Quad Squad keeps Hands full in Oak Harbor

OAK HARBOR Life comes in different proportions for the Hand family. Shopping trips c
Sarah Weber
May 24, 2010

OAK HARBOR

Life comes in different proportions for the Hand family.

Shopping trips can take hours. Baby food is stored in bulk.

And birthdays are a little more than the average cake-and-candles affair.

In December, Shannon Hand, 39, gave birth to quadruplets Madison, Everett, Isabel and Olivia.

She and her husband, Tony Hand, 45, were trying for one more baby — maybe two — to add to their 3-year-old twins, Emma and Connor.

The couple underwent fertility treatments to help them conceive, as they had done for the twins.

“We knew there was a possibility of multiples,” Tony said. “But we figured we already had twins — how bad could it be?”

Little did he know he would soon be the proud father of quadruplets.

“There’s never a dull moment,” Tony said.

Shannon went into labor at the Portage Fire District Christmas party, nine days before the twins’ birthday.

Since then, the family has settled into a hectic routine at their small three-bedroom home on Townline Street.

Shannon works four 10-hour days for the civilian marksmanship program at Camp Perry. She has Thursdays off so Tony can volunteer at the Portage Fire District station.

To save on daycare costs, Tony works second shift for ADT Security Services in Toledo so he can be home when his wife is at work.

And Shannon’s mom, Jan Meinke, and other family members help watch the tots from the time Tony leaves for work until Shannon gets home.

“I’m totally amazed that they have handled this so well,” Meinke said as she spooned pur-