It's become a holiday tradition in Edmonton's inner city.
Quadruplets are the mother load of blessings for Tim and Bethani Webb.
One year ago, May 6, they introduced identical girls named Abigail, Emily, Grace and McKayla to the world.
Bethani describes the experience as, “Busy. Busy. Busy. Busy.” Her advice? Don’t sweat the little things.
“If I have half my laundry or no housework done, I don’t worry. If I survive the day, I’ve done everything I could.”
In one day of survival, the family goes through:
- 12 baby bottles
- 20 diapers
- 6 loads of laundry
- 6 feedings
They don’t raise the girls in isolation. Family and friends babysit in shifts to help the couple out.
“It means so much—a little less extra stress for us. It takes away some of the worry and hard work. Gives us some relief,” says Bethani.
ATB team members light up at the chance to hold the quads. The funny part? They can’t tell them apart.
Among the army of volunteers are local ATB Financial team members who set up a trust fund and helped raise about $45,000 for the family.
“Financially, quadruplets are a huge hardship,” says Tracy Ferguson, Branch Manager, Beaverlodge and Hythe.
The quadruplets are a talking points in the community. They make residents smile.
“It is not our accomplishment, yet it feels like a town accomplishment. It is odd and silly, but true. We are proud of them, but proud of the town that has pulled together,” says Tracy.
Hythe community members view Bethani with admiration and awe. The feeling is mutual.
“They really stepped up and helped out. I never quite realized how giving Hythe and ATB was until I had these four babies,” she said.
Bethani no longer relies on painted toenails and earrings to tell her daughters apart. Each girl has developed her own unique personality.
“Abby is calm and quiet. Emily is wild and crazy. McKayla is the chatterbox. Grace is the sensitive sweetheart and cuddle bug,” says Bethani.
She looks forward to years of dressing them up. Doing their hair. Playing with them.
“I hope the girls appreciate me as much as I appreciate my mom and mother-in-law. I hope they see me as I see my mom – a good mother.”