There is no pain greater than the devastation of losing a child, which is something one mom from the U.K. knows all too well. Gemma Schollick, a mother of three, was beyond heartbroken in 2010 when her baby girl, who she had carried full-term, died in utero and was stillborn.
Gemma and the baby's father had planned on calling her Amelia, and you can only imagine their horror upon finding out she did not have a heartbeat and had lost her life in the womb.
And even though the loss of the baby was almost too much to bear, Gemma and her (now) husband decided to start trying for another child as soon as possible.
She did wind up becoming pregnant -- twice. But sadly, both times Gemma suffered miscarriages, leaving her with three babies she would never be blessed with.
And then something truly amazing happened. Gemma conceived again -- and was shocked and also scared to death to learn she was expecting twins during an ultrasound. And then she had another scan sometime after that and got yet another surprise. She wasn't pregnant with twins -- she was carrying triplets.
Are you believing this? Over the course of just two years, this woman went from losing three babies to getting pregnant with triplets, who were thankfully born healthy even though they arrived nine weeks early and got off to a bit of a rough start.
Brothers Andrew, Alfie, and Aidan just celebrated their first birthday, and mom Gemma admits that the Schollick family is finally complete.
OMG. I know they say, "when it rains, it pours," but do you even believe how much heartache this poor family had to go through before getting their happy ending? I'm sure there were so many times they gave up hope altogether and didn't even want to think about trying to conceive again out of fear that they'd suffer yet another gut-wrenching loss.
And I'm sure those are the exact emotions any parents who are trying to come to terms with losing a pregnancy experience, which is why this family's story should serve as a huge source of hope to others who are going through the same ordeal. Their journey to being the parents of three beautiful babies definitely wasn't an easy one, but in the end, the Schollicks did receive their little miracles. They should inspire other moms and dads to never give up and always have faith when it comes to starting and growing their family.
Was there ever a time you thought you'd never achieve your dream of becoming a mom?
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