By: Jennifer Murray

To My Four Boys Turning 6 {Your Birth Story Part 1}

Dear Henry, Brooks, Clark, and Isaac,

You all turn the age of six this week. {SIX, How in the world is that possible?} I’ve shared bits and pieces of your miraculous birth story, but it’s time I try to write it all out as best as I can.

It might take me a little while and some of the details may be lost as I’ve distributed a my brain cells four ways, and lost a few thousand a long the way, so bear with me…And I hope you don’t mind, but because your story is so incredibly unique and miraculous, I’m sharing this with our little part of the world also. There have been so many who have cheered us on through this journey, those who have loved you from afar and close, and multitudes who have prayed for your lives even before you took your first labored breaths.

But before we take a look at the monumental day you four entered our world, let me tell you a little about the weeks and months that led up to February 2, 2007…

triplet pregnancy ultrasound

On August 7th, 2006, we found out after aching to be pregnant that we were pregnant with triplets.  It baffled our minds completely, and took us completely by surprise as our “chances” for getting pregnant with one were small. After your daddy caught his breath, he began calling practically everyone in the phone book about our news.  Once we told everyone we could think of, our phone didn’t stop ringing in return. We were exhausted and overwhelmed, so we started writing down prayer requests and updates on this new thing called a “blog”. We knew you would need our prayers, and we were just floored that this was happening to us.

A week later on August 15th, I met your daddy at the doctor’s office for a follow up appointment.  We marched our naive selves up to the third floor, and held our breaths as they counted not three heart beats, but FOUR.  Our lives were forever changed in that moment, as the doctor explained not only the added risks of another multiple in the pregnancy, but a very rare and dangerous twinning condition {mono-amniotic}. I’ll never forget the grave faces of our doctor and the nurses that were once so elated for our pregnancy success. 

mono amniotic twins ultrasound quad pregnancy

We were scared out of our minds and baffled by the entire scenario.  The darkest days of our lives followed.  Your daddy and I couldn’t finish a sentence without crying, and it was so incredibly hard to tell your grandparents that they may never get to meet you. We spent the following days with blank stares on our faces crying out to God time and time again.  

We were completely distraught and didn’t understand why God would give us four lives just to take them away…

{Read Part Two…}

29 Responses to “To My Four Boys Turning 6 {Your Birth Story Part 1}”

  1. Brooke McGlothlin (@BrookeWrites)
    January 28, 2013 at 1:35 pm #

    I have to confess to being so excited to read this story! Waiting for part 2!

    • QuatroMama
      January 28, 2013 at 7:35 pm #

      It’s like a weight off my chest to write it…overwhelmed with His faithfulness.

      • {darlene} @fieldstonehilldesign
        January 28, 2013 at 10:26 pm #

        Cannot wait to hear the story as it unfolds! Thank you for sharing it with us!

        • QuatroMama
          January 29, 2013 at 8:57 pm #

          I’m so thankful for the opportunity to share it with you, Sweet Darlene!

  2. Teri Lynne Underwood
    January 28, 2013 at 1:43 pm #

    Oh Jenn, thank you for inviting us to celebrate this week with you!
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    • QuatroMama
      January 28, 2013 at 7:35 pm #

      So glad you are along for the ride, Sweet Friend!

  3. Megan at SortaCrunchy
    January 28, 2013 at 2:08 pm #

    Joining with the others to say I’m so looking forward to this story! My current pregnancy has taught me so much about twins and just what I know about our monochorionic-diamoniotic twins has been unsettling enough. To have monoamniotic + two other babies to worry over! It takes my breath away. Can’t wait to read more.
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    • QuatroMama
      January 28, 2013 at 7:37 pm #

      I’m so thankful for things like Instagram that bring you to mind to pray for you and your sweet peas. I’m cheering you on all the way, and so excited to see what God has in store for you all! Thanks for reading along. <3

  4. Richella @ Imparting Grace
    January 28, 2013 at 4:08 pm #

    Oh, my, am I ever glad to know how this story comes out in the end. I pray your story will encourage and bless thousands of people who very much need to hear it! Bless you!!
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    • QuatroMama
      January 28, 2013 at 7:38 pm #

      Great is His Faithfulness! So thankful that you’re reading, Richella!

  5. Crystal
    January 28, 2013 at 4:39 pm #

    Wow, it’s so hard to imagine that these 4 normal, healthy boys once started out as uncertain and possibly even in danger. Looking forward to Part II!
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    • QuatroMama
      January 28, 2013 at 7:39 pm #

      The miraculousness overwhelms me at times. Thankful that you’re reading too!

  6. Traci Michele
    January 28, 2013 at 8:27 pm #

    excited for part 2! 🙂 Love, Traci Michele

  7. Cara
    January 28, 2013 at 9:12 pm #

    J!! Thanks for sharing..I think about u all often..sending lots of love and birthday wishesxxxoooo

    • QuatroMama
      January 29, 2013 at 8:54 pm #

      So thankful to share it with you, Sweet Little Mama. Hope you are loving these days. xoxo back at ya!

  8. Sarah :)
    January 28, 2013 at 9:23 pm #

    Oh, Jenn! You are the master of suspense! Good thing I know how this one turns out! Hee. Congrats on 6 years of being a mommy! I can’t even imagine how scared you guys must have been on the day you found out there were four. And the days following. God is so good.

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    • QuatroMama
      January 29, 2013 at 8:55 pm #

      He was, is, and will continue to be faithful! Thanks for reading, Sarah!

  9. Heather
    January 28, 2013 at 10:15 pm #

    I’m looking forward to reading the rest of your story. Mine is much like yours. We found out at five weeks there were triplets, and at eight weeks, two heartbeats in one sac. At that point the doctor thought she saw a membrane between them, but it wasn’t until 12 weeks that they knew for sure. We were still terrified, and told the risk was more like a quint pregnancy. My 28 week babies are turning 18 this week. It happens in a flash!

    • QuatroMama
      January 29, 2013 at 8:56 pm #

      Heather, thanks for sharing this part of your story with me. So thankful for their lives and the blessing they must be to your family! You give me inspiration and hope!

  10. Sioby
    January 28, 2013 at 10:28 pm #

    Absolutely AMAZING. I cant wait to read part 2!!! Incredible times 4!!!

    • QuatroMama
      January 29, 2013 at 8:57 pm #

      So thankful that you were along for the ride even way back then. Will always be grateful for your love and prayers. <3

  11. designhermomma
    January 29, 2013 at 8:10 am #

    I am so excited you are writing this out! I’ll read every single word…
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    • QuatroMama
      January 29, 2013 at 8:58 pm #

      Oh Emily, that makes my heart swell.

  12. Sarah @ This Farm Family's Life
    January 29, 2013 at 9:09 am #

    I discovered you via instagram and now I’m following your blog. Looking forward to reading your birth story this week!
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    • QuatroMama
      January 29, 2013 at 8:58 pm #

      So thankful you found us! I’m following you back!

  13. Covington Grandma
    January 29, 2013 at 1:15 pm #

    Every day our heart are grateful for Henry, Brooks, Clark, and Isaac. They are such miracles. And for you, Jen, your health, and your courage to go through such a difficult time..And for Brad in his role of support and encouragement all those uncertain months. We knew these babies belonged to the Lord and that He would be glorified whether they survived or went back to be with Him. How thankful we are that He chose life for them, answering prayers of many, many people. What a blessing it is to watch them grow and learn and bring joy to our hearts.

    • QuatroMama
      January 29, 2013 at 8:59 pm #

      Mom, your words are absolutely perfect. They echo my own thoughts so well. Thank you so much for writing this…

  14. melody
    May 9, 2013 at 12:36 am #

    Just finding your blog and enjoying it. I have fraternal triplet boys now who are 7, but in 2003 I lost triplet boys due to mono-mono twinning. One was pulling blood from the other and caused distress/labor and they were born at 22 weeks. I spent at least a year questioning my Lord. Why after 4 years of TTC did he let that one embryo split? Why did we lose them? Things we will never know this side of heaven. It has been a terribly hard road to travel. The boys I have now are actually surviving quads. We lost the 4th boy at 16 weeks. The docs don’t think the placenta was secure. The heartbeat just stopped. Pregnancy is amazing. So many things can go wrong. It made me want to knock out all those pregnant teens/ unwed mothers for what I went through. You may understand that after years of TTC!!! I just know that when Jesus comes for us, what a party that will be!!! I will be so elated. I will be praying for you all and praying for those days of salvation for your boys! My boys were baptised together in Sept….although they each made decisions months apart, and in secret to avoid a “peer pressure decision”. 😛 God is good. Bless you all.
    Kind regards,
    Melody in TN

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