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Q&A with the Busbys about life with quints

Published: Sep. 9, 2015 at 9:59 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 9, 2015 at 1:59 PM CDT
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The only set of all female quintuplets in America turned five months old this week.  The Busby quints: Ava, Olivia, Hazel, Riley, and Parker were born April 8 at The Woman's Hospital of Texas.

Their proud parents, Danielle and Adam, are originally from Lake Charles and Moss Bluff.  They recently made their first trip home to see family and I had a chance to sit down with them for a fun Q&A about life with the quints and their TLC reality series being filmed right now.

Q: What's been the biggest adjustment to being home with all five babies?
Danielle: "There's not time to do anything that you normally do on a scheduled basis, like paying bills at the 1st and 15th, or something like that.  It just...stuff doesn't happen!"
Adam: "We are literally like prisoners in our house right now!  It's either she goes or I go.  It's a three hour ordeal to get out of the house."

Q: How are you helping big sister, Blayke, feel special?
Adam: "Dividing time and just peeling her away.  Just getting out with her.  Taking her to the park.  We will go get a sno-cone."
Danielle: "Something little like picking her up from school and getting some ice cream.  Some mornings we'll get up earlier to grab donuts on the way to school."

Q: What's the best way to feed five hungry babies?
Adam: "If there's enough people in the house, we'll try to feed them all at the same time."
Danielle: "The sooner they get done, the sooner break you have between.  Then you have to wash the bottles and change the diapers and wash the clothes.  Every little thing you'd do for one, it's five times that."

Q: How many diapers and bottles are used in one day?
Adam: "At least 50-60 diapers per day.  35-40 bottles."

Q: What does that cost?
Adam: "$2,100 a month right now with just formula."
Danielle: "If you threw in diapers and wipes, you're probably looking at $700-1,000 a month on diapers and wipes."

Q: What's the best part?
Adam: "The little smiles we get now.  Smiles and coos."
Danielle: "As stressed and as frustrated as you might be at the moment, it never fails that one of the five is going to make you smile.  It never fails."

Q: You've allowed production crews to follow you at the hospital and now in your home for a TLC reality series.  What made you say "yes"?
Adam:  "If this platform that we've been given could be used to help other people and to make Jesus famous, we are all in.  It's a big responsibility.  We've surrounded ourselves with people that hold us accountable and encourage us and love on us."
Danielle: "We aren't those people on other reality shows.  We hope people can relate to us."
Adam: "We are like other families, just with one extraordinary difference."

Q: Is your family complete?
Adam: "Our family is complete.  All girls, not trying for a boy.  We'll have a seventh girl...that's just how it is, so it's over.  The shop is closed!" 

Danielle and Adam say that friends and family have helped them with feedings and given them breaks to sleep.  Several baby product companies have also helped through diaper donations, clothing for all six girls, sleep gear, and more.

You can see life in the Busby home, along with the rest of America, when TLC launches its reality series in the Spring of 2016.  Follow the Busbys on their blog here.

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