Friday, April 27, 2007

Fast Food Favs

In my pre-pregnancy days, I tried to limit my intake of fast food. After all, fast food is known for being high in fat, calories and sugar. Now that I am under doctor's orders to eat hamburgers and milkshakes, I have become quite a fast food connoisseur! After careful analysis (and multiple samples) I have come up with a list of my favorites:

  • Favorite burger on a budget: Jack in the Box Jumbo Jack (600 calories, 21 g protein)
  • Favorite french fries: McDonald's (180 calories, 4 g protein)
  • Favorite milkshake: Jack-in-the-Box Chocolate Oreo Shake (910 calories, 14 g protein)
  • Favorite chicken nuggets: Chick-fil-a Chicken Nuggets 8 ct (260 calories, 26 g protein)
  • Favorite breakfast sandwich: McDonald's Bacon, Egg and Cheese McGriddle (460 calories, 19 g protein)
  • Favorite drink: Chick-fil-a Large Lemonade (390 calories, 0 g protein) (side note: they also have diet lemonade which is just as good, when you aren't trying to pack in the calories!)
  • Favorite burrito: Taco Bell Burrito Supreme with two sides of red sauce and three mild sauce packets poured on top (420 calories, 17 g protein)

Hopefully I won't grow too accustomed to all this fast food, so that I will eventually be able to lose the 75-100 lbs I am in the process of gaining!!

Quick update on me and the babies:
I am 20.5 weeks now and so far both me and the babies are still doing great! I have started using a home contraction monitor twice a day for an hour. The device counts my contractions and then sends the data via the phone lines to a group of nurses who call me and tell me how well I did. (Isn't modern technology amazing?) So far my average number of contractions per hour has been 0.64. The doctor said that as long as my average stays under 3.5 for the week, they won't have to intervene with drugs. I have another doctors appointment on Monday, so I should know more after that!

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Home Sweet Home

One of the more common questions that we get is, "Where are you going to put all these babies!?" The answer, I think, is truly another miracle in our lives.

Last fall we started looking around at houses just for fun. Jayson had just turned down a job offer that would require us to move. When we considered the offer, we took a good look at our finances to determine how much of a house we could afford if we were to move. Although we decided against the job offer and out-of-state move, we got a little restless and started looking around at houses in our area just to see what was out there. We had lived in our house for nearly seven years, which is longer than I have ever lived anywhere, and we were itching for a change. While we were looking, we found the "perfect house". We loved the floor plan and the whole design of the house. The house had a lot of storage (something we had run out of at our current house). It also had four bedrooms, plus a study and an unfinished room, called the "Texas basement" for storage. Although we loved the house, we still were unsure about signing a contract to build it, because it seemed bigger than what we really needed. Our current house at the time could have easily held another child, and moving up seemed a bit frivolous. However, after praying about it, we felt really good about the decision to build the bigger house, so we went ahead and signed the papers.

At first, I was reluctant to even tell my friends about the new house. Although we had felt really good about the decision and felt like the new house would be a good investment, we still felt like we were being a little extravagant by moving up before we really needed to.

After we signed the papers in the middle of October, our realtor advised us to put our current house on the market as soon as possible. The real estate market in Austin was a bit uncertain and the average number of days on the market at the time was around 90. We spent the next month fixing all the little things, painting and getting everything ready. On December 1st, we put our house on the market. Four days later the house sold, for the asking price! We couldn't believe it. The family that bought the house wanted to move in right after the holidays, so December was a hectic month as we got ready for Christmas and the move. During all the chaos, I was undergoing fertility treatments and was in the doctor's office about every other day so they could monitor me closely.

We moved into a rental house and closed on our old house at the beginning of January. On January 23rd, we found out we were having quintuplets. Suddenly everything everything with the house made sense! The house that we were building was the perfect size for our soon-to-be-seriously-expanded family. We talked to our builder right away about adding a window and sheet rock to the "Texas basement" storage room so that we could make it into a bedroom. The house will now have four bedrooms upstairs and the master bedroom and a study downstairs. The house also has an extended bay on one half of the garage, which will be helpful now that we will need to park a 12-passenger van in there.

Here is a picture of the new house taken a couple of days ago:

The house is expected to be done in mid-June, so Jayson will have to close on the house and move in without me. Jayson has two WONDERFUL aunts that have offered to come out in July and help unpack, arrange furniture and even paint the kids rooms, so the house should be all ready for the babies and I to come home to. No offense to Jayson, but I trust his aunts to organize things like my kitchen much more than I trust him!

This whole experience has been such a testimony to me that God knows us individually and that He plays an active roll in our lives. We feel truly blessed that we will now have a home big enough for our family.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Television Debut

Yesterday the quints had their television debut! The local cable news station, News 8 Austin, did a story on the quintuplets. They came to our house and interviewed Jayson and Riley. They got some fun shots of Jayson and Riley and four of the five quints managed to get their ultrasound picture on there. You can watch the video and read the story on the News 8 Austin website at:

I am not sure how long it will remain a "top story", so if that link doesn't work, try going to and searching for "Wilkinson" or "quintuplets".

The Valley of the Sun

This week I moved to Arizona and officially started the next stage of my pregnancy. The past couple of weeks have been hectic, as I tried to get everything ready to go to Phoenix. It was strange leaving home, knowing that I wouldn't be back for five months. When we originally made the plans for me to come to Arizona, it seemed like something that would happen way off in the future. I can't believe how quickly the time flew!

I arrived Tuesday night and was met at the airport by my aunt and uncle, whose house I will be staying at until I have to go to the hospital. They greeted me with cookies in hand and have been doing their best ever since then to make sure I meet my 5000 calorie/day goal. When we got back to the house and they showed me to my room, this is the sight that greeted me:

There were five adorable baskets all lined up. Each basket has a soft foam "mattress" so the babies can use them for beds when they come home from the hospital. The baskets were filled with little socks, blankets, pacifiers, stuffed animals and a premie outfit. They even had an erasable calender to keep track of feedings, dirty diapers, etc. My aunt and uncle and their family are wonderful and I feel so blessed to be able to stay with them while I am here!

Kaiya, my 4-year old daughter, came with me to Arizona and has been having a blast. She is loving all the attention she is getting from everyone here and she has already made new friends. Riley, my 6 1/2 year old son stayed back in Texas to finish off first grade. He and Jayson are having some good Father/Son bonding time. I was worried that they would be having either hot dogs or Jack in the Box every night, but fortunately people have been taking good care of them in my absence!

I had my first doctors appointment with Dr. Elliott yesterday afternoon and was highly impressed. He is very personable and clearly has a lot of experience and knowledge about multiple births. He put me on "modified" bedrest, which means that I need to restrict my activity, but I am still allowed to do a few things and get out every once in a while. I am also going to start wearing a home contraction monitor for an hour twice a day to see how many contractions I am having.


Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Halfway Today!!

Today I am officially 17 weeks along. My goal is to make it to 34 weeks, so that makes today the half-way mark----Hurray! I only hope that the second half goes as well as the first half has! At my doctors visit last Friday everything looked great. The babies still growing well and I am still looking like the model patient. During the ultrasound, the technician was able to find girl parts on three babies and boy parts on two babies. As long as she was really looking at five different babies (I really don't know how they can keep track of everyone in there!), I think it is safe to say that we will be having three girls and two boys! Now comes the monumental task of choosing names. I haven't even started to think about that yet---I figure I will have plenty of time for name searching while I am sitting around all day on bedrest! If anyone would like to give suggestions, I would be happy to take them into consideration. Riley and Kaiya's top three suggestions have been: Falcon, Hot Shot, and Moon Face. They don't understand why I haven't started having towels and onsies engraved with their "fabulous" suggestions.

Below is a 3D image from our last ultrasound. Supposedly all five babies can be seen in the picture. When I first saw the picture, I have to admit that I thought it looked more like modern art than a photo of my future five. However if you stare at it long enough (kind of like those 3D pictures that were so popular in the 90's), you can actually see at least four of the five babies. (The ultrasound gal claims baby five is along the bottom somewhere.)

In addition to being the halfway through my pregnancy, today was significant in our family for another reason. Today my daughter, Kaiya, had her very first "real" haircut. Since her birth, I have only trimmed the ends enough to even things up and given her bangs. It was actually a hard thing for me to chop her hair off----I love cute girl hair, big bows, french braids, pig tails, etc. (thus my excitement over the slightly higher estrogen levels in the quints gender split). However, I am leaving for Arizona in exactly one week and will likely be on bedrest soon after that. Short hair is easier to maintain. Despite my sadness at getting her hair cut, I have to admit that Kaiya looks pretty cute with her short bob. We are going to donate her chopped off hair to Locks of Love, which Kaiya is also excited about. I guess it is time to put away the scrunchies, ribbons, fru-fru bows and ponytail holders and go buy some cute barrettes!