Webb Quads: The Story Of Rare, Naturally-Conceived Identical Quadruplets That Gained Internet Fame
December 6, 2017 14:12 By Fabiosa
In the last year, Bethani and Tim Webb garnered online fame after the story of their naturally-conceived quadruplets went viral online.
Getting the news
Tim and Bethani got married in June 2015, after dating for two years. They planned to take some time to bask in marital bliss before having babies. While Tim was insisted on waiting, Bethani was fine with things either way. She told CBC:
My husband definitely wanted to wait a year. I was fine with whenever it ended up happening.
A few months after the wedding, however, the couple found out they were expecting. They were very excited about the big news and could not wait to hold their baby boy or girl.
Bethani and Tim, who lived in a two-bedroom apartment in Alberta, Canada, felt like they were prepared to handle a baby. However, during an ultrasound, they discovered that they were actually expecting not one, but four babies.
Bethani said she could not believe her eyes when she saw the blue and grey outlines on the ultrasound screen that showed eight kicking feet. "Honestly, I thought the ultrasound tech was joking. I couldn't believe it," she said.
It was certainly a massive shock for a number of reasons. The fact that neither of them had a history of multiples in their family and that the babies were conceived naturally made the situation highly unlikely. But that was not all the surprises their babies had in store for them.
Childbirth and more surprises
In May 2016, the couple welcomed their four perfect angels. All the girls were born healthy and weighed between three pounds and four pounds, one ounce.
The 22-year-old mother said she felt incredibly overwhelmed after the birth. "There's four little babies in the world now," adding that she was relieved they were all born with minimal health challenges.
23-year-old Tim was also very thrilled to welcome his babies into the world. "I felt as if it was a magic show. It was one baby, two babies, three babies and then four babies. It was a surreal kind of thing," he said.
The girls, Emily, Grace, McKayla, and Abigail, also turned out to be identical, another rarity. They looked so much alike that even the parents found it difficult to tell them apart. "Even just holding two side by side, I can't tell them apart at all," their mother said.
For their first birthday, which took place in May, this year, Bethani and Tim Webb introduced an epic cake smash party for the girls. In a video published on the Webb Quadruplets Facebook page, the children got all dressed up in a photo session, rocking matching onesies.
They each had a birthday cake in front of them, and after few moments of trying to figure out what to do with them, they began dipping their hands into the icing and tasting it. Then, of course, a couple of them were more interested in the balloons.
The parents made commentaries in the background of the video. Bethani could be heard giving an update on how the babies were doing in terms of their weights.
“Abby is 15.8, Emily is almost 18 lbs, Grace and McKayla are 17,” she said.
Raising the quads
Speaking to GlobalNews, the couple revealed that raising the girls was quite challenging but they were very grateful for the help they received from members of the community.
When they were about nine months old, Bethani said they used up to 30 diapers every day, and a tin of formula lasted for one and a half days. Apart from the assistance offered by their local community, they also receive donations from people around the world.
The parents still continue to share updates on the girls on their Facebook page which now has over 17,000 followers.