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First-time mom has twins times two at Duke hospital

Posted May 24, 2012
Updated May 25, 2012

A Raleigh woman who was preparing for twins gave birth to quadruplets earlier this month at Duke University Hospital in Durham.
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— A Raleigh woman who was preparing for twins gave birth to quadruplets earlier this month at Duke University Hospital in Durham.

Sherri and David Norris say the four newborns – two boys and two girls – are a blessing and that they can't wait to take them home. The babies were in a special care nursery Thursday, where they're being fed through a tube until they get bigger.

The couple underwent in vitro fertilization and Sherri Norris had two embryos implanted in her uterus. But, as the pregnancy progressed, an ultrasound revealed that the twins they were expecting had doubled. Two embryos became four fetuses.

"I called (David) and was like, 'Where are you?' He's like, 'I'm home. What are you talking about?' I was like, 'Honey, there's four.' He said, 'Four what? Four? Are you serious?'" Sherri Norris recalled.

The first-time mom and her husband are diving head first into a full house, but they say they're excited for the challenge of raising four infants at the same time. 

"It's a journey we're willing to take," David Norris said. "What a blessing." quadruplets Raleigh couple welcomes quadruplets at Duke hospital

"My mom is going to be a big help. My sister lives close to us as well, but I mean, I guess you just figure it out," Sherri Norris said. "They're my first, so I don't have anything to compare it to."

They're hoping to bring babies Logan, Bella, Jase and Addison home to their 11-year-old big brother – David Norris' son from a previous marriage – and a house full of baby stuff in June. The Norrises said family, friends and church members helped them get everything they need – four car seats, four cribs, four high chairs, four of everything.

In the meantime, the couple is focused on what's most important.

"They're so sweet. We've been blessed with healthy babies," Sherri Norris said.

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  • mommyoftwins May 29, 2012

    Congratulations. I thought that having twins was a blessing and hard work at the same time but having 4 would be, well I don't even have words for that. My prayers go to out to your family. Being of mother of multiples I know the joys that you are having now. Once again....Congrats and best wishes.

  • tceawvzwvpev May 25, 2012

    I wouldn't call anything related to in vitro a blessing. More like thanks to my pals in the lab.

  • Lady Justice May 25, 2012

    Desiderata, the odds of having quads are somewhere around 1:750000, so it is not "news as usual." Add to that that two single embryos split into is even more unusual.

    Congratulations to this family!

  • computer trainer May 25, 2012

    Desiderata- WOW!! I don't know about you, but this was a breathe of fresh air from all the ugly stuff that we read about each and every day, all day long. Also that was a pretty harsh statement about them making it. They are fairly good size. I have a grandson that weighed 1 lb, 11 oz, born at 26 weeks and is perfectly healthy.

  • Wake1 May 25, 2012

    Four little miracles!!

  • Eth82 May 25, 2012

    Desiderata - Im thinking they are on the news not just b/c they had four but b/c only two embryos were implanted but as the pregnancy progressed they surprisingly found out that the two they were expecting had multiplied into four.

  • Tired of thoughtlessness May 25, 2012

    Congrats! What a blessing!

  • itsmyownopinion May 25, 2012

    To say she has her hands full is an understatement. Congratulations.

  • shawnalynn May 25, 2012

    Please be aware of the group for parents of multiples - National Organization of Mothers of Twins Clubs, Inc. There are local groups here in NC. My sister was a first-time Mom with twins and has found them to be a fantastic group of people.

  • Pepe Silvia May 25, 2012

    Congratulations!! Hope you don't like sleep too much!

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