Queen City Quints: Meet the Bonners

MONROE, N.C. – When a pregnancy test came up positive for Carolynn Bonner, she took four more, just to be really sure. Five tests total. Then she wrote a sweet note to her husband, to tell him Baby Bonner was on his or her way.

Little did she know.

The 29-year-old from Monroe and her 31-year-old husband Mitch went to the doctor to hear the baby’s heartbeat for the first time. Mitch made this joke beforehand: “I just made a joke, you’re gonna have five. Just kidding!”

But then, Carolynn says this happened: “They started the ultrasound and up on the screen came two little circles and I said, ‘is that what I think it is?’ And he (the doctor) said, ‘Yes, but wait, a second, third, four… ‘ And I said, ‘What?!’ And he goes, “Five. I think there’s five.” And I immediately started sobbing.”

WCCB News @ Ten anchor Morgan Fogarty asked, “Tears of joy or tears of shock or both?” Carolynn replied, “All of it. I grabbed his hand and I remember him going, ‘It’s gonna be OK!’ I’m like, ‘No, it wont!'”

Carolynn and Mitch Bonner met on Saint Patrick’s day, fell in love and married in 2013. After trying to get pregnant for 18 months, the couple turned to the fertility clinic called REACH in Charlotte. Seven months later, their third and final intrauterine insemination delivered the moment Carolynn and Mitch had been waiting for.

“He talked about when we found the heartbeats, finding the smile on my face again. This is just overwhelming, how excited he is for me,” says Carolynn of her husband.

Both were excited to find out the babies’ gender. They hosted a reveal party for their family where they popped balloons to reveal pink or blue confetti inside. The babies are already named. Mitch lists them: “It’s Aubree, Benjamin, Carter, Dylan and Emily.”

Three boys, two girls. Mitch says, “I said ultimately, if it was five girls, I was moving out because I didn’t think I could handle six women in this house!”

“This house,” by the way, is about to undergo major transformations. The bigger of two guest rooms will be the boys’ and the smaller room, the girls.

Some clothing and gear is starting to trickle in. Carolynn and Mitch need five of everything, even a new kitchen table, plus a bigger fridge and a bigger vehicle. Mitch works in the hospitality industry and Carolynn is still working, too, at her job in child care, trying to help pad their bank account for what’s to come.

In fact, one shopping trip for baby gear went from fun to fear for Carolynn. She says, “For so long, I didn’t think we’d get to do this. This wasn’t an option for us. We had started to give up, we were at the end of the road and now we’re doing it, but we’re doing it times five. Those cribs are expensive. Those car seats are expensive. How are we doing this? Like, it was overwhelming that day.”

But that is not what Carolynn and Mitch are focused on.

When they found those five heartbeats, Carolynn also found her smile again.

She wants the “Queen City Quints,” as she’s dubbed the babies, to give hope to other couples struggling to start their families. Carolynn says, “If they could take away anything? Don’t give up. Don’t forget that you loved each other before babies and you’ll still love each other whether there’s a baby or not.”

Carolynn’s doctors tell her this will be the first set of quintuplets born in Charlotte and the third set born in North Carolina – ever! She is 18 weeks along. The goal for her is to reach 30 weeks. That means her adjusted due date is the last week of July. A friend started up a GoFundMe account for the Queen City quints. So far a bit over $1,300 have been donated. If you’d like to make a donation, go here: https://www.gofundme.com/4twwsn44

Morgan Fogarty is going to follow Carolynn and Mitch and the babies through pregnancy and delivery and even into the babies’ first year. You can find her reports on the Queen City Quints on WCCB News Rising and here, on wccbcharlotte.com.