DANVILLE — Think of the excitement generated by just one child who celebrates a birthday and Christmas just four days apart. Multiply that by five to only imagine the level of excitement in the Ferrill home every year at this time.
Just six years ago, Jenny and Pete Ferrill of Danville received the most treasured Christmas gift they could ever hope for — five little bundles of joy that would positively change their lives forever.
Known as the “Ferrill Five,” the quintuplets include three boys — Landyn, Layne and Drayden — and two girls, Irelyn and Kieran.
All five children — dressed in matching purple outfits — lined up like little soldiers a couple of weeks ago for their group photo in front of the Christmas tree. After a few quick clicks of the camera, they were off and running — giggling and tickling each other, as they excitedly talked about their Santa Claus lists and their Elf on the Shelf, who spends considerable time in the boys’ room monitoring their behavior.
Jenny and Pete had always wanted a big family, and they opted for fertility treatments after suffering two miscarriages during their early years of marriage.
When Jenny learned she was carrying quintuplets rather than the twins that were first expected, she and Pete visited many physicians who thought none of the babies would survive.
“The obstetrician that we chose was the only one who had faith in these babies,” Jenny said. “We consider it a privilege and a blessing to be able to raise all five of them today.”
Jenny delivered the quints at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis at 31 weeks into her pregnancy, following 22 weeks of bed rest in the hospital. Theirs was the first set of quints born at the St. Louis hospital in its 92-year history. It took a total of 100 doctors, nurses and other staff members to ensure a smooth delivery for the mother and five babies.