Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Bizarre connection to McKay

Ever since I was a very little girl, I have had a fascination with multiple births.

I remember following the Fischer quints back in the 60s. They were America's very first set in 1963. I was in the 3rd grade, but I remember well when they were born.One of the very first blogs I started following abut 2 1/2 years ago, was a family expecting quintuplets. I read about them in the Church News, and went right to their blog, and I was hooked.

I followed her pregnancy and watched her on video trying to obey doctor's orders of eating a pkg of peanut M&Ms and choc malts everyday. I was "there" when she announced the names of her babies.

And I will never forget the day nearly 2 years ago, they were born...breaking the record for the largest total birth weight for quintuplets (about 21 1/2 lbs).

I watched this family on the Today show, or was it Good Morning America, or was it both? I don't know, but it was fun "seeing" this family I felt like I knew.

So last night I was on Facebook which I very rarely visit (my page anyway.) I was looking at my son, McKay's, front page...or is it called his wall? I'm not sure. I like to occasionally go there and see pictures of his friends, and see what he is up to. I talk to him regularly but he is not a detailed person, so he is fine with me looking at his Facebook.

So I skim through his friends there on his front page. I notice a girl named Tiare who mentions helping her sister with her 5 babies.

Huh? There are not many families with 5 babies.

I can tell McKay and Tiare are friends by the back and forth messages. I also remember him mentioning her to me. So I pop open Tiare's page. I go to her photos. I see all these babies and they sure look familiar. Then I realize: Those are the Wilkinson Quints!!
So I go back to the quint blog. Sure enough there is Tiare with the babies. Oh that's right, now I remember Tiare on this blog. She would go to help her sister with the babies each summer. That is where she has been this past month.

Interesting that McKay never even mentioned that his friend Tiare was an aunt to quints...to "my" quints....the ones I have followed since before their birth. I even have their calendar by my computer. I have even posted about them on my blog. Go here for that.

So yes, this is one of those "it's a small world" stories.
Here's a few pictures of McKay and Tiare...

McKay's friend Todd, McKay, Tiare, and her friend Brittany

Todd, Mike, Tiare, McKay

Below is a recent news clip of the Wilkinson Quints. Tiare is the one to the side trying to help out with all those toddlers.


Eileen said...

Small world is right! I find this amazing!
Maybe you'll get to meet 'your' family!

This was a fun post and gave me one of those "I don't believe it!" moments!

Take care, Jill, thanks for sharing!

grandmapeg said...

I've always admired parents who have multiple births. I think it takes patience and organization, BIG TIME! When my four '3 year old' grandchildren (one from each of our four children) get together, it is chaotic! The multiple births are very interesting and so I see your fascination with this. And it is interesting that McKay never mentioned that his friend was an aunt to quints.

Tom and Karen Mortensen said...

Makes you wonder who else Mckay knows. I hope you get to meet these people someday. Those kids are adorable.

Sue said...

What a great story. I loved reading about it! (She is a pretty cute girl, by the way...)


Mary said...

Wow! It's a small world after all! (Sorry, just had to have a Disney moment there!)

All I can say is, babies are always a blessing, but I am so grateful mine chose to come one at a time!

Quintuplet Dad said...

That was pretty funny. Glad to see that Tiare is getting some attention for all the help she has given. It's a small world.

Rachelle said...

It IS a small world! Here is another coincidence---Tiare (and me too of course) also has a brother named McKay.

Lisa said...

That is such a funny story! I don't know what it is about guys...but they do that! Tiare sure is a cute friend to have. Those college kids look so happy!

What a family. Interesting chain of events & beautiful kids. The mom looks so vibrant and healthy. Reminds me of Amy.

Eileen said...

They commented! You must be thrilled!
Will you get to meet them now?!

Fun, Jill! Exciting!