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Parents of identical one-year-old quadruplets get through 24 nappies a day and spend £230 on weekly shop


The couple get through 1.5 gallons of milk every couple of days too (Picture: @themarrthemerrier/Instagram)

A mother who gave birth to identical quadruplets during the pandemic has shared what life is like with her four young sons.

Jenny Marr, from Texas, and her husband Chris welcomed their babies – Hudson, Harrison, Henry, and Hardy – on March 15 2020.

But their arrival came as a shock for the pair, who now typically get through 24 nappies a day and spend $300 (£224) a week on groceries.

The 37-year-old mum told The Sun: ‘Life has completely changed for Chris and I now that we suddenly have four babies to look after.

‘We go through 1.5 gallons of milk every couple of days, and I do try and cook homemade food, but sometimes I’m so exhausted that I just heat up something that’s frozen for Chris and I to eat.’

The now 20-month-old boys were conceived naturally – which is incredibly rare, as the odds of having identical, spontaneous quadruplets is around 1 in 11 million or 1 in 15 million.

Hudson, Harrison, Henry, and Hardy (Picture: Marr family)
The odds of having identical, spontaneous quadruplets is around 1 in 11 million or 1 in 15 million (Picture: Facebook/Jenny Marr)

At her first scan, Jenny explains how the sonographer was looking ‘intently at the screen’ – which made her worried that there was something wrong. 

The mum-of-four adds: ‘She turned the screen away from me and told me everything was fine, but she was still looking hard at the monitor. So I knew there was something up.

‘I started laughing and nervously asked her if I was having twins. But nothing could have prepared me for her answer. “No, you’re having triplets,” she told me, finally. 

‘I saw Chris had gone a ghostly shade of white, and with a thump he passed out on the floor. One of the nurses helped him up and gave him a glass of water. He was still in shock as he came to, sitting on a chair.’ 

However, when the couple went to see a specialist the following week, they learned that Jenny was actually pregnant with four babies – and they were identical.

Doctors also stressed that their case was ‘incredibly rare,’ explaining that their identical quads were also sharing one placenta.

The couple were stunned when they were told they were having quads (Picture: Facebook/Jenny Marr)
The new arrivals (Picture: Facebook/Jenny Marr)

Jenny knew her pregnancy was risky, but was unaware of how unlikely it was that all her babies would survive.

‘The doctors told Chris that the babies had less than a 0.01 per cent chance of them all surviving,’ she adds. ‘He kept that awful secret to himself all the way through and never told me, as he didn’t want me to panic about it. If I’d known, I would have been distraught.’

At 28 weeks, Jenny went into early labour and her sons were delivered by caesarean section – and all of them had to be tube-fed because of their tiny size. 

The babies were in hospital for a while (Picture: Facebook/Jenny Marr)
At home (Picture: Marr family)
Snoozing with their four-legged friend (Picture: Facebook/Jenny Marr)

Once the babies were able to come home, the duo faced a lot of new challenges. 

Jenny said: ‘It’s been one whirlwind of nappy changing, feeding, and sleeping. But we have got them into a routine where they all nap at the same time, which is great. 

‘People ask how we tell them apart, and when they were just weeks old, I would line them up in the order of who was born first, so I knew which one was which.’

Jenny and Chris with their boys (Picture: Instagram)
On a shopping trip (Picture: Instagram)
Jenny with the little ones (Picture: Instagram)

Now they are a little older, Jenny says that their ‘four individual faces’ and unique personalities make them easy to tell apart.

She adds: ‘Harrison is the big brother and likes all the attention. Hardy is so funny and relaxed, he just goes with the flow. Henry has an infectious smile and loves going outside, and Hudson is the little mother hen and is always checking everyone is OK.

‘Every day I look at my 15 million to one quads, and marvel that they are here with us today.

‘They were 15 million to one miracles, and we feel like the luckiest mom and dad in the world.’

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