October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!!!

I decided there was no way I was going to go through the hassle of finding four costumes small enough to fit four newborns. It was not fun when I dressed the girls up for their first Halloween and they were six months old. It is just plain hard to hold a baby in a costume. But that being said I couldn't pass up a photo opportunity of their first Halloween! 
Happy Halloween
A very concerned Kenzie
Rylan...look at those double chins!
Who's excited to go trick or treating..."we are!!"
A set of twins
another set of twins.
My assistant Drew
And another one because I think they are just so darn cute. Looks like Kenzie lost a sock!
Tonight we had a mermaid, a Cinderella and her very own knight to guard her, four very cute quadlings and a mommy & daddy. I know Paul and I went all out and you are all very jealous! 



The quads just didn't get what the older kids were so excited about.

Oops the mermaid tripped and the candy flew.

Good thing we brought the double stroller otherwise we wouldn't have had anything to carry our candy in!

Trick or treating is ridiculous  these days. What in the world are we suppose to do with all this?
I do have to say I have major mom's guilt this year because we skipped the carving of pumpkins. This is probably the first year EVER that I did not carve but I just couldn't find the time. I know a total slacker but we will make up for it next year when we carve seven pumpkins...okay I am totally handing that one off to the dad of the house.
2011 Pumpkin Carving

2011- Paul is the skilled pumpkin artist. I don't have the patience for it!

What a difference a year makes. Last year a family of five...
this year a family of nine!   
We hope everyone had a wonderful night of trick or treating.

October 26, 2012

Why a large family

So many people ask us why would we ever want seven kids and today on Facebook I saw something that explained why Paul and I are so glad that we have a large family:

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.
The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous ‘yes.’
The professor then produced two beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand.The students laughed..

‘Now,’ said the professor as the laughter subsided, ‘I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things—-your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions—-and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.. The sand is everything else—-the small stuff.

‘If you put the sand into the jar first,’ he continued, ‘there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life.

If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.

Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and mow the lawn.

Take care of the golf balls first—-the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the beer represented. The professor smiled and said, ‘I’m glad you asked.’ The beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of beers with a friend.
If Paul and I would have chosen the grand vacations, the luxury cars, or the huge house those would have been the pebbles in our life. Instead we choose the golf balls; our children. They are what really matter. They will bring us our happiness in life. Our children are everything to us and I can honestly say I would never have chosen not to have all seven if I could have hand picked my journey in life.

October 21, 2012

Got Questions???

I am working on a Q&A post so if you have been pondering a question now is your time to ask! Please leave any questions in the comment section and then stay tuned and it will be answered in the next post. If you are leaving a comment as an "anonymous" user you really are anonymous to me. Some of you leave the most amazing and uplifting comments and I would love to know who is writing them, so if you don't mind adding your name to the end of your "anonymous" comments I would love to know you took the time to share with us. 

Same princess just hd to get a close up because she looked so peaceful

Tate & Kenzie, another unsuccessful tummy time due to sleepiness!
Today was a wonderful day because we were able to take our entire family to church for the first time. Of course it was the week my mom gets sick so she wasn't able to come due to it being to risky to spread to our family and my sister was looking at houses with her realtor but the older kids did great and the babies only needed paci's inserted twice so it was successful. So many of our prayers have been answered during the pregnancy and with the health of the babies that it is wonderful to spend a Sunday morning at mass. 
Auntie Nikki and Kenzie hanging out before bath
It is now time for family nap time so we wish everyone a happy Sunday.
Sweet Dreams Everyone

October 19, 2012

Bottles, Bottles and more Bottles

So as you can imagine we wash a fair amount of bottles around here. I have gotten use to the clutter of bottles, nipples and everything else that is included in needing 32 bottles a day hanging out on my counter which is huge for this mom that hates having things not put away. Thirty-two bottles is 8 feedings for four babies in a 24 hour period. Just this last week the babies have been stretching their nighttime feedings out so we have dropped a whole feeding! When the babies first started coming home I would wash bottles twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening but I quickly got tired of washing bottles and had other things to fill my time so now we wash one time in the evening and I use a very good friend of mine...the dishwasher. This post will probably be very boring to many of you so if you don't care to see how we prepare a days worth of food for the quadlings feel free to skip this post.

Throughout the day used bottles get tossed into two basins on the kitchen counter. By wash time the basins are overflowing. This is also where pacifiers get tossed that land on the floor or just look like they need to be washed. 

It is then time to load the dishwasher. We use four baskets but I need to add another because they are quite full. There is a basket for the bottle rings, one for the nipples, one for the caps an then one for the straws & vents for the Dr. Brown bottles. All bottles go on the top rack now after we lost two bottles due to them falling through the bottom rack! I use the Method disc for washing because they claim to be non-toxic. I do periodically wash the nipples by hand because a white film is left in them from the dishwasher.

After they have finished washing we let them dry on the drying racks.Usually the washer finishes right before the last feeding of the night so we take the bottles right out of the washer and prepare five or so feedings and then the rest of the wet bottles and parts go on the racks to dry overnight! 

We start preparing the bottles by gathering all the pumped breast milk I have and we also mix up some Neosure formula. The babies still get three bottles of formula a day and the rest is breast milk.

We then pour the milk and formula into the bottles. Kenzie gets 60ml, Isabella gets 75ml, Tate gets 85ml, and Rylan also gets 75ml. This is between 2-2.5oz per feed. If they finish and still seem hungry we give them another ounce. If they have a couple feedings were they do not seem satisfied I add another 5ml. We have had to back off a couple times with Tate because we will add more to his feeding but he spits it right back at us because of his reflux. On the formula bottles I give everyone but Kenzie 90ml and the peanut gets 75. I don't mind if they waste the formula but the breast milk bottles are pure gold in their momma's eyes.  

We add 1ml of Tri-Vi Sol with Iron to the 5:00pm feeding each day. The babies are all anemic and so the Iron is very important for them. For those in the medical field, Kenzie & Tate's hct is 26 and Rylan & Isabella's is 27 so we do not forget to give this to them each day.

They all get lined up in order on the counter. The get two breast milk bottles and then a formula bottle. Tate gets the Avent bottle, Rylan is blue, Kenzie is pink and Isabella is white.

In the fridge they go so we can just pull the first row when it is time to eat.

We warm bottles by placing them in a container of hot water. Now that we have increased volumes we have to replace the water once to get the bottles to a temp that the kiddos like. If it is too cold it takes them forever to eat and they do a lot of choking.

Feeding babies is easy and quick if you have two people feeding but sometime I am alone with all four or the older kids need attending to at the same time. Bottle propping has been unsuccessful until yesterday when I figured out a way that works. Burping didn't go so well and all the kids had a fair amount of spit up on them so I will need to figure that part out! 

Tate's Avent bottles don't fit in these propers so Rylan was nice enough to share with his brother
So that is how bottles are done with the Lesnau quads. A more entertaining post to follow!

October 18, 2012

Grandparents Visit & Pumpkin Patch

Grandpa and Grandma Knapek came to visit along with my little brother and sister last weekend. Connor and Ella think its pretty cool that they are only 9 and 7 but have lots of nieces and nephews already! We spent the majority of the time just hanging out at home and of course loving on some babies. We have lots to go around so it's never a problem when more than one person wants to hold a baby. My dad loved feeding his grand-kids their bottles and I think Tate won the majority of his time since Tate still yells the loudest when it is time to eat so he was the first one that needed to find a set of open arms. My dad said it was the first time he really got to feed a baby a bottle since my mom and step-mom both nursed and he loved it. 
Uncle Connor & Aubrey
Kenzie & Grandma Paula

I believe this is Rylan...wet hair is when I have the hardest time telling my kids apart!

Tate yelling at his mom that she is taking way to long with this bath thing


Kenzie, Isabella, Tate & Rylan (birth order)

All swaddled for bed

This is the only time I will agree with all those people that tell me I have my hands full!
My sister and Paul were planning on taking the older kids to a pumpkin patch/corn maze Saturday morning. When we woke up it was so nice out that I decided we were all going. Since we hadn't planned on all nine of us going it took a little longer to get ready and we did arrive about an hour later than what was originally discussed but I didn't think that was too bad. I have decided when I need a new career I am going to run a pumpkin patch. You can charge money for everything and who in the world pays $18 for a pumpkin? We saw carts of pumpkins being hauled out so I know there are lots of people that don't think that is outrageous. The older kids had a blast jumping in dried corn kernels, climbing on hay bales and running through corn. It is so funny because these are things Paul and I grew up doing and here we were paying money so our kids could experience it. We have one more pumpkin patch outing with the girls preschool next week and then I can't believe it is time for Halloween. Why does time have to move so fast? And do we really need Christmas commercials in mid-October? Target you are not making me want to shop for the newest toy craze when it is still eighty degrees outside.

Wow, this is what it would look like if we only had one kid!

Auntie Ella


Connor & Drew

The trouble makers!

Love this picture...Natalie is picking out corn from Aubrey's ear!

These bikes are a lot harder than they should be

The take off...

got air...

a stuck landing...

well, almost.

Grandpa David & Rylan

Kenzie after a long day at the pumpkin patch

Isabella & Rlyan
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