THEY already had five kids – four adopted and one baby they fought to conceive.
So when Maxine fell pregnant, she and husband Jake were “beyond excited”.
Then, when she went for her first scan, they were given some shocking news that changed their lives forever.
Jake shared his family’s story in a Reel on his Instagram page, alongside a video of himself looking at some ultrasound scans and jokingly saying: “Oh no! Aaahhhh!”
“When you already have 5 kids and your wife tells you she’s pregnant with quadruplets,” he wrote over the top.
He elaborated on the story in the caption, adding that they knew something was different from the very first pregnancy test, which was “soooo dark”, and her hCg levels were “astronomically high”.
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“From that point we assumed twins because that’s the most likely scenario with numbers that high,” he added.
Maxine went for her first ultrasound appointment when she was 6 weeks pregnant, while Jake stayed at home with their other five children.
While he had been expecting to get a call from Maxine confirming they were having twins, she actually texted him while she was still in the doctor’s office, writing: “YOU ARE GOING TO S**T YOURSELF!”
When he asked what was up, she said that the doctor had told her she was expecting triplets.
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“I’m fairly certain I stopped breathing for roughly 2.5 minutes. But we took time to digest the triplet pregnancy and we began to mentally prepare ourselves for what’s to come,” he wrote.
A few weeks later, Maxine had her second ultrasound appointment, and once again texted Jake when she was in the doctor’s office, writing: “YOU ARE REALLY GOING TO S**T YOURSELF!”
While Jake assumed that they’d made a mistake and they were actually only having two babies, he was left stunned when Maxine told him they were actually having quadruplets.
“I’d be afraid to go for another ultrasound,” one person wrote in the comments.
As another agreed, adding: “I know this is illogical but at that point I’d be like ‘No more ultrasounds, they keep finding more’. lol.”
“Tell her not to go for the ultrasound anymore. It’s like they add one evry time she goz there,” a third laughed.
While others admitted they “can’t even imagine” finding out the news of quadruplets.
“I literally cannot even imagine,” a third admitted.
“Hahaha. This is crazy!” someone else wrote.
“Congratulations on extra three babies!”
“I can’t even comprehend!” another wrote.
“Finding out it was twins was a shock enough for us!! We had 3 under 1.5 for a while…
“We have spent the past year wondering how anybody does it with triplets… let alone quadruplets!
“I take my hat off to you!!”
There were also a lot of people in the comments section slamming Maxine and Jake for being “irresponsible”.
But while many assumed they’d conceived the quads through IVF, Maxine actually revealed in another Instagram comment that they’d been conceived naturally.
“So actually our first four children are adopted they were our foster children, they are biological siblings,” she wrote.
“Our last four are quadruplets who we didn’t do IUI or IVF or anything for.
“It just happened and we wouldn’t change a thing. In fact, I would probably have one more!
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“I’m a stay at home mom and I homeschool.
“I spend more time with my children than majority of the world.”