Vanderwall quintuplets turn the big 1

Posted: Thursday, August 7, 2014 --- 9:00pm

Cassie and Frank Vanderwall do two loads of dishes, one load of clothes and change 30 loaded diapers each and every day.

"Everyone's creeping and crawling and standing on their heads” says Cassie, mom of now 1-year-old quintuplets.

Kali, Theo, Ellie, Lily, and Bella Vanderwall are now one day closer to walking, one day closer to talking, and one day closer to their teenage years.

"I can't imagine the drama that's going to come from four girls in the same grade” Cassie jokes.

And what a year it's been for this family of seven. Cassie and Frank struggled with infertility. But after seeking help, they got much more than they bargained for. "I know we set out for one at time, but I guess getting five at a time saved us some time” Cassie tells NBC 15.

So what's been the biggest surprise for Cassie and Frank now one year in? “How well behaved they've been” says the couple.

It's something you may not have expected to hear about this party of five. So what's their secret for staying sane? "It's amazing what a schedule and a little structure will do” says Cassie, describing their daily schedule to NBC 15, written down on a chalkboard in their kitchen.

Along with schedule and structure, the couple says perspective also helps. “I think if you go in knowing you were always meant to be mom and dad of five and just realize that at the end of the day there's a new day tomorrow” says Cassie.

The immense support from family also is a huge help, with Cassie's mom living just down the street and helping to watch the little ones while mom and dad are at work.

Although Frank is quick to admit “part of it is just that they're so darn cute."

No arguments here.

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