It’s a girl! And a girl, and a girl and yes, another girl for Tyson and Ashley Gardner, the Utah couple who were famously astounded this summer when they found out they were expecting quadruplets after a long struggle with infertility.
Ashley gave birth on Sunday via Cesarean section to two sets of identical twin girls: Indie, Esme, Scarlett and Evangeline. All four babies are doing great, with the smallest baby, Indie, weighing just under 2 pounds, while her three sisters weighed over 2 pounds, the family announced on their Facebook page.
Ashley was almost 30 weeks pregnant, but began having contractions so doctors decided it was time to deliver.
“Mom and babies are doing incredible!!! We are so happy with how everything turned out today,” Tyson wrote. “Mommy is feeling good after the C-section! All 4 babies have dark hair.”
The Gardners, of Pleasant Grove, Utah, tried to conceive for eight years when they turned to in vitro fertilization this summer. In July, they got the “surprise of our lives” when they went in for an ultrasound and found out she was pregnant with quadruplets. A photo of the couple looking shocked while holding the ultrasound images quickly went viral.
There were tense moments in October when doctors discovered that one set of babies had twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS), but surgery successfully treated the problem.
Ashley was on bed rest for the rest of her pregnancy and spent Thanksgiving and Christmas in the hospital. On Christmas Eve, she wrote that she was in pain and “super uncomfortable,” but wouldn’t trade the experience for anything in the world.
“No one said it would be easy but it will be worth it! We waited so long to get them and I am willing to do anything for these babies,” she wrote.