DALLAS (AP) — Their blog numbers reveal just how curiously fascinated the public is with Carrie and Gavin Jones: more than a million hits. That's what happens when you have five babies at once, the last of whom, Seth, finally was well enough for doctors to send home late last month.
"It's a little hectic," Carrie Jones, 35, said with newborns squealing in the background. "But we are just so happy, happy, happy to have Seth home; the hectic is OK."
The Dallas Morning News (http://dallasne.ws/WCAVc5 ) reports the couple also has an older son, Isaac, who turned 9 last month, and Mother Jones has even found a way to squeeze out an hour of volunteer time at his elementary school.
"That's my one act of service for the entire week," she said.
Gavin Jones, 35, summed up their suddenly chaotic life this way: "There's never a baby without a need. Every once in a while, we have one or two babies asleep, but it's never-ending neediness."
The Jones quintuplets arrived Aug. 9, the first ever born at St. Paul University Hospital, an extension of UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.
Since then, the family has been on a virtual roller-coaster ride of emotions — from fear, frustration and anger to blissful joy and praise. Said Gavin Jones on gavincarrie.blogspot.com Jan. 29:
"A lot of water has gone under this bridge since then. What an amazing change our family has seen. Our prayer is that these 1 million hits and counting will be a web-portal-view of God's love, care, and wisdom."
Seth's homecoming — joining newborns Will, David, Marcie and Grace — was both a relief and a reality check.
Beset with severe breathing problems that aren't unusual for multiple, prematurely born babies, Seth had remained hospitalized in the neonatal intensive care unit at Children's Medical Center Dallas.
His soaring medical costs complicated the family's ability to bring him home. Before hospital officials realized the Joneses had "maxed out" their insurance for Seth, they were trying to line up eight-hour-a-day professional nursing care once the infant was released.
"Since October, in four months, he's cost $750,000 — well over $1 million since he was born," his father said.
Luckily, he said, the family qualified for Medicaid, which enabled them to bring their fifth newborn home to Duncanville.