PHOENIX (KSAZ) - Jamie Scott, the mother of the country's newest set of quintuplets, delivered her precious babies six weeks ago at St. Joesph's Hospital in Phoenix. Now, we get to see her perfect bundles of joy, as well as witnessing the work it takes for her to hold all of them at once!
50 perfect fingers and toes, Jamie Scott still marvels at her quintuplets every time holds them in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, where they've been since they were born on March 29. She has made only two attempts to hold all five of her babies, a feat she knows will soon be impossible as her two baby boys and three girls continue to grow.
For now, however, getting them safely on her lap takes two nurses and a lot of takes some adjusting, repositioning, and juggling.
Scott never imagined she'd have five baby's at once. She was simply praying for one.
"There was always this longing in my heart for one more baby," said Scott. With two boys -- Shayden and Landon -- Scott dreamed of having a girl.
"We'd been trying to get pregnant for six years," said Scott. "This year is all those years added up of hoping and wishing."
Her wish got multiplied by five, after a single a round of in-vitro.
"Typically with fertility clinics, a woman is blessed to get pregnant with one baby," said Scott. "Sometimes, a woman is blessed to have multiples, usually twins. Usually nothing more than that."
Scott is living in Phoenix until the babies are ready to go home to Utah.
"I am excited to go home," said Scott. "Sad to leave Phoenix though. I've really come to love the people here in Phoenix."
So, just how does a mother bring five babies home?
"We have a minivan and it won't be enough to get everybody home," said Scott. "I ordered car seats yesterday."
Until they go home, Scott's days revolve around strengthening her bond with her babies.
"We have Lincoln and Lily and Daisy in the middle and Violet and Logan," said Scott.
The Scotts see this as a miracle that only happened with a lot of hope, faith, and the help of Dr. John Elliott, a world-renowned expert in high-risk multiple births.
"Logan's water broke at 21 1/2 weeks, and we thought we'd be losing the quints then," said Scott. "Usually when you lose one, you lose all in a higher multiple situations."
"We were really down at 21 weeks," said Dr. Elliott. "We went through some ups and down as Jamie has said. The downs were difficult, but then the ups really became the hope in how we focused on getting as far as we could in getting these babies here healthy."
Thankfully, the babies survived and were born with no serious health issues.
"Logan is our fighter," said Scott. "Our strong, strong little boy that created a way for everyone to stay put in me, and we owe a lot to our little Logan boy. He's doing great. Lincoln was born the smallest at 2lbs. He is just a sweetie. When I was pregnant he was closest to my heart. Then we have Violet and she's very sweet. Daisy was our biggest baby right in the center when I was pregnant, so she knew how to get the party started. And then Miss Lily is just a sweetheart. She's just happy."
Talking about happy, that's how this mom feels every time she holds these bundles of joy.
"These are all my babies? I did this???" said Scott. "And I just had so much gratitude that I get to have this experience, that I get to be here because at 21 1/2 weeks, I didn't know if that -- I still get emotional talking about it because I didn't know if that was something I'd get to experience."
The next chapter is going to be a new level of challenge; one the Scotts will take on with much love and support from friends and family.
"In the beginning, we'll need to have quite the system set up," said Scott. "Laundry being done, house tidied, babies fed, diapers changed. I'm starting to think about those things. We have a guest bedroom that is now going to be a nursery, and the nursery we had set up was a teeny tiny little room with one crib, so we have some work to do."
So, is Scott ready for what's to come?
"Oh I definitely have freak out moments, but it all comes together," said Scott.