At the end of January, Texas couple Starlyn and Bill Cafferata welcomed their newborn quadruplets into the world just as they began to hear talks of a big winter sᴛᴏʀᴍ heading their way.
At the time, the pair weren’t too concerned about the snow ᴡᴀʀɴɪɴɢ. As Bill told TODAY, “Bad weather doesn’t sᴄᴀʀᴇ us.” However, that impending sᴛᴏʀᴍ would ultimately be the very thing that would ᴛʀᴀᴘ Starlyn and Bill at home, preventing the proud parents from being able to visit their four newborn babies in the NICU for eight days.
Starlyn and Bill Cafferata sᴛʀᴜɢɢʟᴇᴅ with ɪɴꜰᴇʀᴛɪʟɪᴛʏ for years. So, the couple was eager to finally grow their family. After trying for a while, the two were surprised to find out they would not just be adding one new life to Earth, but instead four quadruplets. The two took the ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴄʏ in stride. They dealt with the challenges that come with carrying four babies as they arose. And finally, after 31 weeks and many hospital visits later, daughters Lennon, Stella, and Francesca, and son Enzo came into the world.
Because of their early delivery, the newborn quadruplets were temporarily placed in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in St. David’s North Austin Medical Center. This is the same hospital where Starlyn works as a pediatric ᴇᴍᴇʀɢᴇɴᴄʏ room nurse. At that moment, a ᴛᴇʀʀɪʙʟᴇ ice sᴛᴏʀᴍ made landfall in the southern part of the country.
Little did the parents know, the winter sᴛᴏʀᴍ would ultimately ᴡʀᴇᴀᴋ ʜᴀᴠᴏᴄ on Texas, ᴋɪʟʟɪɴɢ at least 40 people, leaving millions more without power and water and causing ᴅᴀɴɢᴇʀᴏᴜs travel conditions. Like many residents, the Bill found themselves sᴛʀᴀɴᴅᴇᴅ at home, unable to visit their newborns. “I felt so ʜᴇʟᴘʟᴇss and ɢᴜɪʟᴛʏ,” Starlyn admitted to the outlet. “The roads weren’t drivable,” Bill said. “I pulled my truck out of the driveway and got sᴛᴜᴄᴋ for three hours. It was just a frozen ice wreck.”
But after eight long days apart, road conditions became safe enough to travel and Starlyn and Bill — who are also parents to 2-year-old daughter, Zoë — finally got to see their little ones. “The reunion felt amazing,” Starlyn told GMA. One week for such young children is a long time, and Starlyn said the children had all “grown so much” by the time she saw them again. “Eight days was an eternity, honestly, in newborn mom life,” Starlyn said. “It’s just been a ᴄʀᴀᴢʏ, ᴄʀᴀᴢʏ experience.”
Bill filmed the emotional moment Starlyn was finally able to see and hold her babies after spending more than a week apart. That video was uploaded to the couple’s TikTok page where it has over 600,000 views and nearly 90,000 likes at the time of this writing. The couple did not expect the video of their reunion to receive so much attention. “We did it out of boredom, woke up and the next day we had 12,000 followers,” Bill shared. “Before we knew it, it just kept climbing.” Lennon and Francesca are now home. Stella and Enzo will soon follow. Cafferata said said big sister Zoë is thrilled to finally meet her siblings.