The chance of having quintuplets naturally is roughly one in 55,000,000. So, you can imagine Kim Tucci's shock when she discovered she was doing just that. She was the mother of a 2-year-old and a 4-year-old when she and her husband decided to try for another child. Instead, they got five. The quintuplets were born in Australia in late January, and since then have become an Internet sensation. And, as if it couldn't get any more cuter (and overwhelming for Tucci), Tucci had a photoshoot with her quintuplets and you've got to see it.
Erin Elizabeth of Erin Elizabeth Photography was hired by Tucci to take maternity photos before the quintuplets' birth earlier this year. The photos came out spectacularly and show Tucci walking majestically on the shore. It's hard to believe she can look so serene carrying five babies, but she does! In fact, she looks like a real goddess. After those shots, it's not too surprising that Tucci hired Elizabeth back to do a photoshoot with her newborn quintuplets.
In the photos, Tucci is posing alongside her five new children: Tiffany (at birth, about 2.5 pounds), Penelope (about 2.5 pounds), Beatrix (about 2.6 pounds), Allie (about 2.6 pounds), and Keith (about 2.7 pounds). Tucci posted some of the photos to her blog and shared them with Romper.
The day after the delivery, Tucci posted on Facebook:
We are very happy to announce the birth of our 5 beautiful babies, born on the 28th of January and just shy of 30 weeks. We would like to say a big thank you to Dr. Jan Dickinson for looking after me and the babies with such love and care ... The babies and I are both doing very well, thank you for all your well wishes and support.
The photos, of course, omit the difficulty of carrying five babies. Tucci posted candidly on her Facebook about the pain she endured throughout the pregnancy:
It's getting harder as each day passes to push through the pain, every part of my body aches and sleeping is becoming very painful. No amount of pillows are helping support my back and belly. Sometime i get so upset that I just want to throw my hands up and give in! [...] I'm finding it hard to eat as I basically have no room left in my stomach and the way it is positioned it's pushed all the way back with the babies leaning against it. During a Quintuplet pregnancy Its recommended that I be taking in 6000 calories a day!! I'm struggling to eat and force feed myself leaving me with reflux for hours. I can't tolerate a lot of dairy and I can't keep protein drinks down, I'm starting to loose weight when I really need to be gaining it.
My skin on my belly is so stretched its painful and hot to touch, it literally feels like I have hives!! No amount of cream helps relieve the discomfort. I have a lot of stretch marks now, dealing with such a huge change in my body is hard. My husband always reminds me I should wear my stripes with pride and that I should be proud of them and what my body has achieved.
Additionally, the photos don't show how much it will cost the couple to care for their now seven children. Tucci's grandmother started a GoFundMe (which you can donate to here) to help raise money for the couple, who have been overwhelmed with bills since the birth of their new children, according to the page:
Their house is rented because they can't afford to buy. They can only dream of being able to own a home spacious enough to accommodate their familyThey share one car, which is full with 2 baby seats. Consequently they have not gone anywhere as a family since they came home, because they can't.
They are looking to buy an LDV G10, as this is the cheapest car in Australia big enough to carry their huge family to medical appointments, meetings, school runs, shopping, and everywhere else a young family needs to go.
Elizabeth shared her beautiful photos of the growing family on Facebook on May 6. Since then the post has racked up more than 43,000 “likes.” The photographer wrote, "Months later, here she is with her gorgeous little babies...each one perfect and healthy as can be. Kim endured an extremely demanding pregnancy, never wavering in her strength and determination to bring these babies safely into the world. She is an inspiration, and it was an honor to photograph her journey."
She's since shared some adorable "behind-the-scenes" photos from the shoot. For such new people, the Tucci quintuplets are naturals in front of a camera.