News and Tribune

March 21, 2013

The Big Four: Floyd County couple preparing for births of quadruplets

By CHRIS MORRIS
chris.morris@newsandtribune.com

GEORGETOWN — Stacy Stevens and Ryan McCutcheon will have a hard time topping 2013. So far, in three short months, it’s been quite a year. Maybe an historic one.

The two recently became engaged, are preparing to move into a new home, bought a vehicle and in a few months, will become parents of quadruplets.

What makes the upcoming births of their four babies even more remarkable is they were conceived without any type of fertility drugs or in vitro fertilization. The odds of getting pregnant with quads without any type of medical assistance is 1 out of 750,000.

It’s been quite a year, indeed. 

“We thought [the doctors] were joking,” Stevens said when doctors told them the good news. “I think it took a while before it sunk in.”

“I was waiting for the punch line,” McCutcheon added. “I didn’t believe it. I think I cried, said I was sorry [to Stacy] a hundred times, and said ‘you are kidding’ several times.”

Stevens, who also has an 8-year-old boy and 2-year-old daughter, is 16 weeks pregnant. The couple recently found out they are having two boys and two girls. Her due date is Aug. 30, but the quads will likely be delivered in June when she is between 30 and 32 weeks pregnant.

“It scares me more,” said McCutcheon, who is a respiratory therapist at Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville. “I see a lot of premature babies. We have babies [delivered] at 24 weeks living.”

The two said they had no idea they were going to have quads until a recent ultrasound.

“We thought it would be a simple appointment, but it turned into three hours. We were totally shocked,” Stevens said. “My blood work was normal so we had no idea.”

Stevens will begin receiving steroid injections at 23 weeks pregnant and total bed rest will start at 26 weeks. She said it is “getting down to crunch time.” 

She will have two baby showers and a diaper party before the bed rest begins. She also said she has great family support. McCutcheon said his family is “absolutely stoked” about the upcoming births of the quads.

“My mom lives five minutes away and all of my family is local,” Stevens said. “They are really excited.”

She said so far, the pregnancy seems normal, although she admits being a lot more nauseous with this pregnancy. 

“We want to make sure we do everything right so the babies don’t come too early,” McCutcheon said.

Stevens said her other two children are excited about the upcoming births of their two brothers and two sisters.

While Stevens and McCutcheon wanted to have a baby, they admit the pregnancy was “unexpected.”

The two know all the difficulties that await them after the babies are born. The quads likely will stay in the hospital anywhere from a month to six months, and once home, trying to get the four on the same feeding and sleep schedules will be a challenge. They have already decided on three names — Bennett and Bentley for the boys and Kinley for one of the girls. So far everything is going “perfect” with the pregnancy, the couple said.

McCutcheon currently works three 12-hour shifts, 6:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. He said he will “sleep when I can.”

“I think it will be really fun,” he said. “We both grew up playing sports and I think it will be fun going to the kids’ different sporting events.”

Stevens said she will do everything she can to make sure her other two children — Gavin and Grace — are not ignored.

“The two have an absolute awesome life now. I will not take anything away from those two,” she said.

“We are trying to do everything we can with them now,” McCutcheon said. “I know we will be completely overwhelmed for the first six months.”