Limerick quads Kayla, Maxwell, Alexander and Ashley Picture: PJ Corbett
IF MOVING house is one of the most stressful things you can do in life then imagine combining it with caring for four little ones!
But that is exactly what the parents of quads - Lisa Fenton and Wayne Downey - have been doing.
“We have done everything in the space of a year! This is our second week in the house now. It's totally life changing, we are in a new house, we have four new children, it’s amazing!" said Lisa, who is from Caherconlish.
She can’t wait until they can bring Kayla, Maxwell, Alexander and Ashley home.
The babies were born at 31 weeks and now all weigh around 4lbs.
"They're doing very well so we are very happy. They're filling out now, putting on weight, they look really, really healthy.
“I can’t wait to get them home. We are just going with the flow at the moment - I can't really say a date. It might happen quite quickly, or it might not, I don't know. But by the way things are going, I'd say it will be soon,” said Lisa, who can’t say enough about the staff in the University Maternity Hospital and in the neonatal unit.
“They go above and beyond the call of duty. They are like little mothers to them. I know when I'm not there, I know they are taking care of them. Our babies wouldn't be here if it wasn't for them. The care that they give them there is exceptional, it is just unreal. I just wish there was more funding and a bit more there for them. They definitely, definitely deserve it.
“When you think about it, premature babies coming into the world - they need that love and that care, and as I said, the girls out there are just fantastic. Knowing that you can come home and that your babies are safe and are being well taken care of - it’s a massive comfort," said Lisa.
The University Maternity Hospital has been exceptionally busy in recent weeks with quads, triplets, twins and singletons all born.
“And yet you feel like each child is getting such good individual care - that's not easy to do but they make it look so easy. They cater for each child's needs and that's not something you can just do, you have to have that passion for what you do and they all have that out there. They're absolutely amazing," said Lisa.