The Busby quintuplets are turning 3 this season, and it’s a time of so many exciting developmental milestones. But it’s also grey hair time for parents Adam and Danielle because with school looming on the horizon, they want to get those busy little girls potty trained – and when everybody has something to say about that, including big sister Blayke, it’s going to be a loud house.

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Girl power

Personalities are really starting to shine through. Ava Lane and Olivia Marie might be identical, but Olivia’s the escape artist, and out of their fraternal sisters, Hazel Grace, Riley Paige and Parker Kate, Riley is the 1 who’s starting to rule the roost from her throne as the tantrum queen of the house. “She thinks everything is about her and she will not back down. She’s bossy, she’s the toughest, she will pick a fight, and she will win. She’ll get what she wants,” says dad Adam.

Danielle adds, “They’re so opinionated, and they’re little individuals (with) their own personalities and interests and likes and dislikes. Tantrums happen here and there because they can express what they want, but it doesn’t mean they always get what they want.” So yes, things are getting loud. “We always laugh because if 1of them asks you a question or if 1 of them gives you an answer, they’re all going to say it. Like, you’re going to hear it 5 times. It’s all day, every day. Everything gets repeated 5 times,” reveals Danielle. Big sister Blayke Louise is going to need to be fast on her feet to deal with this lot, so it’s a good thing she’s starting gymnastics lessons.

5 times the trouble

Getting those opinionated quints potty trained is 1 of those complicated feats that really highlights the challenges of raising 5 toddlers who’re all going through developmental phases at their own pace. Imagine trying to reward 1 child who’s getting the idea, only to have 4 other little faces instantly turn to you for their own treat like clueless baby birds. But when you have to change around 30 nappies a day, boy do you want that phase to be over. Mom and Dad are insanely busy even without that.

“From the second you wake up and get the girls up, it’s non-stop. Even when they’re napping, you’re continuously doing something for the house or the family, and that’s just how it is. I’ll get Blayke up for school about 7:15 am and get on the bus, and then we get the girls up at about 8 a.m., and it’s just the same Groundhog Day (referring to the 1993 Bill Murray film in which his character re-lives the same day over and over) routine every day. You do bottles, milk, breakfast, get them dressed, play, they nap and that’s when I shower or do some laundry, constantly the dishwasher, constantly cooking or making food, constantly cleaning up, and they usually go to bed about 7pm, and then you start the dishwasher for the night and start over again in the morning,” says Danielle.

Seasons to celebrate

This season, we’ll follow along with the Busbys as the girls dress up for Halloween (episode 1), celebrate Thanksgiving (episode 2), Christmas (episodes 5 and 6), New Year (episode 7), Valentine’s Day (episode 9), and April birthdays for all the girls, since Blayke was born on 5 April (turning 7) and the quints (turning 3) arrived on 8 April (episode 12). Busby fans, you are not ready for this. Guess the theme of Blayke and the quints’ joint birthday party? Poop. It’s a poop party at a trampoline park. Danielle just went with it. “Blayke basically loves everything poop emoji. She had the idea of ‘don’t be a party pooper’. When we decided to join the birthday parties, we thought, ‘Well, the quints are 3. And we’ve pretty much come to the end of potty training. So we’ll celebrate no more poop disasters.’ So, it just blended well with the don’t be a party pooper (theme).”

As the season draws to a close, Danielle and Adam also have to figure out how to take 6 little daughters on an aeroplane for a holiday trip to Hawaii. “Prepping for a family of 8 to go on vacation took weeks! All the planning around what all do we bring!!!! AHHHHH!!! How do we keep 6 kids occupied on a plane for 8+ hours, airport layovers, jet lag, sleeping situations, transportations… car seats and a van big enough to transport us, how many bags can/should I bring, snacks… the list goes on!” Danielle wrote on their blog. And if you’re wondering how to get your little zoo on a plane, watch the episode, then click that link and check out Danielle’s travel tips for moms. She even mails bulkier items like the kids’ water safety equipment to their hotel in advance.

Watch OutDaughtered S3 from Tuesday, 16 March on RealTime (DStv channel 155) at 13:30

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