Their eager and anxious anticipation make the Hustons pretty typical first-time parents. But in most other ways, they're not typical at all: They're waiting in the driveway of their Murfreesboro home. And they're expecting not only a baby, but that baby's four siblings as well.
And instead of having nine months of pregnancy to prepare for parenthood, the Hustons have had just 10 days to get ready for a large new family -- Michael, 5; Christopher, nearly 4; Dustin, almost 3; Kimberly, 22 months; and Drew, 3 months. These kids -- foster children and victims of abuse and neglect in the home of their biological parents -- are about to make Dave and Beth Ann parents, five times over.
Margaret Renkl's last article for Parenting was "Baby Love," in the May issue.