Rich and I met while we were both working for the same company, Small Private Financial Institution. I was a tax manager while Rich worked as a general accountant. (And no, we didn't work in the same department.) We started dating during the Fall of 2002 and married two years later in October 2004.
After a seemingly normal pregnancy, our daughter, Abigail, was suddenly and tragically born still in June 2006, six days past her due date. She was a perfectly healthy baby who did not receive enough oxygen that last day. The exact cause of her death will never be known to us.
I was blessed with another pregnancy a few short months after Abigail's death. This second pregnancy was debilitating from day one, leading me to believe that I was pregnant with twins. During a routine ultrasound at 17 weeks, it was discovered that I was pregnant with identical triplets, who all shared one placenta. In addition, Baby B was diagnosed with myelomeningocele, the most severe form of spina bifida, and hydrocephalus, excess fluid in her brain.
I beat the odds to deliver the girls at a scheduled c-section at 35 weeks and 6 days.
Alicenne Hope - 5 pounds, 3 ounces - 18" long
Anna Abigail - 4 pounds, 13 ounces - 17 1/2" long
Emily Blessing - 4 pounds, 13 ounces - 18 1/8" long
Allie and Emily were released from the hospital with me, four days after their birth. Poor Anna underwent three surgeries during her first week of life and spent three weeks in the NICU.
Rich and I consider ourselves extremely lucky to be blessed with such beautiful, joyful girls. If I could have one wish, it would be that Abigail could join us.