After Final Attempt To Have A Daughter, Couple Welcomes Quintuplets Instead
Jan 19, 2022 by apost team
A couple in Surrey, North Dakota, were parents of two beautiful boys – 7-year-old Jacob and 2-year-old Matthew – but they wanted to add another addition to their family. Joshua and Megan Hulen desired to have a daughter, and did everything possible to try to make that dream a reality. They used fertility treatments and medicine, but doctors ended up canceling everything after experiencing some issues. However, it’s clear that the Hulen family was still destined to grow in size.
Joshua and Megan stopped using fertility methods to try to get pregnant. Shortly after, they were surprised to find out that they were actually expecting without the use of IVF. Not only were they expecting one baby, but they were expecting five. The doctors explained that it was pretty likely that not all five babies would make it to full term, and that the odds of them even getting pregnant with this many babies was already surpassing the norm.
Fortunately, everything went as smoothly as possible, and the Hulens were able to grow their family more than they could have ever imagined. In September 2020, the family welcomed five beautiful and healthy babies into the world, making the family complete with nine members in total.
Everyday life quickly changed following the birth of the quintuplets, as the parents needed an upgrade in their vehicle and will eventually need to move to a bigger home. While the parents have certainly been busy raising their children while getting little sleep, they are over the moon with their family and are grateful for their children.
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Speaking with Fox 4 in October 2020, the Hulens opened up about what it’s been like being parents of seven kids, including their set of quintuplets. Doctors had told them that it was a 1 in 43 million chance of the babies making it to full term, but surely enough, they did.
Megan said doctors explained the process more, saying, “They’re not viable, or one or two vanish, or those types of things happen. And so we thought, ‘OK, there’s not going to be five. There’s going to be two, three or something.’ We went back after a week and there were five heartbeats.”
The parents were both amazed and scared to welcome so many new babies into their lives. “It’s been really crazy, something we never expected, for sure,” Megan said. Joshua added, “Pretty shocking, exciting and terrifying all at once I’d say.”
On Sept. 2, 2020, the Hulens welcomed quintuplets Chloe, Adam, Emma, Allison and Madison, who were born at 32 weeks. According to Fox 4, they are the first set of quintuplets to be born in the state of North Dakota. “It’s miraculous but overwhelming all at the same time,” Joshua said. Jacob and Matthew were also excited to become big brothers to their new siblings. “I’m glad to be home and it’s just amazing because you know, this has never happened,” Jacob said.
According to Fox 4, the family is already planning for the future, knowing that they will need a bigger vehicle to fit all nine of them, as well as a bigger home. “We’re super excited and happy to have a big family,” Megan said. “It’s bigger than what we anticipated but… we’re blessed and we’re happy about it.”
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