January 7, 2016 was the big day - a scheduled C section at 34 weeks for the quadruplets at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Children in San Diego. We had decided with our team of doctors to deliver at 34 weeks considering that twins usually need to be delivered by 38 weeks, triplets by 36, so with quads doing a C section at 34 weeks seemed to be at the intersection where the benefits of delivery would outweigh the risks of prolonging the pregnancy.
As Charlie had taken to saying, "We had an 11:30 am tee time for the foursome". We showed up 2 hours prior to register, and when we arrived in the preparation room we were greeted by four little hats all lined up and ready to adorn babies A, B, C, and D:
All of the babies were put on the monitors, we were introduced to everyone on the team, explained to how things would go and then rolled into the operating room.
After 8 months of waiting and pregnancy, it seemed like everything about the delivery and actual births happened incredibly fast. It was exactly ten minutes from the time the anesthesiologist put the spinal in until the incision was made and everyone got to work.
Our fantastic perinatologists, Dr. Joanna Adamczak and Dr. Sean Daneshmand orchestrated and swiftly directed a team of over 30 people in the operating room. All four babies were delivered 1 minute apart.
We had chosen not to find out the genders, so Charlie was at my side during the procedure calling out the gender as the babies were born:
After the docs sewed everything back up, I spent 2 hours in recovery and then Charlie and I went to meet our babies in the NICU. Everything was kind of a blur at that point with the emotions and hormones and drugs and sheer number of babies that had just been removed from my uterus.
But the thing I do remember was being asked to identify myself as the babies' mother heading into the NICU, looking down and seeing ALL of these babies' wristbands and thinking, "This morning we had one kid and now we have FIVE!" I can't believe that just happened!