By Sarah Francis
A super mum of quintuplets has revealed how she copes with her squadron – even while their father is deployed for a year.
Roxanna, 27, and Michael Hoffman, 28, gave birth to four girls and one boy in June 2014 after having Intrauterine insemination (IUI).
In the last two years their super-size family has moved THREE times and Roxanna is currently acting single mum while her military husband is deployed.
Roxanna, who formerly served in the United Air Force as an EMT, said: “I was raised as an only child. I wanted a big family but my husband wanted two or three kids – so I guess I won.
“After we lost a daughter due to a miscarriage, we tried for two years and didn’t have any luck on our own.
“We decided to go for IUI and we were told it was only possible to have one baby.
“Then when I had the first ultra sound it showed twins.
“So we were both very shocked when there were five heart-beats.
“My husband was turning pale and nearly passing out. I didn’t feel prepared but had to make jokes to keep strong.
“All of our family was surprised and shocked.”
By 17 weeks gestation, Roxanna measured the same as a woman full term with one baby.
She was on bed rest by week 20 where she spent 10 weeks until the delivery.
To prevent weight loss, the super mum consumed 7,000 calories and had daily ultrasounds to check on the babies.
She said: “I was very anxious and nervous, concerned about their health.”
At 31 weeks and one day, along came Aurora, Briella Delilah, Elias, Felicity.
She said: “Those first few months were a blur.
“We were changing 50 to 60 diapers a day, having daily doctor visits because they were premature.
“It was constant chaos, no sleeping – I was just running off half an hour sleep.
“We had to chart everything so we didn’t get it confused.
“Many times we felt overwhelmed but we had to find the joy in all of it.”
Michael was back at work 10 days later and took longer to be able to tell the new-borns apart.
Quick-thinking Roxanna colour coded the tots by painting their toes with different nail varnish until he could differentiated them.
When the babies were six months old, Michael left for a month and then last August Michael was deployed for a 12 month stint.
Hard working Roxanna said: “The quintuplets are going through the terrible twos. So there’s lots of transiting
“They definitely have a special bond and even had their own language at one point.
“My mum has moved by us so she helps with the kids and my in laws help when they can do.”
The family have to adapt to the unique challenges that seven kids presents; for example, they purchased a 15 seater van as well as a five seater child’s stroller.
Roxanna said: “Everything has changed in our life.
“From not having enough room, everything takes double as long and causes a lots of attention when we’re out with everyone stopping to comment and ask questions.”
In many respects, the Hoffman’s are like any other family and enjoy holidays, taking their kids to the beach or to different US states and have planned a visit Disneyland in May.
Roxanna added: “I try to take each moment as it comes.
“It’s important to find the time to myself, even it’s a few moments going outside to pick up the mail in the morning.
“They will be at preschool next year which is a bag of mix emotions as they have been my whole life for the last two years.”
To read more about their squadron visit Hoffman squadron.