The McCleary Quadruplets

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There is never a dull moment when you are raising quadruplets! The kids are now four and keep us busy. Our blog is full of fun stories about our life and even the occasional giveaway.

Stephanie 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?

To help ensure our mornings run smoothly we try to get as much ready as we can the night before. On school days we have backpacks ready, clothes picked out and shoes lined up. Baths and showers the night before also ensure less has to be done when we wake. We have breakfast first and then the kids are old enough that they get themselves ready for the most part. This has helped cut down on the time it takes to get out the door. The more you can have them responsible for the more they begin to get done on their own. We even have them helping with buckling themselves in their car seats. Of course we still have a hectic morning every now an then, especially if someone wakes up in a grumpy mood. You still have to get out the door at the same time and you find a way to do it.

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?

I notice it quite often around our house, in many different ways. They express genuine concern for each other especially if one of them is hurt. We had to take Matthew to the ER for what we later found out was a staph infection. Elizabeth, Cameron, and Zachary were very worried about him and asking daddy all kinds of questions about how he was doing, if he was going to be okay and when he was coming home.

They have all kinds of inside jokes, that no one but the four of them seem to get. Which is funny to listen to, even if it makes no since at all. They also team up with each other to overcome obstacles. They come up with some interesting plans to achieve a goal. One of my favorites was when they decided they wanted a light switch off and none of them could reach it. They put their heads together and came up with a plan that Cameron would be a step stool, he got down on all fours and Matthew climbed on his back and flipped the switch.
Of course they are siblings and do not always get along...but there is a special bond I feel privileged to witness.

What are your tips for celebrating joint birthday parties?

We have been very lucky when it comes to birthday parties! Every year all the kids have has some common interest that I can plan around. Each theme has worked well for both boys and girls. For their first birthday we did Winnie the Pooh and each one had their special character. When they turned two they all loved Elmo and Seasme Street. At three, Mickey and Minnie Mouse worked well. They just turned four and their party was a huge success with a super hero theme! They each have their own favorite character they had a super hero academy and every child became part of the the justice league!

When we have done a sheet cake they each have had their own mini cake with their character on it. The past two birthdays we have used cupcakes and they have their own special cupcakes. It is their birthday and this year we sang to their superhero names because that is what they wanted...it worked really well with their theme. We did sing to each of them individually this year. I try to let them make as many decisions as possible because we are celebrating the miraculous birth and I feel they older they get the more they should have a say. It makes it fun and memorable for our guest and our family as well. I want them to feel like we celebrate each of their birthdays and not just one.

Please share a link to a photo of a great birthday cake you made or bought.

Randy and Stephanie McCleary

For the kids third birthday they wanted a Mickey and Minnie Mouse theme. So I made cupcakes with Mickey and Minnie on them made out of Oreos. They were a huge hit! Image http://www.mccleary-family.com/2012/05/third-birthday-party/539330_10150616237887484_554102483_9496947_1652696489_n/ Blog Post http://www.mccleary-family.com/2012/05/third-birthday-party/
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