By: Jennifer Murray

Co-Bedding Quads

I remember bring the boys home and deciding to try co-bedding for both bonding and practical issues. Afterall, these boys shared a much tighter space in my tummy; they could share a crib for a while, right? It started off with Isaac and Brooks in the pack-n-play, since they were home first. Next it was Henry, Isaac, and Brooks in one crib. When Clark came home we started the 2 per crib system of Henry and Isaac in one crib and Brooks and Clark in the other. It has really worked out fabulously. I can’t believe they’ve lasted this long. Most mothers of multiples who tried co-bedding told us that their babies only co-bedded for the first month or two before having to separate them. Our boys have exceeded our expectations.

Maybe it’s just the mom in me wanting our boys to be close buddies, but I think they sleep better this way. Sure, there have been plenty of times that Brad and I have seperated the boys because someone has gotten to close, gotten kicked, pinched, spit-up on (thank goodness the days of projectile spit-up are over), but most of the time they sleep beautifully through their naps and the night. How can we complain when our babies have been sleeping over 10 hours at night for months now? I credit our schedule and our boys for their great sleeping habits, but sometimes I wonder if sleeping together helped them sleep through the night faster, since they accomplished this milestone at less than 2 month adjusted age.

I know that I’m days, weeks, surely not months away from seperating them into 4 cribs, but everytime I start thinking about how I’m going to fit 4 cribs into their room, I see their sweet sleeping little bodies and can hardly bare to think about it. Brooks and Clark almost always sleep cuddled up together. It’s just a precious site. Lately, they’ve all been playing together in their cribs more. Almost every afternoon this week I’ve been able to peak around their doorway to catch them cracking each other up. Henry has been rocking back and forth on his knees, and apparently Isaac finds this hillarious. So until we HAVE to make their room into an orphanage-style nursery. I’m going to soak this up, cherish it, and take pictures to remember the sweetness of my babies sleeping together. Enjoy the pictures and video that I’ve captured in the last few days.

Henry and Isaac in crib #1
Clark and Brooks in Crib #2 (Can you tell they are identical?)

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21 Responses to “Co-Bedding Quads”

  1. Joy
    September 7, 2007 at 12:48 pm #

    Your boys are SO cute!!! I love the pictures! We’re trying to decide if we are going to do co-bedding and your post motivates me to try it!

    Oh, and we should definitely meet at Monical’s soon! I LOVE that place and so does my round belly! Just email me through the MOMs club and let me know when you guys are free (ha, ha, ha).

    I can’t wait to meet you and your family! Have a great weekend!!!

  2. Andria
    September 7, 2007 at 1:23 pm #

    Oh how precious! I love sleeping baby pictures. They are quite the hunkiest boys. Congrats on the peaceful night’s sleep! Amazing!

  3. Katrine
    September 7, 2007 at 1:25 pm #

    Those pictures are so sweet! I especially love the one with the boys sucking their thumbs side by side.

  4. Denise
    September 7, 2007 at 2:35 pm #

    Aww I dont blame you, I wwouldn’t want to separate them either.

  5. Kelly
    September 7, 2007 at 5:16 pm #

    What beautiful babies you have! I’m so glad I stumbled upon your blog today. I’ve really enjoyed reading about your family.

    Kelly
    http://gigliotriplets.blogspot.com

  6. Jeannie
    September 7, 2007 at 9:05 pm #

    Our trips co-slept until they were 3 months old…I was so sad to put them in their own cribs.

  7. Twinmommy2boys
    September 7, 2007 at 9:37 pm #

    I found you off of another blog, I believe it was “It takes more than an egg” anyway I wanted to say how precious and wonderful you boys look. I’m the mom to 30 weeker twins and I can relate to some of what you say, however I have no clue what it is like with four, after having two, I have to say moms with higher multiples are my hero’s.

  8. Steph
    September 7, 2007 at 10:41 pm #

    Alright – WHEN do these adorable babies come to Calvary where I can kiss on those sweet cheeks? The pictures of them in their cribs (and the one of the two sucking their thumbs) is ADORABLE!!!!!

  9. Anonymous
    September 7, 2007 at 11:11 pm #

    Your boys are soooo adorable. My trio co-bedded for about 5 months and they too slept so well together.
    I stumbled upon your blog months ago – I think it was just a few days before your boys were born – and lost track of it, so it is nice to “catch up” (I remembered the names – I have a 80 y o cousin named Brooks – named after Dr. Brooks who delivered him – lol).
    Anyhooo – wanted to delurk and say hello

    jan

  10. Anonymous
    September 7, 2007 at 11:43 pm #

    Oh the thumb sucking is PRECIOUS!!!!!!!
    CUTIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Casey's trio
    September 8, 2007 at 12:45 am #

    I can’t blame you for not wanting to separate those boys. The pics are so adorable and I love Clark and Brooks sucking their thumbs. It only gets better…my heart melts every time my girls hug and kiss each other:)

  12. Kelly
    September 8, 2007 at 12:57 pm #

    I love reading about your boys. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Triplets and a Surprise
    September 8, 2007 at 11:24 pm #

    Our trio slept together until they were 4 months when they started rolling on top of eachother. Ours definitely slept better when they were together and started sleeping throught the night at about three months. Good luck!

    barrontriplets.blogspot.com

  14. Anonymous
    September 8, 2007 at 11:30 pm #

    Love the pictures and the video. They’re so cute!! Do the other two suck their thumbs too? or fingers or pacifiers?

    Mommy of five

  15. Barbara Manatee
    September 9, 2007 at 9:53 pm #

    My BG twins only co-bedded until about 2 months – our little girl was (and still is) a wild one and was all over the crib and her brother! Love reading about your guys!

  16. crazed lunatic
    September 10, 2007 at 8:55 am #

    erin and griffin co-slept for a long time. i do love the one of them with the synchronized thumb-sucking. i always loved to see them in the same position.

    and i’m with the other mom of twins…. you rock something fierce, girlie! i know that you just have to do what you have to do to survive…. but i can’t being to imagine all the ups and downs of having two more of the exact same age!

    take care!

  17. Anonymous
    September 10, 2007 at 10:29 am #

    TOOOO CUTE!!!! I’m with Stephanie – Calvary Crew awaits them to see first hand what we prayed so hard for!!! :) Aunt Dar Dar needs to have a closer look and give them squeezy hugs!!! :) WE’re WAITING!!!!

  18. Anonymous
    September 10, 2007 at 11:44 am #

    You are so lucky you got to cosleep at all. My Isabelle was so happy to be out of the crowded womb that she refused to sleep with her sisters from the moment they got home. Even in the NICU, she would rock away from her sisters. It was so funny to see her trying to get away from her.

    Kimberly and the GA Guinn Trips
    http://www.guinnfamilyhome.com

  19. Donna Smith
    September 10, 2007 at 2:19 pm #

    Hello Murray Family,

    It has been a while since I last touched base, but I wanted to let you know that I am still enjoying reading your blog and keeping up with the family. You guys seem to do a great job, and the boys are just absolutely adorable! Thank you for sharing your life and your faith with us.

    You are all still in my prayers!

    Take care,
    Donna Smith

  20. Katrina
    September 11, 2007 at 4:00 pm #

    what precious pictures! you have adorable boys.
    I nanny for quads (2ID girls, g, b) and they cobedded (2 in each crib) for 15 months. We just did not have room- we would have made room if needed, but they did great. Then we moved and we have four cribs since. But the identical girls still prefer to sleep together at 2 1/2. So sweet!

  21. Anonymous
    September 19, 2007 at 10:49 pm #

    My girls are 5 and still cosleep. Ask a grandparent or even my own mother who had 10 brothers and sisters, she coslept with her sisters until she was a teenager. No big deal. When they’re ready, they’ll tell you. I think it promotes bonding, security (especially once they start the imagination phase ~2 years old and have nightmares). They soothe each other.
    You ARE amazing!!

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