All quintuplets born in Dallas now out of hospital

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 7, 2013 at 8:51 am •  Published: February 7, 2013
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Carrie Jones, in the days leading up to the homecoming, blogged her frustrations.

On Jan. 23, three days before Seth's release, she wrote:

"His needs are just too great for us to deal with on our own, especially on the weekends and in the evenings when help is more sparse and babies are more needy. :) He will also need regular home visits from the occupational, physical and speech therapists . as well as durable medical equipment provision and maintenance. Whew!"

When she was visiting Seth in the hospital that night, he was crying and vomiting "almost the whole time." The ordeal was draining.

"It was a hard evening. I kept remembering, though, that we begged for his life and have been given that, so these hard times are really a blessing since he's here with us to go through them together. We cannot praise and thank God enough for sparing our little boy."

Seth and his siblings still have a long road ahead, requiring more medical attention than usual.

But Dr. Rashmin Savani, divisional director of neonatal-perinatal medicine at UT Southwestern and Children's, said the quintuplets are making steady progress.

"The prognosis for all five of them is pretty good," he said.

The Joneses still are settling into a routine. And they've got 25 to 30 volunteers who come in regularly to help out.

Dad has returned to work locally with Florida-based Wycliffe Bible Translators. The couple hopes to return to missionary work in Papua New Guinea in the South Pacific as soon as their kids are healthy enough to relocate.

Meanwhile, Gavin Jones said his work and any time he can spend alone with his wife helps keep him grounded.

"Yesterday I was so done with taking care of babies," he said, "and all I wanted to do was get out of the house and do something else. And I love these babies."

The constant juggling act partly explains why the Joneses are getting about 2,000 hits a day on their website. Said Gavin Jones on Jan. 29:

"I never imagined that there would be any reason for this many people to be interested in our lives. God's pretty creative and has quite a sense of humor."