A couple who ʟᴏsᴛ four babies in two years have welcomed miracle triplets – after spending $6,000 on sᴜʀɢᴇʀʏ to prevent ᴘʀᴇᴍᴀᴛᴜʀᴇ ʟᴀʙᴏʀ. Crystal Milutinovic, 29, from Ohio, is over the moon after giving birth to Malina, Kostadin and Aleksija, now two months, on September 10.
The couple had a tough road to parenthood, they spent five years trying to ᴄᴏɴᴄᴇɪᴠᴇ with their first born Demitirje, now three. During that time Crystal was ᴅɪᴀɢɴᴏsᴇᴅ with ᴘᴏʟʏᴄʏsᴛɪᴄ ᴏᴠᴀʀʏ sʏɴᴅʀᴏᴍᴇ P.C.O.S, putting her at higher ʀɪsᴋ of pregnancy ᴄᴏᴍᴘʟɪᴄᴀᴛɪᴏɴs. She was elated to discover she was pregant with spontaneous triplets in 2018. Crystal recalled: ” The pregnancy was ᴜɴᴇᴠᴇɴᴛғᴜʟ and all the appointments were going really well. But at 24 weeks and five days, it was all ʀɪᴘᴘᴇᴅ away from us. Initially, they were doing really but after two days everything went really ʙᴀᴅ.”
The couple were forced to make the ‘hardest decision’ of their lives which was to ᴛᴜʀɴ one of the babies’ life sᴜᴘᴘᴏʀᴛ ᴍᴀᴄʜɪɴᴇ off. Tiny Milan had an ɪɴғᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ in his ɪɴᴛᴇsᴛɪɴᴇs that went sᴇᴘᴛɪᴄ. He was ʀᴇsᴜsᴄɪᴛᴀᴛᴇᴅ three times but could ɴᴏᴛ be sᴀᴠᴇᴅ. Now content with five healthy children – Demitirje, three, Lana, two, and triplets Malina, Kostadin and Aleksija, two months – Crystal is sharing her story online.
She said: “It’s 11.30pm and the toddlers are sleeping, I’ve been cleaning and pumping and now I’m going to go to bed, or try and sleep for a little, and my husband is going to do another feeding and wake the babies up in probably an hour or two.” She explained that her older two are normally in bed by about 8.30pm, but that’s when she gets to work on pumping her ʙᴏᴏʙs for the triplets. She revealed that her husband usually does the 1am feed while she attempts to get some sleep, but it doesn’t always pan out that way. By 3am the tired mum is up again to pum her ʙʀᴇᴀsᴛs once more. She’ll also feed all three babies, nurse them for a while and change each of their dirty nappies. By the time 4.30am comes around, she’s fed all three, pumped some extra milk and cleaned the pum ready for next use just two hours later.
In one clip shared online, she said: “It’s 4.38am, the toddlers did wake up a little early but they fell back asleep. they just wanted to lay in my bed. I got the ᴘᴜᴍᴘ washed, babies are fed and my husband’s alarm is going to go off.” The mum explained that she’ll try to get an hour’s rest before her toddlers wake up at 6am, which is when her busy day typically starts.