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Friday, May 24, 2013

What it's Like to Raise Multiples: The Decision {Triplets}

Congratulations Pregnant with Triplets
People often ask me what it's like to have Triplets.

Kind of a broad question.

Where to start?

From the beginning I guess.

Once there was a Man and a Woman.
The Woman became impregnated.

At 4 weeks pregnant, she received a positive pregnancy test.
In celebration, she planted her garden.

At 5.5 weeks pregnant, her pants wouldn't fit anymore.
It was her first pregnancy, what did she know?

At 7 weeks, she went to her first midwife appointment.
Apparently, her pants should have fit. She scheduled an ultrasound.

At 7.5 weeks, her ultrasound showed three viable babies.
One Egg (three identicals) or Two Eggs (two identicals and one fraternal).

There were tears.
They weren't of joy.

An excerpt from her journal reads:

A part of me feels cheated. I had all these plans; vaginal birth, midwife, no hospital, low risk pregnancy, cloth diapers, breast feeding, homemade food, serenity.

Instead, Specialists, mandatory C-section, risks, risks and more risks.

The medical community recommended reduction. Just another word for abortion.

There was conflict for three long weeks.
Wondering if she would ever be at peace with her decision.

Once 12 weeks had come and gone, the decision was made.
The triplet pregnancy was announced to Friends and Family.

Everyone was elated.
Including the Woman.

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  1. Love the post - thanks again for letting us in! Life rarely turns out in the ways we expected it to. We shift gears as required.

  2. I'm trying to imagine the look of shock on your face at being told this information. I realized early on that God knew what he was doing when he only gave me one at a time. :)

  3. Great post! I can only imagine the types of people who come up to you when you are out with your children. We get lots of unwanted attention having twins. You might think this video is funny, although it's about twins, I'm sure you get these questions a lot!

    1. I love these videos. Thanks for sharing the link!

  4. Wow, amazing! I can't imagine having to look after 3 babies at once! I had kids less than a year apart and I thought that was a challenge! :)

  5. You are such a natural and compelling storyteller, always getting right down to the heart of it (while making it seem effortless!). Your courage, candour and clarity of expression are so inspiring, dear Sarah. Thank you!

  6. Such a blessing they turned out to be though, huh! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Our family friends have two kids under five and were planning to have one more kid when she found out she was actually having three more! Now she has five kids under five, I will never know how she does it. Those three boys are adorable miracle babies for sure!

  8. I can see that being absolutely terrifying. Awesome for the children. Growing up together.

  9. Love this. I cried so hard that the tech had to ask me if I was crying out of joy or sadness.

  10. Loved your article! I have a friend who has triplets and so much of your article would ring true for her. And she lovers hers to pieces, too!!