How we got here

In the Virgin Islands, 2003

Brendon is a naval officer. I am a librarian. We were friends in high school and started dating in college (800 miles apart!). We got married in 2005 and so far have lived in 7 different places.

At the end of 2009, we decided to try to have a baby. Well, things didn’t go as easily as we hoped. After about 10 months with no success, my problem was diagnosed: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, or PCOS.

A combination of medications was prescribed, and we got the first positive pregnancy test on New Years Eve 2010/11, in the middle of a cross-country move. A few weeks later, we got an even bigger shock: triplets! The first 18 weeks of the pregnancy were remarkably smooth, but then disastrous complications struck. Our triplets, Archer, Beatrice, and Collin, were born and passed away at 18 weeks, 4 days, on April 14, 2011. (The details were captured on this blog as they happened, and you can find the whole sad story in the archived posts from around that time.)

Rather unexpectedly, we found out about pregnancy number two while stationed in Japan, and “Azuki Bean” – Vivian – was born overseas in January 2013 after an easy and uneventful nine months. We moved back stateside when she was six months old.

Life keeps flying by, and Mama is periodically inspired to capture a moment here and there.


One Response to How we got here

  1. Grandpa Scott says:

    WOW!!! Holy Cow,
    Nice blog. I’ve never read a play by play pregnancy, especially when its a team sport. Three on one doesn’t seem fair, better keep hubby close to even up the odds.
    Has he started talking to your tummy yet? I recomend one phrase with a lot of vocal intonation and repetition. Repeat it on their birthday and see what happens.
    FYI I think Bren’s mom was tossing her cookies about 30 times a day at its crescendo, just so you have something to look forward to. You are all in my prayers.
    Scott & Hillary

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