Adam and Danielle Busby made history after welcoming all-girl quintuplets in 2015. And since then, the couple and their six daughters have captured hearts with their reality show, OutDaughtered. But while the family are candid about their lives on camera, it’s what goes on behind the scenes that gives a real insight into their characters.
40. The girls have distinct personalities
They may be quintuplets – but don’t think that means that the girls are all the same. In fact, they all have their own personalities. Parker is shy yet energetic, for instance, and Riley is loud and adventurous. Hazel, on the other hand, appears to be a wordsmith, while Ava tends to be thoughtful – but fun-loving Olivia helps to bring out Ava’s silly side.
39. Two of the quintuplets are identical
The quintuplets were born when four eggs were inseminated into Danielle’s uterus – and all of them took. Then one of the eggs split into two, creating a total of five babies. This means that while most of the babies are fraternal, Olivia and Ava are identical. But their parents can still tell them apart!
38. Adam battled postpartum depression
Father Adam has been open about his battle with mental health after welcoming his children. He told People in 2017, “After coming face-to-face with postpartum depression following the birth of our five daughters, I quickly learned that this is a very real struggle that dads all around the world go through, yet you rarely ever hear it talked about.” And he therefore decided to speak out about his experience, in the hope that it would help others going through something similar.
37. They survived a cheating scandal
Furthermore, when Adam started acting more closed off than usual on OutDaughtered, rumors began circulating claiming that he was cheating on Danielle. Although it was a difficult time for the couple, they survived the accusations. And it soon became apparent that Adam’s postpartum depression was the reason for his alleged unusual behavior.
36. Adam has made extravagant purchases – and once bought a drone
Like every couple, Adam and Danielle have had their difficulties. Indeed, one source of contention in their marriage has been money. Adam hasn’t always been financially responsible, you see, and was even filmed buying a drone on OutDaughtered. The incident led to Danielle hiring somebody to help them manage their money in an efficient way.
35. They argued over Danielle returning to work
Adam was hesitant when Danielle decided she wanted to go back to work. The latter said on the show, “I’m really looking for the cycle studio to help me become me again. I feel like I’m the woman that’s known as that lady who has half a dozen girls, but I had a career… and I loved my job.” And though Adam expressed concerns over who looked after the kids, the pair fortunately worked it out.
34. Danielle’s mom lived with the family – but they wanted her gone
After the quintuplets arrived, Danielle’s mother, Mimi, moved in with the couple to help out. But during the second season of OutDaughtered, they admitted that they were ready for her to leave. And it was an awkward moment for the family when Adam and Danielle told Mimi they had found some possible places for her to rent, with Adam saying, “Don’t you want to get out of here?”
33. Hazel isn’t developing as quickly as her sisters
Unfortunately, the children weren’t all developing at the same rate, and Adam and Danielle started to notice that Hazel wasn’t keeping up with her sisters and took longer to learn to walk. So they employed an occupational therapist to help her get back on track. And at the same time, Hazel has some problems involving the movement of her eyes. Indeed, she needed to have corrective surgery to repair the issues.
32. The quintuplets have heart murmurs
Hazel, meanwhile, is not the only one who has had some medical problems. After the quintuplets were born, in fact, doctors told Adam and Danielle that all five of the kids had heart murmurs. Fortunately, the condition is manageable, and they were given medication to treat it.
31. Danielle’s mother lost her home
The family were among those impacted when Hurricane Harvey stormed through Texas in 2017, and Mimi lost her home. The property was flooded after Danielle’s mother was safely evacuated. The family said on Facebook, “We have thrown out Mimi’s entire house today, it’s devastating. Though stuff is just stuff and can always be replaced, it’s not easy tossing your belongings.” They added, “One thing is for sure, we all stick together and will make it through.”
30. Here’s how much money they earn from the show
OutDaughtered began airing in May 2016 and will soon be returning for a fifth season. And fans have been given some insight into just how much the Busbys earn for participating in the show. According to producer Terence Michael, the series costs an estimated $250,000 to $400,000 per episode to make, and the family receives approximately ten percent of those figures.
29. They raised money for their children’s care
After Adam and Danielle discovered that they were expecting five babies, they knew that meant five times the expenses for items such as high chairs and diapers. On top of that, the couple had to have specialist medical appointments. So Adam started a GoFundMe page in 2014 to raise money to cover some of these costs. And it was a huge success, making more than $23,000 for the family in total.
28. They have a blog
Fans have clearly fallen in love with the family from watching OutDaughtered. But that’s not the only way to keep up with the Busby brood. The parents started a blog called It’s A Buzz World where they share updates and videos as well as recipes and tips on baby products and keeping fit.
27. They met at Target
In 2003 Adam and Danielle met while both working at Target in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The latter told Style Blueprint in 2017, “[We] both just kind of hit it off from working side by side, and we fell in love. I like to tell everyone our carts collided in aisle five.” And it was Adam who made the first move by telling Danielle she was “beautiful” and asking her on a date. Happily, they married in 2006.
26. They don’t get much sleep
It won’t come as a surprise to learn that Adam and Danielle struggled to adjust to life as parents to quintuplets. In fact, the latter has admitted that she would sometimes fall asleep during her late-night feedings. She told People in 2016, “You’re just running on empty, on no sleep, all the time. It’s just crazy.”
25. Danielle ate 4,500 calories a day while pregnant
In order to make sure she was receiving enough nutrients to safely carry five children, Danielle had to majorly up her food consumption. She revealed as much in an interview with Fit Pregnancy in 2016, saying, “There were parts of my pregnancy where I had to consume 4,500 calories daily. I had not one craving ever because I worked with a dietitian, and I was able to eat pretty much whatever I wanted to just fill up that allowance – especially ice cream shakes!”
24. Adam has a full-time job
Although becoming reality stars undoubtedly changed the lives of the Busbys forever, not everything is different. Adam, indeed, still has a full-time job. That’s right: the father-of-six works in sales for Intrinsic Solutions, and his job title is Key Account Manager.
23. They were advised to have a selective abortion
Of course, giving birth to quintuplets is no ordinary scenario. Adam and Danielle even revealed on their GoFundMe page that they had been advised to have a selective abortion – because it was improbable that all the kids would make it. However, the couple wouldn’t go through with it. They wrote, “Every week not one baby showed any signs of having problems or issues. All heartbeats and scans have been great. How would you even choose at that point?”
22. They were born in just four minutes
The five youngest Busby children came into the world on April 8, 2015. They were born at the Women’s Hospital of Texas in Houston – but the birth didn’t take as long as you might think. In fact, Hazel Grace, Ava Lane, Parker Kate, Olivia Marie and Riley Page were all born in a total of just four minutes.
21. They came into the world via C-section
Because Danielle was carrying five babies at once, her offspring weren’t full-term when they were born. The quintuplets came into the world via C-section, which is not uncommon in the cases of multiple babies. And they were 28 weeks and two days gestated at the time – making them almost 12 weeks premature.
20. They spent three months in the NICU
At the time of their birth, the quintuplets weighed between two pounds and two pounds six ounces each. For this reason, they had to be in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for three months before they could go home. “The NICU is a tough place to visit each day hoping and praying for your little one to pull though,” Adam shared on Instagram in November 2015. “Our God was our strength through this whole process, and we lean on Him each day still.”
19. Their eldest daughter loves being a big sister
Along with five toddlers, Adam and Danielle are parents to an older daughter named Blayke, born in April 2011. Like her parents, she had to adjust to having five new babies in the house – but she loves being a big sister. Nicknamed Princess Blayke because of her passion for feminine things, she often helps out with taking care of her younger siblings.
18. Danielle had a surprising reaction to the news she was expecting five daughters
It’s fair to say that Adam and Danielle weren’t expecting it when doctors broke the news that they had five babies on the way. And while Adam dropped his hot drink and began trembling, Danielle’s reaction was rather unusual. She told Fit Pregnancy, “It was a huge shock. We never thought this would happen to us, and I became hysterical – laughing. I literally could not stop laughing at the situation.”
17. Their life is like Groundhog Day
Danielle has compared their recurring home routine to the movie Groundhog Day – featuring a man who keeps repeating the same day. She told Style Blueprint, “You do bottles, milk, breakfast, get them dressed, play, they nap and that’s when I shower or do some laundry, constantly the dishwasher, constantly cooking or making food, constantly cleaning up, and they usually go to bed about 7:00 p.m., and then you start the dishwasher for the night and start over again in the morning.”
16. Adam is skilled at doing the girls’ hair
Being surrounded by females means that Adam gets stuck into all aspects of parenting – including organizing the kids’ clothes and hairstyles. He told Parade in 2017, “Usually the mom takes on most responsibilities having to do stuff like fixing hair, picking out outfits and matching hair bows with outfits for the girls. When you have six of them, you find yourself right in the middle of that. I’m better with a round brush than Danielle!”
15. They don’t have plans for more children
With six children in total, Adam and Danielle insist that they have no plans to have any more kids. Indeed, the former said as much in an interview with KPLC a few months after the quintuplets’ arrival, saying, “Our family is complete. The shop is closed!” And at one point on the show, Danielle even asked Adam to have a vasectomy.
14. They’re used to being filmed
And shooting for a reality show is no ordinary experience. But despite not being filmed around the clock, Danielle says they’ve become accustomed to having cameras present a lot of the time. She told USA Today in 2018, “There’s constantly people around, regardless of if it’s film crew or family or friends. So we know that our house is just always full of people. It’s just the norm now!”
13. The children don’t have to be on camera
However, the couple ensure that their show is not the center of their lives – and don’t make their children appear on screen if they don’t want to. Danielle continued, “We respect all the kids’ wishes, and if they don’t want to be on camera at certain times, we don’t make them. And we’ll do that with all our kids.”
12. Having five toddlers isn’t easy
Perhaps it’s no surprise that five toddlers in the house equals a lot of noise, but the Busbys revealed that things got even louder when the quintuplets turned three. Adam explained to USA Today that the youngsters are “all coming into their own personalities and figuring out who they are.” He added, “So there’s this major struggle between all of them to have their own voice in the house.”
11. Danielle’s weight loss secret
Fortunately, it didn’t take long for Danielle to get back into shape after giving birth to five babies. She explained in a blog for TLC that she did it by incorporating fitness into her daily routine. She wrote, “To build strength, I do sit-ups and push-ups every day. And forget about the Stairmaster –I utilize our staircase for daily workouts too, on top of the ‘workout’ I get bringing five babies up and down the stairs all day.”
10. They own a cycling company
One other way that Danielle has been able to keep fit is through the family business. That’s right: the Busbys are also part owners of indoor cycling company Rush Cycle. They teamed up with four friends and created the gym with the goal of “being active, getting together with friends, and prioritizing faith and family,” according to the company’s website.
9. Fans have speculated that they have a nanny
With so much going on between their business and Adam’s job, looking after the children is no mean feat. And some have speculated that the Busbys have been misleading about the amount of help they receive. What’s more, viewers alleged on social media that they must have a nanny, but Adam and Danielle have always said otherwise.
8. Danielle had a busy career
These days, Danielle obviously has her hands full with six children. Before she became a mom, mind you, she had a busy career. According to her LinkedIn page, she was made the Project Coordinator Team Lead for AP Networks in 2008 – and, interestingly, is still listed as working in the position. The job responsibilities include working on projects and safety training for BP Oil and Gas.
7. She also worked as a beauty consultant
Indeed, Danielle doesn’t just have experience of being a full-time mother and a project coordinator. The future mom-of-six was also a beauty consultant working for herself. However, nowadays she’s a little more busy with the kids, television show and her gym.
6. Danielle makes a lot of money through Instagram endorsements
Adam is reportedly worth $300,000, but the family also earns money through their reality show and Rush Cycle – as well as social media. That’s right: Danielle gets paid to promote different products on Instagram, including beauty and skin care lines and Popsicles. According to Earn the Necklace, Danielle makes around $900 for each endorsed post.
5. They moved from Louisiana to Texas
Though Adam and Danielle come from Lake Charles, Louisiana, they moved to League City, Texas, before welcoming the quintuplets. And with such a large family, it’s no surprise that they needed a big home to house their brood. However, in December 2018 the couple confirmed that they had to suddenly move into a temporary property due to an issue with their current house – and that all would be revealed on the show.
4. They keep the spark alive with date nights
Understandably, with so many children to take care of, it can be hard for Adam and Danielle to find time for romance. But they keep the spark alive by going on dates every week. Danielle told USA Today, “Most Fridays or Saturdays, one of them is date night for us, and one of them is family night. We found that we need to be out of the house to catch up and not get distracted. We enjoy each other and love each other and want to hang out together, it’s just that we have to plan it.”
3. The quintuplets’ birth made history
It’s uncommon for quintuplets to be conceived naturally. This is estimated to be the case in just one out of every of 60 million births, in fact, though they occur more often with the aid of fertility treatments. When Danielle welcomed her five daughters, however, she became the first woman in the U.S. to give birth to quintuplets that are all female and the first woman in the world to have five girl quintuplets after 1969.
2. They used intrauterine insemination after struggling to get pregnant
Adam and Danielle spent over a year trying to get pregnant after they married. But after discovering that they had some issues that made it more unlikely to conceive naturally, they then decided to turn to intrauterine insemination. And six rounds later, Danielle was expecting eldest daughter, Blayke. They repeated the procedure, and it took them only a few months before Danielle fell pregnant with the quintuplets.
1. They’re dedicated to their faith
Although parenthood hasn’t been an easy journey for Adam and Danielle, they say that their faith has helped them during the difficult times. The parents are both devoted Christians and open about their dedication to religion, after all. Danielle told Country Living in 2018, “My faith is what has carried me through my struggles of infertility, to the struggle of carrying quintuplets, to the struggle of raising six kids and balancing life.”