4th birthday
Tim > Naomi > Suze > Me. Fourth birthday. 

You know it might sound trite but I've never really given much thought to being a quad. Why would you? Do you give much thought to being the eldest? Or youngest? It kinda is what it is. 

And then I had kids. 

And this fourth birthday party photo, which actually represents the beginning of memory for me (this day is the first thing I remember) is interesting as a parent. Check out those children. They're all clean. They all have their hair done. No one is poking anyone and everyone looks pretty happy. 

How did she do it?

Four homemade birthday cakes. Mum, are they sponges? They look like sponge cakes to me. Individually iced and decorated.

See where I'm going with this?

Check this out:

Mum and nan with 4
That's four little babes. Once I used to see Nan looking unrecognizable and four wee babes. Now I see Mum's gorgeous glossy blow-dried hair and a fancy clip. She doesn't look hysterical, she looks pretty happy and relaxed. 

The reality of those four babies is, even to me, really, um, a little unreal.

4 in pool
 Four hats to find, four lots of sunscreen, four sets of clothes to find at the other end of the activity. Bless her for not just putting us in a playpen for four years. 

4 toddlers
 This lot, above, same age as Tilly is now. What strikes me about this one is that Mum made those dresses. Aren't they great?

4 babes
 Tim > me > Naomi > Suze

When I think it's all a bit full on I ring my mum. She never ever even implies that I should get a grip and think about how it was for her, a Sydney girl in the country with her parents hours away by car, a dairy-farming husband and four babies. 

Hats off, please raise your glass. Mum, you are amazing. And do you by any chance still have that hairclip?


13 Comments on “four

November 26, 2009 at 10:12 pm

my hat is off to your mum and dad.
those are some great pics fi!

hard enough trying stop 1 kid going down the steps… i couldn’t 4 😉

Alex Nolan
November 26, 2009 at 10:53 pm

Gay, you are wonderful. I have 3, all different ages, and I struggle. I mean, REALLY struggle. I cannot imagine how you did it with 4, all the same age. Awesome lady, your Mum, Fi, and I could do with som top tips on looking THAT amazing in photos! xxxx

November 27, 2009 at 7:15 am

Beautiful blog today Fi.

November 27, 2009 at 2:48 pm

great pics! your parents did an absolutely wonderful job.
suzie still has that same smile!

November 27, 2009 at 8:18 pm

Wowzers. I didn’t realise you were a quad. I guess you don’t just say “Hi, my name’s Fiona and by the way, I’m a quad”. I have a friend with quads and her life is crazy busy!! Hats off to your Mum – she just has to be amazing.
Correct me if I am wrong but I am thinking that Tilly looks just like you did.
I am assuming you have seen this before –

November 27, 2009 at 9:49 pm

What beautiful photos!! You’re right, she IS amazing to do all that.

November 29, 2009 at 8:46 am

Wow, hats off to your mom indeed! We learn something new about you with each post.. did I ever mention I love your blog?! 😀

December 2, 2009 at 10:32 pm

Katie: thanks, I’ve seen this before but it still made me giggle again! gosh it looks like a lot of babies….

December 7, 2009 at 9:10 pm

must speak up and say how about your dad isnt he the best

December 10, 2009 at 10:45 pm

Katie: I’ve seen that clip before and it still made me laugh out loud, thanks!!

Dad: you read my blog?! Also, please see previous post titled “fabulous PARENTS”, for the record, you are the best. xxx

May 27, 2011 at 12:56 am

Wow! Did your parents have any other children, before or after the four of you arrived? I have only two children but am thrilled at the amount of time they spend amusing/entertaining each other.

Charley @Secret_Water
September 22, 2011 at 10:44 pm

That is a really cool blog post! Wow. Nice to know that about you. Did your mum cook everythign from scratch too?!

September 25, 2011 at 9:36 am

i am speechless, and in awe of your mum, and now i am in new-awe of all mums all over again. thanks for sharing :)p


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