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Since Lauren Perkins and her husband, David, married, they have had a harder time in having children than they expected. After making a great effort in trying to conceive, Lauren became pregnant, but what happened next totally shocked them. What on earth happened? Let's read their story.
Lauren Perkins had a clear plan about her future with her husband David: "I wanted to have two children, two to three years apart, preferably one boy and one girl." But things were not going in the direction she initially thought to be. "I think God was laughing and saying to me, and you probably can't imagine what's going on." She said.
The couple had tried to get pregnant for 18 months but never succeeded. They decided to visit a fertility specialist to ask for some help. Still, they didn't get a satisfactory answer as the treatments, such as medications and hormone injections, provided by the doctor, seemed overkill for both. They had no choice but to try intrauterine insemination, a method that only has a 25% chance of success.
The intrauterine insemination, known as IUI, is a method to improve the chance of fertilization. Lauren didn't think this method would work very well because of its low success rate. She wanted to consider other options if her IUI treatment failed. But what happened proved that there was no need to try any other ways.
Lauren and David received exciting news of being pregnant after waiting for two weeks. However, in her first routine checkup, a nurse pointed out that Lauren's hormone levels were abnormally high, which made Lauren worried. High hCG levels during pregnancy can be a signal of placental disorder or a possibility of multiple births. What was Lauren's situation?
Luckily, it turned out that the couple was expecting multiple births, which was a big surprise for them as they never dreamed of having more than one child at the same time. The couple felt nothing but happiness after such a long time suffering. Soon, Lauren came to the time when an ultrasound could determine the exact number of babies she was expecting.
On that day, Lauren and David noticed that the doctor was strangely silent. Lauren was anxious and eager to know the result. She broke the silence and asked the doctor. The doctor answered, "hmm, there are five." The couple couldn't believe the words! But the shocking facts didn't end there. The doctor said, "Wait, wait, wait! I found the sixth!"
The couple never expected such a result and were soon urged to make a choice. Considering the limited space in the womb, the doctor gave them a reduced selection option that would provide more chances to the surviving children by aborting an undeveloped fetus. But it became hard for David and Lauren to give up any one of the babies after they had seen all these heartbeats working fine.
They finally decided to give all six fetuses a fighting opportunity, despite the challenge of raising six babies at once as new parents. "We were overwhelmed with excitement, fear, and other emotions, all swirling at the same time." They wrote on the blog.
By the time 29 weeks had passed, the doctor noticed that one of the six babies was struggling, and that Lauren's blood pressure was dangerously low. She was instantly admitted to the hospital. That day was Friday evening, and the doctor planned to help her give birth by the next Monday.
All the family members were perfectly prepared for Lauren's birth. On April 23, 2012, she succeeded in delivering all the babies. As soon as she gave birth, the six nurses immediately took each baby to the intensive care unit. Before the nurses left the operating room, they carried each baby to the couple so they could touch the babies' fingertips.
Lauren had given birth to three boys and three girls. All of them weighed between 500g to 1kg. The couple named the babies Andrew Noah, Benjamin Luke, Caroline Grace, Leah Michelle, Allison Kate, and Levi Thomas, respectively. Four days later, Lauren hugged her first baby, Allison, whose situation was stable. "The moment I hugged my baby, I realized that I was finally the mother of a sixth child." She wrote on the blog.
The babies spent time in the NICU, and most of them, except one, were growing well. It was discovered that Leah, who had required an intestinal surgery shortly after birth, had a cyst in her brain, which could affect her sight, hearing, and speech. "We must strive to help her develop. It will have to be done." Says Lauren.
One month later, Benjamin and Caroline were the first two babies to come home from the hospital. Even though the couple only needed to take care of two babies, and the other four were still being treated at the hospital, they still felt very tired. David even had a struggle achieving a balance between life and work.
It took about five months for all six babies to live under one roof. The couple have faced numerous challenges and difficulties in raising six children, but the lucky thing was that they were surrounded by a group of supportive friends and family members. "I never dreamed that our friends, family, and neighbors would support me so much!" Lauren says. With time passing by, their six babies have all grown up well, and here are their pictures. You will be surprised by what a miracle life can be!
Andrew was the first child to come out, and he attracted everyone with his smile and his eyes. When he was 6 years old, he became very diplomatic and talkative. Lauren said, "he tells me that Mama is the best mama almost every day." He was the tallest of his brothers at the age of six.
By four months, Benjamin was already close to 6 kg. He was called "cheeks" because he had only one plump cheek. At the age of six, he was called the Benny Boy because he was fascinated by his own cuteness. "He's very stubborn, but he has leadership. His brothers also listen to what he says!" Said Lauren.
By the time she was four months old, Caroline had one "attack", which won her the nickname of "Gas Girl". Six years later, she has grown into a tomboy who loves pink. "She is a little complicated and stubborn and believes herself more than her family and acquaintances say." Said Lauren.
Leah was still in the NICU at the age of four months. Six years later, she has grown into a happy, music-loving child. "Since Lia posted at the age of 4 months, her health has changed like a roller coaster. But to avoid getting sick, she enrolled in a school separate from her brothers and sisters to receive treatment tailored to her condition." Said Lauren.
Allison was unable to eat well and was the second to last to be discharged. Her diet improved dramatically four months later. At the age of six, Allison has grown into the girliest child. She didn’t want anyone to touch her hair. Lauren said, "Allison knows what to do now and what she needs to do, and always keeps everyone in line."
Levi was the youngest boy and weighed only 3,300g when he was 4 months old. When he turned six, Lauren said, "he was always independent and was captivated by the beat of the drums." Besides, he has also shown lots of interest in studying and asked his parents many questions. He could even draw better than them and was thought to be the best left-handed six-year-old boy.
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