Recently, a photojournalist followed around an LDS family with quadruplets showcasing all the best and the worst that comes with having four toddlers, including trick-or-treating, family prayers, and attending church. Here's just a glimpse of the beautiful moments and stories she discovered:
Courtney Larson really wanted to have children. But after marrying her college sweetheart, Cameron Larson, in 2009, she learned she had fertility issues. The Larsons, who are Mormon, prayed, but, unable to get pregnant after a year, they turned to medical treatments, including intrauterine insemination. After several attempts — and thousands of dollars — she became pregnant.
Because of the difficulty and expense involved, they wished for twins. They got quadruplets, a result that drastically changed any child-rearing strategies.
“There are never enough hands to feed all of them at once,” Ms. Larson said.
The babies, two boys (Brody and Cooper) and two girls (Ashlyn and Kylie), were born less than 26 weeks after conception and were all less than two pounds. Doctors were unsure whether they would survive, and each spent four months or more in the neonatal intensive care unit. They have had multiple medical procedures, including, for each, heart surgeries.