A couple who wanted to have another baby to make their family more complete welcomed the all-girls birthday group in a series of adorable photos.
Heather Langley, 39, and her partner, Priscilla Rodriguez, 35, both from Texas, USA, welcomed their five daughters last August following an emergency cesarean section when Heather became pregnant. 28 weeks.
Births of Hadley, Reagan, Zariah, Zylah and Jocelyn are so rare that they are only the second recorded birth group in the US.
The couple have been together for nine years and have a daughter, Sawyer, three years old.
They decided they wanted to try another baby, however, ended up having five more.
Heather said she was only six weeks pregnant when they found out she was giving birth.
The babies are only the second group of recorded births in the US.
She added: “At first the doctors only saw four gestational sacs, but then they found a fifth.
“I immediately felt scared when we knew there would be five people because I was afraid my pregnancy would be very disturbing and complicated.
“I was also confused about how we were going to take care of five children and how the hell we were able to pick and agree on five names let alone one.
“However, after the initial shock and that news subsided, I realized how special and unique our kids would be. It feels like we won the lottery.
“I’ve always wanted to have children and I’m not sure if that will ever happen to me. At first, Priscilla didn’t really want to have children, but after having our first daughter, we knew we wanted another.
“We reused IUI, the same fertility treatment we used for Sawyer, although we couldn’t use the same sperm donor because it wasn’t available.
“We are not sure if it will be successful. But this was our first attempt and it worked. We are so happy, we can’t wait to be parents again.”
The coronavirus pandemic meant Priscilla couldn’t accompany Heather to her hospital appointments and wasn’t there when she found out they were having five children.
Heather says she informed her girlfriend by text message.
She added: ‘She was so shocked she replied to my text ‘please tell me this is a joke’. At first, she didn’t believe I was being serious because you rarely hear of someone being pregnant with five kids.
“Of our five children, we really hoped to have a few boys, but that didn’t happen.
“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.”
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.
The mum-of-six said: “Their due date was 2 November, but as they were so early they had to spend the first three months of their lives in the hospital.
“The first one came home on Halloween, and the last came home on 2 December.
“It has been crazy, hectic and tiring, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. Our eldest daughter has been nothing but amazing with her sisters, she even calls them her babies. It is so cute.
The babies’ names are Hadley, Reagan, Zariah, Zylah and Jocelyn.
“We also love seeing people’s reactions 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.”
The couple had beautiful pictures taken of the girls by Kristin Waner of Kristin Ann Photography.
Kristin said: “Photographing quintuplets has always been a dream of mine, so I was super excited to photograph them.
“Multiples are my favourite to photograph as they share a special bond which I love showing in the pictures. I was in heaven every second of the shoot.
“The photo where they are all sleeping took me an hour to get. Safety is priority in newborn photography, team work from my assistants and their mums made it happen.
“I can’t wait to watch these girls grow and capture their big milestones.”