DALLAS (CBS 11 NEWS) — A beaming mother and an emotional father, Michelle and Steven Seals spoke for the first time about their quintuplets born Tuesday at Baylor University Medical Center.
Mrs. Seal said, “I’m doing good. I feel good.” Her husband has breathed a small sigh and is thankful. “I’m happy we got as far as we did,” he said emotionally. “That’s really a milestone.”
Doctors say the quintuplets are all doing well. Most are breathing on their own, and they are all being fed their mother’s breast milk with the help of feeding tubes.
The couple from Maud, Texas, near Texarkana, allowed cameras inside the delivery room to document the births. One by one, the four girls and a boy, born at 29 weeks, were brought into the receiving room.
Michelle has been at Baylor for six weeks, and a team of physicians and nurses has been on standby around the clock ever since waiting for her to go into labor.
It’s the first time in Baylor’s 110+ year history that quintuplets were born there.
All of the babies were each named after family members, and here are their names in the order in which they were born:
— Mia Seals, 2 pounds, 10 ounces
— Tessa Seals, 2 pounds, 14 ounces
— Brant Seals, 3 pounds, 6 ounces
— Gracie Seals, 2 pounds, 7 ounces
— Rayleigh Seals, 2 pounds, 8 ounces
The couple say they settled on the final name this past weekend.
“They’re so precious, they’re tiny. I just love it. I thought I’d be scared because of all the machines and tubes but I just love it. I can’t wait to get my hands on them,” Michelle said, talking about her newly born children.
The labor and delivery process was different for father Steven. “I stayed and watched every minute of it, and it was truly, truly amazing.”
Michelle said she took medication to help with her pregnancy, which gave her a 10-percent chance of having twins. “We went from two to four then to six, but one didn’t make it, so we went down to five.We were shocked. I don’t even know if there are words to express how we felt.”
The first grade teacher said she and her husband, a civilian employee at the Red River Army Depot, will learn a lot, and are so lucky to have family and friends who will help. “I think we’ll be fine. It’ll be crazy, but we’ll see how it goes.”
The couple already has a two-year-old son. They say he will be a great big brother, even if he doesn’t realize all that’s coming his way.
Doctors say the quintuplets will be in the hospital for another seven to eight weeks, and their parents say they’re excited to get them home.
Father Steven knows the adventures are just beginning. “Raising these kids over the years, clothes, cars, prom dresses, college tuition — we’ll just take it one day at a time and see what happens.”
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