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My name is Lori. I am a thirty-five-year-old mom of one and have been married for nine years to Greg. It took us five years to get pregnant with Nicholas and we spent six months of that seeking ART with no result. In June of 2004, we decided to stop trying and bought a house. On August 20, 2004, four days before the closing on the house, I found out I was pregnant and I had also accepted a new job in a LTC/STR facility as a nurse.

Greg and I had hoped that since Nicholas was a spontaneous conception, we would be lucky again, but that did not happen. In July of 2008, we decided to go for another ART consult and following an HSG, we discovered that my left tube was blocked as a result of an infection in my C-Section wound following the delivery of Nicholas. We were told that IVF was our best option to conceive, but we were not willing to place six embryos in my uterus, so we forged forth with ART and IUI. Our first cycle, in August, did not take, much to my disappointment. I was not allowed to go for an immediate second cycle for September, as my reproductive organs were over-stimulated and my estrogen level was too high. I was ready for October and was inseminated on October 13 and 14 of 2008 and had a positive pregnancy by October 25.

I went for the beta HCG quantitative every couple of days; it went from 197 to 600 to 900 to finally 2200, and an ultrasound on the 13th of November confirmed I had not one but two gestational sacs with positive heartbeats. I am happy, excited, nervous, and terrified of how I am going to handle being a mom of three kids. I am a good mom of a singleton, and thought that mom of two would be hectic but I would be able to manage it, but I am now faced with raising three kids! How am I going to juggle this? I will just have to figure it out as I go along, I guess. I am looking forward to the challenge; I know I can handle this.

I love my son tremendously, and I know that I will be a great mom for these two gifts and Greg will be a terrific dad; he has never been one of those guys afraid to hold a newborn. He is great with my sister’s children and I have all the faith in the world that we will be okay. I know that we are not Jon and Kate Plus 8, but it is going to be hard going from one to three kids. Every day will be a new learning experience for us.

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