Ahlgrens welcome quadruplets
By Jessica King
A special delivery times four arrived for Ramona couple Aimee and Justin Ahlgren.
The Ahlgrens welcomed quadruplets at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women and Newborns in San Diego on Aug. 22.
The Ahlgren Quadruplets arrived just shy of the 29-week mark in Aimee’s pregnancy — or at about 7 months — and well before their official Nov. 8 due date. However, because Aimee carried four babies instead of the typical one, an early delivery was expected.
With a head full of platinum blond hair, “big” brother Jackson Bruce entered the world first at 4:13 a.m., weighing-in at 2 pounds 12 ounces. A minute later came sister Kennedy Lynn at 2 pounds 6 ounces.
At 4:15 a.m., sisters Ryan Charlotte and Reese Marie were born.
Like Kennedy, Ryan weighed in at 2 pounds 6 ounces, while Reese was the littlest of the quads at 2 pounds 1 ounce.
All four new Ahlgrens were born via Cesarean section.
For their first day of life, the quadruplets were on ventilators to help them breathe, but by day two the medical devices were removed and as of presstime early this week, all four were thriving in the neonatal intensive care unit, or NICU, at Sharp Mary Birch.
Aimee said her children will probably stay in the NICU until her actual due date, or at least within a week or two of it, so their lungs have time to further develop and they put on more weight.
“We’re hoping they’ll be coming home sooner rather than later but the important thing is that they’re ready for it so we’ll just have to wait and see,” said Aimee.
Naming the quadruplets was one of many personal details Aimee shared with the world on her blog. Each baby has been given a middle name of family significance.
In her blog — titled Ahlgren Adventures in Quad Lane — the 26-year-old new mom also candidly shares how she and 28-year-old husband Justin struggled to conceive since marrying in 2009.
The quadruplets were conceived through a medical procedure called intrauterine insemination, and with the help of fertility drugs.
Aimee plans to continue her blog, though she admits her usual weekly entries may become a little less frequent as she adjusts to motherhood.
“Right now, I’m having a hard time being away from them,” said Aimee.
To read Aimee’s blog, visit www.ahlgrenquadlings.blogspot.com.
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