From Jon & Kate Plus 8 to 19 Kids and Counting, viewers have been fascinated with families of multiple children for years. And thanks to TLC, there’s a newer family we’re all keeping up with — and that’s the Busbys. Adam and Danielle Busby are famous for having the first set of all-female quintuplets in the United States, and fans have loved watching their show, OutDaughtered. There is one question on viewers’ minds, however, and that’s if the Busbys were trying to have five children at once or whether the multiple pregnancy wasn’t totally welcome.
Danielle Busby has discussed her desire for children in the past
Even though Danielle and Adam Busby are relative newcomers to the reality TV realm, fans love hearing their parenting stories. Country Living reminds us the two met back in 2003 when they worked at the same Target store, and Adam’s first words to Danielle were, “hey, beautiful.” While she may have been skeptical at first, Adam’s love of children is what really sold him to Danielle, and they were engaged after dating for two and a half years. “I started to fall in love with [Adam] when I realized how much joy he had for kids, just like I did,” Danielle said.
On the Busby family blog, Danielle discussed her desire for family expansion after she felt like she and Adam were in the right place to do so. “I remember being so excited that this was ‘IT’, we were actually going to start trying to have a family. Adam and I both adore kids and we never ever imagined WE would have issues,” she wrote.
The couple had serious infertility struggles
Unfortunately, having a baby wasn’t so easy for the hopeful couple. On the Busby blog, Danielle explained that Adam’s sperm count was low and she wasn’t ovulating regularly, making pregnancy extremely difficult. For this reason, Adam and Danielle were both given the prescription Clomid and Danielle moved forward with intrauterine insemination — but even then, Danielle explained she was having trouble. “During this whole time of going through infertility, obviously it is costly, time-consuming, and stressful. It definitely challenging time for Adam and I’s relationship,” she wrote.
Eventually, after switching drugs, going to daily doctor’s visits, and spending a ton of time and money, Danielle got pregnant with their first daughter, Blayke. They wanted more than one child, though, and thus battled infertility again before getting pregnant with five babies at once.
The Busbys were totally welcome to having quintuplets
Having just one child was so difficult that Danielle and Adam never could have predicted they’d have quintuplets. But Danielle explained on her blog that she “prayed and prayed for years that we would not have to struggle as much the next go around.” Now, we know her prayers were answered — though at first she assumed she was just having twins. Danielle wrote, “I started to think maybe we are having twins! YAY!! My doctor said I could come in next week for my first ultrasound, which of course we are so excited. Could it be twins!?!?!?! I would LOVE twins…especially since I knew we would not be trying for more after this go around of infertility.”
To her and Adam’s shock, the twins she thought she was having were showing up on the ultrasound as four babies, and then five. “Adam is about to pass out and I am laughing! All I think about is what I was asking God for in my prayers,” Danielle wrote. While having quintuplets was definitely unplanned, the couple was absolutely delighted to welcome five baby girls into the world. “As challenging as our infertility journey had been and as challenging as our future will be…I would not change anything about it.”
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