Thursday, August 28, 2008

Surviving the First Year with Triplets

By Rachael
BBA Contributor

I am proud to say that we survived our first year with triplets. Although the individual moments were often less than graceful, it has been one incredible and amazing journey. During my pregnancy, I spent four weeks on bedrest at home, then was admitted to the hospital where I spent the remaining eight weeks until delivery day.

Needless to say, The Peaches (as we so lovingly call them) were born under an umbrella of fear and apprehension - especially since two of the three were in distress due to complications from Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome. When they made the decision to do an emergency c-section, we had no idea what to expect. But each baby came out with a tiny little cry. The last one born took an extra few (and particularly frightening) moments before she finally cried. They did incredibly well in the NICU, defying their doctor's expectations and sailing through each goal set for them. And they came home long before we expected. Of course, once they were home, sleep deprivation hit in full force and we wandered around in a fog until they were about 10 months old. Then the fog began to lift and clarity set in.

It was then that I was finally able to take a few moments to look back over our long journey through the previous year. I sat back in awe as I realized the sheer volume of what we have to be thankful for: three tiny, precious lives. There were many moments throughout the pregnancy and after their birth when we had no idea if our babies would survive long enough to come home, much less celebrate their 1st birthday. But they did. They did more than just survive, they flourished. And now we have three perfect one-year-olds who are toddling and talking, laughing and learning, giggling and growing (in addition to their just as perfect big sister).

Read more about Rachael and her family at her blog. Interested in being a BBA contributor? E-mail us.

1 comment:

Baby Blog Addict said...

Thank you so much for contributing to BBA. What a great story!