Born Eight Weeks Premature, Surprise Identical Quadruplets Growing Stronger Every Day

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 8, 2014   |   4:53PM   |   Jackson, MS

Kimberly and Craig Fugate are the proud parents of identical quadruplets, who were born eight weeks premature. But the little tots are reportedly doing well and are growing stronger every day.

The little ones are doing so well they have finally been able to drink from a bottle of formula specially blended for preemies and their breathing isbecoming more regulated. The quadruplets’ journey began February 8 t the Winfred L. Wiser Hospital for Women at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

fugatequadsTheir birth was a surprise.

Fugate was expecting identical triplets. After a grueling labor process and the birth of three children, Fugate was ready for some much-needed rest. But rest would have to wait as the doctor shouted, “More feet!”

“They had got the three out and they said, ‘More feet,’” the Mississippi mother said. Fugate is now the proud mother of a statistical improbability – four identical newborn babies.

The pair have set up a Facebook page to keep relatives updated on the quadruplets’ progress.

Here’s a local news story that has more on these cuties.

fugatequads2Since then, Kimberly Fugate has shuttled between Wiser’s neonatal intensive care unit and the Ronald McDonald House, where she’s able to live pending the babies’ release about the time of their May 2 due date. Dad Craig tends the home fires in Tylertown with their daughter Katelyn, who turns 11 on April 24.

Kimberly Fugate gets tired now and then. “But as long as they’re good, I’m good,” she said. “I haven’t been home but three nights since I had them.”

A nursery hasn’t been prepared. There’s simply been no time. But, Fugate said, that should be remedied by this past weekend’s county-wide shower hosted by the family’s church, Calvary Temple Pentecostal in Tylertown.

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Already, Fugate said, the quads’ personalities are beginning to emerge. She’ll be able to tell more when she gets better at telling them apart, Fugate said.

“They know my voice,” she said, leaning close to Kenleigh’s face and asking: “Do you love Mama?”

“I take a picture of their name, then a picture of that baby on my phone,” Fugate said. “They do truly look identical. Kenleigh is a little bit smaller, so her size tells on her. But she was first off the ventilator and first on the bottle, and the first that got the kangaroo care.”