(DALLAS) — You could say the Jones family of Duncanville, Texas, likes to live in multiples of five.
After five years of trying to conceive a second child, Carrie Jones became pregnant with, not one, but five babies.
In August, after a delivery that took “a little less than five minutes,” according to her husband, Gavin, Jones gave birth to five babies.
Now, five months later, the quintuplets — Seth, David, Grace, Will and Marcie — are all finally home.
“It’s fun sometime and it’s a lot of work all the time,” Carrie Jones said.
The family, which also includes 9-year-old son Isaac, is based out of Papua New Guinea, where Gavin and Carrie do missionary work for Wycliffe Bible Translators. They traveled to Texas, where Carrie’s parents live, to give birth.
The Jones quintuplets were born via Cesarean section Aug. 9, nearly 28 weeks into Carrie’s pregnancy, at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.
Four of the quints — Will Edward, David Stephen, Marcie Jane and Grace Elise — stayed in the neonatal intensive care unit at St. Paul University Hospital, a branch of the medical center, for a few weeks.
The fifth baby, Seth Jared, who was just 1 pound, 12 ounces at birth, suffered a series of setbacks and was the last baby to return home late last month.
“Seth had what’s called bronchopulmonary,” Carrie said. “For a while we weren’t sure he was going to heal or if he was just too premature and his lungs were too damaged to heal.”
The Jones’ made a name for themselves online during Carrie’s pregnancy through their blog, which they’ve continued to update with all the news on their five little additions. The blog now has more than one million views.
“People said, ‘You have to keep a record of this and we want to hear what the pregnancy is like and what it’s like when the babies come,’” Carrie said.
“People on the blog have been following our story and sent us gifts and that has just been really sweet,” she added. “They’re everybody’s babies, in some ways, which is a blessing.”
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