30 weeks today AND it's my Birthday!! Good day all around!

I was a little afraid that the babies would want to come on my birthday, because if you ask my family and friends, I am a little selfish when it comes to my birthday. I love it.

My mom always made my birthday special when I was little, and I guess I carried on the tradition. I wasn't sure if I would want to share "my" day with the Quads. Who would remember me anymore? It would always be the Quads’ day after that.

But now, after 30 weeks, I am glad they aren't here for another reason; they don't need to be yet. I want them to grow stronger, healthier and when they are ready -- and if it just happens to not be on my birthday -- well :)

I keep getting asked if I am ready. If they are asking if the house is ready, if we have cribs, play pens, swings, diapers, onesies, then yes, I am ready.

But if they are asking if I am ready mentally, I am not so sure. Who really is ever ready for a baby, and all the changes that he or she will bring, let alone four babies all at once? I have no idea if I am ready. I pray each night that I am, that Jon is and that my other two sons are, but until the babies get here, I won't know.

Four babies to feed, four babies to change, four babies to try and get to sleep, four babies crying. I think about these things A LOT. But then I think about four babies to love, four babies to hold, four babies to rock, four babies who will look at me (for a while at least) like I am their whole world. This is what makes me smile.

So am I ready for that? Yes. For everything else, I will take it one day and one minute at a time.

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JoAnna Heaps lives in Salem. She is WDBJ7's "Heaps of Joy" blogger. JoAnna has two children, and is expecting quadruplets. She will be posting updates every Wednesday.

The symbolism of dragonflies

March 12, 2014

29 weeks!!! Yahoo!! Each week is a blessing. Babies are doing great. My belly is getting bigger and bigger. They move constantly. Sometimes it's very strange to see my belly moving all over the place like it's bubbling, but it makes me very happy knowing they are doing so well.

The Dragonfly

In 2011 Jon and I went to Weirton, W.Va., to spend Thanksgiving with his Nana, who lives in a nursing home, and his parents, sister and her family. Jon and I had been trying to get pregnant for about a year-and-a-half by now, with surgeries and IUI and lots of shots. We were both frustrated and sad that it hadn't worked yet.

While in Weirton we decided to go to a place that has a whole neighborhood of Christmas lights and Christmas stores. At one of the stores, Jon was buying his mother a Christmas present. At the check-out there were little dragonfly magnets. I felt like God was telling me to buy one. I argued with Him for a bit saying I don't even like dragonflies, but God told me that whenever I looked at it, I would be reminded of Him, and that He had everything under control. So I gave in. Jon just kind of looked at me funny and I told him I know, but just go with it. I put the dragonfly magnet on the counter and bought it.

After this, I started seeing more dragonflies around and was always reminded of God and his promise to us. But we tried for another year to get pregnant with no luck. So around Thanksgiving 2012 we made the decision to stop trying. The hormones were starting to make me a little crazy and the money being spent was really starting to add up. I told Jon the story about the dragonfly and he said maybe God was saying He had something else in mind for us, but He was still in control.

We went about our business, continuing to see dragonflies. Our friends bought us things with dragonflies on them. Around July 2013, Jon and I had a long talk, and he told me that he felt like we left things unfinished and maybe we should try again. I told him with my age, that if we are going do this, it has to be now, and it will have to be in vitro. We discussed the money, time, etc., and said we would pray about it.

The next day was a Saturday and we went to play golf with the boys. While golfing, we saw dragonflies flying around. We had our answer. We called Dr. Slakman, who was the doctor who performed our IUIs, and got in the next Friday to see him. We went in and talked to him and he gave us three choices for fertility doctors.

That next Monday, I called all three of them. One place shut down for the month of August. At another place, the girl was chomping gum while talking to me and couldn't get us in for a month. I then called Charlottesville, and they could get us in that Thursday. We went to Charlottesville and had a nice meeting with them, where they told us all about the risks, costs, and procedures. We made another appointment for the next week to come back and take tests to make sure we were even candidates for the procedure.

When we came back for the tests, Jon and I stepped off the elevator and for some reason I looked up. When I did, I immediately teared up. Jon looked at me funny and when he looked up, he was speechless. Painted on the ceiling were probably 100 dragonflies. We knew then we were at the right place, that everything was going to be OK, and that HE was in control.

You can follow more updates on my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Heaps-of-Love-Quads/265264510288465?ref=stream

JoAnna Heaps lives in Salem. She is WDBJ7's "Heaps of Joy" blogger. JoAnna has two children, and is expecting quadruplets. She will be posting updates every Wednesday.

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