Saturday, 2 March 2013

Happy 1st Birthday Little Stars!

(pictures by The Post)

It’s hard to believe it’s been a whole year since I lay in hospital awaiting the birth of my four little stars. Reading back on the journey my family and I have been through brings a tear to my eye. It has been the most challenging year of my life, but wow am I proud of where we are now and what we have gained from it all. I have learnt so many valuable lessons about myself and fallen in love with my husband all over again. Something like this could have broken most relationships but for Martin and I it has brought us closer together. We are a team like no other! My beautiful Luke who is now 3 and a half has had such a tough time but has also gained so much from the experience. He is now a well rounded social butterfly, happy to adapt to any situation and new people. I feel truly blessed by my amazing family.

My little Reuben, Joshua, Zachary and Samuel have conquered their first year of life but the strangest thing for me is not having a real day to celebrate their birthday on. We will have to wait another three years to celebrate properly for them on February 29th. It still seems incredible that they decided to make an appearance on that day rather than any other. We are one of only two sets of quads on record ever to be born on a leap year, now that’s special! I will never forget the moment the doctor examined me and told me I was 3 centimeters dilated and that after 7 long weeks of bed rest and at only 29 weeks gestation I was finally going to be meeting my four little stars!

Born at a tiny 3lbs and under, my boys are all now between 20 and 23lbs. It’s hard to remember the fragile little babies I first met lined up next to each in their incubators when I look at them now, it’s all quite a blur to be honest. Spending every day of 8 weeks with them at St Micheals Hospital, praying that they would grow and develop properly as they were still so premature. Luckily for us we have four perfect little boys who are so full of life. Their little personalities are developing so much now. Sammy is such a mummys boy, he loves his cuddles and is the most loving out of the four.  Zachary is easy going and bubbly and always chuckling to himself, I think he’ll be the quiet happy one. Reuben is quite a bully and always just wants what everyone else has and Joshua is the boisterous leader and is always the first to learn new things. Even though they are a year old they are only really 9 ⅓ months old corrected. They have followed their developmental milestones for their corrected age which is wonderful and are all just starting to crawl. It’s going to be something else when they are all properly on the move.

As they get older they are becoming a lot easier to manage which is slowly freeing up more and more of our time. We have gone from feeding them a total of 32 bottles a day with a feed taking anything between 1 ½ - 2 hours to 3 meals and 2 bottles a day which they now feed themselves. To say the early days were very hard is an understatement, I don’t think I will ever be able to explain to anyone who hasn’t been in the same situation what we went through, and when you’re in that place of sleep deprivation and continuous care it’s hard to think that’s it’s ever going to get any better, but it does. They are truly amazing human beings who bring so much joy and laughter to our lives. They absolutely love Luke and even though he doesn’t like to admit it you can see that he really loves them too. He only has to sing them a song or run up and down playing with cars for them to all be in absolute hysterics.

We have decided to celebrate their big day on the 1st of March as they were born at 11pm on the 29th. We are going to be having a big birthday party with all the amazing people who have been a part of their lives over the last year. I know I’ve said it many times before but without all the wonderful support from friends, family, the community, charities like Homestart, readers of my blog and all the other people involved in their lives we wouldn’t have made it through this first year. Thank you to all of you . This is just the beginning but what a first year it has been! 

Happy 1st Birthday Ru, Zac, Josh & Sam! We love you very much!!!



  1. Congratulations to mum and. I had one baby and it was hard enough. Your sons look amazing

  2. Wow, I cant beleive it has been a year. Time flies by! I have been reading your blog for the last year and you all are amazing and have 5 great boys! Emma Stuart (Staff Nurse, NICU, St Michaels)

  3. Happy birthday quads! I've just seen a trail on BBC breakfast and see that you and your little ones will be on TV later this morning - I'll be recording that to watch when I'm home from work :)

  4. I just read the article on life site news about your wonderful family. You are blessed and brave and inspiring. Shame on those doctors who suggest the unspeakable. May God bless you with permeating joy and sunshine (even if clouds are overhead).

  5. I just read the article on life site news about your wonderful family. You are blessed and brave and inspiring. Shame on those doctors who suggest the unspeakable. May God bless you with permeating joy and sunshine (even if clouds are overhead).

  6. Congratulations Emma & Martin, We know exactly what its like, it gets harder but more fun! Keep going. Jane & Jamie Lyones proud parents of Bradley,Scott,Dean, Danielle all born 11/05/01 from Weymouth in Dorset.

  7. Congratulations, we enjoyed seeing you on Daybreak,a lovely family and brought back lots of memories! I have just found my birth story I wrote a while ago for the twinsclub website under the name Louised, and if you google Mara Davies you will see Mara in our local paper (we now live in Notts).
    I hate to tell you this, but it gets harder when they get to about 2 1/2 years and move in different directions with tantrums aswell!, thank goodness for playgroups etc!!Louise d x

  8. Well done on getting through the first year. You guys are truly amazing and the boys are adorable.

    Best wishes,

    Ali, Ed, Peter and Lily (Bath)

  9. Congrats Emma!!! This has gone so fast! Can't believe how big they all are. My trio are 6 months already too! Happy (LATE) Birthday boys from Australia!

  10. Hi Emma
    I saw your story in a newspaper in Nigeria. I really admire your zeal. Women all around the world should see you as a role model.

  11. Yay! You make an amazing bunch!! X

  12. Video clips from brought me here. Happy birthday to your precious boys!!! You and your husband Martin are amazing!

    Viv -
    New York, NY USA