Fall of Babel


We were hoping to conceive a rainbow baby this fall. We really want you to have a sibling and we really want the pleasure of raising another wonderful child like you. We had a lot of travel plans for this fall and winter, but we canceled everything except one November trip to the Netherlands. I was too scared to try for a baby and end up with another ruptured ectopic while traveling. We needed to wait a few months for my body to recover from the surgery, and we waited one extra month because of our trip to visit Oma Lia.

After that, during our first cycle of trying, with just one ovary and just one fallopian tube, we naturally conceived triplets! Our spontaneous rainbow triplets consist of monozygotic twins and dizygotic twins. So my one ovary released two eggs at the same time, both got fertilized and one of them split into two embryos. So after losing Berber we were hoping to add a third baby to our family, instead we’re adding three new babies to our family!

Honestly, it was quite a shock, but we’re starting to get used to it little by little. Like Papa says: “our life is always interesting!” And you look at it this way: “One baby for Mama, one baby for Papa, and one baby for Babel.”

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Kotera Triplets


I am pregnant with spontaneous triplets, consisting of monozygotic and dizygotic twins. How does that work? My one ovary released two eggs, which both got fertilized and created dizygotic twins. These traveled through my one fallopian tube to my uterus, and somewhere along the way one of them split into monozygotic twins, creating a total of three babies. You three Kotera triplets.

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Dear Babel, by Papa

Amsterdam Canal Cruise

Dear Babel, now you are 3 and a half years old already. Time flies! You just started to go to nursery last month, so now you wake up at 7:30 every day. What a change. We thought you were just born, but now you are already in preschool. Mama and Papa even started looking at primary schools for you because you only have one year at nursery. Babel, school, unbelievable!

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Babel in Preschool

First Day of Preschool

Preschool here starts the term after you turn 3 years old so this month it was finally your turn! Your first day, I was there with you the entire time. I talked to your key teacher about you, while you played. It was fun to see you go about your way that morning. I hoped that first day would make you feel settled enough to be able to leave you there by yourself on your second day. I had already learned from my stint in hospital this summer, that you can cope without me pretty well so I felt conservatively confident you could do it.

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Summer of Babel

Berber Lodge

Our summer was quite the rollercoaster ride, with wonderful and exciting highs and sad and scary lows. But thank the universe for you; you were always there to shine your light and make us smile and feel better. Babel, this summer was very hard for me and if it wasn’t for you, I really don’t know how I would have coped. Thank you for being you, you are everything. I love you so much.

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To Berber


A little less than a week ago, we lost you, our unborn baby. You were an ectopic pregnancy. You tried to grow in my fallopian tube, which burst the tube. To save my life they removed you, my right fallopian tube, and my right ovary, in an emergency surgery. The day they ended your pregnancy, Thursday the 26th of July, your gestational age was 5 weeks and 5 days. In this short time, you already went through several stages of growth and nearly became the size of a lentil seed (5mm), like the one I am holding on the top of my pinky finger in the photo above.

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Spring of Babel

Spring Flowers

We’ve moved to a new home. One even closer to Papa’s work and your future nursery: we’re literally across the street now. This will make things very easy when you start nursery in September. I’m not sure how you’re going to do when I leave you behind at nursery, though. I think it could go either way. We’ve already been on a little practice play there this month. You loved it! The best part was digging up lots of worms and feeding them to the baby chicks.

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