First All-Girl Quintuplets Ever Born in US Start to Head Home
Danielle Busby gave birth to her five daughters in April.
— -- The Busby household in Texas is about to get a lot busier.
The first two of the family's all-girl quintuplets have been released from the hospital and the remaining three are expected to be home by the end of next week.
"Two down, three more Princesses to go! Our hearts are full... and so is our car,” the girls’ parents, Danielle and Adam Busby, posted along with a photo on their Facebook page Tuesday.
The Busby quintuplets -- Olivia Marie, Ava Lane, Hazel Grace, Parker Kate and Riley Paige - were born at 28 weeks on April 8, 2015. They made history as the first all-girl quintuplets ever born in the U.S.
“Everything we are doing now is almost not a big deal,” Adam Busby told ABC News, referring to the fact that only two of the five babies - Parker and Hazel - are home. “We are very excited to have all the babies home.”
The baby’s mom, Danielle, echoed her husband in a June 1st post on the family's blog, once they got word from the hospital that their daughters were strong enough to be discharged.
“My little heart is so full of joy and excitement that I think the ‘reality’ of having five babies home hasn’t really ‘scared’ me,” Danielle Busby wrote on ItsABuzzWorld.com. “There is nothing more that we want than to have our big ‘ol family.. all EIGHT of us.. together under one roof …. one small roof that is, lol.”
The Busbys, who also have a 4-year-old daughter, Blayke, said at the time of the quintuplets’ birth they were trying to figure out the logistics of welcoming five new family members into their three-bedroom house (not to mention changing fifty diapers a day and at least 40 bottles).
Adam Busby works full-time outside of the home and plans to take a week of vacation the first week that all five babies are home. In addition, the family is planning to rely on friends and family for help.
“We have a list of people who have already offered us to help,” Adam told ABC News.
The babies’ delivery by C-section at Woman’s Hospital of Texas in April took just four minutes.
All the girls were healthy, ranging from two pounds and 13.4 inches (Hazel Grace) to 2 pounds, 6 ounces and 14.4 inches (Olivia Marie.) Shortly after their birth, doctors discovered they all had heart murmurs, but the couple said at the time the malady could be treated with medication.
The girls have remained in the NICU until now because they were born as preemies and well before their June 29, 2015, due date. Each of the quintuplets must go five days without any issues – such as a drop in heart rate or acid reflux – in order to be discharged, Adam told ABC News.
After just one night at home, Hazel and Parker's dad says they have already noticed a distinct personality in each girl.
“It’s funny because Parker is very mellow while Hazel has a bit of an attitude,” Adam told ABC News.