Maternity joy: Lisa Fenton and her partner Wayne Downey are celebrating on the quadruple
THERE must be something in the water in Caherconlish - a natural fertility booster perhaps - as not one, but two mums from the village have given birth to quads.
Lisa Fenton and her partner Wayne Downey are celebrating on the quadruple after welcoming four tiny bundles of joy - two boys and two girls, into the world.
Lisa from Caherconlish, a first-time mum, is getting lots of tips and advice from fellow quads mum, Grace Slattery, who also, unbelievably hails from the same village.
“We have been communicating throughout the whole pregnancy, she has been such a help,” said Lisa of Grace who gave birth to her little darlings in 2014.
Speaking to the Limerick Leader on Monday night - her first night at home since giving birth on Wednesday of last week - Lisa said all four newborns, who were delivered by Caesarean section, are “thriving”.
The first baby born was Alexander Matthew, 3lb 6oz, followed by Ashley Cienna, 3lb 1oz, Maxwell Lucas, 3lb 4oz and Kayla Marie, 3lb 4oz.
“They are doing amazing,” Lisa smiled.
“Every day their feeds are going up and they are coming off of something every day - there are not many wires attached to them now.”
“Tonight is my first night home and knowing that I can come home and that the babies are safe and I can see them any time or ring the neo ward any time means so much.”
On Monday, Lisa and Wayne got to enjoy skin-to-skin contact with the littles ones which she said was “amazing”.
“I got to hold two together and you could see them holding each other’s little hands. Obviously they haven’t been that close in nearly a week. They were together for nearly seven and a half months so for them not to be together must be strange for them.”
They may be only a week old but Lisa can already see little individual quirks in their personality.
“We have two feisty ones - Ashley and Max.” she smiled. “The other two are chilled out and laid back- loving the space so that they can stretch out their long limbs. They are all going to be tall.”
While she said the babies were quite active during her pregnancy she had no complications all the way through.
“I worked for as long as I could until August,” said Lisa who is a preschool teacher at UniKids in Castletroy where she says she received tremendous support throughout the pregnancy.
“We just bought a new house out near Ballyneety. We are still not in there but we are trying to get all that organised to be in next week. We are currently at my partner Wayne parents’ house in Croom. We were trying to get all the painting done before they are born because obviously we can’t do that when they are here.”
The news that the couple were expecting quads came as “a complete surprise”.
The staff at University Maternity Hospital Limerick, she said, have been “amazing”.
“They don’t get enough credit.”