AUSTIN, TX – For the Cafferata family, this year will be a simple Valentine’s Day. Much simpler than Valentine’s Day 2021.
After battling infertility for years, Bill and Starlyn Cafferata tried IVF and got three embryos. One resulted in the birth of their daughter, Zoe. One was a failed transfer, which meant they had one more left. This ultimately resulted in not one, but four new babies.
Lennon, Stella, Enzo and Francesca were born on January 18, 2021 and spent their first weeks in the NICU at St. David’s Women’s Center of Texas. Then the winter storm hit central Texas in February.
“I was like, let me come home so I can pack some stuff if I have to come for a few days,” said Starlyn, who herself worked as a pediatric nurse at St. David’s. “By the time I got home the roads were horrible and I couldn’t get back up there.
For more than a week, they relied on FaceTime with the nurses to see their newborns. Once, a nurse met Bill in Dripping Springs so she could bring some breast milk back to the hospital. Meanwhile, the Cafferatas were caring for two-year-old Zoe and going through a power outage at their home in Dripping Springs. Finally, they were reunited on February 19.
“I’ll never forget this morning, that feeling of almost nervousness,” Starlyn said. “I thought, ‘Are they going to remember me?’ Because I was gone for so long.” The Cafferatas posted their reunion on TikTokwhere they currently have over 700,000 followers as they continue to document their family’s journey.
It took about eight weeks before all four babies could go home. Fast forward a year, and the Cafferata team decided to do something special for the quadruplets’ first birthday. With the help of the community, they raised funds and donated baby swings, books and gift cards to St. David’s staff. Their goal was to bless other NICU parents and give back to the nurses who never left their babies’ side.
“We wouldn’t be here and it wouldn’t have gone so well without them,” Starlyn said. “We are incredibly grateful to them.”
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