The wonderful Kristina Penhoet with her twins Adrien and Evelyn (8 years old). Kristina had several first trimester losses before she conceived her children with the help of IVF. She wasn't responding well to the treatment so they almost didn't follow through, but were able to continue. She ended up having 4 embryos and asked if they could transfer them all, her doctor agreed to transfer three, saying that four would give him heart palpitations. All three embryos took but one of her triplets had markers for Down Syndrome. She and her husband decided that with three babies, having a child with special needs would be too much for them. They chose to have a selective reduction and terminate that baby. Kristina went on to have a healthy pregnancy by twin standards until she started to labor at 24 weeks. They were able to stop her labor but the next three weeks were difficult. At 27 weeks, she had contractions close together and had dilated to 3 cms. They spent 18 hours trying to stop labor, but ended up delivering via cesarean. Her daughter was born first and hearing her cry was very reassuring. When her son was born just a couple minutes later, he was quiet, everyone in the room was quiet and she became concerned. He eventually let out a little cry but she was only able to see him for a second before they took him to NICU. Evelyn came home after 9.5 weeks in NICU and Adrien joined them two weeks later. Kristina says that those two weeks were the most difficult as her heart was in two different places. She chose to quit her job and stay home so she could focus on her children. Both twins required early intervention services, and Adrien has had some eye issues but both twins are in good health today. Kristina says she's spent so much of her life trying to be perfect and she's ready to finally just be herself.