BRUNSWICK, Ohio - Lindsay Lowrie realized she was about to experience a highly unusual pregnancy when an 8-week checkup revealed something remarkable. She was carrying two sets of identical twins.
A month later, a 3D ultrasound confirmed two baby boys in one sac, and two other baby boys in a different sac.
"The doctor is like, 'I have never in my 30 years, have I seen this before. Never have I even heard of it,'" Lowrie said.
The odds of this type of pregnancy, she was later informed, was one in 70 million.
Lowrie, 20, of Brunswick, didn't know how to feel. Fertility medication wasn't used. The pregnancy was not planned.
"I was shocked, kind of had a breakdown," she recalled.
The father, Kenny Carr, 21, was equally stunned, but knew he had to keep his girlfriend calm.
"I was like in a panic attack and upset. I was like, 'You can't break down right there or we would be two messes right there in the room,'" Carr said.
Fast forward to April 18. Lowrie delivered the quadruplets at Fairview Hospital and the couple couldn't be happier.
"It really is a blessing. I love all four just the same," Lowrie said.
"I love it because you can just see it in their eyes. They're just staring at you. You can tell that they're already falling in love with us as parents," Carr said.
Kenneth and Colton Carr are identical. Bentley and Griffin Carr are identical. However, each set of twins is fraternal to each other.
They were born weighing between 1 pound, 3 ounces and 2 pounds, 3 ounces.
During the pregnancy, the parents worried about the tiniest baby, Bentley.
"He's a little fighter. He came out. He was the smallest, but he's still going strong," Lowrie said.
In fact, she said all of the babies, now 7 weeks old, are healthy and getting stronger. They now weigh around 3 or 4 pounds.
"Two are off oxygen. Two are getting close," Lowrie said.
The actual due date for the babies was July 10. It's possible the quads could go home from the hospital around that date.
The family of six will live at the Brunswick home of Lowrie's parents, where a dining room has been converted into a nursery, and a bedroom will also be used for the babies.
The couple got engaged on Mother's Day.
Lowrie, who works in the photo department of a Walgreens, and Carr, a machinist, realize that living at home with two sets of identical twins will be a huge adjustment and will involve a lot of organization.
"That's what God gave me is four OK babies. That's all I can ask for," Carr said.