Four to Adore

http://fourtoadore.com/

George and I are an ordinary couple given the extraordinary blessing of quadruplets who are now nine months old. I've chronicled our journey from the first ultrasound sharing our story hoping to inspire others.

Amber is a winner of Top 25 Moms of Multiples - 2013

Between getting kids dressed, fed and out the door on time mornings can be hectic! What tips do you have for making morning routines easier?

At this point, the babies 910 months old) stay home while we go to work. But, that doesn't mean we don't have serious morning routines. I do a ton of prep work the night before, especially if we have babysitters coming the next morning. I lay out clothes for each baby, make sure the changing tables are fully stocked, prepare lunches for everyone (babies' bottles/ spoon feeds and sack lunches for parents). I also make sure everything needed for the day is easily accessible for babysitters. George and I also prepare everything for ourselves as well (e.g. choose and iron clothes, shower, load cars). To make our babysitters comfortable, we leave a basket of snacks out as well as a variety of k cups and soft drinks. Preparation, preparation, preparation!

People often say twins and other multiples have an extra special bond. Has there ever been a time when you noticed an especially unique connection?

As the babies get older, they are becoming increasingly aware of each other. One of our girls (Rylin) can be rather cranky, especially in the evening. Her brother, Mason is usually her polar opposite and is almost always happy and content. I recently noticed that when she is upset, Mason crawls up to her, gets eye contact and grins. Within a few seconds, Rylin is chuckling along with Mason. No one can cheer Rylin up like Mason!

What are your tips for celebrating joint birthday parties?

We will be tackling our first birthday party this July. At this point, we are planning to do a gender neutral party for all four babies. However as they enter school, we plan to have a boys' party and a girls' party so they can pick more gender specific themes (assuming they want that!). I will be consulting with other moms of multiples about how to handle gifts, ect. Stay tuned to find out how we manage parties for four.