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Southern California couple Angie and Gino always dreamed of becoming parents. After having two boys and loving them so much, they still felt something was missing. They wanted to have a baby girl. A few years later, their dream came true, but not in the way they expected. Keep reading to see what happened to turn their lives upside down!
Some people seem to be made for parenthood. When Angie and Gino got married, they were eager to start their family. Within a few years, they had two happy and healthy boys. There was nothing happier than living with their boys and watching them grow. But for the couple, there was still something missing…
For most moms with two boys, it is natural to desire to enlarge their clan with a baby girl. Angie and Gino thought if they could handle two naughty boys, what's stopping them from being able to raise a girl? Bye, Bye blue and hello pink! The couple decided to try for a third child and prayed for a daughter. One day, Angie took a pregnancy test, and it was positive!
Angie was so excited to be pregnant for the third time. She wasted no time in going for a health check-up. She was so excited to find out the gender of the third baby. She had a blood test showing that she was having a girl. But the ultrasound showed something strange…
The doctor examined the screen and was sure of the result. The couple was going to welcome their baby daughter to the world! However, that was just the beginning. The doctor also told them they would welcome their second and third daughters, too. That's right, they were expecting triplets. Angie and Gino were completely shocked.
Then, the doctor revealed more information about the ultrasound. He said that Angie was carrying two placentas but three babies. This meant that two of the triplets were sharing one and had formed from a single egg. The other had her own placenta and had grown from an entirely different egg. The doctor told Angie that this was a rare occurrence.
Angie and Gino could not have been more ecstatic that their prayers had been answered three times. Still, they were worried since the doctor told them that the rare pregnancy may come with potential complications. The chances of naturally having triplets are just 1 in 4,000 - but the chances of having triplets where two are identical were even slimmer.
There was not a major problem of having triplets, but it had certain disadvantages for the babies. The size of babies was going to be hampered. However, there were other possible complications. For one, there was a high probability that the babies would be born prematurely. Secondly, the triplets would have underdeveloped lungs or suffer from brain bleeds. Some problems would also arise even after birth. The process of carrying triplets was becoming even more difficult…
When Angie was 26 weeks pregnant, she experienced serious complications. There had been a fluid discrepancy, and it meant that her triplets could be in great danger. The liquid for Baby C was a little high while for Baby B was too low. The level of liquid is vital for growing babies. If the levels of fluid were too high or too low, the babies could be born with underdeveloped lungs and brain hemorrhaging. So it was imperative that Angie and her doctor took immediate action.
The doctor did not take any risks when it came to Angie‘s health. He had said to her, “Angie, we belong in the hospital now.” That would mean Angie had to spend the remainder of her pregnancy in the hospital so that she could get constant checks. Angie found herself at a crossroads.
Naturally, Angie was prepared to do everything possible to ensure her babies' safety, but at just 26 weeks pregnant, this would mean that she had to put her life on hold and spend less time with her two boys. How would the family manage this situation?
The family soon learned how to make things work. Gino would bring their sons to the hospital every day. It wasn't home, but at least they were together. They did what they could to make it feel like home. Nurses also did everything they could to make Angie feel comfortable.
Angie's medical team wanted her to be prepared for what would happen to the babies as soon as they were born. They thought that it was best for Angie and Gino to tour the NICU. The chances were that the triplets would have to stay in the NICU since the three babies might be smaller and could have some other complications.
The medical team kept watch all hours of the day to make sure that Angie and her babies were healthy. However, during a routine ultrasound, the doctor discovered something about the babies: Baby B was a little smaller than Baby A and Baby C. This was normal since these two identical babies were sharing a placenta. Baby B needed extra monitoring.
The only thing Angie and Gino could do was to wait and see the outcome for Baby B. The couple hoped their three babies could be healthy. The medical team said if Angie could make it to 34 weeks without going into labor, the triplets would be born healthy. Otherwise, they would have a greater chance of complications due to them being underdeveloped. So, what would happen to the babies?
Everyone hoped that Angie would make it to 34 weeks pregnant, but the girls had other ideas. When she was 32 weeks pregnant, Angie went into labor. The triplets were on their way. “Three little stars will be born tonight,” Gino said. Angie added that she was about to be in for a lot of work. Would Angie's delivery go smoothly?
Angie and Gino had quite a rollercoaster throughout the pregnancy. Now the girls were ready to make their debut into the world. Due to the safety concerns, the doctors decided that it was best for Angie to undergo a C section. The medical team prepped the room and Angie’s C section soon began. Finally, three baby girls were delivered one by one.
After carrying a child for nine months and going through hours of labor, all mothers want to hold their babies. But Angie would not get to see her babies. Since the girls were born so small, their lungs hadn't fully developed, so all of them needed a little help to breathe. The triplets were transferred to the intensive care unit for neonates.
Fortunately, Angie's medical team was prepared for this. The nurses used CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machines to pump air into their lungs and help the triplets breathe smoothly. Angie and Gino would hopefully get to meet their girls soon.
Thankfully, it wasn't long before the triplets were stable. After being monitored around the clock, the three babies could finally breathe on their own. Although they were nowhere near ready to go home, they were ready to do the next best thing - meet their mom and dad!
The nurses wheeled Angie into the NICU to meet her daughters. She started to cry as soon as she held her babies. Gino was also able to hold his daughters and tucked them into the shirt so they could enjoy some skin-to-skin contact.
Most times, newborn babies don't open their eyes right after they are born. But when one of the girls was placed on her dad's chest, she opened her eyes and tried to look up at her dad. When Gino would start speaking, her eyes would follow his mouth. “Look at that, she’s opening her eyes, listening to me,” Gino said. “Beautiful, beautiful feeling.”
Angie was a mother of two boys, but now she is a mother of five kids. Taking on the responsibility excited the parents a lot since they had not raised girls before. Angie said, “It’s truly a dream come true to have them come into my life.” For Angie and Gino, they called their life "fun chaos."
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