Sunday, December 23, 2007

Virtual Christmas Card

It's Christmastime---that time of year when we attempt to be clever and create cards to send to friends and family with photos and updates on our year. This year, we have been blessed to have the support of many people, many of which we will never meet. Since there is no way to reach all of you via the regular postal mail, I am instead posting a "virtual Christmas Card". Thank you for all your prayers, love and support and have a Merry Christmas!!!

Twas 2007 in the Wilkinson home,
A crazier year we have never known.

We started the year by selling our house,
Then went off to Disney to see Mickey Mouse.

On Jan 23rd life turned upside down,
We went to the doctor, couldn't believe what he found.

"You're expecting!" he said, "...and it's going to be QUINTS!"
And our lives have not been quite the same since.

We searched for a doctor to find the best,
Which led us to Phoenix and four months of bedrest.

We stayed near in Gilbert with Rachelle's Aunt Jeanie,
And good Uncle Rick, (who isn't a meanie.)

Meanwhile in Austin our new house was done!
But without all the help, it would not have been fun.

They cleaned and they painted, they worked without rest!
Yes, our family and friends are really the best.

Five babies were born at the end of July
At 34 weeks, their weights were quite high.

Kassidy, Kaydence and Rustin were first,
Then Kyndall and Ryder had their birth.

We moved back to Austin on September one
The life we call "normal" is really quite fun!

They're all doing well and growing up fast.
It's hard to believe how much time has passed.

Riley and Kaiya have been champs all through.
They both love to help, and know just what to do.

Riley's in second grade and at a new school,
He really likes reading and thinks LEGOs are cool.

He made a short "film" for the Reflections Contest,
The judges agreed that his was the best!

Four-year-old Kaiya loves dancing and dolls,
Dressing up pretty, and drawing on walls.

This year we'll remember—for we've really been blessed.
Thanks to friends and family, it's been a success!


The Wilkinsons






Kaiya and Riley


Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Now Shipping!

The 2008 Wilkinson Quints Calendar is now available and orders are being shipped as they are received! To order the calendar, visit:

The website has also been updated to show thumbnails of each months picture. I know I am just a little biased, but I think the calendar is totally adorable. Have you been wondering what to get for that person that has everything? This calendar would make a great Christmas gift! OK--that is the end of my calendar plug for this week.

In other news.....

This week we had a visit from Dr. Candice Park, the resident who delivered the babies. (Dr. Elliott was my primary care doctor, but I was at a teaching hospital and the residents are the ones who do the actual deliveries). She had a week of vacation and chose to spend half of it with us! We had such a great time visiting with her. I am not sure how much of a vacation it was for her, since she spent her whole time holding babies, playing with Riley and Kaiya, and making all kinds of wonderful treats.

Candice with Ryder, Kaydence, Kyndall, Rustin and Kassidy

While Candice was here, we took advantage of the extra help and pulled out all of our Christmas decorations. I just love the way the house feels when all the Christmas stuff is up! Of course putting up Christmas decorations, like everything else, takes longer when you have five babies. We were still in the process of putting up decorations on Monday, when Jayson's Aunt Victoria arrived, so she helped us finish the job.

Today was the babies four-month doctor visit. The doctors are amazed at how well the babies are doing. Developmentally the babies are exactly where they are supposed to be for their age. Their height and weight still have a bit of catching up to do, however. Here are the most recent measurements:

Kassidy: 11 lb 13 oz, 23 inches tall
Kaydence: 10 lb 8 oz, 22.25 inches tall
Rustin: 12 lb 6.5 oz, 23 inches tall
Kyndall: 8 lb 15 oz, 21.75 inches tall
Ryder: 12 lb 1 oz, 23.25 inches tall

The worst part of the doctor visit was all the shots!! Twenty-five, to be exact. Each baby had four standard immunizations and the synergis shot for RSV. Needless to say, the babies were not very happy about being poked so many times. The upside to the shots and doctor visit, however, is that after we got home and gave everyone some Tylenol, the babies took a great nap!