Quintuplets moving to Vegas hospital in shifts

MESA, AZ - Three separate flights were scheduled Friday to shuttle the newest and tiniest members of a Las Vegas family back to their hometown.

Quintuplets Deniko, Dariz, Deonee, Daician and Daiten were headed from their birthplace at Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa, Ariz., to Summerlin Hospital. They all weighed less than three pounds at birth, but they've been putting on weight -- the biggest baby now weighs 3 pounds 6 ounces.

Their mother, Evonne Derrico, is also in great health.

"Aside from a good wife and a baby making machine, she bounces right back," Deon Derrico said of his wife at a press conference Friday. "So mom is doing really, really well."

The family moved to Arizona 22 weeks into the pregnancy to be closer to doctors specializing in multiple births. The babies were delivered by Caesarean section on Sept. 6, eight months into the pregnancy and about a month longer than the average pregnancy for quintuplets.

The 2-week-old babies are expected to stay at the Las Vegas hospital for several more weeks, which should give the family time to prepare for a sudden population surge at their 2,900-square-foot, five-bedroom home.

"We're still trying to figure that out," Deon Derrico said about the living situation. The current plan is to make two bedrooms available for guests and family friends to assist with babysitting. "We need help and we want them to be comfortable helping us."

The two boys and three girls join four other siblings, including a 7-year-old sister, a 3-year-old brother and 1-year-old twin brothers.

The couple wanted to continue their tradition of giving all their children names starting with the letter "D," but they didn't expect to have five at once.

"We ran out of names," Deon Derrico explained. "It just got so we had to put names on them."

For the couple, who said they didn't undergo fertility treatments before conceiving the babies, the quintuplets fulfill a lifelong dream of a large family.

"In all my previous relationships the first question I would ask ... `My name is Deon Derrico, and how many children do you want,"' Deon Derrico said. "For my wife -- she answered the golden question the way I was looking for it to be answered and that was `I want as many children as God will bless me with, but hopefully it's a lot.' That was that moment for me."

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