- Ashley and Tyson Gardner welcomed their four daughters on December 29
- Two sets of twins Esme, Evangeline, Indie, Scarlett born 12 weeks early
- On Sunday, three weeks after the birth, Ashley held them for the first time
- The couple from Pleasant Grove, Utah, became a viral sensation after releasing a video of Ashley’s reaction to learning she was carrying quads
- Gardner had struggled to get pregnant then conceived via IVF
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20:51 EST, 18 January 2015
21:00 EST, 18 January 2015
It has been a monumental seven months for Ashley Gardner.
After a lengthy fertility battle, she and husband Tyson finally conceived – quadruplets.
Now, for the first time, she has held all four of their three-week-old daughters.
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The first time! Ashley Gardner has finally held all four of her three-week-old daughters for the first time
Ecstatic: The gasped that it all felt so real now as husband Tyson captured the touching moment on camera
The moment was captured in a heartwarming video by Tyson.
With Ashley sat on a sofa, a team of three nurses helped carry each child – and their mobile milk tubes – to rest in her arms.
Tearfully looking down at the two sets of identical twins – Indie and Esme, and Scarlett and Evangeline – she gasped: ‘I can’t believe I have four kids!’
She gave birth to four 2lb baby girls 12 weeks early on December 29.
After one week of trepidation, tracking their condition, the were visibly gaining their strength in a neonatal ward.
So happy: The couple from Pleasant Grove, Utah, conceived all four girls after a lengthy fertility battle
One week old: The quads born to Ashley and Tyson Gardner of Utah – Indie, Esme, Scarlett and Evangeline – at one week old, now as much a viral craze as their mother did with her priceless pregnancy news video
Gaining strength: The two sets of identical twins are steadily improving, though they’ve experienced a bump or two long the way
‘If our hearts could explode from love they would’: A week after they were born 12 weeks early, Ashley and Tyson Gardner are learning how to care for their fragile premie quadruplets
‘If our hearts could explode from love they would have already,’ Ashley wrote on the Facebook dedicated to their journey. ‘Everyday I don’t think it’s possible to love them any more than I already do and then the next day I find that I do!!!’
Though faced with some bumps in the road, especially for the lightest baby Indie, but the couple are looking to their faith to stay strong.
‘God has a plan for us, and he’s trusted us with four babies,’ Tyson Gardner said. ‘We have faith in him, and we have faith in each other.’
The Gardners spent eight years battling infertility and gave birth with the help of in vitro fertilization.
Proud father Tyson posted that the new mom and four daughters ‘were doing incredible’ after the birth which was a one-in-70-million chance.
‘God has a plan for us, and he’s trusted us with four babies,’ Tyson Gardner said. ‘We have faith in him, and we have faith in each other’
Tyson and Ashley Gardner smile while answering questions during a press conference on their new quadruplets at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo, Utah
Ashley and Tyson Gardner, of Pleasant Grove, said they’ve gotten congratulations from people around the world after the four babies were delivered via cesarean section
Quads! Ashley Gardner, who spent eight years battling infertility, has received an incredible late Christmas present after delivering four healthy baby girls
Miracles: She gave birth 12 weeks early to two sets of identical girl twins named Esme, Evangeline, Indie and Scarlett
Mr Gardner, from Pleasant Grove, Utah, also thanked the doctors and nurses who delivered the babies.
The couple have been sharing messages on a Facebook page charting the pregnancy, saying they are ‘overjoyed’ and that all four girls appear to have inherited their father’s dark hair.
The Gardners also shared that they will be featured on a TV series on the TLC network about the pregnancy, birth of their ‘quad squad’ and adventures over the coming months.
The Gardners documented the pregnancy on YouTube, Facebook and a family website.
Mr Gardner wrote: ‘We can’t wait to have you all along on this journey!’
Photos of the couple looking shocked after receiving the news about their multiple babies gained wide attention online, and a Facebook page they set up for the babies has nearly 350,000 likes.
‘People identify with our story. There are hundreds, thousands of people that struggle with infertility,’ Tyson Gardner said. ‘Our story’s a story of hope.’
‘It was scary at first, and then, you know, the second you see the babies’ faces and hear them cry, it just is, it’s all worth it,’ Ashely Gardner said, according to the Deseret News.
Doctors made the decision to deliver the babies by C-section after Ashley started experiencing contractions early.
The couple became an internet sensation after they made a video earlier this year showing their startled but ecstatic reaction to the news that they had four babies on the way.
The couple have been sharing messages on a Facebook page charting the pregnancy, saying they are ‘overjoyed’ and that all four girls appear to have inherited their father’s dark hair
Proud new father Tyson Gardner posted this picture of his wife Ashley with the message: ‘Moms saying Hello to Esme! Incredible day! God is real people!!’
Mrs Gardner with her husband (left) and their medical team alongside one of their daughters who was born on Sunday and weighs around 2lbs
Ashley Gardner (left), pictured after giving birth by Cesarean section on Sunday, is now mom to four baby girls, Indie, Esme, Scarlett and Evangeline. Her proud husband Tyson with Dr Minton (right)
Mrs Gardner, who suffers from endometriosis – a condition which sees cells from the lining of the womb grow in other areas of the body – said she was shocked but excited to discover she was pregnant with quadruplets.
The couple wrote in a Facebook post: ‘We were so blessed to be able to do IVF the month of June! They put 2 eggs back and both split! That’s right, we are having quadruplets! The odds of both eggs splitting are literally 1 in 1 million.’
Since then, the couple have posted regular updates on the progress of the pregnancy, including themed snaps of Ashley in costume for Halloween and Christmas.
The quadruplets’ survival was called a ‘miracle’ after emergency surgery was needed to stop contractions when Ashley was around 20 weeks pregnant.
The couple flew to a specialist center at Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital, where Ashley was admitted for surgery in late October.
Doctors managed to stave off the earlier delivery after an intense operation, which allowed the unborn babies vital extra weeks to bolster their chances of survival.
The couple posted a picture shortly before the birth with the message: ‘Santa let the elves take over for a bit today so he could come visit us in the hospital!! #happy29weeks’
Festive: The couple, pictured above at Christmas just days before Ashely’s contractions started, kept their huge Facebook following updated with topical pictures
Mr Gardner said doctors told his wife she needed immediate surgery after it appeared her cervix had started to open and she could be going into early labor.
Surgeons also managed to cure two of the girls of their twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS), which could have resulted in developmental problems.
In October, the Gardners posted on Facebook: ‘It went great. Dr. Chmait smiled and said, ”This has been a good day!”
‘Our tears have been replaced with relief and continue to pray for the babies safety and continued ‘baking’ for a good long time!!’
The couple, who say the babies are doing ‘great’ and receiving ‘fabulous care’, have promised more updates when possible.
How many?! The image above shows the moment Ashley discovered that her fertility treatment had gone rather better than she had expected
Unlikely: Ashley says that the chances of her conceiving the four girls – and them surviving to be born – is around 70million-to-one