My Life in a Nut Shell

3 surgeries for Endometriosis, countless medications, and lots of difficult years trying to conceive. We put the medical stuff on hold and decided to work on being parents instead. In July of 2000 we were blessed beyond all measure with a phone call announcing the birth of our daughter, Megan. Megan's birth mother had given birth the day before and was leaving the hospital. We had no warning that Megan was coming. At 4:29 in the afternoon we were a couple, at 4:30 we were parents. Deciding that we wanted a sibling for Megan, we looked into all our options. This time insurance covered IVF. One round and we were blessed with triplets, Abigail, Brigid, and Caroline. Did you know that there is a 70% chance of divorce in families of Higher Order Multiples? Almost two years after the triplets were born my ex-husband and I separated and eventually divorced. During that time both my Mother and Father passed away from cancer. In February of 2007 my sister came to live with us to help out. In December of 2008 she had to leave so now it is me on my own with the girls. In February 2010, Lisa passed away and finally found her own Peace.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

I'm baaaaccckkkk!!!!

Wow it's been almost a year since I've written anything on here.  My sister's birthday to be exact last November.  Facebook is a big reason why I stopped updating.  That and I Think the desire to hide my life from certain people.  But now I don't care about hiding.  I am who I am.  Flaws and all.  I never claimed to be perfect.  Just trying to make my way in the world the best way I know how.  Here is what has been happening in a nutshell (because a nut is exactly who I am).

Brigid had two surgeries.  The first in December was for her kidneys.  She had the upper right portion of her right kidney removed.  She should have been in overnight.  Instead we were there for 5 days.  It was a rough way to go for her for those first few days.  The good news is that she has almost no symptoms to speak of. 

Brigid and our Lt. Govenor who came to visit

We had a fabulous Christmas thanks to some amazing angels:

Brigid and a whole lotta presents
We then pretty much jumped right into the year with the knowledge that Brigid was going to have to brain surgery.  She has a Chiari Malformation.  In it's most basic description, Brigid's brain sits too far back on her spinal column.  She had major surgery that required SEVEN days in the hospital.  That poor kid!  She is now almost completely symptom free.  We also learned that because Brigid is a triplet, her sisters carry a higher than normal chance of having it themselves.  And wouldn't you know it...Caroline has one as well.  Right now we are taking a wait and see approach to her Chiari.  Her symptoms though are much more pronounced than Brigid's.  She has daily headaches.

Brigid's incision

Brigid had LOTS of headaches at first

Caroline and Abigail waiting to have their MRIs

So that took up most of our Spring.  I'm still at the same preschool.  Only now I am the assistant manager.  It's been a long summer with some staff changes but I think we are finally in an upswing.  The best part is we are completely full with a waiting list!

Megan graduated 5th grade.  It was bittersweet.  I hated that she was leaving Field and I would now have children at two different schools.  Though I am excited at being the parent of a middle schooler!!  That amazing young lady got into the advanced program math/science/technology magnet at Meyzeek.  She is that smart.

Last day of 5th grade

The other amazing thing Megan did was to take part in a 3 week long Arabic camp this summer.  She was in with other middle and high school students.  3 weeks of intensive schooling.  What kind of a kid wants to do that??  Megan, that's who.  Such a driven, intelligent young lady.  I am lucky to be her Mom.

Yep.  She ended up in the paper

Abigail continues to plug along singing her heart out.  We went to a Disney garden party at the Disney Store and Abby got to dress up as her idol:

Guess who??

The trio made their First Communion this May:

Here we are!

We live in the same place with some amazing neighbors.  It's good to be standing still for awhile.  I'm Blessed to have the best friends a person could ever ask for.  It truly does take a village.  In this case anyway.

Ali and I have started outlining our book.  It's hard to find the time to sit down and write but we are making an effort. 

My goal is to continue to write here.  I've stepped away from FB for awhile.  It seems that it is too easy to become envious of others and all that they have.  I'm a big believer in attitude and gratitude.  Neither of which I have had in a long time.  It's tme for me to have an attitude adjustment. More to

 More to come...


Kelli said...

Glad to read this! I missed you after you left! I've enjoyed getting to know you and your girls through Facebook. Ive been too busy for Facebook lately but I've been reading while I feed the baby. I hope to see more blogs from you soon!

Tanna's Triplets said...

Glad you are going to be writing your blog since I will be missing you sooooooo much on FB. Love you!!

Kristina said...

I miss you guys too!!!! I'm not sure how the Hell I'm going to do without everyone! I may only last a few days. Either way this is something I needed to do!!