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Raleigh couple has four growing reasons to celebrate the Fourth

Posted July 4, 2012
Updated July 5, 2012

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— Raleigh residents Sherri and David Norris have found life frantic with their rapidly growing quadruplets who were born on May 11.

But they insist they wouldn’t have life any other way.

"Between making bottles and formula and doing the laundry and keeping the house clean and getting everyone set and changed, there’s always something to do," Sherri Norris said Wednesday.

As one baby cries, another fusses. Both parents shuffle back and forth, dealing with the tasks of parenthood four times over.

A quad birth was not on Norrises' minds initially.

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.

Under the demands, "I don’t even know what day it is," the father acknowledged.

Far from the small babies kept in a hospital for a month following their birth, each of the four now weigh between 8 and 9 pounds. They also are developing their own personalities.

"She grunts all the time," Sherri Norris said of baby Bella.

"She’s our little squeaker, that’s for sure," her husband added.

Then there is Addison, who can scream when she wants something. Four reasons to celebrate the Fourth Four reasons to celebrate the Fourth

Logan is laid back.

Jase is "the serious one," Sherri Norris said.

As for their growing size – so are their needs. The four consume nearly a gallon of formula a day while going through a combined total of 32 diapers.

Sherri Norris does receive almost-daily help from her mother, but the demands remain high.

"I don’t have sympathy for people with one baby," she said with a laugh. "The sleep deprivation can’t be anything like it is with four."

But added David Norris: "It’s just, you want to get frustrated. But you love them so much, it just gets you through, you know?"


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  • jcrew1979 Jul 6, 2012

    Sweet story!

  • stj51200 Jul 5, 2012

    with IVF, you don't elect anything. you hope and pray and wish until you can't hope, pray or wish anymore that you get to become a parent. to even one baby.

  • Thrall-Voljin 2012 Jul 5, 2012

    We do need to remember, though, that these parents elected to have four children. They have my sympathy, but still...

  • Thrall-Voljin 2012 Jul 5, 2012

    Yeah, have to agree though. Desiderata is a tad over the top. Ah well.

  • snowl Jul 5, 2012

    FYI, Katie Couric said her LEAST favorite interview is with parents of multiples....(feel better now? LOL)

    Congrats to the sleepy parents... they are sweet. Good luck!

  • Pepe Silvia Jul 5, 2012

    Desiderata, you seem like a very spiteful and bitter person. No where in the article did I see anything about them asking for help or implying that they are better then anyone else (other then the sleep deprivation/no pity for people with just one baby joke)

    As for the risks, I'm sure they were aware of them but in-vitro fertilization is expensive and doesn't always work, so most women have more then one embryo implanted at a time and hope that at least one 'makes it' In this case, the TWO that she had implanted each became a set of twins, which is not a common occurrence. I'm sure they weren't aiming for four kids, just hoping for one.

    They had four healthy and beautiful babies, they may have their hands full but they are blessed.

  • snowbunny1991ks Jul 5, 2012

    Congratulations!! I have four children myself...but they were not born all at once. It is hard getting sleep with just one. But four...i really feel for yall. Might take some time for yall to settle into a routine so you can catch up on your sleep. And as far as Desiderata...It is a big deal having four babies at once...something you will probably never get to experience!! There always has to be one person to leave a stupid comment! God Bless the new parents:)

  • stj51200 Jul 5, 2012

    I think you are missing that fact that two sets of identical twins is quite rare, even with fertility drugs. and i didn't read one thing in this article that said they were asking for money or they felt superior for taking care of four babies at once.

  • Desiderata Jul 5, 2012

    Guess what // THERE REALLY ARE OTHERS OUT THERE WHO HAVE HAD BABIES , MORE THAN ONE AT A TIME , AND THEY HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF THEM TOO! Who are these people?? Obviously they know someone in the news room or a "friend or family member" and they are looking for publicity... WHAT A SHAMEFUL THING TO DO, THIS MAKES IT SEEM THAT OTHERS WITH THEIR BABIES DO NOT RATE GETTING IN THE NEWS... so you have 4 kids at once..BIG DEAL! I 've seen this happen all accross the country...NO way would I give them any praise,,,bet it was getting pregnant on fertility drugs, xo they knew the risks....having multiples ...what ever!

  • AF Flight Nurse Jul 5, 2012

    You are blessed beyond imagination....and they DO grow up too fast