When you have five children – one set of triplets and one set of twins, born only months apart, what’s adding one more to the clan? Come and find out as we sit down with the Justice family, who recently welcomed their sixth child (and first non-multiple) to their gorgeous group. With five toddlers (all toilet training) and one newborn, things are bound to get interesting…
Last year we introduced you to Andy and Sarah Justice, a family from Tulsa, USA who were preparing for the arrival of a little one early in 2016. And, while countless couples were doing the same thing, what made Sarah and Andy’s story so unusual was that they also had five other children – a set of triplets and a set of twins, born an incredible seven months apart.
How is that even possible? Have a read of the full story (five children in seven months) or let us catch you up to speed in this shortened version. In 2013, after a year of trying to fall pregnant, Andy and Sarah Justice decided to adopt. But just three weeks after welcoming their adoptive triplets – Joel, Hannah and Elizabeth, in May 2013, Sarah discovered she was pregnant.
And with twins. In December, 2013, the family welcomed two more – Abigail and Andrew.
And, thus, Andy and Sarah went from zero to five in seven months. Ever since then, it’s been a roller coaster ride of love, adventure, laughter and fun! And while the couple admit that sleep doesn’t happen often, they wouldn’t want it any other way.
“Having a number of children is a dream come true,” Sarah tells Babyology. “When you wait for something you appreciate it that much more when you get it.”
In January, the Justice family welcomed their first non-multiple, a baby boy named Caleb bringing the total to six kids under three (at the time). Now Caleb is six months, the triplets are three and the twins are two-and-a-half.
And all five toddlers are making the transition into toddler beds and learning the ins and outs of potty training.
“Having five in toddler beds is an adventure,” Sarah admits. “But we are getting there.”
It’s clear the Justice family enjoy spending time together and a typical day involves a morning walk, followed by playtime with relatives and friends and household chores together. While the routine is quite structured (it would have to be!), Sarah says that toilet training has definitely thrown her a bit of a curve ball.
“Potty breaks are a big part of our day when you have five children at the same life stage.”
But a family that toilet trains together, stays together and Sarah absolutely adores having a large family with siblings so close together.
“We never lack playmates and work to promote love and care between the siblings. Our children will always have a friend and will never need to feel lonely.”
And while Caleb may be younger by a couple of years, he hasn’t had a problem fitting into the swing of things. “All of the kids absolutely adore their ‘baby Caleb'”, Sarah tells us. “He has the best fan club ever and we cannot imagine life without the sweetest, most loved little guy in the world.”
Children are certainly a blessing and with three boys and three girls, the Justice’s have hit the jackpot.
“They bring a great deal of joy to our lives and we enjoy watching them love life.”
Here at Babyology we certainly love our multiples, especially when they involve matching photo shoots. Come and check out some of our other favourite multiple families including the Perth couple with quintuplets, the Webbs from Canada and their identical quadruplets and the couple who famously timed who could dress their triplets the fastest.
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