I'm not sure if I believe in miracles, but every now and again a story comes around that makes me start to think they just might exist.
For new parents Allyson and Tony Ponto, having children has literally been a dream come true. Over the past 10 years, the couple faced incredible challenges, including infertility and four heartbreaking miscarriages. But their desire to have a family and their love for one another gave them the strength to keep trying. Finally, after an IVF procedure, the Pontos got the biggest surprise of their lives: They learned they were going to have quadruplets.
"I was totally prepared for a letdown, or for something to be wrong," Ponto told Us Weekly of her first ultrasound. "When I saw those four heartbeats, I just started crying. All I ever wanted was the chance to be a parent."
Ponto got her wish on the Fourth of July when she and her husband welcomed four girls — Olivia Susan, Anna Louise, Morgan Price, and Carolyn Grace — into the world. PopSugar reports that all of the babies were delivered by C-section in just four minutes, which might just make the Minnesota mom the luckiest woman on Earth.
Ponto told Us Weekly that she had to undergo five rounds of intrauterine insemination (IUI) – a method in which sperm is carefully placed into a uterus by a medical professional – before she conceived. Like many couples who've struggled to overcome infertility issues, Ponto said it affected her relationship with her husband.
"We would start the month with high hopes and then my monthly friend would come. It took a huge toll on our marriage," she told Us Weekly. "I ugly cried before every single baby shower I went to. I wondered 'why not us? Are we not worthy of children?'"
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