Journeys More Than 2 Years The Couple Become Parents To A Total Of Nine Children
A Pennsylvania couple are now parents to a total of nine children after welcoming quadruplets — about a year after adopting four siblings. Maxine and Jake Young were already parents to a biological son named Henry when, in December of 2019, they adopted four siblings that they had been fostering for years.
After the adoption, the couple decided to try for one more child — but were in for a major surprise when Maxine got pregnant with quadruplets, transforming them into a family of 11 in just three years. ArLette Young, Jake and Maxine married in May of 2016 they wanted a family right away. They got a bit more love and chaos than they expected, though. First, the couple completed foster parent training and took in three siblings on July 28, 2017. At the time, the children were four, two, and 11 months, and they were joined a month later by a fourth sibling, a newborn baby girl.
All the while, they were trying for a baby to join their family. They sᴜffᴇʀᴇᴅ ᴍᴜʟᴛɪᴘʟᴇ ᴍɪsᴄᴀʀʀɪᴀɢᴇs, ᴄʜᴇᴍɪᴄᴀʟ ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴄɪᴇs, ᴀ ʀᴏᴜɴᴅ ᴏꜰ I..V..F ᴀɴᴅ ᴀɴ IUI before they finally were blessed with their son, Henry, in October 2018. Just a year after Henry was born, the couple officially adopted the four siblings they were fostering on December 20, 2019.
‘It was chaos,’ Maxine – who shares her family’s story on their YouTube channel, The Family Young Vlogs – told local news station WFMZ. ‘We went from zero to five within less than a year;,
The couple thought their family of seven was complete, but within weeks of finalizing the adoption, Maxine found out she was pregnant again — this time, without even having to use I..V..F. ‘I didn’t even think that I could get pregnant without doing I..V..F or IUI, which we had to do with our son. I remember texting [my husband] and was like, “Oh my God,”‘ Maxine said.
And they soon learned that they weren’t expecting just one more baby but four, since Maxine had unexpectedly become pregnant with quadruplets. Maxine gave birth on July 31 at 32 weeks. The couple named them Silas Ledger, Theo Alexander, Beck Killian, and Cecilia Hudson, and they were born between 8 a.m. and 8:02 a.m., each weighting between three and four pounds.
They all spent some time in the NICU, though two of the babies have been able to go home this week.
‘It’s been ᴄʀᴀᴢʏ, but I don’t think it’s hit us just yet,’ Jake said.
‘Luckily, they’re all doing really well, and we’re really grateful,’ Maxine added.
‘Meeting the babies was an indescribable moment. All of the sᴛʀᴜɢɢʟᴇs from the past few months were ɪᴍᴍᴇᴅɪᴀᴛᴇʟʏ ꜰᴏʀɢᴏᴛᴛᴇɴ, ᴛʜᴇ ᴘᴀɪɴ ᴀɴᴅ sᴛʀᴇss ᴅɪᴅɴ’ᴛ ᴍᴀᴛᴛᴇʀ, ɪɴ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴍᴏᴍᴇɴᴛ, ᴇᴠᴇʀʏᴛʜɪɴɢ ᴡᴇ ʜᴀᴠᴇ ʙᴇᴇɴ ᴛʜʀᴏᴜɢʜ ᴡᴀs ᴡᴏʀᴛʜ ɪᴛ,’ sʜᴇ ᴀᴅᴅᴇᴅ ᴏɴ Fᴀᴄᴇʙᴏᴏᴋ.