Time to learn their six times table! Florida's first surviving sextuplets mark new milestone as they start kindergarten
Daily Mail Reporter
19:33 GMT, 21 August 2012
20:58 GMT, 21 August 2012
Florida's first surviving sextuplets marked a new milestone yesterday as they spent their first day at kindergarten.
The Byler 'Six Pack', who comprise of brothers Brady, Eli, Ryan, Jackson, Charlie and their sister MacKenzie, started at Double Branch Elementary School near their home in Wesley Chapel.
Their parents, Karoline and Ben, who also have another daughter, Zoe, nine, admitted that it was a frantic morning getting the almost five-year-old siblings ready for their first day of classes.
Milestone: The Byler sextuplets, who turn five in a few days' time, on their first day at kindergaten. From front: Charlie, Brady (blue backpack), Ryan (top right), Eli (yellow straps), Mackenzie (in pink) and Jackson (back)
Mrs Byler told the Tampa Bay Times that she woke at 7am to have her brood ready for the four-minute drive to school.
'I didn't have time to cry,' she admitted.
The six youngsters were initially due to be split into a different class for each, but, Mrs Byler explained, 'that would
have been a nightmare for me.'
Instead, the sextuplets will be divided across two classes, and the teachers have agreed to co-ordinate homework assignments to relieve the pressure on their mother and father.
Getting up to mischief: The sextuplets pictured in January at the age of four
Six pack: The babies' birth made headlines in September 2007, as Florida's first surviving sextuplets
The sextuplets were conceived with the help of
fertility treatment and Mrs Byler had been on bedreast for almost a month before the birth.
Heavily pregnant: Karoline Byler in July 2007 with daughter Zoe, as she awaited the sextuplets' birth
The babies made headlines when they were successfully
delivered by caesarian section on September 1 2007.
They weighed between two and three
pounds each, and all were healthy with the exception of Charlie, who
needed some extra medical care after the birth.
Now, clearly well practised in caring for seven children, Mrs Byler also revealed her preparations
for the first day of school. A typically trying time for any mother, it
seems her stresses were multiplied too.
As well as having to buy crayons, scissors, backpacks and school clothes for her five sons and two daughters, there was also the logistical nightmare of fitting in a total of 16 medical appointments before term started.
Luckily, she managed to save a fortune on back-to-school clothes, spending just $150 thanks to keen couponing, a 90per cent discount on the boys' shirts and savvy outlet shopping.
And thanks to her sharp organisational skills – and no doubt no-nonsense approach there was just one pre-kindergarten tantrum, with the Byler brood running just six minutes behind schedule on their first day.