A couple with five kids wanted one more child, so they decided to try for another baby.
But instead of falling pregnant with one child, Maxine Young found out she was expecting quadruplets.
The surprising baby news came after the parent and her partner Jake Young adopted four siblings they had been fostering for years.
They also have a biological son called Henry, who was born in 2018 after a round of IVF.
ArLette Young, Jake’s mum, revealed all about the journey on a GoFundMe page she set up for the parents.
She explained it has been a “wonderful blessing” for the pair to be naturally pregnant with quadruplets – but worries that the huge family will be too financially draining.
The concerned grandparent wrote: “Maxine and Jake got married in May 2016 and knew they wanted a family right away.
“Maxine always wanted to be a foster parent and had always dreamed of having a large family with adopted and biological children.
“Jake was completely on board and loved the idea of having a house filled with lots of love and laughter, maybe a little bit of chaos too!
“February 2017 they started the foster training to become licensed foster parents.
“They quickly finished the training and necessary steps and were approved to take placements in June of 2017.”
ArLette continued: “On July 28th, they accepted a placement of a sibling group of three children, ages 4, 2 and 11 months.
“Not even a month later, they picked up their newborn baby sister from the hospital.
“They experienced many struggles along the way, lots of trauma to overcome, an Autism diagnosis and various other challenges.
“All the while, they were trying for a baby to join their family.
“They suffered multiple miscarriages, chemical pregnancies, a round of IVF and an IUI before they finally were blessed with their son, Henry, in October 2018.
“On December 20th, 2019, they adopted their four children.
“Now a family of 7, they hoped for just one more baby to complete their family and their prayers were answered, x4. Yes, four more babies!”
ArLette added: “Being naturally pregnant with Quads (which is about a 1 in 1,000,000 chance) is a wonderful blessing.
“However, it is still going to be a long and difficult journey…
“They are a single income household with Jake being the sole provider for their family.
“It has worked well for them in the past and allows Maxine to stay home and raise their 5 young children.
“However, now with the time off that Jake will need, it’s going to be extremely financially draining. “
Thankfully, the GoFundMe page has raised some money to help the family out.
More than £5,800 has been drummed up by supporters, which has probably been a huge help to the parents.
Maxine and Jake Young welcomed their quadruplets to the world in July 2020.
They named the foursome Silas, Theo, Beck and Cecilia – and they all seem to be doing well.
On Facebook, the mum-of-nine added: “Meeting the babies was an indescribable moment.
“All of the struggles from the past few months were immediately forgotten, the pain and stress didn’t matter, in that moment, everything we have been through was worth it.”
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