AURORA, Colo. -
After serving tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, Andy Adams came home ready to start a family with his wife, Ashley.
"We had trouble getting pregnant, so the doctor prescribed a fertility drug," said Ashley Adams.
In a matter of weeks, it worked. It worked beyond their wildest dreams.
"I kind of had a feeling that maybe there were twins," said Adams.
But nothing could prepare them for the first ultrasound, when the doctor told them that it wasn't twins, it was triplets.
"Then the doctor said, 'Wait, It's not triplets. There are four babies here,'" said Ashley Adams, looking at her husband with a smile. "Andy's face went white. He was just standing there, looking at the screen. I thought maybe he was going to hit the floor."
Andy Adams said at first, he thought he was on a game show or the butt of a practical joke. It took a while for it to all sink in.
"We tried to drive home that day and got lost," said Andy Adams. "We had been living there for three years. So, we were pretty disorientated to say the least."
Andy Adams said they took it all in stride.
"My ideal number was two when we first met, and she said 10. So, I guess we met in the middle," he said with a laugh.
The Adams soon learned that two of the babies were a high-risk type of twin, sharing the same placenta and same amniotic sac.
"The risk of losing those babies and potentially the entire pregnancy was real," said Dr. Julie Scott, a perinatologist at The University of Colorado Hospital. "We had a lot of tears and a lot of conversations about if you're strong enough to get through it, we can do this. And so she decided to go for all four babies."
The meant nine weeks of bed rest and weekly doctors visits.
During one of those visits, Ashley Adams found out her battle was about to get even tougher.
The lump in her neck was cancerous.
At just 24 years old, Ashley Adams was pregnant with quadruplets and had thyroid cancer. But instead of feeling sorry for herself, Adams was counting her blessings.
"Some people had breast cancer and were going through chemo treatments while pregnant, I was thankful it wasn't anything like that," she said.
At 30 weeks, Adams went into labor and gave birth to four tiny, but healthy preemies via C-section -- three girls and one boy.
Soon after the delivery, Ashley Adams had successful thyroid surgery and is recovering well.
Meanwhile, on Buckley Air Force Base, friends are moving the family into a bigger home.
It may take an army to take care of four babies, and Andy Adams said it is their military training that has helped them face the challenges without fear and with a sense of humor.
Adams says they are trying to get a van to carry all the babies, who are scheduled to leave the hospital at the end of October.
To send money to the Adams family benefit fund: Navy Federal Credit Union, Buckley Air Force Base, 1125 South Tower Rd. Aurora CO 80017 Account #3034469290 Phone Number: 888-842-6328 www.navyfederal.org