Heather Langley, 39, and her partner Priscilla Rodriguez, 35, wanted just one more baby to be a sister to their daughter Sawyer, three.
So imagine their shock when they ended up welcoming a set of quintuplets.
That’s incredibly rare, for the record.
The birth of Hadley, Reagan, Zariah, Zylah and Jocelyn is just the second set recorded of all-girl quintuplets in the US.
The couple, who have been together for nine years, discovered they were having five babies at once when Heather was just six weeks pregnant.
The pandemic meant that Priscilla couldn’t go with Heather to her hospital appointments and wasn’t there when she found out they were having quintuplets.
Heather says that she broke the news to her girlfriend by text message.
Heather said: ‘She was incredibly shocked, she responded to my text saying “please tell me this is a joke”.
‘She didn’t believe I was being serious at first because you rarely hear of people being pregnant with five babies.
‘I immediately felt scared when we found out there was going to be five because I feared my pregnancy would be worrying and complicated.
‘I was also panicking about how we would take care of five babies and how on earth we would pick and agree one five names, let alone one.
‘However, after the initial shock and the news had sunk in, I realised how special and unique our babies were going to be. It feels like we have won the lottery.
‘I have always wanted children, and I wasn’t sure if it was ever going to happen for me. At first, Priscilla didn’t really want children, but after we had our first daughter, we knew we wanted to try for one more.
‘We used the IUI method again, the same fertility treatment we used to have Sawyer, although we weren’t able to use the same sperm donor as it wasn’t available.
‘We weren’t sure if it was going to take. But this was our first attempt, and it worked.
‘We were so happy, we couldn’t wait to be parents again.’
The couple welcomed their five new daughters in August 2020, following an emergency C-section when Heather was 28 weeks along.
At 28 weeks, Heather was given some medication that would help mature that babies brains as the doctors knew that they would be early.
However, the medication sent Heather into early labour. After two days of trying to prevent the premature birth, Heather continued to dilate and underwent an emergency C-section where all five babies were delivered in the space of three minutes.
‘Out of our five babies, we were really hoping we were going to get a couple of boys, but that wasn’t to be,’ added Heather.
‘At around 19 weeks we had a scan to find out the gender of the babies The midwife just kept saying “another girl”. I could not believe we were going to have five more girls.
‘I just kept thinking, “wow that is a lot of girls, what are we going to do with them all?” We would have six in total.
‘And then when we found out that they were going to be the second ever set of all-girl quintuplets in the US, we felt so blessed with how rare and extraordinary they were.’
After the babies’ arrival, they had to spend the first three months of their lives in hospital.
Once they were ready to come home, Heather and Priscilla arranged a photoshoot with Kristin Waner of Kristin Ann Photography.
‘It has been crazy, hectic and tiring, but we wouldn’t have it any other way,’ said Heather.
‘Our eldest daughter has been nothing but amazing with her sisters, she even calls them her babies. It is so cute.
‘Everyone in our home town knows them, they love how rare and special they are.
‘We also love seeing peoples reaction when we tell them about our quintuplets, and people come up to us in public because they are so amazed.
‘I am loving being a mum of six, it is amazing. I am always surrounded by my girls and there is nothing better than that.’
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