Height: 29.5 inches (50th percentile)
Kassidy is the most inventive of the bunch. She is often the first one to figure out how a new toy works. She also was the first to figure out how to get into the kitchen cupboards. She tries to use brushes and combs to “brush” her hair. She found Kaiya’s hair bow on the floor and kept trying to put it in her own hair. Kassidy loves her “nuggle” (small, silky blanket that the babies like to sleep with). When we let the babies loose in the downstairs, she will head straight for the crib room, reach into all the cribs, pull out all the nuggles and carry them around. She also attacks the laundry basket to find all the newly cleaned nuggles. She is still a “mama’s girl”, but she is getting a little better. Her hair that once stood straight up now lays flat, so she almost looks like a different baby.
Weight: 17 lb 2 oz (almost 5th percentile)
Height: 28.25 inches (20th percentile)
Kaydence is trying to take over Kassidys spot as “mama’s girl”. She is my most snuggly baby. She has a great smile and is the easiest baby to make laugh. She also has a stubborn streak---she is a girl who knows what she wants. She has the longest and the blondest hair of everybody. You can always tell where Kaydence sat at mealtime because she likes to secretly throw things overboard when she thinks no one is looking. She also hates getting in the water at the swimming pool and she as an aversion to having her picture taken.
Weight: 19 lb 10 oz (10th percentile)
Height: 29.25 inches (30th percentile)
Rustin is the most determined one. He was the first to crawl and the first to walk. If he sees something that he wants, will go over anything or anyone to get it. Rustin is my best eater. He will eat almost anything that I give him. He is also the most tactile. He likes to feel different textures. He likes to make “oooh oooh oooh” noises that sound like a monkey or a caveman. He isn’t very cuddly, but when he gives you a hug, it is a big one.
Weight: 14 lb 9 oz (<5th percentile)
Height: 27.75 inches (10th percentile)
Kyndall is the most easy-going and content of all the babies. She is often happy to play by herself and doesn’t require a lot of attention. She isn’t usually the instigator of a fight, but if someone takes her toy, she will put up quite a fight. Kyndall maintains her petite figure by being the pickiest eater. She likes to put random toys up to her ear and pretend it is a phone. When she wakes up from her naps, instead of crying, she practices her walking skills in her crib until we come get her. She likes to babble and most of what she says sounds like “tickle, tickle, tickle.” She sometimes uses a “fake” laugh to try to be funny.
Height: 29.25 inches (30th percentile)
Ryder is the charmer. He is the most high maintenance of the group and likes to have someone giving him attention all the time. I am sure there are days when he wishes he had come as a singleton instead of a quint! He has a great smile and can be very adorable when he wants to be. Like Kassidy, he is quick to figure out how things work. He still loves his binky and he loves the nuggles almost as much as Kassidy. He has a great olive complexion that I am sure will make Rustin jealous when he gets older.
Weight: 47 lbs
Height: 42 inches
Teeth: none lost yet
Kaiya just started kindergarten this week and she totally loves it. She is very smart and learns quickly. I was surprised when, after only a couple of days at school, she had memorized several of the songs that they had been singing in music. She also likes to be very independent. I think it comes from being the second child---she sees herself as an equal to Riley and thinks she can do anything he can. By the third day of school, she did not want anyone walking her to her class. Kaiya also started dance classes this week. She is taking Jazz and I think she is going to love it.
Weight: 56 lbs
Height: 47.5 inches
Teeth: Lost 2 so far
Riley was also excited to start school. His favorite subject is reading. His least favorite subject is Math (I’m going to have to work on him, if he is going to be a statistician like me!). His teacher says that he is very inventive and is always coming up with suggestions for new ways to do things. He has become such a great helper with the babies. He is very gentle and kind with them and he is able to carry one of them if we need him to (like to get everyone inside church). He started taking piano lessons over the summer and his teacher has been very impressed by his sense of rhythm. He is a very sensitive and sweet kid and he has snuck in to make my bed for me on more than one occasion.
Here's a few more pictures from the last couple of weeks:
Riley and Kaiya on their first day 0f school!
Kaiya, Ryder, Tiare, Kyndall, Kaydence, Rachelle, Kassidy, Riley, Rustin
Amanda is a friend from California that came to help with the babies this week. She is starting college this fall and plans to major in child psychology, so she thought hanging out at our house would give her some good experience. She was great and we really enjoyed having her here! She gives a detailed report of her week at our house in her blog.