Monday, July 13, 2009

6 months old ... going on 7!

Yes, this update is late. And yes, it's because the Fab Four are keeping me terribly busy!

Despite my long silence, a lot has happened in the past few weeks. Most importantly, we dedicated the babies on June 28, just days after they turned 6 months old. The occasion was made extra special because all four grandparents, a great-grandma, Tio Johnny and Aunt Holly, and nearly 100 of the quads' closest family and friends were able to join us to celebrate this milestone. It really was a family affair all around: My dad officiated, personalizing the ceremony by extracting meaningful qualities from each baby's name; my brother read Scripture; my dad's brother Ner (a classical guitarist) provided the music while his wife Harriet led the singing; my cousin Glenda took video; and two of my mom's sisters (Priscilla and Esther) catered the reception that followed. The babies must have known that I would need more energy than usual to get through the big day: The night before the dedication, all four of them slept until morning for the first (and, so far, only) time!

Isaac, Lucia, Jude, and Dahlia in their dedication outfits

Speaking of sleeping, the babies have gotten so good at rolling over both ways that all of them are now making a habit of sleeping on their tummies. The girls, in particular, are so skilled in the rolling department that we cannot leave them playing on a blanket anymore without coming back to find them eating carpet across the room. Here's Lucy the first time I found her flipped over in her crib—she was so proud of herself!

The babies have also started eating all kinds of fruits and veggies. Isaac is the best (and least messy) eater; Lucy has been the most difficult to feed (as usual), but she's getting the hang of it. It's so much fun to see the different reactions to new foods. They will often make a face and act like they don't like it—but as soon as they see me smiling and saying, "Yummy!" they decide it's okay after all. Here's Dahlia taking her first taste of sweet potatoes (do you think she likes them?):

Other events of note:

While my parents were here, the quads went to college for the first time! During our church's North American convention, we walked around my alma mater's campus, visited a couple of friends who work there, and got a lot of practice in dealing with curious passersby. The admissions office even announced the Fab Four's visit on its welcome board!

Hopefully the quads will return in 2027 as freshmen!

Later that week, we packed up the quads and took them to visit my Grandpa M's grave. As you may remember, he passed away just a couple of weeks before the babies were born. Although I don't believe there's anything magical or supernatural about a gravesite, I did feel like it was important to take the babies out to the cemetery, even if just for a few minutes. I really wish they'd been able to meet my grandpa and, until they're old enough to understand stories about him, this is as close as we're gonna get.

With Abuelita Joanna, at Grandma and Grandpa M's gravesite

On a final note (pun intended), Michael Jackson died just after the quads hit the 6-month mark. Okay, so he was a tad eccentric, and it's widely held that he led a questionable lifestyle—but hey, his songs are the soundtrack to a large chunk of my childhood! In the past couple of weeks, I've been playing his music for the Fab Four so that perhaps they can become fans, too. I can't think of a better way to sign off on this month's update than with Dahlia's brief tribute to the King of Pop:

(Special thanks to Glenda for her dancing assistance!)


Giuliana Asade Rojas said...

They're so adorable:)
saludos prima!

quatro_mama said...

Great update, mama! They are growing up soooo quickly and beautifully. I feel like a crummy "mentor". So sorry that I've been caught up in our lives to not check in on you more often! How can I help? Are you almost ready for the beloved table? We'd LOVE to see you guys sometime if you'd be up for visitors or if you'd like to come this way. Things honestly do's RIGHT AROUND the CORNER!!!!!!
Love and Prayers

Staci said...

Again, the cutest videos ever. So sweet! I love all the faces/smiles they make. I especially love Dahlia's moon walk!! Lol...

Shuey said...

I can see that Lucia likes to laugh, a lot! That's sooooo adorable ;)

Ann Turnock said...

Love the photo of the babies at their great-grandparents' grave. Even though I feel as you do that there's nothing supernatural at a gravesite, that photo captures the connection.

Also delighted to see Lucia using the crocheted baby afghan my mother made!

jag said...

Aw man! You sure have some cute kiddos!

Hilary said...

They are always so happy!!! I love that :) They are soooooo cute :)

Anonymous said...

Love reading multiple mom blogs... (I'm a nanny/bartender in the PNW- guess they both require babysitting when you think about it... :) ) I've been reading your blog and I must say Congratulations!!! You have 4 of the most beautiful babies with heartwarming personalities to boot! Love watching them grow! Oh... and GREAT names! Best of health to you and your brood.


Slowish Food said...

Those babies just get cuter and cuter! What a blessing. And congratulations on a whole night of baby sleep!

Jon S. said...

Relishing the video clips and the updates. As I missed you in the office today, I'll have to make a point of visiting sometime!

Lily said...

Hey!! Guess what? Iam a quad mom too! Except I already had 4 kids so now I have eight, how do you guys fit them all in the car? we just take two different ones.


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