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Four little siblings come home to Haven

The Morrisett quadruplets of Haven — three boys and a girl — were born March 1 in Phoenix. The family returned home to Kansas today, tired but smiling. Pictured from left: Kaden, Bennett, Lane and Emma.
The Morrisett quadruplets of Haven — three boys and a girl — were born March 1 in Phoenix. The family returned home to Kansas today, tired but smiling. Pictured from left: Kaden, Bennett, Lane and Emma. Courtesy photo

Four pins on Lance Morrisett's shirt told the story Friday, and so did two double strollers he and his wife, Jennifer, pushed through the Wichita airport:

It's a boy.

It's a boy.

It's a boy.

It's a girl.

The Morrisetts, a Haven couple whose quadruplets were born last month at a Phoenix hospital, returned home to Kansas tired but smiling.

"We're all running on very little sleep right now," said Lance Morrisett, minister at Haven Church of Christ.

"But they've been great.... We're looking forward to getting back home."

The family has known since August that they were expecting quads. In November, they moved temporarily to Phoenix from Haven so the babies could be born at Banner Good Samaritan, a part of Phoenix Children's Hospital known for its perinatal and neonatal care in multiple births.

The quadruplets, born at 34 weeks, set a combined weight record for John Elliott, the Arizona doctor who delivered them. The babies weighed 20 pounds, 7 ounces altogether.

Standing in the Wichita Mid-Continent Airport terminal Friday, after hugs from relatives and church friends, Jennifer Morrisett said the family still had some work to do to ready their home for quadruplets. The couple also have a 5-year-old son, Cullen.

"When we left, we weren't guaranteed we would be bringing home four babies," she said. "We weren't guaranteed one baby."

But all four — Emma Elizabeth, Kaden Zachary, Lane Dalston and Bennett Grant — were born healthy March 1. From the start they had distinct personalities, says their mother.

"Emma's our girl, and she's a perfect little princess until it's time to eat," Jennifer Morrisett said. "Then she will really squawk and scream."

Bennett's a messy eater. Kaden's slow and steady, the only one with spiky hair. Lane weighed the most at birth — 5 pounds, 9 ounces — and still weighs the most at 8 1/2 pounds. "He's our laid-back, easy-going guy," Jennifer said.

Lance Morrisett's sister, Melissa Bukovatz, and church member Anita Norton traveled to Phoenix to help the couple ferry the babies home.

Bukovatz, a mother of three including 2-year-old twins, said the family is excited to have the babies home.

"Keegan's been practicing writing all their names," she said of her 3-year-old. "They couldn't wait to see them."

Big brother Cullen, who wore a shirt proclaiming "Greatest Big Brother," said he helps feed the babies and fold their tiny clothes.

But what's his favorite thing to do?

"Holding," Cullen said.

One airport passerby, Alicia Smith, stopped to look at the babies and congratulate the Morrisetts.

"I have a 2-year-old and that's hard enough," Smith said, shaking her head. "Four? At once? I'd be praying 24/7."

Lance Morrisett said that's exactly what he does, adding that the quadruplets were the answer to many prayers.

"They're so little, all they do now is eat, sleep and go to the bathroom," he said. "We know that's going to change."

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