When newlyweds Bethani and Tim Webb found out they were expecting, they were completely ecstatic! However when they showed up to their first routine ultrasound, they received the most unexpected news. The Webb’s were informed that they weren’t about to have one baby, but FOUR. That’s right, the couple who had been married less than a year was expecting quadruplets. When the delivery finally came, what transpired was so rare that everyone in the room was a state of awe.
First things first, Bethani and Tim Webb consider themselves a normal couple from Alberta, Canada. When Bethani was 22 and Tim 23, they tied the knot in June 2015. Like any other couple madly in love, they talked about starting a family but not immediately after getting hitched. However by September, Bethani and Tim learned they were pregnant!
As a first time mother, Bethani often wondered just how she would cope with four children at one time. It was a truly nerve-wrecking thought. However nothing prepared Bethani and Tim for the labor and delivery room when their four children were looking back at them. Heck, not even the doctors could have predicted what came next.
In an interview with CBS News, Bethani said, “My husband was definitely wanting to wait a year to have children.” Whereas Bethani herself was well, “I was completely fine with whenever it ended up happening, but when we found out, we were very excited.” As first time parents, Bethani and Tim were looking forward to this new chapter of their lives. But they weren’t ready for the news they were about to receive.
The newlyweds were ecstatic to share the good news with their family over Christmas therefore they scheduled their first ultrasound just days before Christmas Eve 2015. Of course they were expecting nothing out of the ordinary as it was a routine scan. Bethani later commented that she should have known something was up when the technician asked if either one had multiple births on either family. When they both said no, the tech gave them the most unbelievable news.
At Bethani’s ultrasound, she recalls that the technicians were making her slightly nervous. As she had never undergone an ultrasound before, she wasn’t sure why they were pointing at two different ares on the screen. In fact, Bethani just assumed they would tell her that she was having twins. However when Bethani spoke to Canada’s Global News, she said, “She [the technician] turned the screen and started counting the babies to me. She counted baby one, baby two, baby three…”.
“I was thinking, ‘Okay, you can stop at baby three. Baby three is more than enough for me’, but then she counted out the fourth baby,” Bethani said. And Tim further explained, “That’s when I just about fell over.” Shock overwhelmed Bethani and Tim as they had never even anticipated receiving news of having four babies.
State of Shock
“I could not believe it. I was in such shock,” Bethani explained in an interview with CBC News. Honestly she just assumed the technician was playing a joke on her but when it hit home that it was no joke, the Webb’s knew they were in for a wild ride.
Of course the Webb’s were expecting some ‘stork’ news for Christmas, but quadruplets was nowhere near the plan. “This was not the Christmas news I was hoping for. I definitely had some panic attacks from it,” Bethani explained. As a first time mom, Bethani was more than overwhelmed at the prospect of raising four children in one go.
Change In Plans
Originally Bethani and Tim had planned to wait at least after saying “I Do” before starting a family but plans change. Especially in their case, as their family was about to quadruple in size. The more the reality of the situation set in, the more the newlyweds panicked.
Hits Keep On Comin’
Tim explained, “That day with the ultrasound, when they counted out four babies, I actually felt quite faint. I had to ask for a seat because it was too much all at once for me.” Wrapping their minds around the news of quadruplets was more than the newlyweds could ever fathom.
Neither Bethani or Tim had a family history of multiple live births. Therefore neither of the newlyweds could comprehend how this happened! It isn’t as if they used any fertility drugs or in-vitro fertilization either. Of course their doctor informed that such things do happen, but rarely.
Fact Of The Matter
As of 2007, there are only 3,500 sets of quadruplets in the world. Seriously. Now Bethani and Tim were a part of that statistic. Bethani said, “I am definitely glad that I was laying down when they gave me the news because I literally could not believe that there were four in there.”
Not A Joke
During the interview, Bethani just laughed and said, “I just thought there had to be some kind of mistake…” One of Bethani’s nurses at the prenatal clinic told her the probability of having quadruplets is around one in 800,000. “I am still waiting for it to sink in,” Bethani replied. Once it sunk in that no staff member was joking, Bethani and Tim headed home. As they headed home, they ttried to figure out how in the world they’d tell their families! Respectively, their nerves kicked in.
When Bethani and Tim excitedly broke the news to their families over Christmas, everyone was speechless. Heck, no one believed them at first, assuming it was all a joke. In fact, Tim’s sister Vera Webb didn’t believe the newlyweds! Especially as twins, triplets, let alone quadruplets didn’t run in the family. Vera said, “Are you kidding me? You must be kidding me, Tim!” Vera insisted it was all a joke that Tim was spearheading as he was known to be quite the prankster.
Understandably Vera assumed that Tim was joking, as did many family members and friends. And when you look at the statistics, it’s not hard to assume why. Dr. James Bofill from the University of Mississippi explains that the chances of a woman conceiving without any fertility treatment is 1 in 729,000. Tim often joked, “My friends were like, ‘We don’t know whether we should say congratulations to you or we’re sorry for your situation’.” Despite the jokes, Tim wasn’t offended!
Undoubtedly a major concern for Bethani and Tim was financially supporting the quadruplets. “We definitely had enough love to give to all four of them, but I was just very worried about how we were going to afford four babies with everything they need.”
An added concern on Bethani’s mind was transport. As most parents know, car seats are heavy and big so a large car suited for four babies and two adults is a must. “I realized that we did not have a vehicle that could support four babies,” Bethani said. “We were good until that four number kicked in and then we were not prepared at all”.
Originally, Bethani and Tim planned to remain in their one bedroom apartment but that was when they thought they were having just one baby. With four on the way, they especially needed to save money and buy a house. But with so much pressure and worry, they considered moving in with Tim’s mother so that life would be a smidge easier.
Guys, it goes without saying that kids are expensive so when you’ve got quadruplets on the way, it all adds up. We won’t bore you with the details but we will say that Bethani was most concerned about the following, “Buying diapers and formula is going to be the most expensive part of the situation for us right now.” I mean, think about it, just one bottle or can of formula is nearly $20 dollars. One baby requires something like 16 cans a month. Yup, you do the rest of the math.
At some point, Bethani and Tim actually crunched the numbers for how many diapers they would need. Typically newborns need about 12 diaper changes a day, if you multiple this by four, it totals to 48 diapers. [insert totally shocked emoji here.] And just in case you didn’t know, 48 diapers is almost an entire pack! Crazy. Like most parents to be, the Webb’s spoke about diaper duty too – Tim said, “I just can’t change diapers.” So it all fell on Bethani to complete the mission when the time came.
Takes A Village
Out of the the goodness of their hearts, Bethani and Tim’s family and friends began formulating action plans to help the newlyweds and the quadruplets. As the saying goes, “it takes a village” and that’s especially true for growing families. And how lucky are the Webb’s to have such caring friends and family to help out!
It wasn’t much of a leap for anyone to assume that the expenses for the Webb family would be sky high. Therefore friends and family alike pitched in and created a GoFundMe page to help raise money. Moreover a nearby hospital held a diaper drive so that Bethani and Tim could stockpile on diapers!
Despite the mayhem in the Webb family, they were blessed with a rather smooth, easy pregnancy. During all of their checkups, nothing was out of the ordinary but rather was progressing as normally as possible. However mom and dad were growing slightly anxious as the due date neared. Furthermore, the doctors recommended that Bethani and Tim deliver the quadruplets at a larger hospital, specifically, Royal Alexandra Hospital.
Edmonton, Alberta is where you’ll find the cutting edge Royal Alexandra Hospital. It’s this hospital which oversaw Bethani’s delivery, as it far more equipped to handle high risk pregnancies. Especially considering there is a NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) available. As a result, Bethani agreed that it was best for her and the quadruplets to be treated there.
When discussing motherhood, Bethani said, “I am excited, but it is weird when they start to move around in my belly. Sometimes, I will feel more than one move at once, and it kind of takes me by surprise, even being 27 weeks pregnant. I do not think it has sunk in that there are four in there yet.” Now the doctors could not allow for Bethani to bring the pregnancy full-term. As it posed a serious health risk to the babies. To avoid any complications, Bethani was scheduled for a C-section when she reached 33 weeks along. Of course she was nervous about the idea but was so ready to meet the babies!
Full Time Daddy
While at one of Bethani’s checkups, Tim found out that he was about to be outnumbered. Why? All of the quadruplets were FEMALE. (But that’s not even the best part.) “That is a lot of female hormones that I will have to deal with some day. Of course, I will also have to fight off the boys that chase after my daughters. It’s going to be a full-time job.” So despite his nervousness, Tim was excited!
May 6, 2016
First of all, Bethani was able to celebrate her first Mother’s Day in style – by the birth of her quadruplets of course! That’s right, just before Mother’s Day, on Friday, May 6 of 2016, the Webb family grew by four. Four daughters, that is. However when the doctors took a closer look, they were speechless.
While speaking to Global News, Tim said, “It was kind of like a magic show, because they were pulling out one, two, three, four. It was kind of surreal.” When the doctor laid the quadruplets, and all girls to boot, he noticed something incredibly odd and even more rare.
As we know the odds of conceiving quadruplets is incredibly low but the doctor’s next words absolutely floored the new parents. Not only did Bethani and Tim have four babies but their four daughters were IDENTICAL. The odds of all four babies being identical is 1 in 15 million, and yet, it happened. Tim actually said he almost passed out when the doctor delivered the news!
Just over an hour later, the quadruplets were delivered via C-section! Ranging from three to four pounds and one ounce, the Webb family grew by four. Furthermore Bethani was a trooper during the entire procedure and both mom and dad were overwhelmed with happiness!
As the doctors believed Bethani’s pregnancy to be high risk, they consider her extremely lucky for reaching the 33 week – as there was a high percentage that she would deliver much earlier. In fact, Bethani and Tim’s obstetrician, Dr. Billy Wong, considers the Webb family to be extremely fortunate as Bethani had very little complications during her high risk pregnancy and birth.
Thanks to the residents of Hythe, Bethani and Tim are thankful for immense support that has flooded in. With everyone eager to meet the new additions to the Webb family, Tim was especially grateful for everyone’s support, “I feel overwhelmingly awesome that the babies are here. I feel blessed and relieved, too, because you have to worry with multiple births. There are risks, but all of it was perfect,” he commented to the Edmonton Journal.
With plenty of names in the hat, Bethani and Tim finally settled on names for their little angels: Emily, Abigail, Grace, and McKayla. Oh yeah, we should mention that Bethani is actually a bit ecstatic about having four daughters as she didn’t have to sacrifice on any names! Quite the upside to quadruplets, eh?
It goes without saying, but Bethani and Tim have had their lives uprooted by their identical quadruplets, but it’s one of their greatest blessings. Currently the whole family is living with Tim’s mother so their baby girls are truly getting tons of love and attention. Moreover, all 800-ish residents of Hythe, Alberta are pitching in to help the Webb family.