October 25, 2014

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Two-fifths of a happy holiday to come home

MEDINA — Two of the quintuplets born to Leann and Jacob Alferio are expected to come home from the hospital at the end of this week.

The rest are expected home by Christmas.

Jacob and Leann Alferio, of Medina, pose in one of the first group photos of their quintuplets, posted on their blog in early November. Two of the five are expected home at the end of this week. (COURTESY PHOTO)

The 31-year-old Medina mother said all five of her babies, born Oct. 7 at Fairview Hospital in Cleveland, are continuing to do well.

“They’re all putting on weight,” she said Sunday in a phone interview. “We’ve almost got all of them close to 5 pounds.”

At birth the babies — boys Giovanni and Leighton and girls Kensley, Brooklynn and Jade — ranged in weight from 2 pounds, 6.5 ounces to 3 pounds, 6 ounces.

All of the infants are breathing on their own, but two, Jade and Leighton, are still being given oxygen through a tube.

“It makes it a little easier for them,” she said. “They don’t have to work so hard.”

Giovanni and Brooklynn are likely coming home about Thanksgiving, she said.

The babies will join their older sister, 9-year-old Lexi, in the Alferio household.

Cortney Gibson, owner of Dallas-based company Gibson Newborn Services, has volunteered to manage a team of caregivers for the babies to help the parents.

“They’re coming home faster than we anticipated,” she said.

Gibson said she will be interviewing candidates and doing background checks. “It’s important to make sure the babies are given the best care possible,” she said.

She said the “Baby Dream Team” will help until the children are sleeping through the night. She said her company’s goal is to help parents of newborns lose less sleep.

“You can do a lot more for caring for five babies and a sibling when you have a good night’s sleep,” Gibson said.

Gibson and her colleagues helped care for the Masche sextuplets in 2007, who later starred in the reality television show “Raising Sextuplets.”

The company has a form on its website soliciting volunteers and donations for the Alferio quintuplets at: http://gibsonnewbornservices.com/baby-dream-team/alferio/

Leann and her husband Jacob, who both teach in Brunswick Schools, have been keeping a blog on the quints’ progress at www.thealferio5.weebly.com.

Contact Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.