New London family expecting to bring quadruplets home by the week's end
Like many families, Trevor and Disa Daucsavage will have a houseful on Easter Sunday.
But for this New London couple, the four additional people who will be arriving in time to celebrate the Christian holiday will be staying for at least the next 18 years.
On March 16, Disa Daucsavage gave birth to quadruplets -- three boys and one girl: Seth, Micah, Oliver and Addilyn.
They are all expected to be discharged from the hospital by the end of this week and be home with mom, dad and their 3½-year-old big brother, Taylor.
"We're so thankful and amazed they're doing so well," said Disa in a telephone interview from the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview. "Our babies are healthy. That was our biggest worry."
Mom and all four babies have proven to be medical marvels that have amazed even their doctors, said Trevor. Disa, a first-grade teacher at Kennedy Elementary School in Willmar and the school district's cross country track coach, was able to carry the babies for 34 weeks without complications. They had been told that getting to 28 weeks would be great.
She stopped teaching her first-grade class about a month before the scheduled Cesarean birth and reluctantly submitted to doctor's orders for bed rest two weeks prior to delivery.
"She's a trooper," Trevor said.
Being healthy and being a high school and college cross-country runner likely helped her extend the pregnancy, which allowed the babies more time to develop.
"Everyone at the hospital was pretty amazed because they've never seen quadruplets do this well," said Trevor, a technology engineer with Bennett Office Technologies in Willmar.
"I already can't imagine life without them," he said. "They've got their unique personalities."
Weighing between 4½ and 5½ pounds, the babies have been gaining weight daily and are passing all the crucial milestone medical tests well ahead of schedule, which is why doctors plan to discharge them all about two weeks after they were born.
Seth and Addilyn were discharged Monday afternoon and were staying with Disa in a boarding room at the hospital.
"I'm starting with half of them to get my feet wet," said Disa with a laugh.
The other two could get the OK by Friday.
Disa and Trevor acknowledge that the nearing reality of having four newborn babies in their house at one time is nearly as daunting as the jolt they experienced in September when they learned they were having quadruplets.
"It was a complete shock," said Trevor, adding that the last six months have been "a blur."
"It hasn't quite sunk in yet because they're not at home with us yet," said Disa. "We're doing a lot of praying."
Once the babies are discharged, the Daucsavages will face the challenge of getting home.
They have enough car seats for Taylor and the babies, but they don't have a vehicle that seats seven. They'll either take two cars home from the hospital or find one to borrow for the day, said Disa.
Then there's the space issue at their home.
The rural New London house they built eight years ago wasn't designed for seven people, said Trevor.
They've set up two large cribs in a bedroom and while they're little, two babies will share a crib.
Friends of the couple are launching a volunteer effort, using donated materials and money, to put an addition onto the Daucsavage home this summer.
Family members and friends have pledged to help care for the infants once the family has figured out a routine and what, and when, help is needed, said Disa.
"Oh, gosh, our families have just been super supportive," said Trevor. "And the friends around here have just been awesome."
Being the "smart guys that they are," some of Trevor's buddies provided the helpful information that, based on their calculations, the couple will be changing about 1,000 diapers a month.
Both Trevor and Disa said they've been overwhelmed by the support they've received from their employers and co-workers during the pregnancy and following the birth.
Trevor, who will be working from home some days, said his "oh-so-understanding co-workers" have picked up some of his work while his mind has been elsewhere since the babies were born.
Disa said she and Trevor are eager to let everyone know "how much we really appreciate their support and we'll be forever grateful for everything they've done for us."
Disa has taken a leave of absence from her teaching and coaching jobs, which will create a financial challenge for the family. "But whatever happens, we'll manage," said Trevor.
Donations: Friends and co-workers of Disa and Trevor Daucsavage have set up a fund for the family. Donations can be made at the Lake Region Banks in New London, Willmar or Sunburg. Electronic donations can be made through PayPal by going to Bennettoffice.com/blog and clicking on Bennett Family update -- the quadruplets.