At a 30th birthday gathering six years ago, Joshua Hall prayed with friends that he and his wife, Anna, would be blessed with children.
Daughters Zoe, 4, and Kaytlin, 2, came first.
And on Monday — Joshua’s 36th birthday — his wife of 12 years gave birth to quadruplets.
“Six years later, we got a boy with three more sisters,” said Hall, an associate pastor at Gateway Church where he is minister to sixth-graders and younger at the church’s North Fort Worth campus.
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It was the first set of quadruplets born at Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine where 2,500 babies were delivered in 2013.
Dr. Timothy Rost, who delivered the quads, gave sage advice to the Halls: “Save money.”
The babies began arriving at 1:58 p.m., with Brooks weighing in at 3 pounds, 11 ounces first, followed by sisters Sadie at 2 pounds 15 ounces, Elle at 3 pounds 6 ounces and Ivy at 3 pounds 5 ounces. Elle and Ivy are identical twins.
“Elle and Ivy have their own little group on the island,” Baylor Grapevine President Steve Newton said.
Sherri Kappler, medical director of the Level III Baylor Grapevine neonatal intensive care unit, said the average quad pregnancy delivers at 29.5 weeks. She said Hall “was able to reach almost 32 weeks, which was great news for the babies.”
“She gave them a huge head start,” Kappler said. The health of “four very new lives is excellent.”
Ten percent of all newborns require the special monitoring and close observation available in a NICU, hospital staff said. A full-term baby is one born between 37 and 42 weeks of gestation, so a baby born before 37 weeks is considered premature.
Because these babies are often very small, they need special care to aid in growth and development before they can go home, Kappler said.
The quads will remain in the hospital for a while, then move to their Fort Worth home where four cribs await them in a nursery.
On Tuesday, the parents picked them up for the first time.
“We got to hold them skin to skin,” Anna Hall said.
She has been at Baylor Grapevine on complete bed rest since 26 weeks and five days.
The hospital prepared for weeks for the delivery.
“It was an exciting afternoon here,” Newton said. “What made it even more exciting is to see how efficiently our team worked to deliver the hospital’s first set of quadruplets. Our advanced care team held practice drills and was well prepared for this multiple birth.”
The Halls know they are facing a lively future. But they said friends from church and others will help with their busy regimen.
Joshua Hall said it’s a little early, but “everyone’s teasing me about five weddings.”