The Third Year!

Three years ago on May 31, 2012, I was anxiously awaiting the arrival of my four babies. All at one time. The husband and I were going from just the two of us to a family of six—and it all happened within two minutes. Trystan Lee, Kailey Lee and Harrison Lee were all born at 12:55pm and Logan Lee arrived at 12:56pm. The week prior had been one of the hardest in my life. My health was beginning to decline and my body was starting to shut down on me. Making it through each day, even though I simply lay in a hospital bed, was becoming increasingly difficult. I could tell there had been a shift in my body's ability to keep up with four growing babies and I secretly began to worry that I would not survive the pregnancy. At that point, my only concern was to get any farther I could for the sake of my babies and the rest was in God's hands. I was more than willing to give up my own life so that my sweet, innocent babies could survive.

God had grand plans for us.

I vaguely remember seeing my little boy's face before me while I lay on the operating table, slipping into shock and a fog coming over my brain. The babies were quickly whisked away to the NICU and I began what was going to be a very long road to recovery. (One that's still in progress...)

The quads, meanwhile, began the very first day of their lives. Ranging in tiny weights from 2lbs 6oz to 3lbs 6oz, they began fighting for their own lives in clear incubators in the hospital's neonatal intensive care unit. Though they were small, they were all mighty in spirit. They eventually learned to breathe on their own and their heart beats began to stabilize.

We nearly lost Harrison when he was 10 days old—he became so sick so quickly that even the doctors weren't sure. If I linger on the memories of that day too long, tears will start gushing out of my eyes. I am not only grateful for God's blessing of four babies, but also for His miraculous healing of my son. That little boy can just look at me the right way and I start getting all misty eyed! He will always have that effect on me because of what I experienced with him. And he still holds on to my finger sometimes the same way he did in the NICU that day, despite being dosed with morphine and partially paralyzed...

It's been a crazy ride these past three years. And without recounting what would inevitably be a novel-length series of adventures, experiences and moments, the bottom line is this—those four babies have grown into the most amazing kids I've ever laid eyes on. They are each one smart, beautiful, handsome, kind, loving, sincere and adorable in their very own way. I am so grateful God saw fit to bless my husband and I with four babies, even all at once! He made sure to give us the grace, mercy and love we needed to accommodate our instant family in the blink of an eye.

I can only wait in eager anticipation at the years that lie before us as we watch these little kids grow and flourish. They have enriched our lives and the lives of those around us more than I could ever imagine.

Happy Birthday to my beautiful quad squad!!!!
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  1. Okay!!! This was a great post and I have been close to tears all eveing as I relived in my mind the events of that night three years ago when I knew you would be delivering the next day. I am so grateful for God's grace and mercy and that you survived the pregnancy and biths and that all four babies have grown into such healthy and strong three year olds. Strong in body, soul and mind - just as you have always been mighty in spirit!
    I will continue to praise God for the blessing he gave me nearly 30 years ago when you were born.
    I love you, daughter on mine, and am so enourmously PROUD of you!!!

  2. Beautiful post and the new photo's are perfect! Happy Birthday Harrison, Kailey, Trystan and Logan

  3. Happy Birthday Trystan, Logan. Kailey and Harrison.
    Amber, I have been following your blog since you were in your 20/21 week, of pregnancy, like a good book I kept coming back to see how you were doiing, I laughed, cried, and prayed for you and the Quads thru the final weeks of pregnancey, I praised God when they were delivered, and again when little Harrison was out of danger..
    Thank you so much for sharing, I have said it before you are one amazing young lady, your dear mom has every right to be soooo proud of you,
    Enjoy every minute of the Birthday Celebration of four strong healthy and beautiful three year olds.

  4. I am also thankful for GODS GRACE for you and your more than precious 4 children ❤️.
    They would be very different children without you! Everyone would have come together to help but God knew they would thrive well w/Mommy & Daddy & of course two wonderful sets of grandparents!
    What a Happy Birthday❤️❤️❤️❤️

  5. What an incredible birth story - you have a talent for storytelling! You have such a beautiful family, and I love reading about your adventures as they remind me of my twins- who will be three shortly also! Happy 3rd birthday to your gorgeous children- and best wishes for a wonderful year three!

  6. Happy birthing day to you!!!

  7. I'm not not sure how I found your blog but I did and kept coming back. You have had Ana amazing journey and I have enjoyed seeing your beautiful children grow up. My sister had two premies and as a teacher I have seen hem come so far
    Happy birthday quads!

  8. Happy 3rd Birthday to the Bell Quads. I have followed you from day one before they were born. It has been amazing watching them grow and see their personalities come out. What a blessing they are and I am sure you can't be proud of them.

  9. Love this post and the pictures. Great shots!
    It's hard for me to imagine that it's already been 3 years but I'm sure some days
    for you feel like much longer.
    You and Mike have done a great job.


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