"He has a strong grip," Simpson said of his 2-day-old son.
"He loves contact," Showalter quickly added.
The Sierra Madre couple will have much to celebrate this Mother's
Day with the birth Tuesday of their four children at Providence St.
Joseph Medical Center.
The Simpson children are the first quadruplets in the hospital's
61-year history, according to hospital officials.
They were also the first quadruplets delivered by Dr. Herald
Brundage, a 29-year veteran at the hospital. He estimated he has
helped bring between 5,000 to 6,000 babies into the world.
Although born seven weeks early, the healthy conditions of the
babies was mainly because Showalter, 30, was on complete bed rest
since October, Brundage said.
"She invested 25 weeks of her life just to get the babies where
they are at," Brundage said.
The babies weigh between 4 and 5 pounds and range from 16 1/2
inches to 19 inches. Their incubators were lettered A through D for
the order they were born.
Upon learning that Showalter was expecting four children, the
couple went from excited to nervous to anxious.
Now that their children have been born, they wouldn't want it any
other way, said Simpson, 36, a clinical psychologist. "It's been so
wonderful, and seeing them all, and they are all so different,"
Simpson said. "We're going to be sleep-deprived for a while, but it
will be worth it."
The couple had been trying to have children for a while, and to
help the process, Showalter began to take Clomid, a fertility drug.
But the results of the drug in this case were unusual, Brundage
"No more than 5% [of births] end up being multiple births, and
nine-tenths of those won't be more than nonidentical twins," Brundage
said. "She was on the lowest possible dose and still ended up with
Simpson, however, had a theory of his own for the new foursome.
"We ended up praying so hard for kids that God was like, 'This
will shut them up,'" Simpson joked.