Almost three months to the day after they made history as the first-ever all-girl quintuplets born in the U.S., all five of the Busby girls are together at their home in Texas.
Ava Busby was released Monday from The Woman’s Hospital of Texas, making her the last of Adam and Danielle Busby’s daughters to go home. She joins her fellow quints – Olivia, Hazel, Parker and Riley – and older sister, 4-year-old Blayke, at the family's League City, Texas home.
The Busby quintuplets were born via C-section at 28 weeks on April 8, 2015. All the girls were within a healthy weight range at birth but remained in the NICU because they were born as preemies and well before their June 29, 2015, due date
The first two quints to be released from the hospital went home June 9, with the other two coming home shortly after.
Ava stayed in the hospital longer than her sisters due to reflux “episodes” but is now the second heaviest of the quints, weighing in at 7 pounds, 1 ounce, according to the family’s website, itsabuzzworld.com.
The Busbys are now adjusting to a world of five babies at home in a three-bedroom house, which will see the likes of upwards of 50 diapers and 40 bottles per day.
Danielle Busby wrote about the change in her most recent blog post, titled “Bye Bye Sleep.”
“Some people ask ‘ How do you do it’…well the only answer I can give is…” I just do it…its got to be done”. But in all honesty, every morning I pray for energy and strength. I am reminded each and every day when I look at each baby that God gave us these precious miracles and that “I CAN DO THIS”….even if its hard,” she wrote.
Busby also provided a realistic glimpse into the family’s new, chaotic, normal, revealing the “fails” they have come to see the humor in.
"We call them 'mom fails,' 'dad fails' or 'whoever is caring for the baby at the moment fail,'" Busby wrote. “We have had good laughs too…like when Nana changed Riley’s diaper and then forgot to put another diaper on her HAHAHA!!”
“Riley wanted to just stretch out and relax on floor after a big poop. She laid on the floor for about a hour …then Buzz went to change her diaper before the next feed and woop! no diaper on under her gown Hahahaha! We laughed!!!,” she wrote.
Adam Busby, whom the family calls “Buzz,” works outside the home and returned to work this week, his wife revealed. The change has exempted Adam from the overnight feeding shift.
“He gets the luxury to sleep after the 11pm feed to the 5am feed ... only because he needs to be ‘alive’ at work the next day,” Danielle wrote. “I never thought I would be able to function so well with a total of 4-5 hours of sleep in a 24 hour period.”