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29 Week Bumpdate

It’s that time again to gawk at the rapidly growing baby bump and to hear the scoop about what it’s like to carry ONE baby at 29 weeks versus four.  As my youth group leader, Marie, would say, “Fasten your seat belts” (and then she would wait for all of us to click our pseudo-seat-belts). Love you, Marie.

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I’m so excited we’ve made it to the 3rd trimester without any calls to the doctor, trips to triage, bedrest, etc! Once again, so thankful to have a “vanilla” pregnancy! At this point with our quadruplets, I was a week into my  in-hospital bedrest and fighting for every week. I’m so so thankful for FREEDOM! When I do complain about normal 3rd trimester symptoms, I’m quickly reminded of how minor they are in comparison.  How grateful I am to be out and about, on my feet, not drinking chalky protein shakes from a can, not being woke up at 5am for rounds and vitals, no late night monitoring sessions, and not living in FEAR!!!

I didn’t take very many bump pics with the boys. It was a strange way I tried to guard my heart in case we didn’t bring babies home. I regret it now, but here’s a comparison of when I went inpatient at 28 weeks. singleton-pregnancy-vs-quad-pregnancy-belly-shot

Yeowch! It only got harder from there!!!

Our baby boy should be measuring around 16 inches and right around 3 pounds now (bigger than Henry at birth)!!! His bones are fully developed, his eyes can open and shut, and I’ve felt him have hiccups 3x! Best part – his chances of survival outside of the womb in the 90-95%! Although, we’re planning on lots more weeks with him swimming in his soccer ball sac.

Here’s more about my not-so-extreme current state…

Symptoms: 

Third trimester hit hard last week. I was hit with exhaustion, shortness of breath, and different every day challenges, but this week is going much smoother so far! My round ligament reminds me when I’ve overdone it, but most things have been on the minor-scale of discomfort.

Highlights: 

We had another appointment at 27 weeks where we got to check on the little dude and see how well he’s doing. He’s measuring a little big and everything looks beautiful! What a relief and joy! I passed my blood glucose test with flying colors!

Brad and I got to take a day trip to IKEA last week to work on some big organizing projects and a couple of things for the baby’s room! So excited for things to start coming together! We’ve been purging a TON via donations, trash, FB Garage Sale sites, etc! (Keep in mind in true IKEA fashion 1 changing table = 10 boxes!) Bless Brad’s heart, he’s got assembly projects to keep him busy into JUNE!

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Cravings/Aversions: 

I have almost zero cravings in comparison to the “Great Steak Obsession” of first trimester.  Ice cream is pretty great. But really everything tastes extra awesome. However, my appetite has been more on the normal side versus FEED ME NOW!

Looking Forward to:

My pastor’s wife is throwing me a small shower with close church friends and family – so generous and special. I’m really looking forward to celebrating this life with them!

Again, looking forward to working on the baby’s room soon. The closet at least is cleaned out and ready to fill!

Every week that passes now my heart gets more and more excited about meeting this little guy and holding him in my arms! 

The Boys: 

Every week that passes, they get more excited too! They are interested in weekly updates and all got to feel him hiccup the other night! They like playing “tag” with him where they push on my belly and he kicks back wherever they place their hand.

Name: 

Still a secret. Still pretty sure of a first not certain of a middle. I’ll give you a hint: It’s neither Donald or Bernie.

And on that I’ll leave you with one more Bump Pic of his first voting experience today! #GetOutTheBump

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Gender Reveal: Quadruplet Style

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18 Weeks Today! FINALLY we’re ready to reveal what we’ve known for the last 5 weeks! 

I know a lot of you are #TeamGirl. The boys have been strongly in favor of #TeamBoy for sure.  We’ll let THEM tell you what we’re having. Here’s the video of them finding out if their sibling is a boy or a girl after we picked them up from school a few weeks ago. I’ll let you decide from their reactions how they feel about it…

That’s right. I’m SERIOUSLY outnumbered. 

And as you can see, the boys are extremely disappointed there are no Barbies or princess dress-up days in their future.

Another DUDE is coming to the Murray Home in July. 

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Someone take me to get a pedicure STAT! 

In all seriousness, we’re grateful and thrilled for another son and the opportunity our boys have to be Big Brothers! I just started laughing on the ultrasound table. Who would have thought this would be my life?!!!  

xxoo,

The Boy Mama Forever

 

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Colorado 2015 Part II: Our Favorite Hotel for a Large Family + Colorado Springs

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Start Here: Colorado 2015 Part 1

Warning: Picture Heavy Post

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After chatting with friends and checking out our options, we decided to stay in Denver for our short duration in Colorado. It was a central location to our “must-sees”, close to the airport, and we found a brand-new Drury Hotel in the Denver metro area. Drury Hotels are PERFECT for our family. We LOVE that they offer FREE full breakfast, free wireless, and FREE nightly Kickback that totally covers our dinner!

Our Fav Hotel


Another thing we LOVE about Drury Hotels is they are typically set up as a suite. So for our family, we typically book a 2 queen suite, and then we move the queen mattress to the living area with the pull-out couch. That way Mr. Murray and I have a room to ourselves. 😉

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(Our boys flop like fish and are very sleepers, so it’s best for us to get better rest, which is SO IMPORTANT on family vacations. They of course are used to their noisy sleeping.)

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So after we loaded up on the free breakfast of yogurt parfaits, eggs, biscuits, cereal, fruit, potatoes, and yes, a DONUT, we packed up for a day exploring Colorado Springs.

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The beauty that awaited us there at The Garden of the Gods was indescribable and like most of the most beautiful things in the world, cannot be captured fully in picture form. JUST GO SEE IT! Maybe these feeble photo attempts will convince you further…Just trust me it’s 1,000 times better in person.

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It was so to just let the boys be BOYS to climb, explore, and yes even be a little daring. Of course my job as mom was to yell out a few “Carefuls!” throughout the day, just for my own reassurance. The boys though they lack fear are pretty “safe” and don’t do anything too awfully hard to watch.

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After grabbing some Texas BBQ at Rudy’s we drove around and explored more of the area outside of the Garden of the Gods, including the Olympic Training Center in downtown Colorado Springs.  I’m a bit of an Olympics Super Fan, so I may have freaked out just a bit over the Mary Lou Retton cut-out. Mary Lou and I go back to 1984 and our first colored Zenith TV, with me imitating her beam routine on a yard stick. As you can see from her expression in this picture, she is just as excited to meet me.

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I think we could have found plenty to do in Colorado Springs for a week, but we tried to pack as much as possible into one day, and LOVED every minute!

Things We’d Love to Check Out Next Time in Colorado Springs:

We ended the day with dinner back at the hotel and a night swim. My birthday couldn’t have been better! 

One more full day of adventure was ahead…

*Thanks to Drury Hotels for covering a portion of our stay in Denver. Our LOVE for Drury Inn just keeps growing! 

 

 

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