A family in Salem is celebrating four times the joy.
We introduced you to the Heaps family back in February when JoAnna was expecting, and now she's showing us how they're doing with their much-expanded family.
Meet twins Carter and Wyatt, along with their brother, Jackson, and sister, Olivia.
The quadruplets WDBJ7's been tracking since before they were born, are now double their birth weight, and growing like weeds.
“They're up from preemie clothes to newborn clothes. Up from preemie diapers to newborn diapers,” JoAnna Heaps said.
Mom JoAnna and dad Jonathan are settling into the seemingly chaotic routine of bringing up four babies at once. But it was the babies' arrival that posed a bigger challenge.
“Well, the birth was a little more chaotic. We weren't ready for that. I had preeclampsia. So, went to the doctor and they said we're putting you in the hospital today and you're giving birth tomorrow,” JoAnna Heaps said.
JoAnna ended up giving birth at 30 weeks, several weeks earlier than expected. Despite their early arrival, everyone is doing fine.
JoAnna says the quads also got a lot of attention while they were still in the neo-natal intensive care unit at the hospital.
“We had a lot nurses come in who weren't working in that part wanting to look at them, which was fine. And then a lot of the other NICU parents were like, 'Oh, it's the quads', which was fine. It was neat, actually,” JoAnna said.
Having babies in the NICU can be stressful for parents, but the Heaps say it helped get the babies on a good schedule, feedings and diaper changes every three hours. They're settling into life with quads, thanks to a lot of help from friends and family members, including the quads' two older brothers.
“The 18-year-old actually gave me a coupon that said one free night's sleep for Mother's Day,” JoAnna said.
It also helps that Jonathan is on family medical leave right now, and is only working one to two days a week. Dad's advice for other couples expecting multiples.
“Don't panic. It's doable. And you may think it's overwhelming, but you'll get through it,” Jonathan said.
The Heaps are also taking the advice of other parents of multiples, and planning outings for themselves. JoAnna has also joined a group for stay-at-home moms.
As for the babies, they are already filling their social calendar, with their first official play date set for next week.