In less than three minutes, Sheryl and John Rogstad of Brandon saw their family of three grow to a family of seven.
Just after 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Mrs. Rogstad delivered three sons and a daughter at University Community Hospital's Women's Center.
Megan Elizabeth, John Austin, Adam Cabe and Dylan James, were doing fine Thursday, although two needed small amounts of oxygen.
"I don't anticipate that these babies are going to have . . . problems," Dr. Keith Kanarek, a neonatologist, said Thursday. "Their mother did a wonderful job."
"I'm still floating," a beaming Sheryl Rogstad said. "I've just gotten to touch them and stare at them."
At 4 pounds, 2 ounces, Dylan is the largest baby. The smallest, Megan, weighed 3 pounds, 5 ounces. They were delivered six weeks early by Caesarean section, after doctors determined that delaying the delivery could pose additional complications.
Mrs. Rogstad, 29, took fertility drugs to help her get pregnant. Carrying four fetuses forced her to stop working as a manager for a bill processing firm 19 weeks into her pregnancy. She was confined to her bed two weeks later, and she has been at the hospital for the past 30 days.
"At first, it wasn't too bad," she said. "Then, it got harder."
The quadruplets, a first for the Women's Center, have become instant celebrities at the hospital.
"We've had employees trying to sneak over and see them," hospital communications director John Andreas said. "We had to put a stop to that."
The quads need to gain weight and be feeding well before they can go home, Kanarek said, so it will probably be about three weeks before they can join their 4-year-old sister Amanda at the family's four-bedroom home in Brandon.
At least that will give the family some time to prepare. Although they have some baby items, the Rogstad's still need two cribs, three baby swings, a walker, a high chair, and tons of diapers. Two area churches, Bayshore Baptist, 3111 Morrison Ave. in Tampa, and Bell Shoals Baptist, 2102 Bell Shoals Road, Brandon, are collecting donations.
According to the American Medical Association Encyclopedia of Medicine, quadruplet births occur in about one of every 73,000 deliveries. The last group born in Hillsborough County was in October 1991.
"It was an experience," Mrs. Rogstad said, "but it was a good one."