Alabama Family With Twins Adds Sextuplets

The premature babies are already cover models
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 28, 2018 6:49 PM CST
Eric and Courtney Waldrop, parents of sextuplets, speak at a press conference at Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children in Huntsville, Ala., Thursday Dec. 14, 2017.   (Bob Gathany /AL.com via AP)

(Newser) – The Waldrop babies—Alabama's first sextuplets since 2011—are officially cover models. Not bad for six babies born just shy of 30 weeks in late 2017 and who were only recently allowed to leave the hospital. People reports Courtney Waldrop gave birth to Layke, Tag, Blu, Rawlings, Rivers, and Rayne on Dec. 11 at Huntsville Hospital. She and her husband, Eric, who already had three children together, had turned to fertility treatments after several miscarriages. Two of the sextuplets were allowed to return home from the hospital Feb. 3, according to the Gadsden Times. Another two left the hospital Feb. 17, and the final two came home Feb. 21. Courtney Waldrop says she was excited to have all six babies home by her original due date. "Such a great reminder of how much God has blessed and answered so many prayers!!" the family posted Wednesday on Facebook.

With the sextuplets finally healthy enough to return home, the Waldrops were photographed by Ashley Sargent Photography for the cover of Huntsville Hospital's magazine. (Check out those photos here.) On Facebook, Sargent says she was "beyond excited" to photograph the babies, who were "troopers." "If there is ever to be a greater family than the infamous Pearson Family from This Is Us ... I dare to say ... it's the Waldrops," she writes. "Let me tell you about this family ... they are strong, they are resilient, and they are the absolute most positive family you'll ever meet." Sargent photographed each baby swaddled in a different color of the rainbow, spending hours editing out the breathing tubes still being used by some of the sextuplets. TLC will air a documentary about the Waldrops in the fall. (Read more sextuplets stories.)

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