For most new parents handling just one crying baby is enough but imagine you had four .
Mat and Kat Davies have and Sofia, Aston, Amelia and Roman, who have just celebrated their first birthday, are quite the handful.
The couple already had an eight year old each when they met and decided they wanted a baby of their own.
Neither of them expected to be blessed too well though.
Kat had polycystic ovaries so was given drugs to encourage her to release eggs, she said: “A side effect can be twins, you don’t often hear of triplets and as the doctor said you never hear of quads.”
Mat said: “I was watching the stenographer take measurements and I could see four sacks.
“I’m not trained in all that stuff and I remember Kat saying to me at one point ‘does it look alright and normal’ and I told her it looked perfectly normal.
“At the end of it they came in and said there was definitely four and Kat turned to me and said ‘you think that’s normal?’”
Mat works at a car dealership and leaves for work six days a week at 8.15am and when he gets home the children are asleep meaning he usually only sees them for 15 minutes a day.
Kat jokes: “Mat goes to work, I do everything else.
“The house is my office and the kids are my job.
“The start and end of each day is bottles bottles bottles.
“I probably change more nappies in one nappy change session than most people change in a day.
“Before, I never really had much food in the fridge because it would go off before we ate it and now it’s just food, food food. I have never cooked so much in my life.
“I spend about £150 a week easily on shopping.”
Other mums are fascinated with the quads and sometimes want a bit too much detail.
Kat said: “People stop you and want to know all about the details about babies and the pregnancy really the nitty gritty even down to your sex life but it’s none of their business.”
It’s a full 12-hour day and when she leaves her husband in charge she maps out the day for him – “bottle, toast or cheese muffins, nappies, get dressed, playtime, nap, pasta and brownie lunch, nap, playtime, afternoon nap, playtime, dinner and bed”.
The parents use special inflatable bibs to allow the babies to be fed simultaneously from bottles.
Kat admits it can be tough but can sometimes sneak a glass of wine after the children go to bed: “Sometimes when they go to bed the bottle of wine comes out before Mat gets home.
“But by the time he is home the house is tidy and the kids asleep and I’ll cook his dinner.”