Annie and her husband, Joby Johnston, had been trying for quite some time to have a baby. Finally, after several rounds of in vitro fertilization, artificial insemination and even surgery, the couple decided to take a break.
On Valentine’s Day, Tressa and Manuel Montalvo of Houston, Texas welcomed two sets of identical twins. Spontaneously and naturally conceived, the birth of the quads could be compared to hitting the parenting lottery.
To conceive quadruplets naturally, you have to beat one in 700,000 odds. Shontae Minor, 22, and Khristian Rohena, 34, one-upped those odds after naturally conceiving and giving birth to quads, despite the fact that Khristian had been diagnosed with a medical condition should have prevented him from being able to conceive children.
Ashley and Andy Adams found out during the first ultrasound that they were having quadruplets. But even as they began preparing mentally for a large family, doctors revealed that the new mom had cancer. Fighting a deadly disease being pregnant, Ashley is today on the path to recovery with all her four babies thriving.
For Emma and Martin Robbins, just seeing their quads healthy and thriving is enough; it’s not about the odds. But according to experts, the circumstances that surrounded their birth made Emma and Martin winners of a “baby lottery” of sorts.
For a Sacramento family, this Christmas will be vastly different from last. Ryan and Danielle Holaday are the proud new parents of quadruplets, born in October. After a long road, three of the four boys will be home for Christmas and hopefully the fourth brother will join them at home soon.