Carlos Morales, an inspiring father of quadruplets, it marked his children‘s first birthday. The day was filled with laughter, friends and family, but it was also a reminder of what has been ᴘᴀɪɴғᴜʟʟʏ ᴍɪssɪɴɢ since his four kids were born. Carlos identical twins Erica and Paisley and Tracy – were born at 5:51 p.m. on Jan. 15, 2015. Just eight hours after they arrived, Morales’s wife Erica ᴅɪᴇᴅ from ʜʏᴘᴏᴠᴏʟᴇᴍɪᴄ sʜᴏᴄᴋ, an ᴇᴍᴇʀɢᴇɴᴄʏ ᴄᴏɴᴅɪᴛɪᴏɴ ɪɴᴠᴏʟᴠɪɴɢ ᴍᴀssɪᴠᴇ ʙʟᴏᴏᴅ ʟᴏss.
Carlos Morales also described the moment the pair first met. He said :”I didn’t speak any English and she didn’t speak any Spanish. But I asked her to dance and she said yes.” He then gave her his phone number, only to discover she had thrown the piece of paper out. However they met each other through friends again and sparked a relationship. After marrying in Las Vegas in 2007, Mr Morales said they started trying for a baby right away. They went through ᴀ ᴍɪsᴄᴀʀʀɪᴀɢᴇ. The pair had gone through ⒾⓋⒻ ғᴇʀᴛɪʟɪᴛʏ ᴛʀᴇᴀᴛᴍᴇɴᴛ in a ᴅᴇsᴘᴇʀᴀᴛᴇ attempt to ᴄᴏɴᴄᴇɪᴠᴇ to complete their family. And were ecstatic when they found out the had a baby on the way. He said :” Her ᴅᴏᴄᴛᴏʀ told her she had to just relax. So that’s exactly what she did. In a bid to ᴘʀᴇᴠᴇɴᴛ her from any ᴜɴᴅᴜᴇ sᴛʀᴇss, I cooked, cleaned and made sure my wife stayed off feet. She had been healthy throughout the ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴄʏ, but was admitted into ʜᴏsᴘɪᴛᴀʟon January 12 because her ʙʟᴏᴏᴅ ᴘʀᴇssᴜʀᴇ was ʜɪɢʜ.”
The quadruplets were born via C-sᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ on January 16. Carlos held his babies, who were born between 2 lbs. 10 oz and 3 lbs. 4 oz. He said :” It was the best day of my life. Nothing in my life had ever made me this happy. But then Erica, still under ᴀɴᴇsᴛʜᴇsɪᴀ, soon went into a ʜʏᴘᴏᴠᴏʟᴇᴍɪᴄ sʜᴏᴄᴋ, an ᴇᴍᴇʀɢᴇɴᴄʏ ᴄᴏɴᴅɪᴛɪᴏɴ ɪɴᴠᴏʟᴠɪɴɢ ᴍᴀssɪᴠᴇ ʙʟᴏᴏᴅ ʟᴏss. She ᴅɪᴇᴅ within hours. I went from having the best day of my life to the next morning experiencing the ᴡᴏʀsᴛ day of my life.” The last time Carlos saw his wife was when she kissed her on the head and said he loved her before going into ʟᴀʙᴏʀ ᴀᴛ Bᴀɴɴᴇʀ Gᴏᴏᴅ Sᴀᴍᴀʀɪᴛᴀɴ Hᴏsᴘɪᴛᴀʟ. Carlos said:”Look at these beautiful blessings. Even when they scream their heads off I want to give them the biggest kiss. I already know their quirky little habits or the next time they’re going to cry. They’re starting to form their ᴏᴡɴ ᴘᴇʀsᴏɴᴀʟɪᴛɪᴇs. Despite his ɢʀɪᴇғ but Carlos told these babies don’t know yet what blessings they have given me. They have given me four reasons to ʟɪᴠᴇ.”
He also admits he couldn’t do it without the sᴜᴘᴘᴏʀᴛ of his family. He said :” It feels really good to have all four. All of the babies are healthy and gaining weight. It’s [been] a blessing. We’re just doing our best. I’m feeling really, really grateful for everybody that just came together and helped us.” His mother-in-law, Sondra Bridges, moved in full time to help Morales, and says she will stay there as long as he will have her. Bridges said :”It’s quite a challenge because we have different ᴘᴇʀsᴏɴᴀʟɪᴛɪᴇs. But we have the babies’ best interests at heart. We still have my daughter and his wife in common and that will always be.” When Morales leaves for work around 6 a.m., Bridges is with the babies all day. The busy dad spends his short breaks on FaceTime with the babies and when he comes home, he gives them each a kiss and doesn’t leave their side until they all fall asleep.
Now, January 15 was an emotional day for Carlos, an inspiring father of quadruplets – it marked his children‘s first birthday. Carlos is smiling from ear to ear as he and a group of his closest friends and family sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to his babies at a playground near his house on Jan 16. Some people hold balloons and others take pictures of the proud dad cutting a birthday cake – just one of many firsts he’s had this past year. Carlos said:” Erica would have loved this. It would have been an even bigger party. She really liked this kind of stuff. She was looking forward to it.” He admits that he has had little time to ɢʀɪᴇᴠᴇ since his wife’s ᴛʀᴀɢɪᴄ ᴅᴇᴀᴛʜ. He said :” I’m rarely alone. I can’t believe it’s been a year. I just wish Erica was here to see them crawl and see them start to walk. There are going to be so many more firsts she ᴡᴏɴᴛbe around for.”
About an hour before the party, everyone joined Morales for a 30-minute ᴍᴇᴍᴏʀɪᴀʟ walk for Erica that Nicole and Christina Todman – her two childhood best friends – organized in her ʜᴏɴᴏʀ. Carlos , pushing the stroller, shared memories of Erica, something he does on a daily basis so his babies ‘always know how amazing she was.’ It’s impossible not to notice how crowded Carlos home is with toys, baby beds, diapers and bottles. But what’s most apparent is the abundance of love. He added :”They have really grown up. It makes me feel good. Hopefully I can keep on trying to do my best every day.”