On any given day, chances are you can find Michelle Seals sitting in a brown leather recliner in the neonatal intensive care unit at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.
That NICU has been home to her babies since they were born on March 18, and it’s also where Seals has spent the last seven weeks, helping to nurse her newborns back to health.
“Life in the NICU is a roller coaster,” Seals says. “Some days there are two steps forward and other days it’s a step back.”
Her children were born eleven weeks early, only weighing between two to three pounds.
Now they are nearly twice that size.
From left to right that’s Rayleigh, Gracie, their brother Brant squished between all his sisters, and then Mia and Tessa on the right.
Brant is the biggest of the bunch, and already spoiled his mom says, by all the NICU nurses who have taken such good care of him.
Michelle spends her days feeding, changing and holding her little babies–helping to build that bond.
“I want them to know I love them unconditionally,” she said.
I met Michelle Seals when she arrived at Baylor Dallas back in February.
She was 24 weeks pregnant and already on bed rest.
“I was scared and worried about them, you take for granted that your kids are going to born healthy,” Seals said.
The East Texas mother had reason to worry.
“I had three miscarriages before my son was born and then a fourth after. This was my last shot at giving him a sibling, if it didn’t work we were going to be happy with our son.” [Brady]
Mother’s day is a time we all reflect on our moms and the sacrifices they have made for us.
Sunday, Michelle Seals may be spending the special day stuck in a hospital, but her entire family will be there with her, and she wouldn’t have it any other way.
“I know how special it is to be a mom, I want them to know how grateful I am to be a mom and now I have five more reasons to be grateful.”
See the quintuplets first pictures with mom.
We thought you’d like to see what went on behind the scenes of the Seals first official family photo shoot.
WFAA’s Cynthia Izaguirre, who had twins herself at Baylor, was there to help out.