This year has proven to be no less than a thriller Hollywood style zombie apocalyptic movie but all thanks to these happy stories that give us hope for the future and bring a smile on our faces during these uncertain times.
This year has brought nothing but bad news with it. From the pandemic hitting globally and taking the lives of many around the world to us losing many loved ones, this is like a zombie apocalyptic movie where the world is in absolute mayhem. During these absolute crazy times, any good or happy news is welcomed with a sigh of relief.
Jenny and Chris Marr from Texas have made a huge addition to the family after Jenny gave birth to four healthy babies.
The new parents came to know about the pregnancy in November 2019. After getting an ultrasound, Jenny was worried that there might be something wrong with her child. But the technician assured her that there is nothing wrong with her baby except for the fact that she will give birth to not one but three babies.
They hadn't used any fertility drugs, and neither Jenny nor Chris even has a sibling, let alone a family history of multiple births. "We were just absolutely floored," Jenny told Today.
Not sure of what the technician told them, the couple then got an appointment with a maternal-fetal specialist, and the specialist also confirmed that Jenny will give birth to not three but four babies.
"I made the joke that I am not coming back because there are going to be five babies next time," Chris recalled. "We were just shocked. Jumping from three to four was easier to swallow. Just after that we heard they were healthy."
Estimates suggest that the odds of having spontaneous identical quadruplets is anywhere between 1 in 11 million and 1 in 15 million births.
"It’s unbelievable. It’ll never happen again in my career. I said, 'Girl, go buy a few lottery tickets because those are the kind of odds we’re dealing with,'" OB-GYN Dr. Lauren Murray told Today.
The journey of this heavy pregnancy was definitely not easy for Jenny and Chris. The couple faced one or two hurdles during the pregnancy and only prayed for healthy babies throughout the journey. The four fetuses all shared one placenta, meaning that they didn't each had their own source of nutrients. The danger would be if one of the fetuses hogged all the nourishment, causing one or more to develop more slowly, or not at all. However, the fetuses shared well in the womb and developed well until the 28-week mark. Jenny went into labor on March 15, right as the COVID-19 pandemic was starting to rock the nation.
As much as they were scared, Jenny gave birth through C-section and gave birth to four healthy babies. The babies needed oxygen when they were born and stayed in NICU for the initial 10 days, but now they are fine and healthy and have been shifted to their home.
"I thought it was going to be a little bit crazier but it’s been pretty good so far," Jenny told Fox 4. "Feeding times are every three hours and I call them the witching hour. These guys start screaming. They want to be changed and then they want to be fed and then they want to go back to sleep. And so we live our life in three hour blocks at a time right now."
Their family dog Zeke is also adjusting well to the addition of new family members.
The journey of Jenny's pregnancy wasn't all roses and rainbows especially given the condition of global pandemic going on. For this Jenny gives credit to her hospital. "Having babies during a global pandemic has been quite the experience," she wrote on Facebook. "Everyone at Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas made us and our babies too priority for care and safety. I only hope that one day I can hug each of them and say thank you. Thank you for getting our sweet preemie babies into the world safely, for believing in them that they could exceed all expectations of such preterm babies.
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"We never heard bad news, we never really had to worry, we welcomed into the world 4 healthy incredible babies. And now after just under 2 months they are all home."
The couple admits that at times even they get confused between their babies.
"They’re identical," she said. "I thought I had one baby and Chris was like, ‘No, that’s Harrison.’ Or that’s Henry. I don’t even really remember. And so they each have a little hemangioma. It’s like a little blood vessel birthmark. It’s temporary and so we hope it lasts until they can remember their names for us."