Oliver, Zoey and Quinn’s first birthday was almost TWO MONTHS ago! It was a really beautiful day since spring begins in late February in Texas (don’t get too jealous, winter comes back for about a week in early March, then summer starts by April). Justin took half a day off work and we celebrated a year since we first laid eyes on these littles by going to the Dallas Arboretum and enjoying some sunshine.
March 1, 2012
These are some of the first pictures of our precious ones on March 1, 2011:
Oliver was born first by a whole two minutes, weighing 4 lbs 6 oz. He started off on a breathing tube, but by day 2 he was already on cpap and by the end of the day he was on room air. The nurses couldn’t get over how blonde he was!
Zoey was born next, weighing in at 3 lbs 10 oz. This little one was so beautiful and sweet and quiet unless you wanted to change her diaper and then she proved that there was nothing preemie about her cries.
Quinn is “youngest” by about 45 seconds, and weighed 3 lbs 8 oz. She was the first to hold onto my finger when I got to go see everyone in the NICU for the first time.
Oliver is such a sweet boy who loves to cuddle his mama and play chase with his daddy. He gives big sloppy open mouth kisses and sleeps with his little bottom stuck way up in the air. He loves his sisters and his puppy dog and has a smile on his face if he gets to play with a soccer ball. He will put any and everything in his mouth unless it’s a vegetable and he claps his hands when his daddy comes home from work. He loves to sit with a book and point at the words and pictures and inspect every page…that is, until he starts to eat it. He says mama, dada, baba, dog, duck, banana, cheese, and night night. I’m sure no one would understand any of those words when he says them, but we know what they are.
Zoey has transformed from our quiet, soft-spoken, dainty little newborn girl to a spunky, outgoing, and LOUD one year old. She’s the first to go up to another baby and inspect his pacifier or tug on his ear. As soon as she started to crawl she figured out the proper way to do it on her hands and knees and quickly became the fastest baby in the house and makes a break for the kitchen any chance she gets. This girl’s favorite activity is eating, and pulling up on mom and trying to steal her phone. She’s discovered the thrill of the shriek and will exercise her vocal chords often throughout the day. She always wants to see what’s going on outside and spends a good chunk of her day by the window. She LOVES her doggie so much, she says “dohb!” all day long and looks around the house for her.
Quinn is an independent little lady who is content to cruise the perimeter of the living room all the live-long day while Zoey and Oliver argue over toys. She has a certain fascination with her index finger and points at everything. She also loves to stick her finger in her brother and sister’s mouths, which is not her smartest idea. Quinn has a sweet, infectious smile that she shares with those who have earned it. She loves to give mama puppy dog kisses but is wary of kissing daddy’s scruffy face. She loves drumming and rocking back and forth to music. She also loves shaking her head no.
A year went by insanely fast. I knew it would, but it’s still crazy to think about how much has happened in a year and how incredible these little people are. We’re so thankful that they’re healthy and have grown so well. They didn’t even get any normal sickness worse than a cold in their first year! None of them had to be on antibiotics or even ran a fever higher than 100 degrees. What a blessing! Every day with them is fun, even if it is exhausting at the same time. We love our little family so much and are so excited to see what this next year brings…new experiences, new words, new skills, new understanding. Everything is new, and wonderful!