New pics, update

Friends and Family,

I wanted to give you a quick update on our family.

The boys continue to grow and fill our lives with joy each day. It seems like one or more of them does something new each day as they develop before our eyes. It is neat to see each one of them already going in different directions and doing different things.

We had our first virus/bacteria go through the house this weekend. Jen and I decided to take the boys to babies r us on Saturday afternoon so that we could pick up some things that we needed. These outings have all gone well so far, so we were excited to get out again. Well, the boys decided to make this trip a little more interesting. After about 20 minutes inside the store, I looked down and noticed that Isaac had spit up “cottage cheese” all over himself from his formula feeding two hours prior. I had never seen anything quite like this spit-up. It was not pleasant, but I was able to clean him up without having to change his clothes.

Next, I met back up with Jen on the other side of the store. Just as I approached her double stroller, I noticed Clark had just had a similar spit-up, only his was HUGE. It got all over the carseat, him, his clothes, etc. We had to pull him out and change him in order to get everything reasonalbly cleaned up. By the time we got all that done, it was time for the boys to eat.

Babies r us has a nice “mothers room” where you can feed your baby/babies. Jen and I took that room over and fed the boys there. After about a 40 minute feeding/scream fest, we were done and resumed our shopping. By the time we left the store it was almost 8pm and Jen and I were starved. We had underestimated how much time it would take to get in and out of the store, so we cancelled the rest of our plans and decided to hit the drive-thru and head for home.

When we arrived home, Brooks decided that he would join the fun and he spit-up all over his carseat and himself. During the 9pm feeding, Clark spit-up (projectile style) all over Jens shirt, the chair, her shorts, and even managed to get sprayed in the mouth.

After taking Brooks’ temperature, we realized that our boys had been infected with our first bug! In some ways, we were releived that there was a reason for our crazy night, but we were disappointed that Brooks was sick. He had a temperature of 100.0 and was very fussy along with his brothers. Our doctor instructed us to take him to the hospital if it reached 101.0 or higher. Brooks was the only one to run a fever, but they all seemed to have it. At 3am, Brooks’ temperature hit 101 and I headed to the hospital with him. The docs at the hospital took some blood, gave him an antibiotic shot, and sent us back home. Brooks has not run a fever since Sunday morning, so hopefully it was just a quick bug. They are all kind of congested, but nothing serious at this point.

Anyway, I just thought I would share a bit of the craziness with you. As for Brooks, he is now scheduled for hernia surgery on July 13th. After his sonogram, it was determined that the hernia does pose some risk to his health if left long-term, so they are going to fix it. We are a little nervous about it, but overall it is an easy surgery and should not be too risky. We would appreciate any prayers that could be offered on his behalf.

I have posted some new pictures below. I cannot tell you how fun the past few months have been for Jen and I. Yes, it is exhausting, but the rewards far outweigh the struggles with the daily grind. Thank you all for your continued prayers and support for our family. We love you all.

Brad, Jen, Henry, Brooks, Clark, and Isaac

14 thoughts on "New pics, update"

  1. Anonymous says:

    I can’t believe how much they have grown since I was there helping over spring break. Looks like they are loving thier food. There is nothing better than a chubby baby! I will try to come and help soon! Don’t worry about the surgery! Like I said- it is harder on you both than it will be for him! Prayers are with you still daily! Hope to see you soon and I will bring diapers!! 🙂
    Carrie Williams

  2. Anonymous says:

    Your boys are growing so fast and are looking so cute! er…I mean handsome! 🙂 I had ONE projectile vomitor (reflux) and it was HORRIBLE! I can’t imagine FOUR babies throwing up in a matter of hours. It was very fun to read about your outing and see how it really goes. Aren’t those “mother rooms” awesome?
    We’ll be praying for your little guy and his upcoming surgery. Thanks for updating us.

    Brittany Powell

  3. we will be praying for brooks that his surgery goes good and he recovers quickly!!! sorry to hear about the “bug”. i hope things are calming down for you now and the boys get better!!! have a great week.

  4. megan says:

    sounds like your adventures are already beginning! glad to hear you all are able to get out and see the world again!! we are also thankful to hear that your “bug” sounds like it was short lived. Hope you all stay heathly. We will be praying for a successful surgery.

  5. Anonymous says:

    So exciting to catch up with all your news. I had to laugh I can remember those days when everyone was sick. I was in for 5 weeks with the older ones when they had chicken pox. Ashley was 6 mo. and had to be the difficult one and have them twice. Years later the younger ones got the chicken pox and we still got out but was away from people. Can’t imagine all the same age. Mine were close!
    We’ll be praying for the up coming surgery.
    Lynn Stein

  6. Suzanne says:

    i am horrified at reading your blog! omg..four sick little babies all vomiting at the same time! ahhh! how are yall doing it?!! glad they are doing better and will be praying for mr. brooks for sure! loved the pics!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Sounds like fun times! We really can’t wait to meet them! It seems like every trip we make up that way is for a specific reason and we don’t have much time to do anything else, but we’ll make it to visit one of these days! We are praying for you and will definitely be praying on July 13th
    Shannon Morgan

  8. Anonymous says:

    Hi Brad, Jen and the CREW,
    I am so glad that you are getting out with the boys. I know it is probably really scarey but God has protected them so well and I know they will do great. I am feeling better and hope to get to see you all before the boys are grown. Josh Paddock and his girl get married the 19th so we’re headed to SC next weekend. I love the pictures and the stories.I know God will continue to bless and keep your family together and safe. Love ya, Leona Paddock

  9. Gretchen says:

    Happy Mother’s Day, you little mommy! I dig the hair cut! You are so cute!

    Did I tell you I’ve seen Jaimie Z several times? Yeah, we’re BFF’s now. Hee hee, just kidding. We’ve only hung out once — at the “Modesty Fashion Show”, wherein we were both models. VERY fun!

    Hope everything is well. The boys look GREAT! So neat to hear how the Lord has provided for you!

  10. Anonymous says:

    So glad to hear the update. Miss you! Jen–you know how busy this time of year is, but only 8 more days!:)
    I’ve asked to be put on your Noon on Monday help list. I hope to be there each Monday through the summer (and yes, I’ll bring you a fountain Coke!). The boys look great! Can’t wait to see you….gotta go write more IEPs!
    luv ya
    Sarah Jane

  11. Anonymous says:

    Jen!!! Ahhh!! Those picts ARE ADORABLE!!! HOW CUTE!!! I love your babies!!! I want to HOLD THEM NOW!!!! =)

  12. Anonymous says:

    haha oops forgot to say the comment above was from me (sioby)!!

  13. Laura says:

    I can’t believe I did not comment on this one. I have looked at it a million times hoping for a new post, LOL!

    I hope everyone is quickly recovered, and the surgery goes well.

    Love the pictures… keep them coming!

  14. TEXOSE says:

    I am a cuz of Suzanne and felt drawn to check out your blog. I have to say that I am very glad I did. I really love your blog and all your beautiful bundles of joys. I have never had multiples but I have had two single births. Little ones being so much blessings and adventures they can bring into your lives…. Wow….you are all so amazing and I am glad that I get to read about your lives and learn from your christian examples. If it is ok, I would love to continue to read your blog… You babies are so adorable… Congrats and I will pray for you all and add you to our prayer list @ church.

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