As a child, Julie Davidson loved caring for the younger ones at church.
Her joy was so obvious to an older woman that she told the 10-year-old Julie, “You’re just made to be a mama. God has something big planned for you.”
If the woman only knew.
“She’s not alive anymore, but I wish I could say, ‘Did you know what was going to happen? A head’s up would have been nice,’” Davidson said.
And so, it’s happy Mother’s Day to Julie Davidson, who gave birth Jan. 21 to four babies at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, the Gainesville hospital’s first-ever set of quadruplets.
The Suches native had always wanted to be a mother, but she says she couldn’t imagine facing such a proposition at this time last year.
Before Davidson learned in July she was pregnant, her stepson, 5-year-old Bentley, told her, “I want a baby sister so bad.”
“The other day, in the car, he told me, ‘When I said I wanted a baby sister, I only meant one,’” she said. “And I told him, ‘Yeah, we got a little more than we bargained for.’”
Julie and Justin Davidson of Banks County learned Aug. 8 that she was carrying four girls, whom they would later name McKenna Emory, Teagan Kate, Callie Noel and Sawyer Claire.
Justin was elated — Julie, not so much.
“This is going to be awesome, like super fun,” he said.
“I don’t think you know what fun is,” she said.
Julie was placed on bed rest at the hospital’s Women and Children’s Pavilion on Dec. 8 and remained there until delivery by caesarean section.
Coming into the world, the girls weighed in at between 2 pounds, 6 ounces and 3 pounds, 2 ounces each, and they ranged in length between 14 and 16 inches each.
They immediately were taken to the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit. Then, one by one, the babies were discharged, with Callie coming home last on April 3.
The girls are doing well, except that McKenna has a heart murmur and faces possible surgery.
“We’ll learn more ... when she goes back (to the doctor) next month,” Julie said.
Julie Davidson of Banks County cares for her four daughters, born Jan. 21 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville.
Over the past few months, Julie has been at home caring for her daughters. Justin works during the day at his family’s wood mill, but his job isn’t far from home and he can give a helping hand.
That was the case last week as the pair sat down for an interview at their home. With the four girls spread on the couch between them, Julie and Justin spent time feeding the girls, holding them and trying to quiet their cries.
“She’s got this thing I’ve told her is magic,” Justin said. “If one of them is crying, I’ll get up and crouch beside them or whatever, put their pacifier in and talk to them.
“I’ve seen (Julie) roll over in bed from across the room and say, ‘Shhh,’ and they’re back to sleep.”
Julie said mothering four babies is hard work, but “a lot of this comes naturally. It’s maternal instinct.”
Holding one of the babies close to her face, she said, “I just love them so much.”
And as the subject turned more toward her emotions and experiences as a new mom, she shrugged her shoulders and said dryly, “That’s all right. I did all the work.”
That drew a quick nod of agreement from Justin.
Ribbing between the two continued as they talked about Mother’s Day plans. The couple is having the babies dedicated at their church, The Torch, in Habersham County. There may be other plans, but if so, Justin is being coy.
“I was just thinking flowers and maybe a kind word,” he said, looking at Julie.
“It’s whatever, I’m not picky,” she said.
As for the prospect of having even more children, the couple agrees a boy would be a nice addition. But Justin quickly points out that’s no guarantee.
“We could have four more girls,” he said.
Julie quickly shot back, “We’d probably get a TV show at that point.”