Lesbian couple who wanted 'one more baby' welcome all-girl QUINTUPLET - only the second set recorded in America
A couple who decided to have one more baby to complete their family have become proud parents to all-girl quintuplets.
Heather Langley, 39, and her partner Priscilla Rodriguez, 35, both from Texas, welcomed their five daughters - Hadley, Reagan, Zariah, Zylah and Jocelyn - in August last year, and the infants are only the second set of all-girl quintuplets recorded in the US.
The couple, who have been together for nine years, already had a daughter together, Sawyer, three, and decided to try for one more baby using artificial insemination. Much to their surprise, they ended up conceiving five children.
Heather was six weeks pregnant when they discovered they were having quintuplets, who were delivered at 28 weeks by emergency C-section.
Proud parents, Heather Langley, 39, and her partner Priscilla Rodriguez, 35, both from Texas, welcomed their five daughters in August last year
The birth of Hadley, Reagan, Zariah, Zylah and Jocelyn was so rare that they are just the second set of recorded all girl quintuplets in the US
Heather recalled: 'Initially doctors only saw four gestational sacs, but then they found the fifth one.
'I immediately felt scared when we found out there was going to be five because I feared my pregnancy would be worrying and complicated.
'I was also panicking about how we would take care of five babies and how on earth we would pick and agree on five names, let alone one.
'However, after the initial shock and the news had sunk in, I realized how special and unique our babies were going to be. It feels like we have won the lottery.
When Heather was 28 weeks pregnant, she had to have an emergency C-section where all five babies were delivered in less than three minutes
'I have always wanted children, and I wasn't sure if it was ever going to happen for me.
'At first, Priscilla didn't really want children. But after we had our first daughter, we knew we wanted to try for one more.
'We used the IUI method again, the same fertility treatment we used to have Sawyer, although we weren't able to use the same sperm donor because it wasn't available.
'We weren't sure if it was going to take. But this was our first attempt, and it worked. We were so happy, we couldn't wait to be parents again.'
Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a method of fertility treatment which places washed and concentrated sperm directly into the uterus around the time the ovary releases one or more eggs to be fertilized.
Heather was just six weeks pregnant when the couple learned they were having quintuplets
Heather said: 'I was also panicking about how we would take care of five babies and how on earth we would pick and agree on five names, let alone one'
The coronavirus pandemic meant that Priscilla couldn't go with Heather to her hospital appointments and wasn't there when she found out they were having quintuplets.
Heather said that she broke the news to her girlfriend by text message.
She added: 'She was incredibly shocked. She responded to my text saying, "Please tell me this is a joke".
'She didn't believe I was being serious at first because you rarely hear of people being pregnant with five babies.
'Out of our five babies, we were really hoping we were going to get a couple of boys, but that wasn't to be.
The couple had a scan at 19 weeks to find out the gender of their babies and were hoping 'to get a couple of boys' but the midwife 'just kept saying "another girl"'
Due to being premature, the babies had to spend the first three months of their lives in the hospital, with the first coming home on Halloween and the last on December 2
At around 19 weeks we had a scan to find out the gender of the babies. The midwife just kept saying "another girl". I couldn't 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.'
Heather said that she is 'loving being a mother of six' because she is 'always surrounded by her girls' (pictured: Hadley, left, Reagan, centre, and Jocelyn, right)
At 28 weeks, Heather was given some medication that would help mature the babies' brains because the doctors knew that the would be early. However, the medication sent Heather into early labor.
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 mother-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.
The couple already have a daughter Sawyer, three, who Heather said has been amazing with her sisters, even calling them her babies
The couple have been together for nine years and used the IUI method to try for their babies
'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.
'Everyone in our home town knows them, they love how rare and special they are.
'We also love seeing people's reaction 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 mother of six, it is amazing. I am always surrounded by my girls and there is nothing better than that.'
Heather said that she has always wanted children but at first Priscilla (pictured) 'didn't really want' them but after they had their first daughter, they knew they wanted to try for more
The couple had beautiful pictures taken of the girls by Kristin Waner of Kristin Ann Photography
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 favorite 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 mothers made it happen.
'I can't wait to watch these girls grow and capture their big milestones.'