Thursday, July 16, 2009

Moments of Cuteness

I often get asked if things are getting easier. The answer is yes…..and no. If you look at things on the “easiness” scale from the very beginning, I would say that for the first 18 months, things continually got a little easier, with some big jumps in “easiness” around 6 months when we got everyone sleeping through the night, and again at 8/9 months when all the babies were taking two naps a day on the same schedule. For the past six months, the line on the “easiness” scale has fluctuated a lot---up for a while then down for a while, then up for a while, etc.

In some respects, things are definitely getting easier---the babies are getting a bit more independent and are able to do more things for themselves. Their vocabulary is expanding and they can understand more which means they can use words to tell me what they want, rather than just crying.

On the other hand, all these feelings of independence mean that the babies are doing all kinds of things, not all of which are good. They are curious about everything and now they are tall enough and smart enough to actually act on their curiosities. They have no concept of things being dangerous, which is a little scary. They interact more with each other, but don’t understand the concept of sharing, so there is a lot of fighting going on. In a nutshell, they act like typical two-year-olds.

Some days I feel like I run from one problem to the next. Fortunately, there are many cute moments to make up for the mischief and mayhem. Yesterday we had one of those moments. It was Monday, and all of us were a little grumpier than usual. (It seems like it always takes a day or two to recover from the weekend when the schedule is thrown off.) The morning was filled with fights and tantrums. Things improved a little bit after their naps, but it was still a pretty rough day. At one point, everyone looked fairly safe for the moment, so I decided to make a quick trip to the restroom. When I left, Rustin and Kassidy were fighting over a book in one corner of the room, and Kyndall, Kaydence and Ryder were playing with toys in different parts of the family room. When I returned, this is what I found:

Kassidy, Rustin, Kyndall, Kaydence and Ryder

Total Cuteness! I raced for the camera and took a few pictures. To my surprise, they got mad when I stopped taking pictures and they asked for more! They are so funny sometimes!

Where's your nose???

Where's your head???

Here are a few more cute and not so cute moments that I managed to get pictures of:

NOT SO CUTE: Somebody left my bedroom door open, and within minutes my entire wrapping paper collection was spread all over the room.

CUTE: Virginia leading the quint train (minus Kyndall) around the house

NOT SO CUTE: Kaydence got into one of Kaiya's bags and had a great time with the markers. Rustin (not pictured) was a willing accomplice, only he decided to see if the marker was as fun to eat as it was to color with.

CUTE: The babies love books and Kaiya loves to read to them.

NOT SO CUTE: Our entryway has a table surrounded by a gate. It is supposed to be a place where people can put things like shoes, bags, keys, etc, to protect them from the babies. Somehow, Kyndall not only got past the gate barrier, but she managed to climb into the table. Kyndall is also the first one to climb out of her crib (it was at nap-time, so it was a pack-n-play in Kaiya's room, not a regular crib). I went to get her up, and found her asleep in the middle of Kaiya's floor, surrounded by all of Kaiya's CD's, CD cases, dolls, and stuffed animals. (I wish I would have gotten a picture of that one!)

CUTE: Kyndall can squeeze herself into the smallest spaces.

NOT AS CUTE: Kaydence turned a small crack in the TV into a gaping hole.

CUTE: I was trying to take a picture of Riley on the last day of school, and all five babies ran over and wanted to be a part of the picture too.

NOT AS CUTE: Ryder climbed up onto the desk in the kitchen (which he knows is a no-no) and tried to close the laptop so he could reach the phone (also a no-no). At the time, the mouse was sitting on the computer keyboard, so the result was a broken computer screen.

CUTE: Five babies all dressed up for church! The girls especially love to get dressed up on Sunday. They get really excited when I bring out the dresses, and they fight over who gets to have their clothes put on first. When they get their dress on, they spin around and say "so pretty!"

Fortunately, the "cute" moments outweigh the "not as cute" moments at our house. Life with (nearly) 2-year-old quintuplets and two older kids might not be "easy", but at least it isn't boring!



ShEiLa said...

They all are adorable.

Do you have to remind yourself to breathe?

I especially love Rustin's hair color... that is the color I had as a little girl. Love red.


ps. I am glad they like the camera a bit... cute photos.

Stephanie said...

They are just so full of life! Thier litle smiles are just adorable!
You've got that must never be boring!!
Heres to many more "easy" days!!

Pretty Mama said...

ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE!!! Total cuteness!

Amanda said...

Gone are the days of forty trips in and out of the house to bring babies to the car! I can't believe how big they are getting.

Congrats on surviving almost 2 years with quints, Riley and Kaiya!

McCulloch Family said...

I loved this posting, thanks again for sharing! I love how much you enjoy the moments, the fun ones and the not-so-fun ones too! :)

Tobi said...

That is surprising that the quints wanted you take their pictures.

I'm sorry about your laptop screen. I hope you have a good warranty so you can get it fixed.

I think I love the pictures of the quints playing in the wrapping paper the most. They look so happy when their up to their elbows in mischief.

Crazy Granny said...

Rachelle, I just love you to pieces for the type of Mom you are. You get the most amazing Mom award in my book. I love all those pictures. This might be my most favorite blog so far.

Hi! I'm Alex said...

They are so cute! My daughter is 2 and I was just imagining having 4 more of her around the house. She is a little tornado on her own...favourite hangout is mummy's special drawer (esp. the expensive make up that I never use because I'm saving it!). Ha ha.

Your kids are gorgeous.

Tracey's Life said...

Your children are absolutely adorable and priceless. You deserve the "Mom of the Year" award for the awesome job that you are doing. Your blog constantly makes me smile. I loved the video post showing them talking - fantastic. Thank you!

2SetsOfTwins4Me said...

omg all of your babies are soooo precious

Maaike said...

Is it just me, or is Kassidy no longer the tallest of the bunch? In the quint train pic, Kassidy looks like a mini-Kaiya. How on earth did Kyndall get into that table???

It's so cute that the quints now want to be photographed and pose, considering all the effort you've had to put into getting them to even stay in the frame! :)

This post made me smile!

Schauers Hours said...

That was a perfect description of toddler moments! And you get them times 5. Sorry about the laptop...nothing safe. And Kyndall was so funny in the table thing!

Ellis said...

omg i LOVE that pic of kydall! she is such a lil monkey! that is something she'd enjoy doing!