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Roseville couple welcomes quads

Mom works as nurse in neonatal intensive care unit at Sutter
By: Sena Christian, The Press Tribune
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Chris and Trish Cruise arrive slightly flustered at the hospital. The husband shows up first, lugging two car seats holding his son Patrick and daughter Aubrey. His 3-year-old daughter Addison, who goes by Addy, follows close behind then bounces off down the hallway. “It’s a little hectic getting out of the house,” Chris Cruise says. As Trish arrives and walks through the neonatal intensive care unit in the hospital at Sutter Roseville Medical Center, nurses comment on how pretty she looks. “I actually feel rested today,” Trish Cruise says. “If we had twins, it would be no problem.” Today is a big day. For the first time since she gave birth to quadruplets on Jan. 20, the whole seven-member Roseville family will reunite. Although two of the fraternal twins, Patrick and Aubrey, are at home, the two other babies, Liam and Reagan remain at the hospital, attached to heart rate and respiratory monitors because they’re experiencing heart rate drops. The mom expects them to go home soon. Trish Cruise, 29, is not only the mother of the first quadruplets cared for at Sutter Roseville, she is also a nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit, where she has worked since 2007. She began her career in 2004 at Sacramento’s Sutter Memorial Hospital, where the babies were born before being transferred to Roseville’s facility. “It’s really cool it’s one of our own staff,” says Sutter Roseville nursing assistant Nikki Salois. On Wednesday morning, Trish Cruise tears up at seeing all four babies together and remarks on how much they’ve grown. Addy sings a song to her siblings. Her dad asks which one is Patrick — she points to Liam. “I’m having two brothers and two sisters,” Addy says. Several months ago, at six and a half weeks pregnant, the Cruises went to the doctors for an ultrasound, which showed two sacks. Trish Cruise, who was struggling to conceive, had taken fertility drugs, so she knew twins were a strong possibility. But her chance of having quadruplets was less than a 1 percent, she says. Looking closer at that ultrasound, the doctor noticed a third sack. Then, a fourth sack. “I said a bad word, then I was just in shock,” Trish Cruise says. “(Chris) put his head in his hands and turned white.” As soon as they left, she started bawling and called her mom for support. She just wanted to curl up and cry. But a few days later, she met with her doctor, perinatologist William Gilbert, for two hours, going through four pages worth of questions, which eased her fears. “Finding out we had quads was a lot scarier for (Trish) because she knew all the complications that go along with it,” Chris Cruise says. His wife’s doctor thought she had a good likelihood of carrying to 32 weeks because she had no blood glucose issues, hypertension or complications during Addy’s birth. She underwent a procedure to “help keep the babies in,” she says, and had two hospital stays. She went on bed rest at 20 weeks to ensure the health of her unborn babies — watching a lot of television and only getting up to use the restroom or shower every other day. When she had passed the crucial 32 weeks, she delivered the quadruplets through Cesarean section, with the help of two perinatologists, four teams of nurses and respiratory therapists and three neonatologists. Dr. Gilbert sang “Happy Birthday” to each infant as he delivered them. Sutter’s neonatal intensive care unit is designed to provide a family friendly environment for enhanced bonding with the baby. Research has shown benefits for parents and babies if there is holding, snuggling and skin-to-skin touching, said Dr. Gustavo Sosa, medical director of Sutter Roseville NICU. “There is a trend nationally to make neonatal intensive care units more family-friendly, and this is the first of its kind in the Sacramento region,” Dr. Sosa said. “In the past, parents weren’t even allowed to hold their babies in the NICU.” As the Cruises visit Reagan and Liam daily and wait to bring them home, they say their families have been busy helping around their house, making dinner and washing laundry. Relatives also remodeled a game room into a nursery. Trish Cruise says the experience of having quadruplets — and leaving them at night in the hands of other people — has changed her outlook on her occupation. “I have a newfound appreciation for NICU nurses,” she says. “We really do amazing work.” These nurses, she says, tend to be nurturing, often telling parents of premature babies not to worry. “I will never tell a parent again not to worry,” Trish Cruise says. “I’ll tell them, ‘I’ve been in your shoes. It’s OK to worry.’” But as the family prepares to bring home their two other bundles of joy, the parents aren’t worried about making ends meet or adjusting to having a large family. They joke that they’ll only shop at Wal-Mart or the Dollar Tree now, and they’ve turned their going-out-to-eat budget into a diaper budget. As Trish Cruise says, “You just kind of make it work.” Sena Christian can be reached at senac@goldcountrymedia.com. ---------- Quads born to Trish and Chris Cruise Thursday, Jan. 20: · Reagan: 8:20 a.m. 4 lbs, 4 oz · Patrick: 8:21 a.m. 4 lbs, 8 oz · Liam: 8:22 a.m. 3 lbs, 14 oz · Aubrey: 8:23 a.m. 4 lbs, 1 oz ---------- Diaper drive for the Cruise family When: Drop off diapers between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. To arrange a different drop-off time, call the school. Where: Sunflower School, 286 Folsom Road in Roseville Info: Call the school at (916) 780-4769 The Sunflower School in Roseville is hosting a diaper drive for the Cruise family. Addison Cruise, 3, attends the school, so Director Kim Grant thought this fundraiser would be a great way to help out the student’s family. “The idea to rally our families and members of the community came to me one night as I watched the ‘E! True Hollywood Story’ about Kate and Jon Gosselin,” Grant said. “The births of their sextuplets received national attention. With that attention came lots of help in the form of donations of goods and services.” As a parent of two children, Grant said she knows the economic pressures of raising children. “I wanted to do something that could help to ease some of that financial burden for the Cruise family,” she said. ~ Sena Christian