ALBERTVILLE, AL (WAFF) - The first sextuplets ever born at Huntsville Hospital are now one and their show on TLC is returning with new episodes next summer!
“Sweet Home Sextuplets” will be returning for a second season, the family and network announced.
The Waldrop family will celebrate with a ONEderland-themed party on December 22nd.
Rayne, Layke, Rivers, Tag, Blu, and Rawlings have captivated the Tennessee Valley and viewers all over the world. They’re adored by their parents Courtney and Eric and their three older brothers and there’s never a dull moment at their Albertville home.
“Our journey has been absolutely incredible. We have been blessed beyond measure. We had six healthy babies and they are perfect in every way and God truly answered every prayer. It’s been a miracle,” Courtney said in a recent interview.
The sextuplets made headlines when they were delivered at Huntsville Hospital and part of their TV show was filmed at the hospital. The first season, which premiered in September, followed the Waldrop’s life-changing journey every step of the way, from Courtney’s high-risk pregnancy to the births and how they adjust to becoming a family of 11.
The sextuplets have three older brothers- twins Wales and Bridge, 6, and Saylor, 9.
“It’s a blessing to be able to share our story with the world. It’s an amazing story. The Lord has brought us through so much. We’re just excited to tell about it and hopefully someone else can be blessed through our story,” Courtney stated.
The babies were delivered at Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children on Dec. 11, 2017. Dr. David Rushing, of the Clinic For Women, delivered the sextuplets by Cesarean section with help from a team of about 40 labor and delivery nurses, neonatologists, anesthesiologists, maternal fetal medicine specialists and surgical assistants.
The fraternal sextuplets – three boys and three girls – ranged in weight from 2 pounds, 4 ounces to 2 pounds, 14 ounces. They spent several weeks in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) before going home to Albertville.
[READ MORE: First sextuplets born at Huntsville Hospital]
[READ MORE: Alabama sextuplets make it home from hospital]
Sextuplets are exceedingly rare. It was the first sextuplet delivery in the history of Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children, the first sextuplet birth in Alabama since 2011, and the first time sextuplets were born in the state outside of Birmingham.
Employees from the NICU, Labor & Delivery Unit, Mother Baby and other clinical departments held multiple drills to practice every aspect of the sextuplets’ delivery and first minutes of care.
Courtney and Eric, childhood sweethearts, had been trying for one more sibling for their three boys when they found out that they were expecting six babies. Courtney school teacher, but she had to leave work during her pregnancy with the sextuplets. Eric owns a landscape company.
After the birth of their oldest son, Saylor, Courtney had a miscarriage and learned that she had a blood clotting disorder which could risk the lives of both the baby and mother. So the Waldrops turned to fertility medication, which led to the births of their six-year-old twins.
It was a shock when they tried again and found out that sextuplets were on the way.
The show started with Courtney at 25-weeks pregnant and already on strict bed rest and hospital crews planning for the delivery.
It also touches on the gender reveal and the babies’ arrival at the hospital. Camera crews then follow the family home to Albertville as the family adjusts to a new norm, using 70 diapers a day and the need for round-the-clock care and feedings, along with keeping with up with their three other children.
“We aren’t just home with just six babies. We have three older boys. We’re constantly on the go,” Courtney said.
With the new season around the corner, the Waldrops are looking forward to sharing how their six little ones have developed, TLC said.
“Each baby is growing by leaps and bounds and developing six unique personalities,” the couple explained. “It’s becoming real that we have nine kids all going in different directions!”