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In August, Pleasant Grove couple Ashley and Tyson Gardner posted a colorful baby announcement on Facebook, thanking family and friends for their support.
It also ended with the caveat that help was still needed.
"We appreciate the prayers," the card read over an image of the wide-eyed, soon-to-be parents holding four ultrasound images. "But some of you may have prayed too hard."
On Sunday afternoon after eight years hoping for a baby and a successful conception through in-vitro fertilization Ashley Gardner gave birth to two pairs of identical twin girls.
The quadruplets Indie, Esme, Scarlett and Evangeline were born 12 weeks early after a "smooth" delivery, according to a news release from the family. Each child weighed roughly 2 pounds, and the parents were "overwhelmed with joy."
"Tyson and Ashley want to thank everyone for their prayers and support," the release said, "as well as the doctors, nurses and other caregivers at Utah Valley Regional [Medical Center] who helped Ashley through six weeks of hospital bed rest and through the delivery."
The Gardners estimate the odds of two twin pairs at 1 in 70 million. Ashley's pregnancy has been documented online through the family's Facebook page, "A Miracle Unfolding Gardner Quadruplets," the website gardnerquadsquad.com, a YouTube channel and national media after Ashley Gardner's reaction to her ultrsound images went viral.
The family's story also will be featured on an upcoming television series produced by TLC, which is scheduled to debut in late 2015.
On Monday, the family's Facebook page was updated with a message saying that the four Gardner babies were doing well and being aided with breathing masks.