14 News checks in with the Wright quints
The last five months have been good to Rob and Emily Wright of Princeton. Their quintuplets, born three months prematurely, have all come home from the hospital.
But having five babies under one roof has presented its own set of challenges. Babies born at 28 weeks don't have an easy time, so you can imagine the worry the Wrights have had to endure since their five preemies were born on February 15th.
For four months, the couple went back and forth to the hospital before they could bring their three sons and two daughters home.
Now, they're busier than they ever imagined, but they say they feel lucky for their health of their babies and the help of their community.
Notebooks are the only way to keep track of five 5-month-olds.
Diaper changes and feedings all get logged by mom and dad and a team of volunteer caregivers.
Dad, Rob Wright, says they are a huge help, "We couldn't make it without them. There's no way. There is no way. We wouldn't be able to eat if we didn't have help."
Ethan, Peyton and Sydney came home in May. The smallest quints, Landon and Jenna, followed a month later, but had to go back to the NICU for two weeks due to feeding problems.
Rob says, "We had three home and we thought man this is tough and we got five and we thought this is tough. Then when the other two went back we thought well three is not hard at all."
It didn't take long for them to outgrow their tiny, two bedroom house in Princeton. So they sold it and moved in with a friend.
The generosity doesn't stop there.
Bristol Myers provides them with free formula. Lynnville's Bread of Life Ministries supplies the diapers and baby wipes. The space, the gifts, the help, mom, Emily, says it's all made a difficult situation much easier to handle, "It's not as hard as I thought it would be actually. I mean, it is hard and at some points, you know, I'm ready to say someone else take them for a little bit, but it's really not as bad as I anticipated. They're really very good babies. They could be a lot worse."
And even though they were born 12 weeks prematurely, they're healthy. The Wrights feel lucky, if not overwhelmed, Rob says, "Right now, it just seems like this is it forever, but it's only temporary." But they know these are the moments they'll miss when they're gone.