MURRAY — Quadruplets, three girls and one boy, were born at 12:31 p.m. Saturday "big and healthy," according to their father, Anthony Consolo.

The babies were born by Caesarean section at Intermountain Medical Center. Daniel came first, at 4 pounds 8 ounces; then Annabelle, at 5 pounds 4 ounces; then Charlotte, at 4 pounds 15 ounces; then Lucille, the smallest at 3 pounds 15 ounces.

"It was amazing. It was a wonderful life experience," said Anthony Consolo, who observed the births. He said his wife, Natalie Consolo, is doing well, and that the quads older sister, Dorothy, who is almost 2, "Is still figuring it out. She is not quite sure what's going on."

Natalie Consolo was resting Saturday and not available to comment, her husband said. They hope to release pictures soon.

The family hope to be able to release pictures

"They are so cute, and they're doing great," Anthony Consolo said. "They're healthy. There's nothing wrong with them."

Their due date was originally on leap day, Feb. 29, which would have given the family four babies that would have their actual birthday only once every four years.

The couple had been hoping for a second child when they learned they had naturally conceived not one baby, but four.

Dr. Cara Heuser, a maternal fetal medicine specialist and Natalie Consolo's doctor, has said the average gestation for a quadruplet pregnancy is 30 weeks and the average weight of each child is typically around three pounds. She was not able to be part of Saturday's births.

The doctor had credited Natalie Consolo's perseverance for carrying the babies one day short of 33 weeks to ensure the babies were as healthy as possible.

Hospital security around the family was exceptionally tight Saturday because of what Anthony Consolo described as an "over-zealous" woman in her 60s who tried repeatedly to gain access to the Consolos, as recently as Friday.

He said the woman used four different names when trying to gain access to the hospital over the past week and was finally told by hospital staff Friday to not come back. "The hospital has been great with security," he said.

"I understand things went well and that the mother is resting comfortably," hospital spokesman Jess Gomez said, adding that the family indicated at one point that security had to ask the woman to leave.

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