My husband Davey and I are very busy these days raising these 4 crazy kiddos, and this blog is a fun way to share our story with family and friends. Everything from infertility, to prematurity, to raising multiples, and everything in between is discussed here. :) If you'd like to start from the beginning, scroll down to the blog archives and click on November 2006. I hope you enjoy my blog, and hope you stick around!
Here I am! Mommy to triplets plus one- and one on the way . :)
The proud daddy :o)
Partners in crime...
changing the world...one diaper at a time. ;o)
Our video "From the Nicu to Home" To view full size, see link below.
I'm a stay-at-home mom to my 5 beatiful children, Kadence, Elijah, Joey and Rowan and Benjamin. I've been married to my handsome hubby for almost 8 years. :)
Aside from taking care of my kiddos, I'm also a photographer on the side.
Kadence is our first born. She's 5 years old, and is certainly one of a kind. She has a way of capturing everyone's hearts that she meets- often times within minutes. :) She loves drawing, anything art related, playing with barbies, watching Spongebob, and dancing. She brings so much laughter and joy to our lives. She starts Kindergarten this Fall, and couldn't be more excited about it.
Elijah is the eldest of the triplets- by one whole minute. A fact that he'll surely use when he gets older to tease his younger siblings. Eli is a Daddy's boy through and through, but he still enjoys snuggle time with his Mommy. He loves playing outside, trucks, rifles ("fifles") and tractors. He is the leader of the trio, and is always getting himself and his siblings into trouble. Trouble is his middle name.
Joey is also 2, and was the second born out of the trio. Joey has a sweet side that can melt any grandma's heart, but also has learned not to take any crap from his siblings. He may look sweet and innocent, but he's a little fighter. Joey is all boy just like his brother, and enjoys playing with daddy, running in the complete opposite direction as everyone else when we play outside, jumping in mud puddles, guns and tractors. Like I said...all boy.
Rowan is the baby of the family, though technically Rowan and Joey were born during the same minute. She is a little sweetheart. She was the sickest when she was born, and due to the fact that we almost lost her several times, she holds a very special place in her mommy and daddy's heart. She loves playing with her doll babies, sitting on mommy's lap whenever she gets a chance, playing outside, dancing and singing. She helps mommy keep her brothers in check- most of the time.
Ben joined our family on December 21st, 2009. He is an absolute joy, and we are enjoying every second with this brand new baby in our lives. ^_^
How we got here- our story in fast-forward mode!
Davey and I were married in October, 2001. After finding out news from the doctor that I had endometriosis in my ovaries, we started trying for a family right away. October 2003, we welcomed our beautiful baby girl Kadence into the world. When Kadence was around a year old, we decided to start trying for a little brother or sister for her.
We tried for two years... months and months of negative pregnancy tests. Ups and downs and tears and heartache...finally we went to a Reproductive Endocrinologist to see what the problem was. I was diagnosed with endometriosis and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. The RE worked with us and started me on medication that would help me ovulate.
Finally, after 2 years, our prayers were answered! We found out we were pregnant during the Fall of 2006. During our first ultrasound, we found that we were expecting twins! We were elated! Then at our second ultrasound- just a week later- showed 3 tiny heartbeats. We were going to have triplets!
All went pretty smoothly until 24 weeks when one of the placentas tore away and I began to hemorrhage. I was put in the hospital on strict bedrest, hoping to make it to at least 30 weeks. (32 weeks is average for triplets)
At 26 weeks and 2 days pregnant, I started having contractions and was rushed up for an ultrasound. Baby A was already on his way out- I was 7cm dilated...
April 9, 2007, 3 months early, the triplets made their way into this world via c-section. Elijah weighed 2lbs 3oz, Joseph 1lb 14oz, and Rowan 1lb 13.5oz. All a mere 13 inches long. We spent 15 weeks in the NICU. The longest, most difficult 15 weeks of our lives. We had many, many setbacks- and almost lost the babies a few times. But we made it. They made it. And now they are happy, healthy, toddlers!
We are now enjoying life on our farm with our 4 wonderful kids!!