Lauren Milmine is half of a set of identical twins herself, so she and her husband, George, had entertained the thought that she might be carrying twins (even though identical twins don’t necessarily run in families). However, as it turned out, it was twins – plus one.
“We were absolutely shocked,” she said of the initial ultrasound that told her and George that they would be parents of triplets. “We were definitely scared at first, given the risks associated with high-order multiples, but it was one of the most exciting things that could have happened to us. We feel truly blessed to have three beautiful, healthy babies.”
Things went relatively smoothly, considering three babies were on the way. “I have to say the pregnancy could not have gone any better,” she said. “I didn’t have any complications. I was in the hospital twice with early contractions but other than that, nothing. We made it all the way to 36 weeks, which is considered full-term for triplets. I was on bed rest for a few months and I had to eat a lot, about 200 grams of protein each day.”
When Charles, Sadie, and Bentley were delivered by cesarean section, performed by W. Lynn Leaphart, M.D., they did so well they went directly to the well-baby nursery, completely bypassing the neonatal intensive care nursery that is so vital to many babies born of high-risk pregnancies. They were big for triplets, with weights ranging from 4.5 pounds to just 2 ounces shy of 7 pounds.
The Milmines are both attorneys. Lauren has returned to teaching health law to graduate students at Georgia Southern University – a job she held throughout her pregnancy, although she finished up teaching via the Internet after she went on bed rest as the babies’ birth approached.
So, is parenting harder when all of your children arrive at once? Don’t ask the Milmines; as Lauren pointed out, “We don’t know any different.”