1. How did you meet?
We met through Thomas’s brother, who often visited Amanda’s place of employment due to his job as a pharmaceutical rep. Being the outgoing person he is, he got to know Amanda quickly. When he discovered she was single and a fellow Latter-day Saint, he immediately sought to set her up on a blind date with his brother Thomas. The two met each other briefly for the first time in June 2006. Their first official date came in August 2006. They were engaged by October and then married in the Houston Texas Temple in January 2007.
2. How did you end up conceiving?
In September of 2007 Thomas and Amanda decided to start a family. For several months they tried with no luck to conceive. Amanda had been previously diagnosed with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) and so she went to her OB/GYN for help, who suggested she see a fertility specialist since after discovering Amanda had endometriosis and one blocked Fallopian tube. She first saw a fertility specialist in April 2008 and was started on Clomid, which resulted in 2 failed cycles. The fertility specialist decided it was time to take a more aggressive approach. He started Amanda on follicle stimulating hormone shots for ovulation induction in preparation for IUI (intrauterine insemination). After Amanda’s first treatment cycle with the shots she became pregnant with twins. We were excited and felt blessed; unfortunately, she lost the twins in September 2008 at 18 weeks due to an incompetent cervix. As hard as it was, we kept moving forward in our quest to have a child. She did a second ovulation induction and IUI in December 2008, which resulted in an ectopic (tubal) pregnancy. Still determined and not willing to give up we went ahead and did a third IUI in March 2009. Happy and joyful we were when we found out Amanda was pregnant again. At her first ultrasound on April Fools’ Day, we found out we were expecting four babies, but a follow-up ultrasound two weeks later revealed a fifth baby. Shocked and excited thinking we were expecting quintuplets, a third scan a few weeks later found the sixth baby (sextuplets).
3. Why did you choose this particular fertility procedure?
We decided to do ovulation induction (OI) and intrauterine insemination (IUI) since in vitro fertilization (IVF) is so expensive. We just couldn’t afford it. Also OI and IUI was the next step in Amanda’s treatment cycle. OI and IUI are typically tried first before trying in vitro. Plus our insurance covered six treatment cycles of ovulation induction & intrauterine insemination.
4. Did you consider selective reduction?
The doctors highly recommended selective reduction and we did give it a lot of thought and consideration. This was one of the toughest decisions we have ever had to make in our marriage to that point. We agonized over the decision for three weeks. After much pondering and weighing of the pros and cons of both reduction and carrying all six, we decided to move forward with carrying all six children and leave it up to the Lord. Through prayer, we felt confident about our decision to carry all six.
5. What happened to the babies?
Amanda went into premature labor on August 4 ,2009. Sadly four of the babies passed away. Check the August 2009 blog archives for more detailed information.
6. How are the remaining children doing?
They do have some health problems, but overall they are enduring well. Haley is blind and has some hearing loss that should be at least partially remedied with surgery and hearing aids. Rachel has a feeding tube and a paralyzed vocal cord; eventually the feeding tube will no longer be necessary. As both girls have flattened heads from their time in the NICU, they are wearing cranial reshaping helmets to help round out their skulls. Due to their prematurity they are both developmentally behind, but we have faith that with therapy and the proper care that they will catch up.
7. Why did you create this website?
Our family and friends suggested it. We agreed to start this website in order to document the amazing journey in which we find ourselves. Also we felt it would be a wonderful opportunity to share this part of our lives with our family and friends.