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 quadruplets’ journey began February 8 at the Winfred L. Wiser Hospital for Women at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Their 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.
Now, the mother of the four children, who also has an 11-year-old, says the 10-month-old quadruplets are doing well and she is thoroughly enjoying being their mother, even if there have been some roller coaster moments.
‘I feel very lucky, like the luckiest mom in the whole world,’ she said. ‘I wasn’t planning on starting over with more children, and many things have changed since I had my quadruplets, Kenleigh, Kristen, Kayleigh and Kelsey. It’s a lot of work taking care of even one baby, let alone four, but I don’t mind. It’s a lot of fun, and they make it all worth it.”
Following the surprise birth of their four daughters, the Fugates were forced to endure many more ups and downs, as the young girls were whisked straight into the neonatal intensive care unit, having been born more than two months early.
‘When the babies were born more than two months early, they weighed between 2 and 2½ pounds and were critically ill,’ Kimberly explained.
‘They spent more than three months in the NICU, and needed to be on ventilators to help them breathe because their lungs were so small.’
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And while Kimberly says that the ten-month-old girls are ‘doing really well’, she admits that there have been ‘a lot of very scary moments’ during which the family weren’t sure whether all four babies would survive.
‘There were times when I feared for their lives,’ she revealed. ‘Several of the girls’ heart rates dropped, and I held my breath as I watched two be resuscitated.’
“I believed that God picked me to have these quadruplets, and I felt that He would take care of them and allow them to survive,’ she added. ‘To see how far they’ve come makes me feel very blessed.”