Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Reflection of the year that was 2009

“You never know how STRONG you are until being strong is the ONLY choice you have…”

WOW! If that doesn’t sum up the year 2009 for the Boudreaux family, I am not sure what would. What a life changing year it has been. Crystal and I went from a 2 person family with two dogs, a mortgage, student loans and no car payment, to the extreme opposite! I never thought my life could change so drastically in one year. It is AMAZING.

The beginning of last year is a stark contrast to the beginning of this year. This time last year we had been trying to have a baby for almost a year and a half. We had been getting very serious about it for about 6 months and started to see a fertility specialist. This was tough on both of us, but more so on Crystal. It really started to take its toll around the new year because nothing up to that point had seemed to work. Not to mention how much money we were spending. We had gone through the Clomid and started Follistem (for those of you that have taken that, you can attest to how expensive it is and for those who don’t, we met our prescription deductible in the first week of 2009). Financially it was VERY tough. We racked up some serious credit card debt quickly, but our doctor had a good feeling about it and so did we! I will never forget the day I think it happened. We had to go in for an ultrasound on a cold and rainy Sunday around the middle of January. Her numbers looked great and the doctor told us to take the trigger shot. Well as you can tell by now, it sure did work!!!

The beginning of February is when we actually found out we were pregnant. It was one of the happiest days of my life! I was actually boarding a plane for a business trip trying to get a hold of Crystal to find out if it was true. I had to wait until I landed in Dallas to find out. I will never forget when the text came across. I yelled in the plane and people cheered. It was like a scene out of a movie. Then about a month later we went in for our first ultra sound and our lives changed forever when we saw this…

Needless to say it was rather shocking when we saw that for the first time. We had no idea what we were in for, or how tough yet rewarding it was going to be. Like the quote says, I had no idea how strong I could be when I had to be. During this pregnancy, Crystal ended up in the hospital three times with major complications. Once for complications from the Follistem and twice for a cerclage. The final one landed her in the hospital for the duration of the pregnancy.

This was the hardest thing I had to do in my entire life. There were nights or mornings when I left the hospital that I would cry the entire 45 minute drive home wondering if I was strong enough to get through this. Watching Crystal become more and more miserable in the hospital nearly killed me. I wanted to be there with her all the time and help make her feel better. It took all I had to be the strong one in front of her to help give her strength and not show her the I was about to crumble, but I knew that was what I had to do. The last few weeks actually got a little easier. We had almost settled into a routine and were getting pretty comfortable.

The closer we got to Crystals birthday the more antsy I got. When we found out we were pregnant, we were given a due date of October 17th, which is a full term 40 week pregnancy. Well, as most of you know, the national average gestation for triplets is 33 weeks. Crystal’s birthday was one day shy of 33 weeks. From the beginning, I had a strong feeling that these kids would be here right around her birthday. I joked from the beginning that if it was her birthday, I would only have to remember two dates the rest of my life, their birthday and our anniversary. Well, that prediction came true! Two weeks after the doctor finally set a c-section date, the Trioux decided to give mommy the greatest birthday present ever, their arrival! By far the greatest moment of my entire life!!! Worth all the time driving and all the money spent. Nothing can compare to the feeling of having three lives in your hands!

Now that we have settled into our life at home, we could not be happier. There are many times I sit back and wonder what it would be like to only have one or two but all it does is make me appreciate the three of them more! I can’t imagine not having 6 little eyes looking up at me, or 30 little fingers grabbing for me. We do look forward to all the challenges that we will face over the next year. Should be fun and interesting!

Well on to 2010! I am going to try and start posting every other day or so. Today we have our 4 month appointment so I will have stats in the next few days. One thing that I can say about the last few days… TEETHING SUCKS!!! Especially times three!!!

Take care and until next time here are a few pics for your enjoyment.

Merry Christmas Mommy (Jack)

Little Addi after her bath

Jack being silly after his bath

Jack passed out in daddy's lap after a teething bout

Finally, daddy's Christmas present to the babies


  1. what a sweet sweet post! your love for them is so evident and you are such an awesome daddy. i still can't believe yall have three! LOL. i can't WAIT to meet them brian. much love. and also, i LOVE the sock monkeys! too cute! tell crystal i love her to.

  2. What a great summary of the year. So sweet. I also love the monkeys. Where are they from?

  3. Congrats on surviving 2009, with three cuties to show for it!

  4. Miracles happen!! Your babies are a testiment to that. As for the money thing....I think as long as you have kids you will be penniless!! Just a fyi... teething can take months before teeth actually appear. It is a trial of faith:) Good luck and best wish's for a new and beautiful year!!

  5. OMG! i got my quads sock monkeys for Christmas too! what a great post.