DALLAS (KDAF) — A Texas couple will soon have their hands full. Steven and Michelle Seals are the new parents of quintuplets.
No procedures here, just some fertility meds that proved a little more potent than mom Michelle initially thought. Michelle said she took low doses of the fertility drugs Clomid and Follistim. Her pregnancy originally included six fetuses, however one was lost early on.
The five babies were born at Baylor Medical Center and add to the current family of three.
“To see them, it just melts my heart,” Michelle Seals said with a joyous grin.
“They’re just, they’re wonderful!”
“I think our little small town is on the map now,” Michelle said jokingly.
Yes, the town of 1,060 people, located 160-miles east of Dallas, grew by five this week.
“I knew almost immediately, very early on that there were multiples. I was thinking multiples meant twins.”
Twins – plus three more. Babies Mia, Tessa, Brant, Gracie and Rayleigh were all born on Tuesday. It’s the first quint birth for Baylor.
“Organizing for five requires a lot of staff, a lot of equipment to get ready for the delivery,” Baylor nurse Kristine Debuty said.
The babies were born early at just 29-weeks; all are doing well.
“They’re stable now on their own and they’re breathing on their own,” Director of Neonatology Dr. Vijay Nama said.
“They’re all being fed mom’s breast milk through the feeding tube.”
So, how did the parents come up with five names?
“We tried to keep it special and family oriented but it was hard it was really hard,” Michelle said.
Now, the hope is to have the babies home within the next six to seven weeks, then the real fun begins!
“I’m just ready for all eight of us to be home and just start our life. We don’t know what it’s going to be like we’re just ready to start our life like that,” Michelle said.
“It’s going to be crazy, but we’ll see how it goes.”
As for father Steven, he’s overjoyed and ready for the challenges ahead.
“As far as raising these kids over the years – clothes, cars, prom dresses college tuition – we’ll just take it one day at a time.”