Friday, March 07, 2008

Where Did My Infants Go?

What a fun competition to name my blog! You guys were incredible! Well, by overwhelming majority, the winners are:

Daddio & Tiffany Norris with:

"Steece's Pieces"

and

Bree Leonard with:

"Prayed for ONE, Blessed with FOUR" (yae Bree!)

I just got the biggest kick out of reading all of the suggestions! Some made me go "awww", others made me tear up, and the majority made me laugh out loud! You guys are so creative! Thanks again for playing!

Joe and I had a great weekend for our 5 year anniversary at the Lakeway Inn Spa & Resort (where we spent our wedding night!)
I'm trying to load up more pics, but it won't let me...I think I've exceeded my picture upload quota for this post! Oh well, I'll have to do a separate one later...

I know it has been a while, and you guys for SURE don't check this blog to see how Mom and Dad are doing-ha! ;) So, I thought it was time for some new pics! I snapped these up this morning! I also want to remember things they are doing at this age, so I'm jotting down some notes...

Ethan (left) and Andrew (right)


"Don't hate us cause you are jealous of our sexy bowed legs and pigeon toes"



Sweet Drew with LOOONG eyelashes!
Drew is my baby who is full of energy! He LOVES to jump in the jumperoo. However, he has the worst reflux and spits up ALL the time. (which doesn't really go well with jumping!) He LOVES looking at lights and ceilings and fans...you get the picture. He's not a big cuddle-bug, but you can catch him in his moments--especially when he is sick-and it melts my heart! Any goofy face or noise or dancing will make him laugh and giggle nonstop. He also loves when you play with his hands and feet (like making him clap)...just giggles and giggles...Oh, and he is an eating machine! It is uncanny...We actually have to slow him down and take the bottle out or he will be finished in 2 minutes. No lie!
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Ethan, doesn't really like posing for cameras...he acts like he's nervous around them, so it is very hard to capture his sweet smile
Ethan is such a sweetheart. I think he is by far the most laid back and easy going. He rarely cries and always has this beautiful smile on his face that melts my heart every time. He is so observant and aware of what is going on all around him. When he gets in his jumperoo, he is very serious and has a look of concentration on his face. He LOOOOVES kisses on his cheek and neck (although he hardly EVER gets those...yeah right!) Like Drew, he will giggle and giggle when you play with his hands and feet! And the twins LOOOOVE being thrown high up into the air! Drew & Ethan can pop out that bottom lip at a moments notice and it is the funniest thing! I can't help but laugh!
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Little Princess and her signature pink bow

Savannah, over the past couple of weeks has been so smiley and happy and all giggles! It is so adorable. Poor thing has had her fair share of problems (pavlic harness, reflux, bladder infections), but she never lets it get her down. She amazes me. She has the tiniest little feet that step from side to side when she is in her jumperoo. She chuckles from deep down in her belly and I LOVE it! She LOVES to look at books, and checks out every single detail on any item I give her. She is so gentle and will softly put her hand on your hand/face/arm when you are feeding her, changing her diaper, or holding her. When I sing to her, she will start cooing back to me in a soft little tone...gets me every time! Oh, and she has a VERY LOUD CRY! ;)
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Oh, Ben...such a character
Ben, where do I even start with you? I already had Ben figured out when he was in my womb! He is exactly the same...I can't really explain it well. Ben is a charmer and is laid back--WHEN HE WANTS TO BE! TALK ABOUT A LOUD CRY! SHEESH! He is very strong and already stands with little help. His legs are so strong because he goes CRAZY in his jumperoo...sometimes I think he is going to jump through the ceiling! He is very aggressive with his toys and loves to pull/tug/throw/jerk/squeeze anything he can get his hands on. He has taught his brothers and sister to SCREAM/SQUEAL at the top of their lungs for whatever: when happy, bored, sad, upset, wanting attention, etc. It is so funny. He is SUCH a cuddle-bug and LOVES attention.



I've been thinking about when these rugrats start crawling and walking (gulp) and getting into trouble! Here is how I suspect it will go down:

Ben will be the one to come up with an idea that will get him in trouble...
Ethan will be the one to plan out exactly how it will go down...
Drew will be the hench man who physically carries out the plan...
and Savannah (hopefully) will be the one to come tell mommy what the boys are up to!

Every day is an adventure with these rascals and I love them more and more!

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84 comments:

Williams' bunch said...

So cute...love the pics!!

Betsy said...

Hello.... I just have to tell you that I love reading your blog. I'm a member of PAMOM (have b/g twins who will be two in April) and someone gave me your blog info when you helped out with the Gerwer Quad's mom... Anyway, your children are adorable and I loved reading about each of their little personalities. You seem to have it all under control (which is so impressive because even twins wear me out!!!) Keep up the good work!!

Anonymous said...

You are so blessed!! I love there beautiful smiles!! Thanks for sharing!
Tressa

The Murray Crew said...

Suz, someday you are going to look back at this post with such gratefulness (and tears) that you took the time to "count the ways" that you love each of them. It was PRECIOUS. I love you.
Jen
aka Quatro

Brittany said...

awwww... i love hearing about their little personalities. how wonderful that you will be able to look back and remember these precious moments. all four are just such wonders, i love their contagious smiles!

Jodi said...

It is so blatantly obvious that you are a wonderful mommy. I love the notes you wrote about each sweet little Steece being their own person... and how you just love their little personalities! That is why we love them too! Great pics... won't we all be so thankful down the road for all we've written and captured in the blogworld?! I'm not a big scrapbooker or journal writer, so I am thankful God has given me this outlet to get it all down! :) Thanks for sharing!

Courtney said...

VERY fun post. I love hearing about their little personalities! And man, have they grown or what? The twins are SOOOOOO cute....all of them are, but E and Drew are just doll babies!!!

Baylee's Mommy said...

Wow I can't get over how much they have grown. SO sweet! My bug is growing MUCH faster than I would like as well :)

Sammy'smommy said...

they are just gorgeous, I love reading about how wonderful they are doing and how much you guys love them and how blessed you are to have them. Thanks for keeping this girl on bedrest engaged in the real world:)

JAMIE'S CREW said...

What a fun post! Thanks so much! Love all the new pictures. I remember looking at my boy/girl twins after birth at the way they moved their legs and I knew EXACTLY which one of them [both were breech] had been tap-dancing on my cervix! I know exactly what you meant about Ben. It is uncanny.

Anonymous said...

Found your blog through a friends...they are truly a blessing....I have a question though that actually was prompted after reading about the couple in NY who had identical triplets!!
Two of your boys are identical right? Do you ever have (do you still at times when things are crazy) have a hard time keeping those two straight?

Suzanne said...

anon- good question! they are looking more and more alike! more than anything, i can tell just by the way they look at me. they act VERY different with their mannerisms etc. but i'm not gonna lie, about a week ago when joe and i were getting the quads out of bed for their 6am feeding, for some reason we had BOTH thought that the child he brought out was E when in fact, it was Drew! If all else fails, E has a little red birthmark on his right middle finger!

The Nowling's said...

I will pray for little Sav, and hope that all goes well with her surgery.
Your babies are beautiful. My friend Jen and I check on them daily!

I was so excited to see your comment, it may as well been Jennifer Aniston sending me a comment, to me I feel like you are famous. LOL

Best wishes and lots of prayers for your entire family.

Fran

Candace said...

i love reading your blog. the quads are adorable and love the smiles. i always love your run down of them all. It seems despite have four and probably very little time you know your children.
I thought i would lose my mind when my son become more mobile but in fact i enjoyed it because i see the look on his face accomplishing something so awesome. Enjoy!

Becky said...

Congrats on the new blog design and name. Very, very cool. And, hey, I was happy to see my suggestion made the top 3. ;-)

Funny that you mention how Ben is the same as he was in the womb. It was the same with my girls. (They were positioned so they kicked each other in the head. Things haven't changed much, except now they can yell at each other too.) Crazy.

Kristin said...

I love the new look! I've been reading your blog since you were pregnant..but couldn't reply because until recently wasn't a blogger user. Anyway..I have four (but have about 2 years in between each!). I also have an Ethan and your description of your Ethan is exactly like mine!

Jackie said...

How about an update on Shiloh! Of course she is being a good girl. Is she liking her kids?

Tiffany Norris said...

Wow--they seem to be growing really fast! They're so cute!
I love the new look and the name. :)

Kristi said...

Love the new blog name and the new pictures! Wow - they are so big!

mrsgingergrl said...

They all look so so great!! They've gotten so big... blog looks great too. :)

The Johnstons said...

I absolutely adore your new layout! Your darlings are growing up so fast, it's amazing how big they are already.

Nicki W. said...

suz,
this post is PRECIOUS. wow. isn't it wild how they have such distinct personalities??? god is so good and makes us all unique, how divine is THAT?!
now, for future reference...HYLAND TEETHING TABLETS are the little things we give mr. t. however, on the really tough toofer nights, only motrin will suffice...yours will get there very soon so they can take motrin. don't worry though, i think i have a particularly moody toofer man...hopefully your 4 will not all be like him ;) ;)

heart you lots.
nic

Ashhog said...

They are just so darn cute! I get so excited when I see that you have a new post up! I love how you wrote about all of them individually. And...I love the new blog look! Very cool!

Lisa-IL said...

Wow, your babies have grown so much! I love how Savannah looks so petite compared to her brothers. They are adorable. Your blog looks great. I love the colors.

Danda said...

Suz,

I love it all. You seriously can write a book. Are you still getting help during the day. Great job on the blog.

Julie said...

They are getting so big!! I can tell fromt he pictures that they are full of personality. We would love to visit the babies when the time is up for the flu season/RSV; let us know!!

Stephanie said...

I CANNOT believe how big they are getting! Their facial expressions show such personalities! I have been following your blog since you were pregnant, and enjoy all the updates! Thanks so much for opening your life to ALL of us. You amaze me!

Hilary said...

Wow, they're getting so big! It seems like your babies are always so happy! I also wanted to let you know that there is a mom of 10 month old quads that is new to the blogging world. I am in the process of creating a new layout for her and I told her I would put her in touch with a few other quad families with blogs that I read. Their blog address is http://arnoldquads.blogspot.com/

Collegegirl said...

They can not be 7 months already! With all of their personalities, the Steece house should be interesting. I am amazed at all of their strengths and what they have learned!
It is so good to hear that they are progressing well and I love looking at how they grow each time a new post is put up.
Have a great weekend!!!

Katie said...

I don't even remember how I ended up at your blog, but I have enjoyed it very much. The babies are all so adorable. One of our family friends has a sister that goes to church with you and she had told us about your blog as well. You have a beautiful family

ASHENFELTERS said...

Hey! The blog looks so great and I got so excited to see pictures of the wee ones! They are just SWEET!

My Goodness said...

Love the new look and the title is perfect-o!!

Your babies are beauties...

Many blessings for sure!

BoufMom9 said...

Love the pictures and your gorgeous descriptions of them. Your little guy Drew sounds exactly like my son Will. Such a serious boy but with a HUGE hearty laugh.
BTW I LOVE your new blog name and header. The artwork is incredible!

beth ewing said...

i can't believe how old they are and how old they look. wow! you probably don't have alot of time before they start crawling. good luck with that. hehe!

Harris Boys said...

LOVE the blog name, great choice :)

your kiddos just get cuter and cuter. thanks for updating us..I've been dying over here..LOL

Nikki said...

They're gettting so big. I love reading your updates...the kids are so adorable!!! You are very blessed.

lauren said...

This is one of my favorite posts you've done of them! I loved hearing all about their personalities, and the pictures are adorable! You have 4 BEAUTIFUL babies!!

the schirano triplets said...

the new pictures are (as always) adorable beyond words! i love the little bios you wrote too, it is wonderful to hear the little things that make up their individual personalities. isn't it amazing how such little things can have such BIG personalities! the new blog layout and title look wonderful!

Anonymous said...

Boy oh boy oh boy! Those boys sure don't look anything like their daddy - yeah right. And little Sav looks like mom - they are too cute!!

~aj~ said...

This is one of my favorites of all your blog posts. I love those smiles and learning more about their personalities. They are just amazing!

Barbara Manatee said...

Those HUGE smiles and gorgeous eyes!! How can you not love them to pieces! Two things in your post stood out to me. (1) about how Ben is just like he was in the womb. My two are just like they were before too - my little man is calm and quiet and my daughter is feisty and she was ALWAYS kicking and moving around in my belly. (2) the other thing is how you imagine them to get into trouble. In my future I totally picture this phone call from their principal: "Mrs O, I have your twins in my office for (fill in the blank)." When I get there, Sarah will be sitting there, twirling her hair and giggling and Jacob will be crying saying "Mommy! She made me do it!" ha!

Gavin's Mommy said...

I just love reading your blogs! My little boy is just 5 days younger than your babies, and now I'm having twins! Due in September! I'm so nervous about have two newborn babies and one who is just learning to walk! It's very scary to think about! They will be 1 year and 1 month apart (almost exactly). But, your blog looks so cute, and your babies are even CUTER!

Anonymous said...

Your blog, especially today's post, is a ray of sunshine in my day! I am inspired by your zest for life. Your kids are BEAUTIFUL and Ben has stolen my heart. I know it's not nice to play favorites, but every picture of him just melts me! God bless you for blessing me! Thanks, Miranda Allen

Summer, Justin, & Blake said...

The babies are PRECIOUS! Wow, I can't believe how much they have grown! I started reading your blog the day before you delivered and it has been so fun to watch their progress. Ya'll are doing such an amazing job and I am so impressed that you have gone on a few overnight trips! (We have yet to leave our 11-month-old!) Thank you for the update ... I love those sweet smiles!

Misty said...

I am just amazed everytime you post pictures at how much they have grown. I didn't think it was possible for them to get any cuter but they do each time!!

My friend and I were talking tonight how it seems just like yesterday when they were born (yes we talk about you and how we think we are your friends although have never talked and only read your life through your blog, lol sorry if that freaks you out LOL).

Thank you so much for posting the new pics!! I know all us lurkers/blog buddies look forward to seeing those beautiful babies of yours grow and grow and LOVE reading about how much they are doing.

May God continue to bless you and your family!

Jennifer :) said...

I love the new blog title, and the huge smiles from your babies! They seriously have the CUTEST smiles! Love it! ;)

Just so you know, I think other blog stalkers will agree that we like to hear about you and Joe as well as your babies! ;) Glad y'all had a good anniversary!

Andria said...

Gosh Suz, you change the look of your blog... did you have to change the looks of the kids too? Babies? What babies? Whoa girl, get those "baby gates" up, I think they're going to be mobile soon!

What a difference since the last pics!

The Arnolds said...

Your babies are adorable. I am looking forward to getting to know others who are going through the same adventures as us. I have enjoyed looking at your blog, again the babies are beautiful. Hopefully I will talk to you soon. Also, thanks to Hilary for hooking me up with your site!

Justin & Shauri Phillips said...

My goodness! The babies are getting so big! They are all so adorable. I love their dimples!!! It's so good to hear that things are going so well. Enjoy these pre-crawling days!! It's over when they get mobile. I can't imagine having 4 mobile at the same time!!! :)

Anonymous said...

Suz,
Your babies could not be any cuter. They are looking more and more like you and Joe. I love reading about each and every baby.
My b/g twins are 6 and when I showed my daughter your babies pictures, she went nuts. Now I have to go buy her a new doll so she can name her Savannah.
Thanks for letting the world into your lives so we can watch these beautiful babies grow.
Cathy in Frisco

winstead family said...

YOU SHOULD HAVE JENNISA PUT THEIR NAMES ON THE STROLLERS! TOO CUTE!

Maggii said...

Oh my...they are getting so big...I've been reading your blog for a while..and am fascinated with your story. Those babies are just beautiful!

Crystal said...

I love reading your blog. Your writing is just wonderful and you really are going to appreciate this so much in the future and I think your kids will too!

Ethan and Drew are starting to look more and more alike. They are precious! And little Savannah is so sweet. And Ben looks like such a ham. He looks like he loves attention!!

So glad you and Joe had a wonderful 5 year anniversary weekend. I hope you do post some pictures!! I check the blog for updates of you two also!! You guys are amazing people! I could not imagine raising 4 babies!

Leah said...

This is such a great post! Thanks for sharing! I love the new look!! Ben looks SO much like your husband to me.

Gen McNulty said...

Suz,
THEY ARE TOO DARN CUTE!! I just want to hop on a plane and hug 'um and kiss 'um!!! I miss that stage so much sometimes. From this point on they will grow and change before your eyes DAILY! As much as I miss the "baby" stage I have to tell you that it only get's better. Ya, my kids are NUTS.. and spread poop on the walls, climb all the furniture, and keep me on my toes 24/7. But they also say things like "I wuv you!" It just doesn't get better than that! Even right now.. they should be taking a nap.. instead they are playing "peek a boo" in their cribs.

You are GOING to love all that comes next!

XOXO
Gen

Francine said...

What precious babies you have. They just get cuter and cuter. You are so blessed. Thank you for sharing with us bloggies out here. I look forward to reading your blog it always puts a smile on my face. Oh and I love the new look.
Great job.
Hugs,
Francine Howell

WELCOME said...

Love the name... I see so much of Joe in Savannah, do you?

Hilary said...

They are getting so big!! Suz you are just awesome.....I love your personality and girl you can tell a story!!!

Jon and Tiffany said...

Your new site looks great! Like the title too. I guess "The Final Four" didn't make the cut;)

Savannah is a cute girl. Sounds like she has a lot in common with our little Lauren: "fair share of problems, but she never lets it get her down." It's evident Ben, Drew, Savannah, and Ethan are high on life!

Tricia said...

I'm a long-time blog stalker---your babies are just precious. I wanted to tell you about Babywise 2, just in case you haven't already heard about it. I've been having the hardest time training my 2nd (a boy, 11 months) to obey, etc. A friend gave me the book and like the first, it's a quick and easy read. The concepts are practical and easy to implement right away---and I'm seeing a world of difference in my little guy after just a few days. I wish I had had this book with my first because we're having to retrain for first time obedience with her. I know you're a fan of Babywise so I'm assuming you'll love the 2nd one too. It'll help you guys out for sure! Blessings on the Steece house--thanks for your blogging. I love watching your adorable babies grow and change. Whew! Long comment...sorry!

Emily said...

holy toledo...those are some of the cutest pictures. i love that you shared a little of their personalitites. they have some of the greatest smiles i have ever seen on little bambinos. you are doing a fantastic job little mama!
i am also lovin the new look of the blog!

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Tabaitha Kaye said...

my they have grown! after the cranial bands, it's a big difference. they are beautiful and those smiles are precious! our little one is 8 months and we have yet to leave him overnight, but hopefully that will change soon. glad you had a nice anniversary. thank you for sharing.

Ashley said...

I have been stalking your blog for a while now but after this post, I just had to comment!

I hope that when I have kids they are half as cute as your adorable babies! You and your family make me smile!

Thank you for sharing your blessings!

Casey's trio said...

The babies are so cute Suz! Love the smiling faces you were able to capture. Now that picture of Ben sticking his tongue out....I think he looks alot like Joe in that picture! The new blog design looks great. Can't wait to see pictures of your anniversary weekend. So glad you had a great time.

Anonymous said...

Where do you get savanna's bows? They are too cute!

Lydia said...

I love the new "look" of your blog and I also loved the pictures, they're all adorable. I have to say that I'm glad you and Joe were able to get away for a few days and I know you loved the Lakeway. My husband I stayed there for 2 nights about 6 weeks before our first one was born. I loved it! We saw deer outside our window every day. So cool. I just had to share that because I got excited when I saw that was where you guys stayed.

Andrew and Emily said...

Hi Suz! Found your blog through Casey Gerwer's and realized that I have met you! I was her high risk nurse the night before/morning of her c-section! We were both in the big possee that wheeled her down to L&D! Well I just think your family is precious and have enjoyed reading about quad life! I'm so glad Casey has such a wonderful person like you for advise/guidence etc!

Emily

Sara Rose Tutus said...

Hi
I love your blog! Your kids are precious. I make baby tutus and would love to make one for your little diva!

Blair said...

Hi Suz! I love your blog. Your babies are so cute. My youngest daughter (5 1/2 months) was also in the Pavlock Harness. She is out now, but will have to be watched for the next few years.
Thanks for sharing your joys with the world! They are such a blessing.

Elizabeth Cheek said...

Hey girl-You may not remember me from Harding. I have really enjoyed looking at your site and would love to hear your story about the quads. My name was Elizabeth Schuhknecht. now my name is Cheek. I have a 3 yr old girl and 2 yr old boy. Let me hear from you. they are precious!

Sooz said...

Just when I think they can't get anymore adorable and then you go and post these pictures! Cute cute cute! I love the last part of the post about how they will be when they start walking..haha!

Leonie from down under said...

too cute, gee they are getting big! just gorgeous just want to pinch those cheeks. keep these updates going in time you'll forget the little bits and wish (like me) that you wrote them down. what a wonderful way to journel their lives.
xx Leonie

Anonymous said...

Why are all the boys just in diapers but Sav has clothes on?

Leslie A. said...

I LOVE that when your kids are really smiling, their mouths are wide open! Could that be any cuter??

Anonymous said...

your babies are soo adorable....i see why you say they melt your heart......too bad i don't live in texas or know you for that matter....they would be so much fun to watch!!!

moriah from PA

Krystyn said...

I love the new look.

Thanks for sharing their personalities. It will be so special to them and I imagine to your families that you take the time to do this.

Thanks for sharing those cute little faces!

Chelley N said...

Your kids are too cute for words! How do they do when you're away? Are they accustomed to others caring for them? Do you still have help come during the day? I would love it if you would do a Q & A session on your blog for curious minds like mine!

Jessica said...

i love reading about and seeing pictures of your cute babies. what a sweet family!

Amanda said...

It's so amazing to me how 4 siblings can come from the same surroundings, same parents, and in your case same womb and still be 4 unique individuals with so many differences. The Lord is the only explanation for this phenomenon. I love reading about their unique personalities. You do such a great job of capturing each of them. I know they will love reading all of this and appreciate all you do to keep up with this blog when they get older. I only have one and don't see how you find the time. Keep it up, I love watching them grow!

Deanna said...

Cute pics. You can always dream that Sav will be the one who comes and tells but most likely she is going to be right in the middle of it all!! LOL!! I always thought Madyson would be the one to come running but lately she has been in the middle of it all then blames someone else. I can not believe how big they are getting. They are all so cute.

Kelly said...

In these pictures, you can really tell they are all brothers and sister. They are so cute and Miss Ashley has the same big pink bow!!

Alice said...

Your sweethearts are growing so much. Relish in EVERY moment because they are gone before you know it.

Where do you get Savanah's bows???

Just Me said...

I babysat a set of triplets beginning when they were 5. 2 boys, 1 girl.

Once the little girl was in the kitchen with me while the boys were downstairs. I asked her to go find out what they wanted on their hamburgers and she came up, reporting with a big sigh that "they're getting along and haven't wrecked the place. For once".

It was just so matter-of-fact it was funny. Poor outnumbered girls.

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