Multiple Births

San Diego Couple Welcomes Rare Identical Quadruplets!

The odds of becoming the parents of identical quadruplet babies are an estimated one in 11 million to 15 million.  Despite this, Jenny and Chris Marr welcomed 4 identical boys on March 15.

Arriving within two minutes via cesarean section Harrison, Hardy, Henry, and Hudson.   It is estimated there only 72 sets of all-identical quadruplets worldwide. The incredible event occurs when a single egg cell is fertilized by one sperm cell and splits into four identical embryos.  A spontaneous event, it is not achieved through fertility treatments. 

“It’s amazing, the best feeling of all to hold all four of them together,” Jenny told the San Diego Union-Tribune,  “It’s overwhelming and for the first time felt real.” 

She was able to carry the babies until 28 weeks and four days with no complications.

“It was a natural conception, so whether it was multiple or single, it was a much healthier pregnancy,” the new mom revealed.

At first, doctors believed the couple was expecting triplets, but at their 12 weeks appointment a fourth baby who was not visible the week earlier appeared.

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And then there were 4! After seeing Dr. Murray she asked us to go to the MFM (maternal fetal medicine specialist) due to the fact that we had multiples, and I was going to be old (35) when we delivered. It was a week to process and tell family that we were having triplets. Chris and I went home after the first night of knowing 3, ordered our favorite Thai food and tried to just feel normal. The week went by quickly, and my heart was heavy knowing we were at a higher risk with this pregnancy and there was a chance we might lose one. I had one week to process and I did, I fell in love with each of my 3 babies so hard. During the sonogram at the MFM office our sonography became increasingly quiet. It was taking a long time, and the look on her face was one of uncertainty. I finally asked her “we lost one didn’t we, it’s okay I understand” her response was reserved and finally said “I don’t know what to tell y’all, but there are FOUR babies in here!” What? Four? Cue moment of panic, tears, excitement, holy cows…..we have four babies. Dr. Rinehart came in and we received the information that all looked healthy but they were in one placenta, making this the riskiest pregnancy there is. Four babies feeding out of one bowl. We left with such uncertainty. I still remember my dads voice when I called to tell him. He’s been the first call every time. My mom panicked! I just prayed, I knew that God had his plan and I was going to give it up to Him. We saw Dr. Rinehart today…. the babies are great! They are all growing at a normal rate with healthy fluid levels and blood flow. God is making a miracle in me! 7 weeks and 5 days to go. #themarrthemerrier #marrquads #identicalquads #identicalquadruplets #identicalquadrupletboys #highriskpregnancy #pregnancy #pregnancyjourney #quadgoals #quadboys #80fingersandtoes #quadmom #csectioncountdown

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“Four was a surprise … but it was easier to wrap our heads around it,” Jenny said. “What is one more? And my favorite number is four. It was kind of a shock, but we rolled with it.”

Because all four babies were being nurtured by one placenta nurturing there was a concern for the tiniest baby, whom they named Hudson.

Initially, doctors had considered splitting the placenta through surgery, but in the end, the procedure was not needed.

Jenny’s first goal was the 22-weeks mark because that is when the babies would be considered medically viable.

“I got to my goal … and then it was, how far can I go?” she said.

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“Oh my gosh Becky look at her bump!” # bumpdate day. 27 weeks and 4 days with 5 weeks and 3 days to go! So Friday we had our growth check up and we are rocking it people! I mean absolutely doing perfect. Fluid levels are great, blood flow is awesome, cervix is thick, and our boys are growing on track. Current weights are A. 2.5 lbs B.2.1 lbs C. 2.4 lbs D. 2.7 lbs that is 9 lbs of babies in my belly! I am so proud of them for sharing and growing so well together #oneplacentafourbabies overall I am feeling great! I’m still able to get out for walks with #Zeke I’m able to cook a few times a week, and I’ve been able to keep working. God is truly making a miracle happen within me with these little babes. Sunday’s are my swollen face days so I’ve cropped two pics to bare you the laughs. If you zoom in on my ankles you can see the lovely swelling lines of my boots. Lol! Thank you all for your continued prayers and support. It makes a difference when going through something like this. #marrquads #themarrthemerrier #identicalquads #identicalquadruplets #identicalquadrupletboys #highriskpregnancy #pregnancyjournal #swollenankles #boymom

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While she had hoped to get to 35 weeks, her doctor said she could not safely go beyond 33 weeks.

The babies arrived weighing:

  • Harrison Foy, born at 14 inches, 2 pounds 6 1/2 ounces.
  • Hardy Smith, born at 14 inches, 2 pounds 10 ounces.
  • Henry William, born at 14.3 inches, 2 pounds 6 1/2 ounces.
  • Hudson Perry, born at 14 inches, 1 pound 15 ounces.

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Look at these sweet little hands and feet! I can’t get over how tiny these little babies are. It wasn’t but 24 hours ago that I was waiting to find out if I would be keeping these little guys in to bake a little longer, or if they would be coming out. Well they made their choice, and with the best team of doctors and nurses we have four INCREDIBLY healthy baby boys. I will post pictures of them once I can get them sorted out. I’m already having a hard time figuring out these #identicalquadrupletboys #marrquads #themarrthemerrier #identicalquads #perfectbabyboys #fox4dallas @greatmommymoments thank you for sharing our story. You’ve brought quite the following along with it. We appreciate everyone’s love support and sweet words! Love to all! #pregnancyjourney #highriskdelivery

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All of the babies are breathing on their own. The couple is just waiting for them to be strong enough to feed on their own.  In order to be able to go home they need to be able to regulate their own temperature, take all feeds by mouth and breathe independently.  This all normally occurs around the babies’ full-term due date. 

Their grandmother set up a GoFundMe account if anyone wants to give a monetary gift. The page is called “Help the Marr Quads.”

 

 

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Lisa Arneill

SAHM of 2 boys and founder of GrowingYourBaby.com and World Traveled Family. When I'm not running around after my boys, I'm looking for our next vacation spot!

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