I recently went to visit my sister in the US. She had quadruplets a few months ago and I was desperate to get cuddling those babies and helping out.
As Chloe has just turned one I thought it might be a bit much to have her with me as she would just crawl over and want to grab the babies. Max has preschool and now he’s three would be charged for a seat, so it was decided that I would just go by myself. Between the hubs and in-laws my babies were taken care of amazingly. Lets just say though, it was the most relaxing flight. Ever.
I haven’t travelled solo much at all and it might be sad to say but I enjoy my own company so the time out to travel alone was very welcomed. I watched like 4 films and a documentary and even ate my food, whilst it was hot and I didn’t have to share it. See, relaxing.
Anyway, after the flight I had a taxi arranged to get to my sisters and then I got to meet some babies and great to see their older sister again too. My brother-in-law was away for a few of the nights I was there, including the first one, so my sister and I took two babies each for the night. Two were sleeping through at that point so we each had one that did and one that didn’t.
My sister has an awesome routine established – she is literally like super woman! They were pretty much on a four hour feeding schedule so we could plan around that. They were all up and awake around 6am (luckily jet-lag helped on that front so I was up and at it every morning and could let my sister sleep longer). I have never been around multiples at all really so I learnt how to bottle feed two babies at a time and get good at holding more than one baby at once.
They still slept a fair while each day but anyone with more than one child knows that it is a rare thing for them to nap at the same time, so usually one was awake. They were so well behaved though and would kick on the mat or have fun in the swing. I guess the bonus thing with multiples is that they don’t get use to being held lots as you have other babies to see to or things to do, so they get good at entertaining themselves.
It was different to what I thought it was going to be like. I knew I was going to be kept busy but I just thought there would be at least one baby crying all the time and clingy babies wanting to be held constantly, but it really wasn’t. At all. It was a lovely age to see the babies as they were sitting in bumbos and cooing and smiling. They were really chilled and happy too, which I know is down to my sister and the wonderful mother that she is.
I am in awe of anyone that has multiples, obviously most in awe of my sister and her husband. They have four babies to care for and get ready, as well as my 4 year old niece to play with, and as well as plan and prepare paleo meals (yes, really, we ate them basically everyday I was there). Then there is all the bottles and preparing formula, two loads of laundry to wash and sort per day, dishes, nappies… she is just amazing.
They are such healthy little miracles – it was really hard to leave them! Love them so much and I’m so glad to have them as part of our family.
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Oh wow! I couldn’t imagine having 4 babies at once! Your sister really must be superwoman! How adorable x
Thanks – they’re so gorgeous!
So exciting to find the paleo meals bit! I usually eat Palro, but haven’t been as consistent the last few months. My baby has been spitting up way more with me eating not-Paleo, so back to Paleo I go! It works great, no matter how many express horror and dismay. 🙂
I go through phases of being really strict but can be hard to keep it up – definitely feel the benefit when I do though 🙂
Wow she really does sound like super woman. It makes me feel guilty for finding one too much. I am in so much admiration of parents who have multiple babies. They are incredible inspiring.
your sister sounds like super woman! Must have been so lovely to help her out and enjoy all those beautiful babies xx
Wow!!! Huge respect to your sister! I don’t know how people with more than one baby do it 🙂 They are all so cutee though xx
Wow your sister sounds incredible!!! Full on Superwoman #MaternityMondays
Wow, amazing to have quads and what a superwoman I’m barely functioning with one newborn and a toddler! #maternitymonday
Wow, your sister really is a superwoman. They will have such adventures growing up. It will be really interesting to watch them grow and to see how their personalities develop. x
Gosh they are so cute! Your sister must be amazing to manage them – I find it a struggle some days with one! 🙂
She definitely sounds like a superwoman to me! And they’re so cute! #Mummymondays
Wow, hats off to your sister, and anyone with multiples actually, i find one at a time hard enough to deal with!! They look and sound lovely though and I’m glad all went so smoothly. The flight on your own sounds retty blissful too! Thanks for linking with #MaternityMondays
Wow! They are so cute! What an amazing thing, to have 4! #mummymondays xx
I was getting tired just reading about them and I’ve only got one, haha! What an amazing woman to carry and then care for 4 babies in one go. I bet you really enjoyed your relaxing flights, it sounds lovely #mummymonday x
I think the pregnancy was probably harder for her, can’t imagine the strain on your body x
props to your sister! Routine is key for us and I only have one little one! The babies are adorable xx
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Thanks. I think routine is the only way to stay sane!