Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Can you imagine having 5 babies? The Wilkinson family here in Austin recently brought their quintuplets, Ryder, Kindall, Kassidy, Kaydence, and Rustin, home from Phoenix, where they were born. They are members of our church and, as you can imagine, need all the help they can get for a few months. I had an opportunity to go over last week for three hours one night with my friend, Danielle, to help out. It was quite the adventure!
They just moved into a new house and have converted the study and dining room into a cute nursery. We walked in the door and saw 4 little babies in bouncy chairs and one being held getting ready for a bottle. Everything was so organized - each baby has a color, which helps a lot. There is a log book to write down when each one eats, spits up, gets a diaper change, etc. I was pretty intimidated at first, but jumped right in. Rachelle, the mom, went out for a bit so we mostly hung out with the Jayson after he got the two older kids put to bed.
It was fine for the most part. There was about 45 minutes where everyone was hungry and crying at the same time. Jayson had two babies and Danielle and I would go between the other three picking them up, putting them down, changing dirty clothes, feeding, etc. Eventually all five babies fell asleep for a while... they were so sweet. I can't imagine having 5 babies all the time, but if there is a family that can do it, I think this is the one.
FYI, their other two kids are 5 and 7. That makes 7 kids total with an average age of 1.8 years old. Whew!
You can check out the Wilkinson's website here and there are links to their blogs on that site.