Laredo parents discuss birth of quadruplets

Children are LMC's first quadruplets to be born at the hospital

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The group of names Ayleen, Kiara, Mia and Ivana will always be very special at Laredo Medical Center, as they belong to the first quadruplets ever born in the hospital.

As the infants are still in the hospital following their birth on June 13 at around 7:40 a.m. — they were born prematurely — parents Ivan Carranza and Laura De La Cruz spoke on Wednesday about their new extended family of eight and the reaction from the hospital and community on the news. 

"I went to the gynecologist in December of last year, and it was then there when the doctor gave us the news after a sonogram was performed," De la Cruz said. "We didn’t expect this at all, as we were simply trying to have our last pregnancy in efforts to finally stop and close down the factory. But we truly only thought we were going to have one child and not four."

At birth, Mia weighed in at three pounds and 12 ounces while Ivana was three pounds and 11 ounces and Ayleen and Kiara were both three pounds, seven ounces. 

According to De La Cruz, doctors have not elaborated yet as to why they had quadruplets, but they said the medical team working with them told them it is extremely rare. 

De La Cruz said the pregnancy was a bit complicated, but as the months passed, she started feeling better and had no major complications. 

"At first ... I did vomit a lot, which was something that I did find very bothersome because I could not eat or drink anything for some time," she said. "Thankfully this just lasted about four and a half  months, and after that, things got better even though doctors at first thought that this might not improve. Afterwards, it was just a very normal pregnancy."

The father said he is very nervous, although extremely happy at the same time, for the newfound family. The four children join their other two — including a daughter, 9, and son, 2 — as the kids now outnumber them threefold.

"I feel content, nervous at the same time but also excited and grateful with life and God. A child is always a miracle, and this time he sent us four," Carranza said. "One can only be grateful and appreciative of life in general. They are here healthy and all are doing well, which is the most important thing."

As for the upcoming challenges with the new extended family, he said sleeping will likely be an issue over the first few months, but in the end, they will have a big and functional family. He is also glad they will be in the hospital for some time so they can be monitored, as they were born prematurely. 

"Until they are truly back at home then we will truly know how it feels to have four newborns at home," Carranza said. "Right now we still go at home in peace knowing that they are in very good hands and that the hospital is taking care of them, as they have since Day 1.

De La Cruz said the hospital will monitor the four newborns for about another month and a half before they can actually head home. 

"We still got a little bit more time to sleep and buy more things that we are still missing," she said. 

The couple said they did have a gender reveal for their four newborns, and it was a very unique one due to the fact they knew they were having four children. They chose a dart-style method, as the dart would break a balloon on the wall and show whether the family was having a boy or a girl.

That's how Carranza found out he would soon be greatly outnumbered, as all four balloons revealed the color pink. Thoughts have already run through he and his friends' minds on how he will handle not only having so many females in the house but also their potential future boyfriends.

"They have told me that we should make a (basketball) team with them," joked Carranza.

"Everybody has been bullying me about it, but now that God sent them to us, we will make sure they are always protected and make sure they grow up being confident young women. I will make sure to motivate them and love them all so much to make sure they do come along and become good adults.

Carranza said their 2-year-old brother will also be there to protect them. While he currently is a bit restless and likes to play rough, he knows he will be happy when he gets to see all his new sisters. And De La Cruz said their eldest daughter is also excited to soon spend time with her new sisters.

The father said the hospital has told them they will provide them with several strollers and other items to make sure their babies have the things they need as they head home. He also said several of their family members and even work colleagues are planning to host various baby shower events to make sure they have enough diapers for all the babies they now have. 

"There are also many people that we do not know who have asked us, our loved ones and the hospital as to who we are and where they can donate and gift us things, just to make sure that we have a helping hand," Carranza said. "We don’t really ask for anything, but there is really a lot of nice people out there that they like to donate from their heart."