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The Quints are 3!!!!!

Y’all, it seriously doesn’t seem possible that my babies are three years old! What a fast and furious three years it has been. They have filled our lives with so much joy, happiness, chaos, frustration, lack of sleep, fun, craziness, but most of all love! It is truly amazing to get to experience raising quintuplets. I’m so thankful God picked us for this awesome responsibility of loving, teaching, and raising these five precious humans. I pray that they will all grow to know and love our amazing Lord and will always know how much they are loved by our family and our wonderful support system.


Here’s Mia, Tessa, Brant, Gracie, and Rayleigh’s 3 year updates:

Mia Danielle– She is the oldest and she is the leader. She’s the toughest out of all six kids. She’s spunky, funny, and fierce. She loves to laugh. She is the only quint that still has her g-tube. Mia now weighs 24lbs and is the smallest out of all the quints. She still uses her g-tube twice a day. When she’s hungry she eats well, if she’s not hungry, she won’t eat at all.

 

Tessa Suzanne– She is the loudest of all six kids. She loves to sing, dance, and cheer. She keeps us entertained. She’s funny, loves to laugh, and is always in the middle of everything. Tessa is just a joy to be around. I can’t help but smile with I see her sweet little face. She now weighs 27lbs and is tied for the biggest quint. She is a good eater.

 

Brant Lee -He loves to dance. He is funny and very charming. He has great hand-eye coordination. She loves all things sports. He can dribble a basketball well. He loves to kick and throw balls. He enjoys playing outside. He has developed quiet the little attitude lately and will tell you off if he’s not happy. He doesn’t like for anyone to bother him! He now weighs 26lbs because he eats like a bird. He loves fruits and juice.

 

Gracie Lou – She was the smallest at birth and is now one of the biggest out of the quints. She is a Daddy’s girl. She’s strong-willed, determined, and silly. She loves to laugh and have fun. She is rather moody. If she’s in a good mood, she’s so fun to be around, but if she’s in a bad mood, stay away! She now weighs 27lb and is my best eater. She especially loves pasta.

 

Rayleigh Ann – She is the quietest of all the kids. She is independent, sensitive, and mischievous. And by sensitive, I mean she whines a lot.  She is a Mama’s girl. She can be very silly and funny. Exciting news, this past Friday, Rayleigh got her g-tube out! She now weighs 24lbs and is a pretty good eater.

 


Here’s a little bit more about all of them:

  • They all go to preschool and are in the 2 year old class.
  • They love going to church.
  • They love playing outside.
  • They will watch a little bit of tv but don’t like sitting in front of a tv all day.
  • They play well with each other. The boys pair off (big brother Brady and Brant) but the girls will play with whoever, we haven’t noticed any two girls favoring each other yet.
  • They love to get out of the house. We go to the park when it’s pretty. They enjoy playing at the playground at the mall and Chick-fil-A.
  • We haven’t sheltered them as much this year as we have in the past, due to being premature and having premature immunity systems. They are kids on-the-go now.
  • They’ve enjoyed going to Cardinal football, volleyball, basketball, and baseball games.
  • They all love to sing songs they’ve learned at church and preschool.
  • They love playing with Paw Patrol toys.
  • They love bubbles.
  • Rayleigh and Tessa are our best sleepers and still sleep in their cribs. Most nights, they sleep all night.
  • We converted Mia and Gracie’s cribs into toddler beds and neither of them will sleep in them. Mia demands to sleep on the couch and Gracie wants to sleep on the floor most night, sometimes we can get her to sleep in the bed.
  • Brant and Brady now share a bedroom and they both sleep together in a full size bed.
  • There is never a night where we don’t have at least one maybe two kids in bed with us, usually Mia, Gracie, or Brant.
  • For the most part, they are all 5 potty trained. Mia and Brant still have problems pooping in the potty but other than that everyone uses the potty.
  • Potty training was really tough for the first two weeks. We had lots of accidents and hardly ever got out of the house. After two weeks, they started to catch on with the occasional accident. We have very few accidents anymore.


Be blessed,

Michelle 

Did You Know????

So this year I’m starting a new series of posts titled, Did You Know. This is my way to letting you know a little more about our family besides the day-to-day events. So here we go….


Did you know…..that Brady is only 2 years and 3 days older than the quints? His birthday is on March 15 and they were born on March 18. While I was pregnant with the quints and getting closer and closer to his birthday I prayed so hard that they wouldn’t be born on his birthday. I knew they were going to get a lot of attention, just because they were quintuplets, I didn’t want them to steal his birthday too. Thankfully I was able to stay pregnant 3 more days before they made their big debut.

When the quints first came home, Brady really didn’t know what to think about his new role as big brother. I can’t even imagine what it must have been like to become the older sibling to quintuplets. There were times, at the beginning, when he’d tell us to take them back to the hospital. Poor guy…he just wanted his normal quiet life back, but over time he’s grown to appreciate all his siblings. At the ages of 4 and 2 they now play so good together. He and Brant share a room and bed now, so that has really brought them together. It melts my heart to see him being such a amazing big brother to Mia, Tessa, Brant, Gracie, and Rayleigh. Of course they fight and he doesn’t like them touching his toys, but overall, they get along so well. The quints are so blessed to have Brady as their big brother.


Yesterday, Brady made sure the quints got a kiss before nap time. He is so loving.

Be blessed,

Michelle