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Life with the Leland quintuplets, organization is key

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LELAND, NC (WECT) - The Leland quintuplets made a big splash when they arrived, it's now been seven months since the babies were born. Carmen and Mike Matthews say while it may take a lot of diapers and bottles to raise their five babies, they wouldn't have it any other way.

"I still wake up and I can't believe it's us, we have five children," said Carmen.

While the shock of giving birth to quintuplets still hasn't quite worn off, Carmen and Mike Matthews are settling down into their new roles as mom and dad to Lorna, Layton, Carleigh, Rucker and Eason.

"Don't get me wrong its been hard, but we're managing," said Carmen.

Every day the babies go through around 25 bottles, 35 diapers, 50 baby wipes and something else you might not expect...batteries. Since just about everything from mobiles, to swings, to toys need batteries, Carmen estimates they have spent $500 on them alone.

"We are constantly going through batteries, I had no idea we didn't plan for that," said Carmen. She says the key to making sure everything runs smoothly is organization.

"We have a good routine and if things don't work we say 'ok lets go back and do that again', but overall I think they are doing pretty good," said Carmen. Every night the bottles are made using four blenders full of formula. In the nursery, the boys and girls clothing is separated down to the socks and the diapers are organized by their size.

While it sometimes gets busy, they say it's all worth it to have five sets of smiles at the end of the day.

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