How These New Parents Of Quintuplets Make It Work

Michael and Margaret Baudinet had wanted children for years when, to their surprise, Margaret learned she was pregnant with quintuplets last year. It was a miracle — after two miscarriages and many months of trying — but also a shock. The “bundle of Baudinets,” as they’re affectionately known, were born last December, in Phoenix, Arizona, where the couple had temporarily relocated to work with a doctor who specializes in multiple births.

Now they’re back home in Goochland, Virginia, quickly figuring out what it means to be a family of seven.

“It’s a blessing and a curse because I don’t know what it’s like to diaper one bottom and put one baby to bed,” Margaret, 32 said. “I kiss five babies goodnight. I don’t know how to relate to a mom with one stroller. I don’t know what that feels like.”


The first thing they learned? Sticking to a schedule is key, although sometimes that means it feels like they’re running a business instead of a family.

“We’ve got them all on the same schedule. We make them eat at the same time, which sometimes they don’t like, but it’s required. They sleep from 12:30 in the morning until about 7:30 in the morning.”

The babies — Ava, Clara, Camille, Luke and Isabelle — are now almost 6 months old, and each is happy and healthy, their parents said — and many thanks are due to those who helped get them there.

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