Now that the crazy first months of the girls' lives are long past, I wish I would have photographically recorded more of how we actually got through it! There were over 700 bottles per month in the beginning. We used about 1000 diapers the first month. I don't even want to think about all the spit-ups. At times it wasn't pretty. But it was beautiful--four precious little children, all taken care of somehow.
In many ways, things have gotten a lot easier. Mostly, it's just different. I thought I'd take some time to document some things were doing now. Today it will be "the church bag". Each Sunday, we attend three hours of church meetings. The first hour we are all together as a congregation. This means that we have to find ways to keep the children quiet in our row of seats for an hour. (Eventually they will actually be paying attention, but we're not even close to that right now.) So we try to bring activities that won't be disruptive. They need to be interesting, but not so interesting that our kids break out into fights over who gets to play with what! Here's what we had in our bag this week:
These are my preferred activity, especially when they are religious. Books with flaps, activities, or magnets keep them quietly occupied for a while--at least a few minutes.
Yes, this is definitely not normal, but it keeps them busy!
Small plastic farm animals
Little purse filled with old cards
We also have to give Lana one feeding at church, so that calls for a laptop with a movie and her feeding supplies. After the first hour, we go to separate classes. I wish I had more pictures of the children all dressed for church, but Sundays tend to be a bit crazy! One of my current goals is to be more prepared on Saturday so that Sundays will be a little more relaxed.