I'VE WON THE LOT­TERY THREE TIMES OVER

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS -

Blue Moun­tains cou­ple Chris­tine and Dou­glas Kennedy had tried for a baby for eight years. But Chris­tine suf­fered poly­cys­tic ovar­ian syn­drome where cysts grow on the ovaries and ham­per con­cep­tion.

As a re­sult they were years of mis­car­riages, tears and dashed dreams.

Then the cou­ple turned to fer­til­ity treat­ment.

“I had an ovu­la­tion in­jec­tion (to in­crease egg pro­duc­tion) and in­stead of my body re­leas­ing one egg, it re­leased three. Then we tried nat­u­rally that month.

“We had the first scan at seven weeks and af­ter a while, the scan­ner said ‘let me dou­ble check but I think you’ve got three in there’. “We were shocked. My hus­band’s first words were ‘we’re go­ing to need a big­ger car, and a big­ger house’ and then my mum burst into tears of hap­pi­ness,” the 29-year-old said.

The Aus­tralia Post worker was put on mod­i­fied du­ties but at 23 weeks, she was or­dered off her feet and onto bed rest. The triplets ar­rived at 29 weeks, 11

weeks early and weigh­ing just over one kilo­gram each. Onyx, Odin and Orion are non-iden­ti­cal bun­dles of joy who are now nine months old, and moth­er­hood is ev­ery­thing Chris­tine wished for — al­beit a lit­tle full-on.

“It’s amaz­ing, it’s some­thing I have hoped for a long time and I didn’t think I’d get to be one. They make me smile ev­ery day, they are very cheeky lit­tle boys,” she said. “I feel like I have won the lot­tery and I feel so many peo­ple wished and hoped for us to have kids and their wishes were mul­ti­plied by three.”

The one­sies say it all. Orion, Onyx and Odin. Be­low: Chris­tine and Dou­glas Kennedy with their triplets.

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