The Great Bend Tribune will hold a diaper drive for the Fylers beginning Monday until the babies arrive. Well-wishers are invited to drop off diapers to the Tribune office at 2012 Forest Ave. during regular business hours, Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Megan and Brandon Fyler were excited to start their family almost five years ago, when they learned they were expecting their first son, Colton. As he neared three years old, the couple wanted to give him a brother or sister. As it turns out, Colton will get a brother. And another. And another. Oh, and another.
In September, when Megan visited her obstetrician, she mentioned her concerns that she may be carrying twins.
“The morning sickness I was experiencing was far greater than when I was carrying Colton,” she explained.
An ultrasound was ordered, and so came the couple’s realization that their lives were about to be profoundly changed. Megan was carrying fraternal quadruplets. There was no other way to view their predicament than as a miracle.
Multiple births in the past 20 years have occurred thanks to the medical interventions of fertility drugs or in vitro fertilization. Megan took a low dose of the cycle-regulating drug Clomid, due to a condition called polycystic ovary syndrome, which affects a woman’s hormone levels, periods, and ovulation. They had hoped to conceive one baby, and were assured the chances of having twins was only five percent, triplets a fraction of a percent, and quadruplets were not even mentioned at the time. According to multiples blog Baby2See.com, 507 sets of quadruplets were born in the year 2000 in the United States.
“We never imagined this would happen,” she said. The couple experienced the gamut of emotions. At times, contemplating the future can be nerve wracking. They had recently remodeled their three-bedroom house in Albert, which they are very fond of. They feel they can manage at first, but it won’t be long before they will need to find a larger house. They’d like to stay in the country if they can.
Since September, the Fylers have had some time to get used to the idea. Brother-to-be Colton is excited.
“He keeps asking me “when are they going to come out of your tummy?” But Megan wants them to stay in as long as they possibly can. At 25 weeks, she and Brandon made a temporary move to Wichita as a precaution. They hope Megan can carry the boys 32 weeks, but they may come sooner, and if that’s the case, doctors want the couple close by. They have already made arrangements in anticipation of the babies spending several weeks in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit so as they gain weight and grow to term. This is expected to go well.
“It’s amazing how much better multiple NICU preemies do compared to single preemies, our doctor told us,” Megan said.
After the boys arrive, Megan’s mom will help full-time as Megan will have her hands full with nursing, something she intends to do for as long as she can. Megan will be staying at the Ronald McDonald house in Wichita so she can maximize her time with the boys. Brandon’s dad will continue to help with Colton. But there are many changes in store for the family.
Keeping up with the Fylers
When the quadruplets were confirmed, the couple decided to make a facebook page in order to field the requests for updates from family and friends. So far, 807 people have liked the page. It is Fyler Four: A Miracle in the Making. It can be found at www.facebook.com/fylerfour. And with expenses racking up for travel to and from Wichita, as well as missed work, Brandon’s brother created a GoFundMe page for the family, which can be found at www.gofundme.com/updkafkk
Megan is following her doctor’s instructions and taking it easy as the little boys continue to grow. At last check, three weighed around 1 lb. 3 oz., and one weighed 1 lb. 7 oz. The cool weather, it turns out, is a blessing for Megan as she settles in for the wait.