The holidays were bittersweet for Briana and Jordan Driskell when they were struggling with infertility. Every afternoon it seemed that another holiday card arrived in the mail, featuring a picture of a smiling family. “That was so hard for me,” the 30-year-old from Versailles, Kentucky, tells Us Weekly. “Of course I was happy for my friends, but at the same time, I dreaded opening the mail. It was painful because all I ever wanted was to be a mom.”
After two years of heartbreak, Briana got her wish — times five. Zoey Hart, Dakota Faith, Hollyn Grace, Asher Blaze and Gavin Lane were delivered via cesarean section on May 2. And on Sunday, November 19, the 7-month-old quintuplets posed for their first holiday shoot with newborn photographer Ashley Childress. “While Ashley was taking the pictures, I was thinking, ‘I can’t wait to order our Christmas cards,” Briana tells Us. “Each one is going to say, ‘“Merry Quintsmas!’”
The images came out better than Briana ever imagined. “I thought they were going to be crying and screaming the whole time,” Briana admits. But the infants were on their best behavior: “They only cried when we changed outfits and when they got hungry.”
According to Briana, she and Jordan, 26, prepare 35 bottles a day — which works out to $1,380 in formula each month. “Someone eats every 30 minutes,” she tells Us. “And we go through 60 to 70 diapers a day.”
Though there is “never any down time,” the sleep-deprived Driskells have never been happier. All five babies are thriving and Zoey, who weighed just one pound, 13 ounces at birth, is now 13 pounds. “I’m super blessed that they’re all healthy,” says Briana. “I couldn’t ask for anything more.”
Briana and Jordan learned at their eight-week ultrasound that they were expecting quintuplets. Though Briana underwent a series of fertility treatments, she was told there was only a four to eight percent chance her pregnancy would result in triplets or more.
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