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Friday 29 August 2014

Delighted dad of quads looking forward to 5,000 nappy changes

David Raleigh

Published 30/05/2014 | 02:30

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Proud parents James and Grace Slattery from Caherconlish, Co Limerick, married four years ago
Proud parents James and Grace Slattery from Caherconlish, Co Limerick, married four years ago

THE overwhelmed parents of Ireland's newest set of quadruplets have stocked up on more than 5,000 nappies.

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Grace and James Slattery are "still coming to terms" with the arrival of three new daughters Amelia, Mollie Rose, Lily Grace May, and son, Lucas James.

The couple, who could not afford IVF treatment, had been trying to conceive for four years.

And after four heartbreaking miscarriages, they decided to give it one final attempt.

Even though doctors gave the couple from Caherconlish, Co Limerick, the good news at their first scan that there were four heartbeats, it was made clear all four babies may not survive.

Proud father James said: "From day one we were told, that with our (miscarriage) history, it didn't look likely that we would end up with four babies – that (the pregnancy) might not actually go all the way, and that we might not have been able to carry (the babies). But, 'supermum' did her thing, and here we are today with four babies."

James (33), who has a 13-year-old son from a previous relationship, added: "We went from (a family) of three to seven in four minutes.

"It's incredible. We'll roll with it and keep going, there's nothing else we can do. We're looking forward to it."

James, who works at Tait House community enterprise centre in Limerick city, said they expect to go through thousands of nappies during the next few months.

"We've a batch of nappies for six months, which Grace's brother helped us get – five-and-a-half-thousand nappies for six months."

And he broke down in tears as he described how first quad Amelia arrived into the world at Dublin's Rotunda on Monday.

He added: "After Amelia, then came Lily Grace, and then Mollie and then Lucas arrived. Lily Grace and Amelia were rushed straight up to the neo-natal unit upstairs, so we got to spend a little time with Lucas and Mollie downstairs, which was brilliant. Grace got to give Lucas a kiss, so that was a lovely moment.

"It was beautiful. It was something else."

James said Amelia was on a ventilator but that doctors hoped she would be able to shortly rejoin her three siblings who are sleeping "together".

"So far so good, please God it stays that way," he added.

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Irish Independent

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