Monday 26 September 2016

Dad of Ireland’s youngest quadruplets on juggling four toddlers at once: ‘Our mad house is a lot noisier than it was two years ago!’

The Slattery quadruplets have entered their terrible twos after celebrating birthday last week.

Published 02/06/2016 | 12:16

Limerick quadruplets Lucas, Amelia, Lily and Mollie celebrated their second birthday last week
Limerick quadruplets Lucas, Amelia, Lily and Mollie celebrated their second birthday last week
Lily, a quadruplet from Limerick, celebrates her second birthday last week
Limerick quadruplets Lucas, Amelia, Lily and Mollie with their dad James.

The father of Ireland’s youngest quadruplets has admitted that life in his Limerick household is not set to get any quieter now that his quad-squad has entered their terrible twos.

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James Slattery (35) and his wife Grace (33) welcomed Amelia, Lily-Grace, Mollie and Lucas in May 2014 and the couple admitted that their life has been completely altered by the four toddlers ruling the roost.

“Our house is a lot more noisy than it was two years ago but it’s fantastic, of course,” said James.

“My wife Grace has a qualification in Childcare but I don’t think she ever imagined she’d be juggling four of her own two-year-olds at once,” he joked.

Limerick quadruplets Lucas, Amelia, Lily and Mollie with their dad James.
Limerick quadruplets Lucas, Amelia, Lily and Mollie with their dad James.
James and Grace Slattery welcomed their precious baby quads home
James and Grace Slattery welcomed their precious baby quads home
James Slattery shared images of their quadruplets on his Facebook page Pic: Facebook

The entrepreneur, who is also dad to teenager Josh, revealed that life with the quadruplets is a lot more fun now than when they were newborns.

“They are running around the place, looking for food constantly. You can’t keep the the fridge full with them! They’re outside enjoying the fine weather the past few days. They’re communicating with us a lot which makes things a bit easier than when they were babies, they’d be crying and you’d be asking yourself ‘Are you hungry’, ‘Do you need a nappy changed’. Now they’re telling you they want to play, or eat, or have their nappy changed.”

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The quadruplets were born in Dublin’s Rotunda Hospital in 2014 and James admitted that it’s been fun to see them grow and develop personalities.

“Lucas is a typical boy tearing around the place and he loves Fireman Sam. Lily, even though she’s the smallest of the quads, she’s into everything and loves climbing.

“My other two girls Amelia and Mollie are all about their prams and their dolls, they’re the quietest and great friends.

“I suppose it’s great because they always have a friend around,” he said.

The dad admitted that for 18 months, he and Grace did not get one good night’s sleep which prompted them to hire a sleep coach.

Proud parents James and Grace Slattery welcomed their precious baby quads home
Proud parents James and Grace Slattery welcomed their precious baby quads home

“We were having a hard time getting any kind of sleep routine going but after Christmas we consulted a sleep coach who was absolutely unbelievable. We put her plan into place and within days the quads were sleeping through the night. It changed our lives, to be dramatic about it.

"That doesn’t make our days any less hectic though, we put the kids to bed at 8pm but our evenings are just mad folding and washing clothes, washing up. We also have two dogs so by the time they’re sorted out too it’s 10PM and we’re ready for bed. We don’t even watch telly anymore,” he said.

The quads’ older brother Josh begins the Junior Certificate next week and his dad says he’s adjusted to the madness in the Caherconlish home.

“My son Josh is doing the Junior Cert next week, which might have been a bit of a challenge. Before he used to be at the kitchen table doing his homework but now he’s up in his room because it’s very noisy with the gang.

“The kids are mad about him,” he said.

The couple struggled with infertility for years and had lost four babies through miscarriage before conceiving the miracle quadruplets, who stayed put for 33 weeks before they were delivered by emergency C-section in May 2014.

"It's a mad house but we wouldn't have it any other way. They're fantastic," said James.

Limerick quadruplets Lucas, Amelia, Lily and Mollie with their brother Josh
Limerick quadruplets Lucas, Amelia, Lily and Mollie with their brother Josh

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