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On 9/16/2017 at 2:26 AM, Former Nun said:

It's that time-worn man-woman thing.   So many men think women have it easier "merely" running a household and taking care of kids.  They should be ecstatic.  After all, their schedule is flexible, right?  Sometimes they go out for lunch with friends, right?  Some even get hair cuts or mani-pedis...while the poor husbands/fathers are out making a living with no personal time...and certainly none to even consider "self worth."  Now and then Adam gets it...but that's only when he's been left alone with the quints for any period of time.

I worked full time at night when my kids were tiny and freelanced from home part time around preschool and early elementary school when they were that age. It was hard. Some days, I couldn't wait for DH to get home so I could go to work and escape the crazy. And this was just two kids, two years apart. When DH would say on occasion that it wasn't all fun and games going to work every day, etc. I would tell him how envious I was that he could go to the bathroom in peace and go somewhere for lunch that didn't have a play place.

I imagine even with help, Danielle doesn't have much time to sit down without something to do with five still at home all day. Their school is probably only two hours or so in the morning. I want to put school in quotes but my keyboard is acting up. I don't blame her at all for wanting more in her life. I felt exactly the same way. For me, I had spent way too much time, money and effort on grad school to not use my education. I needed more intellectual stimulation.

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I know this might sound bad but the segment where Danielle was talking about trying to get the girls to share and if one  had something that another one of them wanted, the one wanting the toy was going to basically smack the shit out of the other one to get the toy was SO funny to me.  Hazel is really not good at fighting at all.  Maybe it's her depth perception being off because of her eyesight, but she couldn't hit the broad side of a barn.  She tried to hit Olivia and missed her.  Then her and Riley got into it and every time she tried to get a lick in it was nothing but air.  Finally she got mad and got down on the floor to throw a little tantrum and Danielle ignored her ass.   I know if Adam had been there he would have been her knight in shining armor and would have punished the other quints but not her.  She always comes out smelling like roses so it's nice for once to see her not get her way.  There I said it, I'm team Lulu and Riley and Ava.  

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3 hours ago, Eureka said:

I don't blame her at all for wanting more in her life. I felt exactly the same way. For me, I had spent way too much time, money and effort on grad school to not use my education. I needed more intellectual stimulation.

As more women climb the various ladders and begin to make more money than their husbands, the men might be staying at home to take care of the kids (childcare is expensive).  Also, more and more divorced dads are getting shared custody.  As more men walk in our shoes, things should be easier...in 20yrs or so.

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My doctor told me that stretch marks are hereditary and you either inherit the gene for stretch marks or you don't so it doesn't matter what amount of weight you gain, if you don't have the gene, you won't get stretch marks. If you do have the gene, you will get stretch marks. 

I have tried to watch this show but it is just too stressful to watch. My first "eh" was when I saw promotional ads and the oldest girl was not in them. I recently watch the episode where there was a need for bathing suits and she took all the younger ones to the store, and then let them completely trash the store. It wasn't even that she thought it was cute, she was just oblivious in her reactions to them doing it. Then she left with them and left the mess.  

Kids are cute, oldest one needs more attention, the Mama and Daddy don't really bother me with what they are doing I just haven't clicked with the show. I do think they are showing some honest scenes, where it isn't all peaches and cream delights galore but mind numbing get me out of here funk, so that is cool. 

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DVR caught a 12-minute "Hurricane Harvey" episode.  Showed the quints playing outside before the hurricane arrived, and then watching the rain from inside the house. So cute.  This is what we like to see (the quints being cute, that is). Then the whole family went to help Mimi clean out her house, which was flooded. Too bad she couldn't have moved some of the stuff up off the floor to try to save it.  Slightly off topic, I'd love for the news on the major networks to do some follow-up stories on Hurricane Harvey, Irma, and Maria victims.  With all of the bad stuff happening, once the disaster is over in one area, we usually don't hear about it again.

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I don't understand at all why Mimi lost so many things.  It looked like she had about a foot of water in her house and she had so many bags and boxes of things on the floor that were ruined.  All she had to do was pile them on her bed.  She had suffered loss in another hurricane when she lived in Louisiana, and she certainly knew the hurricane was coming, so why not put as much on high shelves and surfaces as possible?

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I'm willing to cut her a little slack.  I don't think she's been in the house all that long - maybe six months at best.  I remember in the last season they were moving her in to the house and it was somewhere around Easter time.  Second, she had a lot of stuff that she brought with her after the Lake Charles house was flooded out last year.  I suspect there's a bit of psychological damage to try and save personal belongings after having lost some in the first flood.

Lastly, I don't think ANYone expected that Harvey was going to manifest the way it did.  Hurricanes as a rule tend to be over within 24 hours in a location - this thing hung around for three or four days.  I have a colleague that lives in Houston and they seriously didn't expect it was going to be like this.  Places flooded that didn't typically flood, but after three or four feet or rain in as many days all the standard rules just didn't apply here.  No one anticipated the severity.

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Hey, Adam, TLC expect you do stuff in the off season, like a sex tape, gay scandal, drugs etc. 

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They announced on the facebook page they'll be back in the fall. No set date.

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On 28/12/2016 at 4:50 PM, SongbirdHollow said:

I got a Roku for Christmas so I'm no longer forced to watch broadcast crap like this, so I missed it. Did they really go through with the second mortgage and invest in that business??????

Yes they took a second mortgage and bought the cycle studio and it is doing really well.

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On 4/13/2018 at 10:21 PM, babyhouseman said:

They announced on the facebook page they'll be back in the fall. No set date.

I believe they’ll be back before the fall. They’ve been taping since Fall 2017. I’m guessing they’ll be back for the summer. 

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Did anyone see the show that aired last night?  It looked like a new episode to me.  

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My DVR recorded it as a "first look," so I didn't watch since it's not the full episode.

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It was sort of a preview episode.  The quints are 2 1/2 and they went to the zoo.  Then there was talk of Hurricane Sandy coming.  I think that is where the new season will start up, and there will be a lot about Mimi's new house being ruined.

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The quints remind me of the Gosselin tups when they were small..feral. All were/are babies that are raised by staff with no vested interest in them instead of parents.

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On 7/1/2018 at 9:37 AM, winsomeone said:

The quints remind me of the Gosselin tups when they were small..feral. All were/are babies that are raised by staff with no vested interest in them instead of parents.

Sorry, I don't quite get that vibe. They're just acting like 2-1/2 year olds.  And their parents are very interactive with them. 

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they are airing a marathon in prep for the new season...

1) what's up with Mimi now? The last I remember is her trying to bounce back from the Hurricane, as most of her home was flooded. Did she find a teaching job that she can commit to? Finding a job is rough, emotionally time consuming, and takes work, in any field, but her search - in all of the educational settings in Houston...wow

2) Has Danielle graduated from saying "five babies" to "five toddlers" ?? The woman says "five babies" so much it is annoying.

3) Adam Depression - Therapy/Counseling helping ?

4) Preview Commercial show that there will be moments/eposides when they are potty training. Eat dinner before you watch as this crew can be a little graphic in that department.

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On 7/2/2018 at 4:18 PM, Koalagirl said:

Sorry, I don't quite get that vibe. They're just acting like 2-1/2 year olds.  And their parents are very interactive with them. 

These parents are just as interactive as the Gosslings were. Exact! Seem so self absorbed that I cannot even watch. 

Just watched the dentist episode. She brought two friends to help and there she is sitting with one baby while friends each have 2. She sits in chair with one and says she can hear all the others screaming and she remarks that she can't be holding each one. Um...yes she can. Do one at a time instead of all 5 at once (take 3 kids to dentist one day and 3 another. My son was 2 when I had twin girls and I took 3 to dentist and sat with each one). And they were a tad too young for the dentist anyway. 

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6 hours ago, Lamima said:

These parents are just as interactive as the Gosslings were. Exact! Seem so self absorbed that I cannot even watch. 

Just watched the dentist episode. She brought two friends to help and there she is sitting with one baby while friends each have 2. She sits in chair with one and says she can hear all the others screaming and she remarks that she can't be holding each one. Um...yes she can. do one at a time instead of all 5 at once (take 3 kids to dentist one day and 3 another. My son was 2 when i had twin girls and I took 3 to dentist and sat with each one). And they were a tad too young anyway. 

 

I didn't see the dentist episode but it's obvious that at least when they do things on camera, they tend to do things with all five children that logically would be easier done in two separate trips.  This is the price the parents pay for the money and celebrity they get from the TV show.

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The show that came on last night was 3 hours long! I ended up fast forwarding through quite a bit of it as it was from previously aired seasons. The birthday party they were referring to was when the quints turned 2 and the older daughter (can't remember her name) was 6. They're 3 and 7 now as of this past April so this is really a long time ago. Hurricane Harvey happened late last August. I can't believe it's taken this long to air. Not sure I'm going to have the patience to tune in and watch 5 toddlers in potty training so hopefully we'll see some more interesting stories. 

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I would imagine they are relying on the show for a big chunk of their income.  I don't have a huge problem with it, since, it's unlikely a couple with only one parent working could afford that many children the same age, unless he was a surgeon  or something.  I guess I still have this thing about a couple having a pregnancy when the chances are that you can have 5 babies and imo, it's not fair to the kids to have that many at once. The parents, especially with one working cannot handle that many, so, it falls on others to chip in.  It just bothers me.  Not the kids faults, but, the doctors do explain that you could have 5 babies, right?  I think it's unfair to their older child, the quints and their family.  And then, to make entertainment out of it.....IDK.....

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34 minutes ago, SunnyBeBe said:

I would imagine they are relying on the show for a big chunk of their income.  I don't have a huge problem with it, since, it's unlikely a couple with only one parent working could afford that many children the same age, unless he was a surgeon  or something.  I guess I still have this thing about a couple having a pregnancy when the chances are that you can have 5 babies and imo, it's not fair to the kids to have that many at once. The parents, especially with one working cannot handle that many, so, it falls on others to chip in.  It just bothers me.  Not the kids faults, but, the doctors do explain that you could have 5 babies, right?  I think it's unfair to their older child, the quints and their family.  And then, to make entertainment out of it.....IDK.....

I believe Adam has quit his job and ALL their income now comes from what the show pays, plus all the endorsements they have (check out Danielle's Instagram), and their shared ownership in the spin studio franchise. 

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Well, I won't comment on the employment thing, if he's not employed.  I suppose you have to consider how much income you get, and if your efforts and time are better utilized with the children, since, I would imagine childcare costs for that many would be very high.  And, can mom do it alone? I only saw a little bit about the spin studio, but, hope it's doing well.  A new business venture is always risky.  Interesting choice. 

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5 minutes ago, SunnyBeBe said:

Well, I won't comment on the employment thing, if he's not employed.  I suppose you have to consider how much income you get, and if your efforts and time are better utilized with the children, since, I would imagine childcare costs for that many would be very high.  And, can mom do it alone? I only saw a little bit about the spin studio, but, hope it's doing well.  A new business venture is always risky.  Interesting choice. 

They're likely brining in more money from the TLC show and all their endorsements, plus income from the spin franchise, than they were from their previous jobs.

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15 minutes ago, RemoteControlFreak said:

They're likely brining in more money from the TLC show and all their endorsements, plus income from the spin franchise, than they were from their previous jobs.

I suppose that kind of thing works for many of the TLC families.  It is a sacrifice though, and doesn't come without a price. 

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12 minutes ago, SunnyBeBe said:

I suppose that kind of thing works for many of the TLC families.  It is a sacrifice though, and doesn't come without a price. 

I wouldn't call it a sacrifice. It's a choice to make more money in exchange for fame, celebrity and loss of privacy. 

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This showed up on my DVR. To save me some time, there was no new footage, just repurposed stuff? Thanks!

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I haven't watched all of the 3-hour episode, but I love the footage of the babies. What miracles and how fast they grew!  What are those fancy formula machines? Sort of like a Keurig for baby formula?

I'll still tune in for the new season, but after that, I'll have to move on a new family with multiples. Once the kids get older, I'm not as interested.

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On 7/5/2018 at 4:01 PM, MoreCoffeePlease said:

I haven't watched all of the 3-hour episode, but I love the footage of the babies. What miracles and how fast they grew!  What are those fancy formula machines? Sort of like a Keurig for baby formula?

I'll still tune in for the new season, but after that, I'll have to move on a new family with multiples. Once the kids get older, I'm not as interested.

Yeah - once the kids get potty trained , and more so entering pre-kindergarten, we really aren't seeing anything except family vacation, meal times, birthdays and holidays. Side note: I think Blayke should have her own birthday party.

Not sure if the extended family (sisters/BIL/Mimi) would be worth watching, as they too will lose their entertainment value, as the kids get older.

I also feel the parents need to be considerate of Blayke may not want her life on TV when she is a pre-teen.

I think that is what I like about the Jones - Quints by Surprise. Film a couple of seasons, and let facebook, youtube, and a blog keep us updated.  Air a marathon every now and then to keep them in our memory. They later did a TLC special - when the 5 turn 5, which was good. The Jones parents are pretty good about posting pictures and little tidbits about what the kids are up to now.

To be honest babies are born every day. It is just a matter of time before another set of quints, regardless of gender combinations, steal their spot,.

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My summer fighting baby show is back.  YES!!!

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Funny that I don't hear the same venom pointed toward the Busby's that the Gosselin's got.  The computer commando "child advocates," especially. I think the fact that the Busby's are much more likable than Kate, is the actual reason. It was more of a Kate Hate, than sticking up for those "poor kids." The current commercial with the shot of the poopy butt of a quint, reminded me of those same "advocates," crying about the "dignity" of the 'tup with the televised diaper blowout (Alexis, I think). 

 

I do feel sorry for Blayke (really, with the spelling, Danielle?) not only having her life taken over by five little sisters at once, but the fact that her birthday is three days before their's. It will always be "her birthday," followed by a huge birthday for five. 

 

My favorite is whichever quint is telling one of her sisters, "NO MA'AM!" when they're doing something that she doesn't like. 

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update to my July 4 post:

5) will Danielle keep dressing all 5 alike in those expensive looking outfits? 

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Wow all those kids do is whine and cry constantly, especially that Hazel. I don't think I can watch this show anymore, they are so annoying.

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19 minutes ago, Honey said:

Wow all those kids do is whine and cry constantly, especially that Hazel. I don't think I can watch this show anymore, they are so annoying.

I think the biggest criers and screamers are the twins.  But Hazel isn't far behind.  Danielle doesn't seem to put either of the twins down either.  Ever.  It's no wonder that they laugh in both Danielle and Adam's faces and tell them no when Adam and Danielle attempt to discipline them.

There's obviously NO kind of discipline plan in that household other than to laugh and giggle about how cute they are.  That's why all they do is scream and cry.  

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My  man Dale.. always the voice of reason and straight to the point.

When asked was his family was going to dress up - he said "no. there is so much going on we are are going to sit it out this year. " He was referring /implying storm damage/recovery/rebuilding efforts. His kids were dressing though.  Actually, it was kinda sexy for him to say "no" - manly like  :)

I understand the need for cheering up and doing something fun - but there has to be a limit. If Danielle herself is busy, why not just to go walmart/target/family $, grab something and call it a day. Some neighbors might not have also been up for doorbell ringing, when they just got back on their feet themselves.

Going to a fancy costume store, for 2 yr olds, when your mom is waiting on a ins claim (which kinda implies there is a money issue on the rebuild), seems a little extravagant -esp. given when you just bought twin beds. The pumpkin farm created a great memory.

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15 minutes ago, sATL said:

 

I agree with both of you. In my case, I had an internal time-clock. Some whining/crying is good - as it exercises the lungs, tires them out, and they can hear their own voice. But when my clock went off (which was greatly effected by what all else happened during the day), the whining, screaming, crying had to come to and end. I don't like driving when screaming and crying is going on.  Just saying things like " lets try to use our indoor voice" , or is "is there something I can do to make you feel better but this behavior must stop", or " the answer is no. lets have no more discussion"., "hush", can go a long way. 

Let me be clear - I hate whining...maybe because i was a whiner as a kid.  But I agree, as a parent, I try to nip it in the bud.  I guess for me, in this, case, as long as they aren’t my kids, the whining doesn’t bother me 😂😂

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I had four boys, and none threw their food on the floor like these five constantly do. Also, none had pacifiers at that age either.  Danielle now has completely taken control of Adam's balls. Everything in their life is her decision, and hers alone. She even drives the van instead of him. She is getting more and more Kate Gosselin by the year..loves that camera, and is front and center in almost every scene. Kate wanted more children, and then Jon took care of them..isn't Danielle the one who wanted more? Now Adam is stuck at home with them...and she is the career woman. Also, thy were laughing about the one girl who always starts and wins the fights..poor Collin Gosselin was the same way, and he ended up highly medicated and then sent off to an institution for over two years now. So really, nothing to laugh about. Lastly, they said Hazel lives in her own little world, her own bubble. If so, why in the world isn't that child having some sort of therapy to try and help her? Now is the time for help, not when she reaches school age.

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I'm just trying to understand something. I have great compassion and sympathy for people who lost their homes due to storms.  But, why, especially, if you have been flooded out before, would you leave your house, due to expected floods and not either take your precious photos with you or put them high on a shelf inside the house and not on the floor or close to it? 

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I enjoy this show.  The 'tups are cute and Uncle Dale is hilarious. 

Sure the kids are loud and whiney.   It’s the terrible twos times five.   Should they discipline their kids more?  Maybe, but I don’t have ‘tups plus a five(?) year old or however old Blayke(sp?) is, so that is on them.   I just enjoy the show for my summer fluff.

I like the moment where Mimi took Blayke(sp?) out for tea and talked to her about her feelings.  That seemed like a real, authentic moment to me.

As for comparisons to Kate what-her-face, I get it.  But I think Danielle and Adam seem to care more about each other than Jon and Kate ever did.  Plus they have way more interaction with their kids than Kate or Jon every seemed to.    And the fact that he works and they have the cycling studio, shows that they are not dependent on this show for all of their income.   Does Danielle like the camera more this year?   Is the entire family enjoying their “celebrity” (as it is) status?  Maybe.  But I think a lot of people in their shoes would.  Doesn’t bother me.  No one in this family comes close to Kate’s “entitlement” attitude that the world owes her because she had so many kids.  I think the Busbys are just enjoying the ride.  And if that is the case, good for them.

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1 hour ago, penbrat said:

I enjoy this show.  The 'tups are cute and Uncle Dale is hilarious. 

Sure the kids are loud and whiney.   It’s the terrible twos times five.   Should they discipline their kids more?  Maybe, but I don’t have ‘tups plus a five(?) year old or however old Blayke(sp?) is, so that is on them.   I just enjoy the show for my summer fluff.

I like the moment where Mimi took Blayke(sp?) out for tea and talked to her about her feelings.  That seemed like a real, authentic moment to me.

As for comparisons to Kate what-her-face, I get it.  But I think Danielle and Adam seem to care more about each other than Jon and Kate ever did.  Plus they have way more interaction with their kids than Kate or Jon every seemed to.    And the fact that he works and they have the cycling studio, shows that they are not dependent on this show for all of their income.   Does Danielle like the camera more this year?   Is the entire family enjoying their “celebrity” (as it is) status?  Maybe.  But I think a lot of people in their shoes would.  Doesn’t bother me.  No one in this family comes close to Kate’s “entitlement” attitude that the world owes her because she had so many kids.  I think the Busbys are just enjoying the ride.  And if that is the case, good for them.

As far as I'm concerned, other than the fact there are quints in both families, there is no comparison.  Kate was estranged from her parents and siblings and I have no idea how involved Jon's family was.  At least Danielle and Adam have loving, involved family and that will enrich their children's lives tenfold. 

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When Blayke was talking to Mimi about her life since the quints took over, that sad, faraway look she had on her face was 100% Adam. It was like looking at Adam, when that PPD anxiety hits, only with dark hair.

 

One BIG contrast between the Busby's and Gosselin's can be shown in two scenes. The Cupcakes. In Gosselin-land, decorating cupcakes was highly structured, with mom freaking out over messes and then not even letting the kids eat their own creations. Danielle was so far over in the opposite direction, it was ridiculous. Letting them make messes and cracking eggs on the floor and eating their way through the process. I can't even imagine the ensuing sugar attacks times five! I'm thinking that I'd fall somewhere in the middle on this. Not as freaked out and rigid as Kate, but not letting them waste food by cracking eggs on the damn floor, like Danielle.  

 

Do you think the cupcake scene was intentional? Because the Gosselin cupcake scene caused so much controversy and hate? Is the same production company filming the Busby's, that produced the J&K+8?

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16 minutes ago, ChicksDigScars said:

When Blayke was talking to Mimi about her life since the quints took over, that sad, faraway look she had on her face was 100% Adam. It was like looking at Adam, when that PPD anxiety hits, only with dark hair.

 

One BIG contrast between the Busby's and Gosselin's can be shown in two scenes. The Cupcakes. In Gosselin-land, decorating cupcakes was highly structured, with mom freaking out over messes and then not even letting the kids eat their own creations. Danielle was so far over in the opposite direction, it was ridiculous. Letting them make messes and cracking eggs on the floor and eating their way through the process. I can't even imagine the ensuing sugar attacks times five! I'm thinking that I'd fall somewhere in the middle on this. Not as freaked out and rigid as Kate, but not letting them waste food by cracking eggs on the damn floor, like Danielle.  

 

Do you think the cupcake scene was intentional? Because the Gosselin cupcake scene caused so much controversy and hate? Is the same production company filming the Busby's, that produced the J&K+8?

 

I don’t think she was letting her crack the egg on the floor, she was holding a bowl. I think it just totally missed and it was hilarious. I was impressed with how much she had a sense of humor about it.

As for the whining, my youngest whined until he was about 11 so while annoying, totally normal in my book.

I wondered about the authenticity of the tea party conversation too...I feel like we didn’t see some leading questions that got her to open up. But I do think her feeling like she wants quiet is honest. And I loved how Mimi did not make it about herself and just listened to Blayke.

I think being married to Adam must be exhausting. He seems like he still isn’t ready to let go of the toys, over the top costumes, etc. though he has mellowed out (and conveniently is no longer suffering from PPD 🙄 just in time for a new season) since last year.

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2 hours ago, ghoulina said:

I LOVED that moment! Mimi seems to get frazzled easily, but I think she's great one-on-one. I felt so sad for Blayke. It's nothing anyone can help. But I hope her parents will make more time for her. She's a really sweet girl. 

ok- I tend to be a little hard on Mimi. This episode she redeemed her herself a little. Taking Blayke and letting her share her feelings and feel special/noticed was very sweet.  showing an interested in Blakye special "friend" who gave her candy.  There was a scene in the kitchen (the quints are getting ready to eat pancakes and coming downstairs) she seemed calmer and in control. Even made a joke she was in their house last Oct . Even when she told Danielle&Adam (D&A) what Blakye said, she was composed - sitting in the floor, didn't raise her voice, showed empathy.

My first thought was did she get a job? new meds? a man? what? I mean the woman's house has to be rebuilt - 2nd floodout - if there is a time to act-up, hysterical, be short with folks...

Perhaps they had a conversation with D&A that she is there in their house only b/c of the hurricane - not necessarily to be a live-in baby sitter.

If D&A go though and let Blayke take gymnastics - please let it be just her until a family day/showcase/competition/etc event. Leave the quints elsewhere for the run-of-the-mill lesson. I think the Jones did the same for their oldest and one day brought their quints. the lesson turned into a major playtime for the babies - they ran all over the gym.

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Was cost ($799?) the only reason they didn't all 5 beds when they were at the store? It was only a matter of time before the others start escaping. Didn't care for Danielle jumping from beds to menstrual periods to cars... breathe woman..

The preview showed that the quints were going to be split into different classroom. And here come the tears from the tots and the parents. Tots cry when they change rooms. It only lasts for a day or so, and normally they get "eased" into the next room - like spend a couple of hours there.

Danielle / Adam - here's what the Jones said on the issue in 2014  ( link ) . Granted the blog-article is when their quints hit kindergarten..

"So here’s the lowdown on the kinder program.  I believe it is recommended that you split up your multiples when they hit the classroom so that they can develop their individuality.  Uh-huh.  That’s all fine and good for you parents of twins, triplets, and quads slackers, but we’ve got 5 and you’re nuts if you think we’re going to have the bandwidth to deal with 5 different teachers (plus Eliot’s 3 teachers), 5 sets of school projects, 5 classrooms full of 20+ potential inviters and invitees to birthday parties, 100+ classmates and their drama, and all the other madness that would come with that.  Five different sets of emails and friendly “volunteer donation” reminders from 5 different homeroom moms……..seriously, no one is strong enough to handle that! ;)  But we didn’t want to put them all in one class and Texas has a law that allows the parents of multiples to decide how their children are placed in their classrooms so we decided to go with a 3/2 split.  How did you decide who to put together you ask?  "  {I stopped the copy/paste for sake of space}

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Yea, with five kids I just don't think it's feasible to separate them ALL. I know I went to smaller schools, but there was often only two classes per grade. So while it is good for the girls to be on their own some, they're not going to be in 5 different kindergarten classes, 5 different 1st grade classes, etc. I imagine it would be best to pair them up by who gets along best. If there's two that are constantly at each other, maybe separate those. I don't know. 

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I think Danielle wasn't ready to let the quints go into beds. My two boys were both out of the crib by their second birthday. It did seem a little crazy that they only bought beds for the twins. Like Adam said, all of them are going to escape eventually. But Danielle doesn't want to listen to Adam, she wants to be in charge. I also don't understand why both of them have to put the twins to bed. You go in, read them a story, cuddle for a little while until they're sleepy and then leave. Within a few days they should make the transition from crib to bed. 

That tea party with Mimi and Blayke was a bit sad, as she is old enough to remember what it was like to be an only child. Plus, Danielle relies on her to help with the quints. By the time she's a teenager, she's probably going to be out of the house with her friends and into school activities as much as possible. Hopefully her parents won't expect her to be their babysitter. 

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7 hours ago, ghoulina said:

Thank you. I have 3 kids ages 6-10, and I wasn't phased at all by the quints' behavior. Two-year-olds are still learning to talk at very basic levels. A lot of whining goes on, especially when they can't articulate what they want. There's 5 of them, so it just sounds like a lot more. But we have to keep in mind that a lot of this filming took place when they were cooped up inside because of the storm and also when there's a lot going on, such as on holidays. Kids get over stimulated. I thought they were fine. And I continue to be impressed by Danielle's patience with them. 

 

If Adam DIDN'T want more (and don't even know, or think, that that's the case), he didn't have to go through with it. He did. 

I don't see Danielle as a "career woman" while Adam is STUCK at home with his kids. They both work at the cycle studio, as far as I know. But Danielle was really passionate about it because she had been the one STUCK at home with the girls for the first 2 years. Was Adam then seen as a "career man", who abandoned his wife and kids? Does Adam still have his other job? I don't know. But I don't think Danielle is at the studio as much as one would be to define it as a "career". She's with the kids a lot. I imagine they're both relying on that investment, plus TLC money, so that they can spend quite a bit of time with the kids. 

And Adam did get his way about beds vs. cribs, so I really don't see how Danielle has him by the balls or anything like that. 

I LOVED that moment! Mimi seems to get frazzled easily, but I think she's great one-on-one. I felt so sad for Blayke. It's nothing anyone can help. But I hope her parents will make more time for her. She's a really sweet girl. 

I like Mimi too - I think she can be a little overwrought sometimes but she is really good with Blayke especially (I am remembering the scene when the quints were babies and she rode in the little car with Blayke). I appreciate that she understands the need for Blayke to have that one on one time. 

Man, I hate the term “having him by the balls” - honestly they have a good marriage and I find them very “real” - their relationship reminds me a lot of my relationship with my husband and I just love Danielle and find her very relatable.  When she had that fight with Adam about wanting interactions beyond what she has with her children I got it. I have had the same discussions with my husband and everything she has said about her experience in the NICU was so on point. My youngest was in the NICU for a week and a half and I remember so well all the beeping of the machines and dreading what the nurses and doctors might tell you. I can’t even imagine it multiplied by 5 and for as long as they were there for.  Okay, some waxing rhapsodic about Danielle. I’m not as fond of Adam now just because of all the crap about his depression last season but even he is ten or twenty times more likable than Jon Gosselin.

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My granddaughter was in a bed by 16 months.  She hated the crib and never wanted to be there once she was walking at 10 months.  She seems much happier in the bed, maybe because she knows she has control and can get out of it when she wants to.  She goes to bed quite easily now and loves to snuggle with the stuffed animals and quilts.

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12 hours ago, sATL said:

Was cost ($799?) the only reason they didn't all 5 beds when they were at the store?

Maybe the store would "donate" only two beds for being featured on the show.   They'll have to find more sponsors for future beds.   I feel that much of their stuff is gifted, donated, or product placement exchange.  There's SO MUCH of it and it seems such good quality.

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