A couple in the US have gone from having no children to nine in only three years, saying they're extremely 'grateful' for their chaotic life.
Maxine and Jake Young always dreamed of having a large family. Jake's mum, ArLette Young, explained in a crowd funding page set up for the family that they wanted to have kids 'right away' after they married in 2016.
"Maxine always wanted to be a foster parent and had always dreamed of having a large family with adopted and biological children," she said.
"Jake was completely on board and loved the idea of having a house filled with lots of love and laughter, maybe a little bit of chaos too!"
The couple became foster parents to four siblings in 2017, whilst still trying for a biological child of their own.
"They suffered multiple miscarriages, chemical pregnancies, a round of IVF and an IUI before they finally were blessed with their son, Henry, in October 2018," ArLette said.
They adopted their four children in 2019, hoping for one more baby to complete their family. They were shocked to learn a few weeks later that Maxine was pregnant with quads.
In an Instagram post, Maxine detailed the moment she found out she was expecting multiple babies.
Initially she told her husband to stay at home while she went to her first scan at five weeks, admitting that having multiple miscarriages 'casts a shadow over any future pregnancies'.
"As soon as she started the scan, I could see she had a surprised look on her face," Maxine wrote
"It was very clear when you looked at the screen that there were three pregnancy sacs. She looked at me and said "welp, it looks like there are three babies growing in there!" she continued. "I was in absolute shock!'
"As soon as I got in the car, I called Jake," she said in the post. "We finally got over the shock and came to terms with the fact that we were having three babies."
"Little did we know," the mum-of-nine joked.
The family moved across the country to be closer to a doctor that specialises in multiple pregnancies so Maxine and the quads could receive the care they needed.
Maxine gave birth at 32 weeks to four healthy babies: Silas Ledger, Theo Alexander, Beck Killian, and Cecilia Hudson. The family recently moved back to their home state of Pennsylvania, with the quads are still being closely monitored at a local neonatal intensive care unit.
"We can't believe they are here, they are healthy, and they are ours," she captioned a photo of the four babies.
"It truly is an indescribable feeling," she continued, writing that when things were difficult throughout her pregnancy, she kept thinking 'it'll all be worth it'.
"I've never been so right about anything in my entire life," the happy mum gushed.
"If you think their hands are full, you should see their hearts," said Maxine's mum.