L: You had a very interesting road to conceiving your quads! Can you share a little bit about how you came to be a mama of quads+1?
S: After realizing we could not get pregnant without the help of fertility we set out on a mission. After almost two years we were blessed with a little girl, Hannah Noelle. She was a HORRIBLE baby, like the kind you ask the doctor for a refund on! Kidding, we loved her, but she had multiple ear infections (tubes at 5 months), colic and an immunodeficiency. After surviving the first year with her I had made the decision we would not have any more children. I couldn’t imagine going through the fertility roller coaster again, the pain and the heartache. When Hannah Noelle was 3 1/2 my husband started warming me up to the idea again. My brother and sister are my best friend and my husband’s brother is his best friend. I eventually came around to the idea and we decided it was time to embark on the journey again. After a pregnancy that ended in a miscarriage on Hannah Noelle’s 4th birthday and the two month wait after that we started a fresh cycle. The cycle went great and we had “two mature follicles.” IUI was preformed and we were told that based on our statistics from previous attempts, etc, that we had a “two percent chance of twins.” 2 weeks later we were told my HCG levels were through the roof, like nothing they had ever seen. 3 weeks later, yay, it’s one baby, 4 weeks later, yay, it’s twins, 5 weeks later, whoa, there’s triplets, 5 weeks and 2 days later, 1, 2, 3, 4. Mrs. Cochran, you are having quadruplets.
L: Tell us a little bit about each of your kids!
S: Hannah Noelle looks just like her daddy, but has the whit of mommy. When she enters the room, you can almost guarantee that you will leave with a smile on your face from something that she has said to either leave you in stitches or have your mind racing for the next hour. Cannon is a momma’s boy. He is often the leader of the pack and is fearless. Gunner has recently become a daddy’s boy. He has a huge heart but is by far the bully of the group. Lauren is going to be just like Hannah Noelle, she can go from laughing to a full blown temper tantrum in about two seconds. Avery is hilarious. She is always talking in her own language, of course, but everything is funny through her eyes!
L: Can we sneak in a question for your husband, Matt? What is your favorite part about being a quad dad? What do you think is the hardest?
M: My favorite part is watching their different personalities evolve and all the love they give us. Oh, and the fact that in 5 years, I’ve got kids to mow the lawn. The hardest part for me is keeping all 5 of those personalities happy all the time and it’s super hard when one is sick and in the hospital and juggling life, work and the other 4.
L: How did you survive those first few months with infant quads? Did you have family/friends to help with feedings?
S: The first few months, whoa. First and foremost I will say a friend of mine, actually the OB that delivered Hannah Noelle had triplets two years before I had the quads and kept telling me the first 6 months will be a blur, I doubted her, constantly telling her we had it under control, looking back now, complete and total blur. My sister, Andrea, moved home from Texas to be my rock, my strength and the best Aunt ever! We traded shifts at night so everyone got a few solid hours of sleep, but during the day I held down the fort. Schedule, schedule, schedule!!! Keeping them structured in everything was a vital role in survival!
L: What has having quads (+1) taught you about yourself?
S: I say on a daily basis, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Before it was just something I said to make things seem better, but now I believe that it’s true!
L: Do you ever miss your job as a court reporter? Do you think you’ll return to the workforce at some point?
S: I miss the friendships and camaraderie that come with actually having an office and working, but don’t miss the stress, but then again, the stress stayed at work, so yes, I miss it!
L: What do you like most about blogging? Any aspects that you don’t like?
S: I love being able to share with others what our life is about. I dislike that due to certain comments I don’t always feel like I can lay it all out there like I would like to. I love the comments that empower you as a mom and person!
L: How does Hannah Noelle like being a big sister?
S: She loves it! She’s so proud to say, yes, I have a little brother, another little brother, a little sister and a baby sister. She will quickly tell you anything you want to know and some things you could have lived without knowing! She’s also very quick to respond when the question is asked two boys and two girls, NO, MA’AM, two boys and three girls.
L: You are a brave woman to take out all 5 of your little ones out by yourself! What do you think is the key for having a successful outing when on your own with multiple babies?
S: Even when you don’t have it together, fake it! If the babies, Hannah Noelle or even bystanders think you’re breaking, they only add to it. Never ever think it will go perfect, plan for mishaps, being late and a lost shoe or bow. First and foremost never doubt yourself or what you can do, you never know what you can do until you do it. Remember, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger! 🙂
L: For all of the expectant MoMs out there: What have been the most indispensible baby products for your family so far?
S: Boppies, Wubanubs, Kiddopatamus’, the feeding table, baby gates!
Sandra’s question for our Multiples and More community today is:
S: For you MoMs with older siblings, do you find yourself working double overtime to make their life as “normal” as it was before?
Thanks to Sandra for taking the time to share her thoughts with us! Please be sure to stop by her blog and say hello!