PROVO, Utah — For a home where teenagers outnumber adults by a 2-1 margin, the Ruiz household is remarkably lacking in drama or angst. Gerardo, Leslie, Milagros and Salvador don’t argue over clothes, chores or whose turn it is.
Unlike lots of siblings, they say they’d rather spend time with each other than with almost anyone else in the world, whether they pal around or tackle homework and housework.
That has been true their entire 13 years, clear back to the days when they shared first a womb, then a room.
Jason Olson, Deseret News
FILE – Mirna Tabarez holds her four new babies as she talks about the birth of the quadruplets during an interview in the new born ICU at UVRMC in Provo Tuesday, December 7, 2004.
The Ruiz quadruplets made a news splash when they were born during a small boom in quadruplet births on the Wasatch Front in November 2004.
They still make a splash, because “quads” are rare creatures. In 2015, just 228 quad babies were born in the U.S., fewer than nearly 14 years ago when the Ruiz kids were four of 439 quads born that year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Quads are less common, and they are such high-risk pregnancies,” says Dr. T. Flint Porter, medical director of the Intermountain Maternal-Fetal Medicine Program at Intermountain Medical Center and LDS Hospital. He notes that fertility experts no longer routinely implant multiple fertilized eggs in a woman’s uterus in hopes at least one will lead to a healthy birth.
Mirna Tabarez, then 35, and Salvador Ruiz, then 39, had been married for 17 years without getting pregnant when they invested their savings in in vitro fertilization. All three fertilized eggs took, then one split in two. By the time she’d been pregnant six weeks, Tabarez knew she was expecting quads and was soon put on bed rest. Carrying quadruplets is arduous and risky.
Six months later, the babies arrived two months early, but without serious complication, though they were small and would spend some time in the newborn intensive care unit.
Milagros was born first. Her name means “miracles.”
Teen times four
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
Quadruplets Gerardo, Leslie, Salvador and Milagros Ruiz play in their backyard in Provo on Monday, April 9, 2018.
Raising quads provides the challenges one might expect, not least of which is approximately 30,000 diaper changes before all four kids are potty trained. Tabarez learned to breastfeed the quartet in shifts.
There were also unexpected challenges. When you ask Tabarez what was hard, one thing comes up several times: Shoes. Helping four little people figure out the intricacies of putting their shoes on is a time-consuming process that gets worse when it’s time to figure out how to tie the laces.
Most parents don’t have to teach four kids to ride bikes at the same time. Nor will they face four kids learning to drive together, at some not-so-future date.
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
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