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The Bittersweet End to the Butler Triplets story. March 15, 2010

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Brady Winston

Braxton Wayne

It has taken me over two years to write this post. Shortly after my last post I went into labor at only 26 weeks. After four days of trying to stop my labor, they finally did an ultrasound and found that Baby A (Ben) did not have a heartbeat. They would not know what happened to him until I delivered. They tried for the rest of that day and night to stop my labor but informed me that my body was trying to deliver because he had died and they didn’t know if they would be able to stop it or if it was the safest thing for the two remaining babies. Unfortunately the next morning I had dialated too far and had to have an emergency c-section. Braxton Wayne (Baby B) was born weighing 1 pound 13 ounces and Brady Winston (Baby C) was born weighing 1 pound 12 ounces. My poor Ben was born still at 1 pound 9 ounces. His cord had basically become too thin and could no longer supply him nutrients and he passed away. They are not sure why this happened. Braxton and Brady were rushed to the NICU but were doing pretty well for such tiny babies. This story could go on and on but I don’t quite have it in me to write all the details. Braxton continued to thrive and grow and went home from the NICU on January 7, 2008 at two months old and a little over four pounds. Brady, however, began having problems with his intestines at two weeks old and was transfered to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. After five months, many surgeries, many setbacks, and many tears, Brady passed away in my arms on March 29, 2008. I barely recognize the person who wrote the previous posts because I have changed so much after this ordeal. I will always be the mother of triplets but unfortunatley I only have one here with me. The happy ending to this story is that Braxton is now 2 years old and doing great. He has no problems at all from his prematurity. I don’t write this story to scare other women who are pregnant with multiples. I write it to honor my babies because I felt like their story needed to be told. I have created another blog in memory of Brady and Ben. If you would like to check it out go to rememberingbradyandben.blogspot.com

I miss my babies so very much and I know that I will never be the same again. However, I would not take back one day of my pregnancy. It may not have ended the way I wanted but the miracle of those three little lives inside of me for six months was one of the most precious times of my life.


Baby Showers October 29, 2007

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Katie, Maddie, Anna, Me, Beth and Kelly


Me taking a punch break between gifts!


Me opening up all the goodies!

I had two wonderful baby showers this week. Thank you to all of you who came and for all the great gifts. Michael and I are truly overwhelmed and touched at everyone’s generosity. I can’t imagine that there is anything else that these babies need. I think every need was covered with all of the gifts and they will be the best dressed babies in town (ha-ha). My work shower was on Tuesday and I am so lucky to work with such a great group. They gave me so many lovely things. I wish I had time to list everything here but it would take up the whole page. My church shower with family and friends was on Saturday and it was simply amazing. I think it took me almost two hours to open all the gifts! My sisters Katie and Kelly, my cousin Beth and her mom Terri, and my sister-in-law Anna were the hosts and I cannot say thank you to them enough. They all worked so hard and spent so much money I am sure on all the food and lovely decorations and everything just turned out great! Once again I am truly touched at everyone’s generosity and it means so much to us to know that we have the support of so many great people. I can’t wait for the boys to be able to meet you all and I will be sure that they know how loved that they were by so many before they were even born. What else can I say but THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!


Quick Update-25 Weeks and Counting October 26, 2007

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I went to the doctor on Tuesday. All of the babies looked good and have made it past the 1 pound mark. Babies B and C both weighed 1 pound and 8 ounces and Baby A was a little smaller at 1 pound 4 ounces. They said because of the position of Baby A that his measurements may not be as acurate from here on out and that it is possible that he weighs as much as the other two. I also had another gestational diabetes test on Tuesday which I am happy to report that I passed! Yay! The only problem is that my iron levels are a little low so I am going to have to start iron supplements. But hey I am already taking so much medicine at this point-what is one more pill? I also had my work shower on Tuesday afternoon which was wonderful. I got so much great stuff but I will write more about that in my next post because I am having another shower tomorrow at church. I can’t wait! I am only 7 weeks away now from the 32 week goal for this pregnancy! I will update again soon.


What a Difference 12 weeks makes! October 15, 2007

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(24 Weeks Pregnant)                                                           (12 Weeks Pregnant)

Everything went great at my last appointmet. They didn’t do an ultrasound but they did listen to all of their heartbeats and they all sounded good. I go back again on October 23. They will be doing an ultrasound that day and measuring how big each of the babies are now. I am still feeling pretty good for the most part although I am starting to have some swelling and backache and it is just getting harder to move around a lot in general. My goal is to try to work until the middle of November. If it I make it that far I will be at 27 weeks. The nursery is coming along. My sister, Katie, came over and painted it and my Dad hung the border. It looks really good! Michael put together all three baby beds and my mom bought and hung the curtains. I will post pictures when it is complete. It is quite a challenge to put three baby beds in one room! It does kind of resemble a day care or something (ha-ha). I will try to update again after my next appointment on Oct. 23.


22 Weeks pregnant October 4, 2007

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Gift Registries and Doctors Appointment Update September 26, 2007

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  Target.com Home Page

I promised everyone that I would let them know where I was registred at. I am registered at both Babies R Us and Target. My shower for work is set for October 23 and my shower at church is set for October 27. I will try to post a direct link to both of my registeries at the bottom of the post but I am not sure if it will work or not. Yesterday was my big and LONG ultrasound where they measured all of the babies organs, arms, legs, feet, fingers, toes, etc… Everything went great. All three babies appeared to be normal and growing well. Baby A had a slightly irregular heartbeat which they said was fairly common in the womb and should correct itself before birth. Two of the boys weighed 13 ounces and one weighed 12 ounces. I go back again on Oct. 9 for a quick check-up. I am still doing pretty well and have no signs of pre-term labor. My blood pressure was great and as always I had gotten larger since the last visit. I have had a little swelling in my legs but not much and several nose bleeds due to the increase blood volume in my body trying to provide nutrients to all of these little guys. Thanks for all of the prayers and I thank God that all appeared pretty normal. I am now 21 weeks so the time is creeping up on me and I still have so much to do! I promise to try and get some ultrasound pictures on here as soon as I can figure out how to do it. I have tons of them and yesterday they took the cutest little picture of their three heads huddled together. I am sure they are already thinking up ways to drive me crazy (ha-ha). Below is a link to both of my registires.

Babies R Us Registry:


Target Registry



19 1/2 Weeks Pregnant September 17, 2007

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As always the belly continues to expand. I got a call from my doctor’s office and I passed my gestational diabetes test! They want to check me again for it at 24 weeks but so far so good. I will update again after my big ultrasound scan on September 25!