Don't get me started on the annoying things people say to moms of multiples. Too many assumptions when we should just be overjoyed a family gets not one, but two, or three, or more surprises when they find out they are pregnant. It doesn't really matter if a woman got pregnant because the wind blew in her direction or if she had to undergo some procedure. Pregnant! Rejoice! Be happy! But there are times we need to point out miracles. Because miracles are, well, miraculous and incredible and are like bright little fireflies on the darkest night of the year. Ready for some light? Let me tell you about Chad Doss and his wife Amanda.
Chad, 31, had a vasectomy. He has two kids 12-year-old Caleb and 9-year-old Kaitlyn from a previous marriage and he thought he was done. Then he met Amanda, 27, in 2011. She adores his children and loves being a stepmother. But they wanted to add to the family, so a reversal it was.
Within a year of the reversal, Amanda was pregnant! And then the Franklin, Indiana, couple learned it wasn't one baby, not even two babies, it was three babies! Identical triplets conceived naturally! Yes, you read that correctly! It's a miracle! A one in a million chance of this occurring and it happened!
The girls were born on December 30 at 31 weeks, 4 days gestation. Avery (3 pounds, 15 ounces), Bentley (4 pounds, 3 ounces), and Cassidy (3 pounds, 11 ounces) are doing fantastic, but are still in the hospital for a few more weeks.
New mama Amanda said:
Just finding out I was pregnant was one of the happiest days of my life. Finding out we’re having three girls was an even bigger milestone, and finding out they’re identical was just the icing on the cake. It’s almost unreal. They’re most beautiful babies I’ve ever seen in my life. There’s not one thing I would change.
"It’s beyond miracles," Chad added.
Chad's vasectomy reversal was successful because he did it within the first five years of having it. He was given a 66 percent chance of being able to father another child. And he did it -- times three!
The whole family is so excited to be all together -- the older siblings are thrilled, especially Kaitlyn who really wanted a sister. Now she has three.
Congrats to the whole family ... who no doubt will be telling this story for the rest of their lives. And saying "really" to those who cannot believe they were naturally conceived. Because they will be asked.
Beautiful miracle, isn't it?
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