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One journey is ending and another beginning for a Watertown family. After almost two months away from home, the Lucero family is back in the North Country with their four babies. YNN's Carmella Mataloni tells us how their road to parenthood was not an easy one.

WATERTOWN, N.Y. -- After a full day of traveling the Lucero family is finally back home with their new bundles of joy.

Jessica Neri-Lucero delivered quintuplets back in December of 2012 at Banner Desert Hospital in Arizona. But the journey to where the family is now could only be described as a challenge.

After years of trying to start a family Jessica and her husband Sergeant Esdras Lucero found out she was pregnant with twin girls. However, tragedy struck the family when the twins died during birth in April of last year.

"We got pregnant. We couldn’t get pregnant. We got pregnant with twins, and we got pretty far when you could celebrate and tell people, and then we found out we're having girls, and then a week later went into labor, and a few weeks after that I gave birth and they passed away and that was really hard," said Jessica Neri-Lucero, mother of quintuplets.

Just three months later, in July of 2012, a miracle happened. Jessica found out she was pregnant with quintuplets. But on December 25th, the fear of tragedy was once again realized when Leila Maxine, the first of five babies, died during delivery.

"When she passed away it was like, is this going to happen again," said Neri-Lucero.

But Jessica didn't give up hope. Now six weeks old, the babies have been taken out of special care and are all healthy. Jessica says it was Leila's strength that kept her going.

She says though her two surviving sons and daughters won't ever get to meet Leila, they will know how much she did for them.

"They are going to grow up knowing that my sister did a lot for me. I was tiny and I'm only here because she was able to go as far as she could," said Neri-Lucero.

Now that everyone is home safe and sound, both mom and dad say that they are ready to start their new life with their new family. While they aren't sure when the babies will be able to come home, they say it’s a day they are looking forward to.

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