Starting a family is one of those awe inspiring experiences that a good number of couples look forward to. Having a family means a lot. The joy and happiness it brings is incomparable.
When a couple sees that pink line as a sign of pregnancy on a pregnancy test, their whole life transmutes in the blink of an eye. As a couple, having a baby is an outrageous experience unlike any other thing in their lifetime together. They are always run over with joy, excitement, amusement, and expectation.
However, alongside the joy and amusement comes the trepidation of miscarriage, stillbirth or loss of the baby that they have dreamed about so passionately as a couple. But what about the couple that does experience the terror of losing a baby? How do they live through this terrifying tragedy full of sadness and pain? And what happens when they go on to have another trial and still follow suit with tragedy befalling them again? And this does go on 4 times concurrently. How devastating and unimaginable can this feel?
However, as the end justifies the means, after periods of terror and sadness, eventually this couple is blessed with not just a baby but a quadruplet of them. Rainbow quadruplets! The perseverance of the Minnesota woman is such an unbelievable one and as the story unfolds, I trust you will adore it.
Allyson and her husband Tony Ponto are such patients a couple that they not only had to wait for a decade to get babies of their own but also endure four miscarriages in six years. Like any other couple, Allyson and Tony always dreamed of having a big family, but the journey proved more difficult than they ever imagined.
Allyson got pregnant four times in six years, but each pregnancy was ectopic and unviable, resulting in a seemingly endless cycle of excitement and then devastation. She and her husband must have been conceivably hurt. But their story depicts a high degree of commitment and determination not allowing to throw in the towel.
A period of sixteen weeks is the furthest Allyson went till when the doctors declared that natural fertility would no longer be possible due to built-up scar tissue. However, still determined and committed to start their family, Allyson and Tony turned to IVF.
Though Allyson underwent IVF, she was told by her doctors that there was only a 30 percent chance that the procedure would be successful. Since there was only a 30% chance the embryo would take, doctors implanted three embryos to raise their odds.
So the Pontos were shocked when they learned at their six-week ultrasound that they were expecting quadruplets. “I was totally prepared for a letdown. Or for something to be wrong,” Allyson, who endured a multitude of devastating miscarriages, reports.
“When I saw those four heartbeats. I just started crying. All I ever wanted was the chance to be a parent.”
Later after a fortnight, Allyson and Tony went in for their very first ultrasonography. Simply imagine their emotions! What really run in their minds is unimaginable! One baby appeared on the screen. Later another followed suit on the screen and lastly the third one.
“Three?” Tony exclaimed. “We got three babies?!” The ultrasound tech looked at the dazed couple and said, “No… not exactly.”
They completely missed the identical twins; the couple suddenly found themselves expecting four babies at once. Yep, quadruplets! But yet another big surprise was just around the corner…
Olivia Susan, Anna Louise, Morgan Price and Carolyn Grace were delivered by cesarean section in just four minutes at The Mother Baby Center in Minneapolis. Anna was the smallest who weighed in at 2 pounds, 7 ounces, while Carolyn, the largest, was born at 3 pounds, 8 ounces. “Ironically, Anna is the strongest!” Allyson, 39, reports Weekly exclusively.
There were just 228 sets of quadruplets born out of nearly 4 million births in the U.S. in 2015, which means the Allyson and Tony had just joined a very exclusive club.
Surely, it was a craggy path to maternity for the dental assistant and her husband, who underwent a series of fertility treatments including five rounds of intrauterine insemination (IUI).
“We would start the month with high hopes and then my monthly friend would come. It took a huge toll on our marriage,” says Allyson. “I ugly cried before every single baby shower I went to. I wondered ‘why not us? Are we not worthy of children?’”
Finally, after one round of IVF, the Allyson and Ponto saw two pink lines.
“The best way I can describe carrying four babies at once is to picture a clothes dryer with four tennis shoes in it,” Allyson tells Us.
“That’s what it felt like . . . constant movement. And I loved the feeling.”
The couple’s quadruplets were delivered at 32 weeks into Allyson’s pregnancy.
“I cried as soon as I heard each one of them cries. Tony would tell me who was coming out and I would listen and listen,” she gushes. “Four different times and it was the best sound I have ever heard in my entire life.”
Allyson and Tony are hoping the girls will be discharged by their August 31, due date.
“They are thriving so it could be earlier,” says Allyson, who is feeding the young ones breast milk exclusively. “It’s unbelievable.”
Allyson started a Facebook page, Four Peas in a Ponto, documenting her pregnancy and continues to post updates on the quadruplets. With the expenses that come along with raising kids, A YouCaring page has been created to help the family with the babies’ expenses.
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