Youngest quintuplet leaves hospital

March 19, 1995|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,Sun Staff Writer

The Good family finally slept under one roof last night -- but the feeding and diapering of the five newest members leaves their parents sleeping in shifts.

Katelyn Marie Good, the youngest of the quintuplets born Jan. 25 to David and Ruth Good, was discharged yesterday from Greater Baltimore Medical Center, the last of the five babies to go home.

Swaddled in her pink thermal blanket, Katelyn acknowledged the TV cameras and bright lights with lowered eyelids and a contented smack of her lips in the lobby of GBMC's obstetric wing.

The babies are the first quintuplets in GBMC's 30-year history. Mrs. Good became pregnant after a year of taking fertility drugs. The drugs can cause women to release several eggs at a time, increasing the chance of multiple births.

The quintuplets arrived nine weeks prematurely but healthier than most infants born that early, doctors said.

"All they need now is just regular care," said Dr. Sabah Helou, their neonatologist. The babies will continue regular check-ups with a local pediatrician in York County, Pa., where the family lives.

Katelyn's brothers, Nathan Bennett and Phillip David, went home March 1. Her sisters, Patricia Lynn and Amanda Ruth, followed on March 7.

"[Katelyn] needed to grow," said Mr. Good. Born the smallest, at 2 pounds, 5.8 ounces, she weighed in at 4 pounds and 8 ounces upon leaving the hospital yesterday. At birth, the quintuplets ranged from Katelyn's weight to Nathan's at 3 pounds, 6 ounces.

Katelyn's brothers and sisters now all weigh more than 5 pounds, and volunteers who help feed, diaper and care for the babies will be ready to help her catch up.

Yesterday, the smiling parents, both 28, spoke calmly to reporters while the babies, all of them quiet and a few of them asleep, were lined up in their car seats.

Mr. Good manages a small stainless-steel fabrication company in Baltimore, and Mrs. Good was an elementary school music teacher until leaving to prepare for the multiple birth.

"There was a song I heard this morning: 'God is in control,' " Mr. Good told reporters. "He has wrapped this thing up beautifully."

About 30 of the Goods' fellow parishioners from North Harford Baptist Church in Jarrettsville are helping them care for the quintuplets. The parents always have at least one and usually two volunteers in the home with them. Mr. Good's parents and grandmother also help.

"With three people, it takes about an hour and a half to feed them," Mrs. Good said. "As far as me being alone with all five, that has not happened yet."

The demands of caring for five babies make for odd hours: Mrs. Good usually gets her night's rest between 7:30 p.m. and midnight, when she wakes up to take over so Mr. Good can go to bed.

"We do our hand-off in the hallway and go from there," he said.

Mrs. Good naps when she can during the rest of the day.

Church members also have provided the family with baby

equipment and supplies, although the parents said they still need to get a full-size van. A seven-passenger mini-van isn't big enough when five of the passengers need car seats, said Don Good, grandfather of the quintuplets.

The Goods don't expect to take all five children out together again until next month. "We might try to go to church just after Easter," Mr. Good said.

He said he and his wife haven't ruled out having more children.

"We're not making any announcements," Mr. Good said. "My parents have asked that we hold off a little while."

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