“I feel like the luckiest mom in the world,” she says. Kimberly Fugate, who gave birth to surprise identical quadruplets in February, has revealed how her life has changed since then.
Kimberly Fugate, 43, of Jayess, Mississippi, who was expecting triplets, was both surprised and delighted when it was revealed midway through her s s that she was an ‘extra’ daughter. The chances of having quadruplets are one in 729,000, but the chances of having identical babies are ‘almost incalculable’ – roughly 13 million to one. Craig Fugate, Fugate’s husband, had no idea there was a fourth baby until he went to see his wife in the delivery room. Kim heard announcing, “I have,” that there was another baby on the way. That s, who had been on s, had made her the mother of quadruplets at the age of 42. The couple looked s. But, while there have been some ‘roller coaster’ moments for the mother-of-four, who also has an 11-year-old daughter with her husband Craig, the large family couldn’t be happier.
She said:” When the babies were born more than two months ᴇᴀʀʟʏ, they weighed between 2 and 2½ pounds and were ᴄʀɪᴛɪᴄᴀʟʟʏ ɪʟʟ. They spent more than three months in the ⓃⒾⒸⓊ and needed to be on ᴠᴇɴᴛɪʟᴀᴛᴏʀs to help them ʙʀᴇᴀᴛʜᴇ because their ʟᴜɴɢs were sᴏ sᴍᴀʟʟ. There were times when I ғᴇᴀʀᴇᴅfor their ʟɪᴠᴇs. Several of the girls’ ʜᴇᴀʀᴛ ʀᴀᴛᴇs ᴅʀᴏᴘᴘᴇᴅ, and I held my ʙʀᴇᴀᴛʜ as I watched two be ʀᴇsᴜsᴄɪᴛᴀᴛᴇᴅ. Thankfully, the girls were given the all-clear in June and were able to leave them ⓃⒾⒸⓊ and return home with their parents and sister. They weigh between almost 18 and 22 pounds, and their ᴅᴏᴄᴛᴏʀ is pleased with their growth. They are generally healthy. One quad has ᴀ ᴍɪʟᴅ ᴄᴀsᴇ of a ɢʀᴏᴡᴛʜ ᴅɪsᴏʀᴅᴇʀ and is being monitored regularly.”
She added:” They are calm, happy babies. But sometimes, if they are all crying at once, it can be sᴛʀᴇssғᴜʟ. Katelyn, my 11-year-old, is a great help. She helps in the evenings with baths and feedings. She helps get them to sleep. She plays with them and keeps them entertained. I also have my family nearby to help if I need it. I believed that Gᴏᴅ picked me to have these quadruplets, and I felt that He would take care of them and allow them to sᴜʀᴠɪᴠᴇ.To see how far they’ve come makes me feel very blessed.”