By: Jennifer Murray

Keepin’ It Real Rewinds 14 – Finding Out the Gender in a Quad Pregnancy

oh Boy

Picking up from where I left off last Rewind

“But wait, there was another surprise in store for us during the ultrasound.This surprise was responsible for putting the largest smile on my husbands face that I have ever witnessed and nearly gave me a heart attack.  All of this before heading in to a major surgery…”

Our ultrasound technician (who was absolutely fabulous) looked me in the eyes and said, “You want to find out what your having, right?” 

We had been surprised enough already in this pregnancy, YES! of course we wanted to find out! In our minds we were thinking 2 and 2 would be perfect scenario. 1 girl 3 boys perhaps, or maybe the other way around.  I never imagined them being all one sex, although I’m sure Brad silently dreamed of having all 4 boys as the ultimate scenario. 

Honestly, I had always pictured myself as a mother of a daughter.  I babysat most often for girls, I understood “the pink love language”, I cherished my own relationship with my mother, and looked forward to having that closeness with my own daughter. Boys seemed almost foreign to me, even though I had two older brothers. Although I desired to have a son someday, I never imagined I would be a mother of a handful of BOYS. 

What a sense of humor God has!

My 13 week pregnant body lay motionless on the ultrasound table anticipating the news. After completing the heartbeat count, Amberlee began scanning my belly that was just beginning to swell and reveal the life inside of me.

“Baby A is a … BOY.” (Thrilled.)

“Baby D is …looks like… a BOY too.” (Oh wow, 2 boys?)

“Baby B is …” (finding out B’s gender was finding out 2 at once since Baby B and C were identical twins)

A pause followed that seemed longer than a lifetime.

“Baby B is definitely a BOY.”

“Let’s check Baby A again… Yeah…looks to be. It’s still early it could be too soon to know for absolute sure even on a high-resolution machine.” (I think she really wanted to find a girl in there for me!)

Suddenly the room felt like it was spinning.  I felt hot, uncomfortable, and scared to death.  I looked over at Brad for some comfort, and immediately spotted his mile-wide grin.  The man had just won the lottery.  He was beaming, giggling, literally cheering, and just plain giddy.  I smiled sheepishly back at him.

I was about to be prepped for surgery to hopefully allow 4 BOYS a better shot at survival.  Suddenly, the thought of being a mother of all boys took precedence over my fears of the TAC surgery. 

My life had once again taken a completely different turn than I had expected.  I had SONS. Four boys who could live to carry on my husband’s name. 

Four boys for whom I would put my life on the line for…


11 Responses to “Keepin’ It Real Rewinds 14 – Finding Out the Gender in a Quad Pregnancy”

  1. Janet
    October 11, 2010 at 9:18 am #

    Beautiful post!

  2. mom taxi julie
    October 11, 2010 at 11:21 am #

    And 4 totally adorable boys they are 🙂

  3. Chelley
    October 11, 2010 at 12:07 pm #

    Jen — I love your KIRR! They are my very favorite “segment” of yours 🙂 Thanks again for sharing your journey!

  4. Stephanie
    October 11, 2010 at 1:32 pm #

    Oh I’m so glad you are keeping this up! I love to read all the old stories!!
    I felt like when they said my singleton was a boy, I can only imagine how you felt with 4!!! LOL
    I wouldnt change ANYTHING about being a mother to boys now though!!!

  5. M
    October 11, 2010 at 2:50 pm #

    I always sort of wondered how you felt about having 4 boys. I have to admit I wasn’t expecting to hear that my twins were both boys. I love them dearly but it took some adjusting to the fact that I wasn’t having a girl.

  6. Michelle Krol
    October 11, 2010 at 6:15 pm #

    Jen, love this post, although I haven’t had the fortune of meeting them, I know they are 4 of the most precious boys possible. I am probably one of very few who can relate to finding out they were having ALL BOY quadruplets. Having already had a boy I knew I loved having boys, but man oh man oh man oh man I was not expecting it and can’t believe someone else on the planet had the same big blessing!! Thanks again for sharing that, this post is close to my heart too…you are just amazing!!!

  7. Holly
    October 11, 2010 at 8:24 pm #

    I can’t even imagine! I haven’t found out the gender with any of my 4 pregnancies, but I think if I had 4 at once, I’d need to know :).

  8. Alicia's Homemaking
    October 12, 2010 at 12:02 pm #

    I’m just sitting here with my mouth open, imaging what that must have been like! Oh, and laughed at your “oh boy x4” image–too funny!

  9. Cheryl
    April 26, 2011 at 7:00 pm #

    Please, what happens next? Eagerly awaiting #15!!

    • QuatroMama
      April 27, 2011 at 12:08 pm #

      Need. To. Write. (And find a quiet time to collect my thoughts!) Thanks for reading so far…

  10. Kristin
    August 25, 2012 at 10:30 am #

    I just read all your Keepin’ It Real Rewinds posts and loved every post. Documenting your whole story must be therapeutic. And it’s definitely a story worth preserving. I went through a season of infertility that led us to adopt our two children as newborns (in 2007 and 2009). God has all kinds of beautiful stories to tell as he creates families in so many different ways. Thanks for sharing your story!
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