Sunday, August 31, 2008

Progress Report--One Year Old

Here is an update of each of the kiddos. The heights/weights are all from their one-year check-up about two weeks ago.

Weight: 19 lb 2 oz (20th percentile)
Height: 29.5 inches (50th percentile)
Walking: YES
Teeth: 4

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)
Walking: NO
Teeth: 5

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)
Walking: YES
Teeth: 2

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)
Walking: YES
Teeth: 5

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.


Weight: 19 lb 10 oz (10th percentile)
Height: 29.25 inches (30th percentile)
Walking: YES
Teeth: 4

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
Grade: Kindergarten

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
Grade: 3rd

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

I tried to get a picture of me alone with the can see how well that went over!

Tiare's attempt at getting a picture with the babies went a little better than mine. (But not much!)

Tiare and Me. Tiare was such a great help this summer! We were really sad when she left!

Amanda with Kaydence, Rustin, Ryder, Kassidy and Kyndall

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.



Buggles said...

Ok babies, STOP growing!!!! How can they be 13 months old! They get cuter and cuter by the day.

Schauers Hours said...

Wow almost all of them are walking! I bet you've really had to "babyproof" things. It's so fun to watch them grow, this is like my favorite "tv show" every Monday.

The Queen Vee said...

Ryder has got a million buck mega watt smile. Wonderful that all these soon to be toddlers are all doing so well and right on target for their age. Loved reading all the one year updates on your babes and also Riley and Kaiya. Kaiya looks more like a first grader than a newly minted kindergardener. Piano lessons, memorizing songs, clearly a couple of budding musicians.

Collegegirl said...

Oh my goodness-they are getting so big! Sometimes wish little babies could stay that way forever. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE their smiles!!!

McNulty Quads said...

WOW! They look AMAZING! Go mama... great job!

Gen McNulty

takemetohawaii said...

Everyone is growing up so fast! That is so cool that Kaiya is in kindergarten and it sounds like she is doing awesome! I can hardly believe Riley and Kate are in 3rd grade. I remember their little preschool we had and they seemed so small! The babies look adorable as ever. :)

l e a h said...

They are so sweet and have such great smiles! What fun you must have with them!

Kelly said...

Great first day of school pictures of the older kids. The babies look awesome and so much bigger! I loved all their updates.

xd44ntjuh said...

this is my first time here and i realy love this blog! it's great to see the pictures and how you manage all of these cuties! respect!

Rickie said...

Hi Wilkinson Family! I decided to search for you guys the other day after starting this blog thing. It is so fun to read about your family. Your babies are so beutiful. I can't believe Rustin's red hair. They are so cute!!! I am glad for the blogs, now I can keep up with how you guys are doing. You look great. Congrats on such a cute family. I have to say, I think that Kaiya looks like a mini-Rachelle and Riley like a mini-Jayson. You'll definately have to work on him w/ that math stuff. He doesn't know how lucky he is to have a mom that can help him w/ that!

Tinabean said...

I found your blog through two for the road.
I have to tell you your babies are Beautiful ~ all 7 of them!!!