After 11 months of infertility treatments, Josh and Kaitlin found out that they were pregnant with quadruplets! Due to complications, Mama Kaitlin entered Overland Park Regional Hospital on September 11, 2017 to be placed on bed rest within the hospital. There, a multitude of doctors surrounded Kaitlin and Josh and worked to keep both mama and all four little ones safe and healthy. Many medications were tried with Kaitlin, even laying 10-15 degrees inverted for many weeks. At one point, anticipating parents were told that the babies might not make it. Despite such high risks, Kaitlin, Josh and their families and friends leaned further into hope and trusting that the God of miracles was at work and watching over these little ones. Many, many prayers were sent up!
Fast forward time a bit—noting that both Josh and Kaitlin were living in the hospital at this point—September went by…then October…and November was slowly moving forward as well, when the Hartman parents learned that Kaitlin’s health was beginning to decline. When reflecting on November 16th, Kaitlin shared, “We woke up Thursday morning thanking God for 30 weeks and thinking it would be another typical day at the hospital. I was feeling well and the babies were looking great. During our daily visit from the doctor; however, she noticed that my face and neck were looking a little bit more puffy than usual…It was soon discovered that I had developed preeclampsia (which if left untreated is very unsafe for mother and babies) and the only treatment is delivery. We cannot tell you what a true blessing it was that not only she noticed that at the perfect time, but that our C-section was quickly scheduled for the next day, Friday afternoon, with enough time for the doctors, nurses, and our delivery team to prepare.” The anticipation grew as the scheduled C-section approached and the medical professionals gathered in full with a team of 35 people, ready to help mama and quads in the process of delivery! On November 17, 2017 all four children were delivered! Kaitlin and Josh were officially able to welcome their sweet children. They both were ecstatic (as was everyone—for it was truly a miracle!) and gave God all the glory! On November 17th, Teagan Atalie (3Lb 1.9oz), Braylon James (2Lb 14.5oz), Ainsley Elia (2Lb 3oz) and Sadie Amarisa (2Lb 4oz) were welcomed into the world by their loving and protective parents and then quickly transitioned into the NICU.
All four quads were placed on breathing tubes and wrapped in warm blankets. Just as Teagan’s middle name Atalie proclaims—“The Lord is mighty!” and the little premature children of the proud parents continued to be sustained. Both parents determined to do all they could to take incredibly good care of their little ones. This being said…part of parenting (as most new parents have experienced) is constant holding, feeding and changing diapers—all things the Hartman parents have counted as blessings. So, together Josh and Kaitlin made the decision to stay living within the hospital for almost a month with their newborns to be able to provide consistent care and to have as much skin-to-skin time and attachment bonding time with the quads as possible. Around this time, in the midst of great joy and with hearts full of gratitude, Josh and Kaitlin began to get brave and open a few hospital bills. They also started searching online to purchase a minivan because their vehicles just didn’t have enough space for their new little tribe of children! Kaitlin also underwent extra treatment due to some post-partum medical concerns with her body.
Now, fast forward a bit more, it is December 9th and Kaitlin and Josh have just returned to live within their home again, regularly venturing up to the hospital for visits and having one-on-one time with each child. Mama Kaitlin is doing wonderfully—as are her little ones! Almost a month of life for Teagan, Braylon, Ainsley and Sadie has been experienced. They are growing steadily and as Sadie’s middle name Amarisa reflects, both parents are full of joy and regularly share how these four quads are “given by God” to them. “Thanks be to God for His inexpressible gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:15)
This “Go Fund Me” is being started by the friends and family of the Hartman Tribe in hopes that you will join in on this story and that you will step up to be a blessing for the Hartman family. God works in miraculous ways, and sometimes those ways are through the hearts and generosity of the people around us. At this time, their family needs to transition from a two-person income to a single person income so that Sadie, Ainsley, Braylon and Teagan can be cared for by their mama. Four newborns, going through around 40 diapers a day (already!) and needing to regularly be fed, bathed and loved on is a lot for any parents to handle—let alone the financial stressors from all the medical expenses. The Hartman quads will continue to live and reside in the NICU for the time being, due to the fragility of being born premature (and on World Prematurity Day no less!). Each day new medical expenses are building. If you can help in any amount financially, it would truly be a welcomed blessing for Josh and Kaitlin Hartman. What a neat story they will later have to share with their little ones about the BIG ways God has provided for their family. If at this time you cannot financially help to support—both parents would greatly appreciate if you would walk alongside their family in supporting through prayer. After all, as the Hartman quads story already reflects—prayers very much have power when God gets involved.
To stay in touch with Josh and Kaitlin Hartman and to experience their family’s journey as the quads grow, please check out their blog—
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