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Bringing Home Baby x5: The Very Busy Busbys
8/7/2017 3:45:53 PM

All parents face adjustments when they bring home a new baby, but imagine bringing home five new babies. That’s feedings every three hours – all through the night, 40 bottles a day, and 420 diapers a week.
This became the new normal for Lake Charles natives Danielle and Adam Busby when they became the proud parents of the only all-female set of quintuplets in the country in April of 2015. The family of three (they had a 4-year-old daughter, Blayke, at the time) became a family of eight overnight, quickly outgrowing their Houston suburban home, car, and just about everything else in their lives.
"When we found out we were expecting quintuplets, we were obviously shocked. I think I laughed – almost like it was a joke. I couldn’t really process it. Then it became real, and overwhelming,” said Danielle. "After we had a little time to process the news, Adam and I accepted the babies for the blessings they were. We had struggled with infertility before both of our pregnancies and had always wanted a large family. We were getting everything we had asked for – just in an unexpected way.”

Fortunately, Danielle’s pregnancy progressed as normally as possible for higher order multiples, thanks to a huge effort on her part to follow her doctor’s instructions. The quints, Ava Lane,Olivia Marie, Hazel Grace, Riley Paige, and Parker Kate, were born early, at 28 weeks. They spent three months in the NICU, coming in home in stages, which Danielle said made it easier for her and Adam to adjust to having multiple tiny babies at home. "The early days were tough,” said Adam. "I’m not going to sugar-coat it. Fortunately, we had a lot of faith, and a lot of help from our family and friends.”
Danielle adds that those strong ties to family are an important part of their Southwest Louisiana roots that remain an important part of their life. "We take care of each other. My sisters and my mom live here now and we are very close. We visit Lake Charles to see Adam’s family and our extended family as often as we can. It will always be ‘home’ to us.”

Fast forward two years, and the family has adjusted, but life is anything but calm around the Busby home. The two-year-old quints are now doing what most toddlers do – exploring their world and testing the boundaries. For Adam and Danielle, the challenge of keeping up with them is just ramped up to the power of five.
Adding to the chaos of life with five toddlers, an active six-year-old and a new business (they recently became partners in Rush Cycle in League City), is a network camera crew for TLC. A blog Danielle and Adam started about the pregnancy gained a large national following and they were approached about a reality show chronicling their story and life with quintuplets. The show was a success and the third season of Outdaughtered is airing now on TLC.

Adam says sharing their life does present some challenges. "Having a camera crew added to a household that already has eight people can definitely make things a bit crowded at times, and there are logistics to figure out whenever we want to do anything that they want to tape for the show.” But he says there are rewards are well. "They are capturing our memories; a lot of things we don’t even remember, especially from the early days when we were so sleep-deprived.”
Danielle agrees. "I get emotional watching different episodes because of how much the babies have changed. We’re getting the best footage of our lives captured. That’s something our kids will have to cherish forever.”
The Busby’s best parenting advice? "You can only do as much as you can at that moment in time,” says Danielle. "Learn to laugh about a situation and sit back and enjoy the ride.”
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