Monday, February 11, 2008

SIX MONTHS OLD!!


On January 31st, the quints officially turned six months old! It is amazing how fast time flies! Six months is such a fun age. They are very interactive and have such cute personalities. They are starting to discover the world around them, but aren’t quite mobile enough to cause problems. A couple of the local news stations ran stories the week of the babies’ six-month birthday. Check out Jayson’s blog for links to the news stories. One of my favorites was when the anchors from KEYE came to do a volunteer shift with the babies.

Ryder, Kaydence, Rustin, Kyndall and Kassidy loved watching themselves on the news. Kyndall was worried that the camera would add ten pounds to her petite figure and Ryder was concerned that his quotes would be taken out of context, but in the end, all the babies agreed that the stories were pretty good.


Now that the babies are six months old, we have started using the high chairs for their intended purpose---feeding! Solid foods have gotten mixed reviews from the babies. Ryder and Kaydence can’t seem to get enough. They love everything I have tried on them. Rustin is starting to get used to the idea of eating baby food, though for some reason he would rather lick it off of his bib than eat it from the spoon. Kassidy and Kyndall want nothing to do with solid foods. We think we have made some great progress with Kyndall because she has stopped bursting into tears at the mere sight of a spoon.


Look how perfectly these five high chairs fit along the back wall of our kitchen! It is a good thing we didn't have six...

Kassidy's face pretty much sums up her feelings about solid foods.


I consider it a small miracle that for the first six months of their lives, the quints managed to stay totally healthy! Despite the fact that we have so many people coming into the house and Riley and Kaiya bringing home germs from school, their worst ailments were a few stuffy noses. This past week, however, has been a different story. A week and a half ago Kaiya caught some kind of virus that included a couple of days of low-grade fever, runny nose, sneezing and coughing. Despite my best attempts to keep her away from the babies during that time, the sickness quickly spread to other members of the family. I really can’t complain too much, because as far as sicknesses go, this one was pretty mild. However, having a bunch of sick babies around certainly made life interesting!


In honor of the babies six-month birthday, my friend, Kristen Duke, who is a fabulous photographer, came over to take pictures of the babies. My grandma (the babies great-grandma) was in town visiting so we also took some "Four Generation" shots with each of the girls. Kristen took the picture at the top of this post, as well as the pictures that follow. Check out her website at: http://www.kristendukephotography.com/.


Great-Grandma Rappleye with Kassidy, Rustin, Kyndall, Ryder and Kaydence


Ryder

Kyndall



Rustin

Kaydence


Kassidy



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37 comments:

Burkett Quad Squad said...

All i can say is GORGEOUS!!!!! your babies turned 6 mos a few days after our 4. I LOVE the pictures that your friend took! they all look so healthy--good job momma and daddy! here's to 6 more months...oh how different they'll be then....:)

Bates Family said...

They are getting so big!! The pictures are gorgeous!!!!! Can't wait to see them in the morning.

Tobi Wilkinson said...

Hurray for solid foods! I'll have to check on base and see if baby foods are cheaper there. Congrats on surviving their first six months with your sanity intact!

Anonymous said...

So very cute!!!! Adorable!!!!
Mommy of five

Bloggy Mama said...

Soooo cute!!!

Hilary said...

I'm glad to hear that you all have made it through the first six months relatively healthy! I love the pictures that your friend took, especially the ones at the end of your post. What precious babies the Lord has blessed you with!

whattoexpect said...

How in the world did you get them all to smile or look charming for those photos? It's unlike anything I've ever seen.

Adorable kids. A beautiful story to follow.

nailgirl said...

Oh how precious.

Cori Ann said...

How blessed you must feel to have such happy and healthy and not to mention GORGEOUS babies. They are so beautiful... each one. You amaze me. Thank you for sharing with all of us and letting us see a glimpse of what it must be like in your home. May the Lord bless your sweet family. :)

Laura said...

I love reading your blog! I love seeing the pictures. Each baby looks so different and unique and you can tell they each have their own special spirit. What an amazing (and exciting) experience all this is. Solid foods is a huge step. You are doing so amazing with these babies! They all look so healthy and wonderfuL!

Athack77 said...

You kids are beautiful! What crazy fun!

Anonymous said...

wow...rustin REALLY looks like riley!! they are all so beautiful.

lindsay Roscoe said...

The highchair picture made me laugh. They are so cute adn you all seem so happy. Hurray to six months.

The Queen Vee said...

Congrats to you all, Rachelle, Jayson, Riley, Kaiya, family volunteers, VOLUNTEERS,and Drs for reaching this milestone.

Thank you Rachelle and Jayson for letting so many of us enjoy and participate in this extraordinary journey.

This experience continues to touch our hearts and lives in so many countless ways. Who would have thought a year ago that not only would you receive an outpouring of blessings but also so many of us would too.

Beautiful pictures by Kristen of beautiful babies. I miss them all as like so many others they have stolen my heart.

From what you wrote and what I know
Ruston, the thinker, thinks about his food.
Ryder, the highly wired one must have figured out it taste good and gives you lots more ENERGY.
Kaydence, miss sassy girl, thinks this is good and different sign me up.
Kassidy, she' going to do it her way when she wants.
Miss Kyndall thinks it less messy and easier to suck from that bottle.

Just my observations from afar.
XOXOX
Auntie V

The Queen Vee said...

I forgot, I'm so glad that your grandmother was able to visit what a darling looking lady and what special pictures for all of you.

Mama M said...

I had a Great-Grandmother Rappleye also, but she was gone before I was born. It is a great blessing for the generations that connect us to the past and to the future to be able to know and love one another. And a photograph of four generations is a great treasure!

Everyone looks so good. Every baby should have such fat pink cheeks!

Love from a 3rd cousin once removed (or thereabouts!)

Kristen Joy said...

love those precious little ones...sorry the sick bug finally hit.

Crazy Lifferths said...

I have to admit, that I came across your blog through a friend's that lives in TX. I have been keeping up ever since, because WOW what an amazing story to follow! You are amazing. You also have BEAUTIFUL children. I am so impressed that each of their photo shoots have come out so well.

Shauntae said...

Thanks so much for continuing to share the lives of your beautiful children. Their faces made me smile, and I am always reminded of what a blessing our children are when I read your blog. Happy half birthday quints!

Cassi said...

Ohhh they are so so cute! How did you manage to not only get them all here so healthy but also so dang cute??
Texas Tech is in our top five for jobs... not sure how close that really is to Austin but definitely closer than we are now! :) Jaden would have 5 instant playmates!

Kelly said...

Happy one/half birthday! They look so adorable.

Amber said...

Beautiful pictures! Beautiful babies!! I've been convertly reading your blog. Krissy Eckholdt is my sister and she kept us all up to speed on your progress thru-out the pregnancy and once y'all got home. What a miracle you have all managed to stay so healthy!! They are just gorgeous. Happy Valentine's Day!

Schauers Hours said...

Sorry they got sick! Keep up the good work! Grandma is so cute with the babies, and those black and white photos are so gorgeous.

Spymommy said...

Um, yep, I've pretty much decided that Rustin needs to come live at my house! Man those babies are so cute I can hardly stand it. Thanks for continuing to give us a little insight into your life . . . it is such a joy to see those babies and know they are in your excellent care.

takemetohawaii said...

What beautiful babies! How fun that they are 6 months! That is definitely amazing that there haven't been more colds and sickness. Yay!!!

Kellie said...

I can't BELIEVE they are 6 months old already!! But, it's easy for me to say that when it's not my house full of babies :)

Beatiful pictures of beautiful children!! Thanks for an update!!

Anonymous said...

SO CUTE!!  What sweet babies you have!  They are getting so big!

Janice said...

Absolutely marvelous pictures and story. I also think this age is wonderful. Kassidy sure has her own unique look. I'm sure sorry even the spoon makes a couple of them unhappy. I suspect the solid food is to slow to gratify for those two.. Perhaps to much work....

Kelsey said...

Wow! I just stumbled across your blog and spent the last few hours reading it all! You made me laugh and cry and I just wanted to tell you how amazing you all are! What a beautiful family.

My Boaz's Ruth said...

*smile* You get great pictures of your little ones. However, MY son got the whole nation to play their championship football game of the year on HIS 6-month birthday, so he could have a huge party and everyone come!

Congratulations on the solids. Isn't it fun?

Kelly said...

I love the new look of your blog! It's very pretty. It makes the kids' pictures look eve cuter, which I didn't think was possible.

pj said...

Love the "new blog look"! And although those pics are cute...they are quite as cute as seeing them in real life! Love holding those babies!!! Puts a smile on my face everytime!!!

pj

2EMomma said...

I love the new blog look. Nice balance of colors and just really calming. The kids are sooooooo cute.

Lisa said...

Love your new page topper! And the pictures are so great. I really enjoy your blog.

Diane said...

Photos look great! I'm glad they and you are staying healthy; at least nothing serious.

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Momma x5 said...

oh they are BEAUTIFUL!! Chunky and smiley, and so loved. Love the new template. Beautiful family!

chellekay said...

I just came across this blogg and I wanted to comment on how nice it was! You have a very beautiful family!