Can you imagine life raising quadruplets?!?! Prior to 2012, I couldn’t imagine it myself. Yet, here I am, mother of quadruplets. While I always dreamed of having a family, I never fathomed the incredible journey family building would entail. My husband, George, and I are high school sweethearts. Though many people told us it was “puppy love”, we knew we were soulmates. After finishing college, we got married then went on to buy our first home in the suburbs. After a few years of wedded bliss we hoped to begin our family, but things didn’t work quite as easily as we anticipated. Our experience with infertility was a painful, frustrating one to say the least.
After years of failure, we finally sought the help of a Reproductive Endocrinologist and attempted a procedure called Intrauterine Insemination (IUI). The third round of IUI resulted in our first ever positive pregnancy test, but we were quickly devastated by a miscarriage. I was diagnosed with a blood clotting disorder called MTHFR, which essential deprives the fetus of folic acid. After grieving the loss, we attempted our final round of IUI, which unexpectedly resulted in quadruplets. Immediately after our initial ultrasound, we were warned about the many risks involved in a quadruplet pregnancy: the babies would likely be delivered very prematurely, inevitable NICU stays, potential short and long-term disabilities, and risk of death to me and the babies. It was frightening, but we accepted the challenge and relied on our faith to persevere.
I originally started this blog as a means to keep our family and friends informed about the pregnancy. However, I soon discovered a passion for writing and a desire to help the next generation of parents with high order multiples. I also felt a calling to share our story to give hope to others especially couples experiencing infertility, parents of premature infants, and parents of multiples. Raising quadruplets is our greatest joy and our greatest challenge.
Amber (and George)
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