything so significant happenings that have made me jump on here so I think I might end up making a post every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. It seems like a god schedule and will hopefully give me some more meat for these posts. I would love to start posting “vlogs” up here for you guys but I will have to wait a minute since WordPress requires me to pay $99 dollars to upgrade to premium before I can do that so just know that this is planned for a future update to my work.

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So it’s been a couple days but trust me those couple of days were not taken lightly and if I could have had a free moment to write I would have.

Let’s bring everyone up to speed shall we. As most of you know we left Alabama on Sunday afternoon and that trip went far smoother than the initial trip. Took us exactly 6 hours to make the journey and that’s stopping at a rest stop to feed and change the girls plus us running through a drive through to eat as well so all in all great time!

Once we got home is when everything went south! The girls ended up coming down with Thrush which sucks, I’m not going to lie and on top of that we flipped their whole environment again. Getting them readjusted to life at home is a pretty rough task in itself, it’s almost like reconditioning an animal that has been beaten for years. Screaming, I can’t express enough of how emotionally painful it is to hear all 4 of your babies screaming at the top of their lungs and know you can’t help them all at once because they jus want to be held and as humans we don’t come equipped with 2 sets of arms 😦

All that previous paragraph means is that I got no sleep between Saturday night through Monday night and Heather got maybe an hour or 2 sporadically during that same time span… It was bad… very very bad… Good news though we ended up taking the girls to the doctor yesterday and got something for their mouths which seems like it may be working, we at least got some sleep last night which is a win in my book!

So now we are simply trying to get the girls back into the habit of self soothing like they did when we first brought them home. It’s hard just getting them to know their is only 1 mommy and 1 daddy to all 4 of them so they need to learn to wait their turn lol.

It’s all good though, one day at a time and I think everything will work out just fine, we love them and they love us and we will all make it through this rough patch!

So that time is upon us again…

The Greene Family will once again embark on a perilous journey back to their homeland! Their adventure will be packed full or excitement, despair, tragedy, evil weather, and sick babies! Only thing missing will be claymation skeletons and medusa!

I really hope everyone had a great 4th of July weekend and are ready to kick it back into the work week!

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Expanding Your Child’s Mind

It’s another glorious July morning and let me tell you the weather couldn’t be any better either could the babies.

So this morning I decided to write about babies and their brains, or minds. Reason I decided to bring this up because Heather and I over the last 3 months have always been questioned on why we read or sing to our girls? People always want to wonder why we bother, they are to young to understand… I usually give them a dumbfounded look if we are in person and if I read the comment online I usually use some explecit words to describe the person and their intellectual well being.

So to answer everyone’s question on why we do it, both of us have always been lovers of literature and this is something that we wish to empart on our children as well. Not only this but it is proven that reading and singing to babies even inside the womb will begin engaging their minds, I have taken the liberty to add some content from two seperate sites as well as the links.

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Babies don’t so much read books as explore them. It’s not about the words, the story, or the sound of your voice. It’s not about the pictures. It’s not about the physical book itself. It’s actually about all of the above, combined. Babies use all their senses to take in a book. Your job is to keep your mind open to the possibilities — a book can be just as satisfying as reading it — and have fun. It can take a lot of patience to get through even a short picture book with a baby, but you’ll be rewarded with a child who’s received an excellent start to literacy — and life. Here are some dos and don’ts for you and your budding reader:

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Expand your child’s “library.” Very little babies have no real idea what you’re reading, so why not read aloud to her from whatever you’re reading, like a novel or a magazine? That way you both get to hear terrific stories together.

Expose her to art. Show your baby pictures from the family photo album or a coffee table art book — just be careful she doesn’t grab precious pages! Babies enjoy looking at images and respond well to simple, high-contrast pictures.

Get tactile. Touch-and-feel books, like the classic Pat the Bunny, are great sensory as well as literary tools. Guide your baby’s hand over various textures while you read.

Follow your baby’s lead. Some babies like to open and close books, hand them back to you, or stack them like blocks. That counts as “reading” too. The more you use books for fun, the more likely she’ll see that they are an enjoyable part of her daily life.

Keep books handy. Stow board books in your stroller, diaper bag, car, near the highchair, at the changing table, or even in the bathtub (there are some wonderful waterproof bath books). You’ll always have a book ready to distract and entertain.

Read enthusiastically. Use silly voices, make animal sounds, and read with drama.

Hand your baby a book. When your baby’s reached the “grabbing” stage, he’s likely to take the book out of your hands. Let him; just have a couple books on hand so you can switch back and forth and read them all at once.

Be prepared to repeat, and repeat, and repeat. Babies often get stuck on a particular favorite, and will zoom right to that book on the shelf even if you offer others. Repetition and familiarity are soothing to babies and toddlers. Let her have her way — she’ll pick a new favorite soon enough.

Point to pictures. For your pre-literate baby, illustrations are just as important (sometimes more so) than words. Don’t feel you have to read every page every time, but do point at the pictures (“Look at the green car!” “Where’s the moon?”) as you flip pages.

Join the public library. It’s a great way to expand your reading repertoire. You can join story-time groups and classes and meet other families.

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Take it personally when baby rejects reading. Your infant may have seemed relaxed and ready to settle in to “read” with you, but after one page he starts squalling. Just put the book aside; he’ll have a better moment again soon.

Stop your baby from mouthing books. This is one of the ways your baby explores books; it’s part of how she learns about everything in her world.

Be surprised when your toddler crawls away. Two things to remember about a toddler: he is more interested in moving than sitting still, and he can still hear you. Keep reading — he’ll come back (and if not, you can try again later).

Get mad at ripped pages. Has she ripped off a dinosaur’s head? Don’t get upset with her. Babies are stronger than most books! Plenty of baby-friendly board books are made just for the purpose of being gnawed and chewed. Just refrain from giving children under 2 pop-up books and from reading “good” books that you’d like to save for when she’s older. Toddlers may be interested in helping you fix torn books. Keep some tape handy for repairs.

Think you have to finish every book you start. For your baby or toddler, the process is more important than the outcome. You may not have reached the end of the book, but you did share some nice reading time together.

Give away baby books prematurely. Even when he grows into the next stage, he may like to revisit her old, gummed, and torn favorites.

Read at the same pace all the time. Speed up or slow down, depending on your baby’s interest.

Underestimate your baby. You may not be able to see it right away, but your baby is profiting sensually, intellectually, and socially thanks to your reading.

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Why Read to My Baby?

You may wonder about the benefits of reading to your baby. An infant won’t understand everything you’re doing or why. But you wouldn’t wait until your child could understand what you were saying before you started speaking to him or her, right? Nor would you bypass lullabies until your baby could carry a tune or wait until he or she could shake a rattle before you offered any toys.

Reading aloud to your baby is a wonderful shared activity you can continue for years to come — and it’s an important form of stimulation.

Reading aloud:

teaches a baby about communication
introduces concepts such as numbers, letters, colors, and shapes in a fun way
builds listening, memory, and vocabulary skills
gives babies information about the world around them
Believe it or not, by the time babies reach their first birthday they will have learned all the sounds needed to speak their native language. The more stories you read aloud, the more words your child will be exposed to and the better he or she will be able to talk.

Hearing words helps to build a rich network of words in a baby’s brain. Kids whose parents frequently talk/read to them know more words by age 2 than children who have not been read to. And kids who are read to during their early years are more likely to learn to read at the right time.

When you read, your child hears you using many different emotions and expressive sounds, which fosters social and emotional development. Reading also invites your baby to look, point, touch, and answer questions — all of which promote social development and thinking skills. And your baby improves language skills by imitating sounds, recognizing pictures, and learning words.

But perhaps the most important reason to read aloud is that it makes a connection between the things your baby loves the most — your voice and closeness to you — and books. Spending time reading to your baby shows that reading is a skill worth learning. And, if infants and children are read to often with joy, excitement, and closeness, they begin to associate books with happiness — and budding readers are created.

Different Ages, Different Stages
Young babies may not know what the pictures in a book mean, but they can focus on them, especially faces, bright colors, and contrasting patterns. When you read or sing lullabies and nursery rhymes, you can entertain and soothe your infant.

Between 4 and 6 months, your baby may begin to show more interest in books. He or she will grab and hold books, but will mouth, chew, and drop them as well. Choose sturdy vinyl or cloth books with bright colors and repetitive or rhyming text.

Between 6 and 12 months, your child is beginning to understand that pictures represent objects, and most likely will develop preferences for certain pictures, pages, or even entire stories. Your baby will respond while you read, grabbing for the book and making sounds, and by 12 months will turn pages (with some help from you), pat or start to point to objects on a page, and repeat your sounds.

When and How to Read
Here’s a great thing about reading aloud: It doesn’t take special skills or equipment, just you, your baby, and some books. Read aloud for a few minutes at a time, but do it often. Don’t worry about finishing entire books — focus on pages that you and your baby enjoy.

Try to set aside time to read every day — perhaps before naptime and bedtime. In addition to the pleasure that cuddling your baby before bed gives both of you, you’ll also be making life easier by establishing a routine. This will help to calm your baby and set expectations about when it’s time to sleep.

It’s also good to read at other points in the day. Choose times when your baby is dry, fed, and alert. Books also come in handy when you’re stuck waiting, so have some in the diaper bag to fill time sitting at the doctor’s office or standing in line at the grocery store.

Here are some additional reading tips:

Cuddling while you read helps your baby feel safe, warm, and connected to you.
Read with expression, pitching your voice higher or lower where it’s appropriate or using different voices for different characters.
Don’t worry about following the text exactly. Stop once in a while and ask questions or make comments on the pictures or text. (“Where’s the kitty? There he is! What a cute black kitty.”) Your child might not be able to respond yet, but this lays the groundwork for doing so later on.
Sing nursery rhymes, make funny animal sounds, or bounce your baby on your knee — anything that shows that reading is fun.
Babies love — and learn from — repetition, so don’t be afraid of reading the same books over and over. When you do so, repeat the same emphasis each time as you would with a familiar song.
As your baby gets older, encourage him or her to touch the book or hold sturdier vinyl, cloth, or board books. You don’t want to encourage chewing on books, but by putting them in his or her mouth, your baby is learning about them, finding out how books feel and taste — and discovering that they’re not edible!

What to Read
Books for babies should have simple, repetitive text and clear pictures. During the first few months of life, your child just likes to hear your voice, so you can read almost anything, especially books with a sing-song or rhyming text. As your baby gets more interested in looking at things, choose books with simple pictures against solid backgrounds.

Once your baby begins to grab, you can read vinyl or cloth books that have faces, bright colors, and shapes. When your baby begins to respond to what’s inside of books, add board books with pictures of babies or familiar objects like toys. When your child begins to do things like sit up in the bathtub or eat finger foods, find simple stories about daily routines like bedtime or bathtime. When your child starts talking, choose books that invite babies to repeat simple words or phrases.

Books with mirrors and different textures (crinkly, soft, scratchy) are also great for this age group, as are fold-out books that can be propped up, or books with flaps that open for a surprise. Board books make page turning easier for infants and vinyl or cloth books can go everywhere — even the tub. Babies of any age like photo albums with pictures of people they know and love. And every baby should have a collection of nursery rhymes!

One of the best ways you can ensure that your little one grows up to be a reader is to have books around your house. When your baby is old enough to crawl over to a basket of toys and pick one out, make sure some books are included in the mix.

In addition to the books you own, take advantage of those you can borrow from the library. Many libraries have storytime just for babies, too. Don’t forget to pick up a book for yourself while you’re there. Reading for pleasure is another way you can be your baby’s reading role model.
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So there you have it and I believe that most people will now understand why we read to our babies, and why we will continue to read to them until they can start reading back to us. I wanted to finish my little post with a few pictures of us and their girls. Also if you can please like, share, and follow my blog.

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Daddy reading to Bristol

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Mommy reading to Aurora

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Daddy reading to Aurora

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Aliens… BBQ… Family…

What other day could possible take all three of those words and bring them together? That’s right! You guessed it! It’s Independence Day, Happy 4th of July everyone!

Just thought I would go ahead and post early this morning because not only is it pouring here but I predict that the remainder of this day will be filled with food and showing everyone our babies who may have not seen them over the last couple of days.

I sat here this morning trying to stay awake so I could feed the girls (Just so you know I failed miserably at this task 😦 ) wondering what could I possibly write about and it dawned on me that since so many people get brought together on this day why don’t I talk about family. Truth be told I have not been the best role model when it comes to a model family, I have made many mistakes growing up as they did and it has created a very fractured foundation which really holds on by just a thread.

Heather on the other hand at least in my eyes is a perfect example of a strong family foundation, it has it’s flaws here and there but show me one that doesn’t lol. Which why I am on this let me show you a quick picture showing 4 generations of here family with these baby girls.

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Here you have great grandmother, grandmother, mother and all 4 baby girls. It’s these moments in life that for some they never get to experience yet fighting all the odds of even making it here for this vacation we got to bring them all together which for me was an amazing experience!

I hearken back to my younger days when the word “family” was a fleeting one with me, wasn’t said much and I really didn’t put much behind it, Heather was the one person that really put things to light for me and showed me that family is something that is actually needed. I am really coming around to the idea which is awesome though sometimes I still feel like family is almost like car insurance. It’s better to have it and not need it, Then need it and not have it. Because god only knows when something so traumatic happens that you just need help and no matter what family will always be there over friends.

So on this glorious day, and I really hope that when you read this it’s nice and sunny and not pouring like it is here but I really hope you have a glorious day. Just grab someone and tell them how grateful you are to know them, hug and kiss every person of your family you run into. Just make today full of as much love as humanly possible.

Daddy Day Care Tip #7 Family, family, family. I can’t really stress it enough. This is something that I feel should be instilled in your kids as much as possible. No matter how big or small, whole or fractured I think it needs to be worked on. Kids should be able to look in any direction and see a familiar face and a helping hand. So my real tip would be just get to know your family so your children can get to know their family.

It’s one of those mornings were you dive into complete darkness and attempt to make no noise in fear of disturbing one of your babies…

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ROAD TRIP!!!

So it’s been a couple days since I have posted something but I was really just waiting on something to post about and ladies and gentleman do I have a quick story for you which I will describe via a timeline showcasing our crazy adventure last night! Hopefully this post doesn’t go on for too long but it is worth a read.

8:00 AM – I leave for work, knowing this will be a short day I have a smile on my face and prance like Snow White gathering animals to clean the house.

10:30 AM – Decided to leave work, nothing going on and I really didn’t feel like wasting valuable time.

11:30 AM – I make it home, Heather is still getting everything together for our trip to Alabama, I take over feeding the girls while she gets dressed and finished up packing.

3:00 PM – We both tag team feeding the girls, everything is packed and ready to go, all that is left is to feed them, put them in their car seats and hit the road!

4:16 PM – Girls are loaded, vehicle is packed. Let the road trip begin!

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7:00 PM – We decide to pull over and feed the girls at the Love’s Truck Stop at Exit 208 in Alabama, if anything causes us trouble it will be feeding the girls in the van, outside.

8:00 PM – Everything went perfect! Who would have thought that the girls would have sat quietly in the van for 3 hours without pitching any fits then all 4 of them take their whole bottle without much issue. This trip couldn’t be any easier or perfect (This proved to be a huge jinx).

8:30 PM – Every single light in the van comes on, we think maybe a door could be ajar or something, I decide to pull off in Warrior, AL to check the doors.

8:45 PM – I pull into the Shell station and cut the vehicle off, open every door and close them back up, hope in the van and go to start it *click* *click* *click*… I look at Heather and tell her this is not going to be good.

9:00 PM – I just opened the hood up and saw smoke and smelled something burning, I have deduced that our starter just decided to give up on us, doom and despair wash over me as I now realize I have stranded my family in BFE with nothing.

9:15 PM – I come to realization that GEICO is absolutely useless, decide when I get home to switch back to USAA when I return home.

9:30 PM – We meet a group of “country boys” who have an idea. Their idea sets the engine on fire…

10:30 PM – Father-In Law to the rescue, He just left to come grab us up from BFE.

12:00 AM – All the babies are once again fed and now loaded up in the new vehicle, we transfer all of our stuff and once again begin the journey.

1:30 AM – We have finally reached our destination. I bring everything into the house and literally pass out on the bed.

The trip has finally come to it’s end. What use to be a 5 hour trip for Heather and I, and what should have been a 7 hour trip for us this time ended up being a 9 hour trip… I am just glad it’s over for now. My next adventure will be heading back out to the van and replace the starter tonight.

If there is anything else that I learned from this was that I know without a doubt I have a very resilient woman in the entire world. She literally handled the situation last night better than I could have ever imagined.

 

Daddy Day Care Tip #6 Make sure before going on a trip with 10 week old quadruplets, or really any babies at all make sure you double and triple check everything! Even things you wouldn’t think to check make sure to check them. I know that now because of this I will probably take 5 hours pre-planning on every trip we ever take from here on out.

Piggy Paint, the first time I had ever heard of this was when we had just found out Heather was having girls. She had mentioned one night while we sat on the couch watching some random TV show then showed it to me while we walked through WalMart one day. At that time I honestly didn’t pay it much attention mainly because I’m daddy and painting toes is not in my job description and secondly did my really tiny girls really need really tiny painted toes? Well turns out the answer to that question was a resounding yes since last night Heather came home from the store with this so called Piggy Paint. My first reaction was look how tiny that bottle is! Then look how tiny that brush is!

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See that photo! Blew my mind! 

So now that we have all the ingredients for disaster which includes; babies, and paint we decided to give the girls a bath first and let the painting party begin!

As I finished drying and dressing Arianna, Heather had already grabbed up Aurora I had to stop her because I wanted to make sure I didn’t miss anything and I really wanted some photos. So what you will see next will be a before, during and after photo showcasing this event!

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I have to admit though after seeing their tiny toes painted i got a little giddy, they are super cute and I really couldn’t believe you could paint something so small and not make a mess, I mean I have tried painting a grownups toes and let me tell you if it was like a game of operation you would have heard nothing but the alarm going off. (Don’t believe me ask Heather, I am not even allowed to attempt to paint them now).

All in all I am very pleased with the outcome and it further impacts in my mind that I have 4 little girls that may or may not want this done more often then not so it seems I may have to start practicing so I don’t make a complete full out of myself in the future. Will probably wind up being a future post showing my attempts at painting toes, though once I get that down I should move on to doing girls hair because at this moment they will get styles from me, nappy or ponytail.

**I wanted to add a link to Piggy Paint for any of those moms or dads that wanted to give it a look if they had not heard about it yet, it’s 100% safe which is a bonus for me. Like their slogan “As natural as mud” really does hold true. http://www.piggypaint.com/

Daddy Day Care Tip #5 As a father don’t be afraid of jumping into new things and giving them a try. I know Piggy Paint is not camouflage or black eye paint but you shouldn’t hold that against them. It’s an exciting thing and I would hate for any father to miss out on even the smallest moment with their babies simply because “painting nails” is not a guy thing. I can promise you from one dad to another that before it’s all said and done I will be the best nail painter, make-up applier, hair doer in the whole world if it gives me even 10 more minutes with each one of my angels!