MISHAWAKA, Ind. - Oh baby! Or, in the case of a Mishawaka couple, it’s oh babies!
Memorial Hospital's Special Care Obstetrics Unit was hopping Friday night when a set of quadruplets came into the world a little earlier than expected.
Although they may have come early, their parents have been waiting for them for years.
The children are Connor, Teagan, Logan and Tanner. Tanner and Teagan are twins.
Just like that, Lisa and Josh Holt of Mishawaka have an instant family.
The operating room was jam-packed last Friday night with 23 people, a team for each child. Dr. Kurt Stiver, who was to be in on the original delivery this Friday, explains why his partner needed to move faster.
Dr. Stiver says, “Because Mrs. Holt became pre-eclamptic, Dr. Donal, my partner, elected to do it.”
Married fourteen years, Lisa and Josh always hoped for a large family, but had to fight hard to reach that dream. The couple went through years of infertility and three miscarriages.
Now, the Holts are looking forward. They knew that fertility treatments could mean multiple births, but Josh, who is a truck driver, admitted he was shocked when Lisa called him on the road and told him to pull over.
Lisa carried the four children for 33 weeks. By all indications, the babies will lead normal lives.
Once the boys go home, the Holts will have a lot of family and friends who will help and the family knows they will need it.
For now, they are cherishing their infants and trying not to look too far ahead, like to the toddler years.
Instead, they are focusing on their beautiful family and saying the words they have been waiting to share for ten years.
“Connor buddy, it's ok, mommy and daddy’s here,” Josh says.
Lisa gets to go home on Tuesday but the babies will be in the hospital for a few more weeks.
If you are struggling to have a child, Lisa and Josh say they know your pain and don't give up. It took them years to find a doctor near Chicago who got them where they are today.
With a two-bedroom home, they know things will be tight, but they are thankful to the Women's Care Center for providing them with four bassinets and many other things you need for babies, like diapers.
They also have a fund set up at Teacher's Credit Union where Lisa used to work. She will be staying home now.
If you want to help, you can donate to Holt quads.
They figure what they are going to need most, very soon, is a minivan.
Their current car holds four, which they thought was going to be big enough, before they had quads.
UPDATE: Lisa had a heart issue as she was about to be released from the hospital and is still at Memorial under her doctors care. Many of you left messages about donating items. Josh is appreciative and says if you want to drop anything off you can do so at:
The Ireland Road Church of God, 16555 Ireland Rd, Mishawaka (254-9513), and or our church, New Life Assembly of God, 17106 Cleveland Rd, 46635 (phone 272-0384).