A proud mom has shared photos of her new quintuplet babies for the first time in a bid to explain what it’s like to be “surprised by five.”
Kim and Vaughn Tucci from Perth, Western Australia, welcomed five healthy babies on the 28th day of January 2016, a son, Keith, and four daughters, Ali, Penelope, Tiffany, and Beatrix.
The 26-year-old mother gave birth to her babies in two minutes, and they were ᴄᴏɴᴄᴇɪᴠᴇᴅ naturally. The scheduled caesarean was accompanied by a team of 50 physicians and nurses, and all of the children were born healthily.
The chance that all babies would survive and be healthy was incredibly low. But over a gruelling 27 weeks, Tucci’s body grew to accommodate each infant, each weighing more than a kilogram by the time she gave birth. Her obstetrician, professor Jan Dickinson, managed to deliver each healthy baby in under two minutes and said Tucci had a super ᴡᴏᴍʙ.
“Fifty fingers, 50 toes, six hearts beating at once,” she says.
“My body fought the toughest of battles to get five babies here safely. Everything I did, I did for them.”
Mrs. Tucci’s story gained prominence through her Facebook page, Surprised by Five, where she recorded the details of her pregnancy. The family photographer, Erin Elizabeth, who helped document Mrs Tucci’s pregnancy, organised the quintuplets’ photo shoot.
Tucci, who also has two young daughters with her husband, has shared the time-consuming task of caring for her precious bundles.
But one look at the babies’ adorable faces is enough to know the sleepless nights are worth it. The photos show a glowing Tucci cradling her five babies, their tiny bodies swaddled in soft pastel wraps.
The adorable pictures capture the sleeping quintuplets in what must be a rare moment of peace.