After several years of dating, including some long distance, Nick and I were married in October of 2002. Immediately following our wedding in
In November of 2004 Nick received a phone call from a church in the Kansas City area – they wanted him on their children’s ministry staff! After a trip to see the church for ourselves, we decided to move to
In August of 2006 we decided it was time for kids. Actually, we decided it was time for one kid… Fast forward seven months to February of 2007. I am finally pregnant! We eagerly shared the good news with family and friends and were looking forward to the ultrasound that was scheduled for the end of March.
March 30th, 2007 – a day to be remembered for sure! I was 12 weeks along and getting cranky! I remember the nurse telling me my bladder needed to be full for the ultrasound to work better but it was almost an hour past my scheduled appointment and I thought I was going to burst.
Finally it was our turn and little did we know, our lives were about to take a dramatic change. I remember looking at the screen, anxiously praying that our baby was OK. You know, first time mom jitters. I remember thinking to myself “That kind of looks like the pictures of twins that I’ve seen in my pregnancy books”. Wouldn’t you know it, twenty seconds later the tech asked us if twins ran in our family, to which we replied “No!”. The tech said, “Well they do now”! We were thrilled with the news! We didn’t think we had a shot at twins but had discussed how fun that would be. That wasn’t the end of the shocking news though – about a minute later the tech said “hmmm”. I jokingly said “There are only two, right?” That’s when she discovered baby number three! With this, my husband started laughing and I started crying – tears of joy and fear, all at the same time.
Multiples certainly aren’t a rare occurrence in this day and age. However there weren’t any multiples anywhere in our immediate families and we hadn’t been using any fertility treatments so we weren’t thinking this was something we’d ever be experiencing.
In late August 2007 at 33 weeks and 3 days, Jackson, Tyler and Chase entered our world. They were beautiful, healthy babies and spent only a couple of weeks in the NICU as feeders and growers. It was then that we received confirmation to more stunning news: our boys are identical triplets. This is very rare, and depending on whom you talk to or what you read you’ll finding varying degrees of rarity – everything from 1 in 500,000 to 1 in 200 million. I think it’s about 1 in a million – maybe 2 million, but certainly not 200 million.
Life with triplets is crazy, exhausting and fun. I’ve put my radio career on hold and have taken on the roll of stay at home mom. While it’s true that triplets are more than Nick and I bargained for, we wouldn’t trade our crazy life for the world!