Lauren Perkins had always dreamed of becoming a mom. After a difficult year of trying and failing to become pregnant, the idea of fertility treatment didn’t seem so scary anymore. She and her husband David decided to take a vacation to Nicaragua to consider their next step. During the trip, Lauren opened up about their struggles to conceive to a friend who happened to be a priest. His calm reply stuck with her: “Someone up there has big plans for you, I don’t know what, but it will be big.”
Upon returning home to Texas, Lauren decided to try artificial insemination, and to her surprise, she finally fell pregnant. In the first routine check, she was told her HCG levels were high, indicating the possibility of more than one child. The idea of having twins or triplets was thrilling after their long struggle.
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However, an ultrasound revealed something even more astonishing: there were not just two or three, but six babies growing inside Lauren. Shocked and overwhelmed, the couple had to make a tough decision – whether to reduce the number of children or give them all a chance. They chose the latter, knowing the risks and complications associated with multiple births.
After much anticipation and planning, the day arrived. On April 23, 2012, in week 30 of her pregnancy, Lauren gave birth with a team of doctors and nurses ready to assist. The delivery was swift, taking just four minutes to bring all six babies into the world. Andrew, Benjamin, Caroline, Leah, Allison, and Levi were born weighing between one and two pounds each.
The babies faced a difficult road ahead due to their premature birth. Their parents worried about potential complications, but with the care of the neonatal facility staff, they slowly recovered. Lauren and David received immense support from loved ones and even strangers who were touched by their story. Donations poured in, helping them through the challenges.
After weeks of care, five of the babies were strong enough to go home at four months old. Leah, the smallest, had to stay a bit longer due to her unique struggles. The family adapted to their new life, learning to manage the semi-controlled chaos that came with raising sextuplets.
Recently, Andrew, Noah, Benjamin, Luke, Caroline, Grace, Leah, Michelle, Allison, Kate, and Levi Thomas celebrated their sixth birthday. The family has faced challenges, especially with Leah’s developmental needs, but they remain resilient. Leah attends a general preschool for children with disabilities and brings light and laughter to their lives.
Lauren and David are grateful for the medical staff who supported them throughout this journey and for the special place these caregivers hold in their hearts. The family looks forward to the future and is thankful for the love and support that has brought them through the toughest times.
And so, Lauren’s journey, from struggle to six miracles, continues, reminding us of the power of hope, love, and the unexpected twists that life can bring.