Multiple Blessings – Surviving to Thriving with Twins and Sextuplets
On May 20, 2009 At 6:30 am
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In Multiple Blessings, Kate Gosselin shares the gripping details of her rollercoaster ride of emotional highs and lows when she discovered she and her husband, Jon, would be expecting sextuplets while still basking in the light of their twin girls' toddlerhood. Strongly encouraged to consider selective reduction for the sake of both mother and babies, she and Jon instead decided to accept the extreme challenge God had handed them. After suffering the long and winding road of infertility, the young couple felt stressed but blessed as they fought valiantly to help their babies survive the fight for their lives. Kate reveals excerpts from her private journal as she describes the daily struggle to carry the babies for thirty weeks. In addition to their uphill medical battle, the family suffered many emotional setbacks such as the loss of Jon's job, forcing the pair to look to God as their sole provider and sustainer of life.
After the miraculous birth, the couple coped with months of neonatal intensive care for their newborns as well as Kate's physical recovery from such complete and prolonged bed rest. Later as the entire family of ten finally arrived home reeling with exhaustion, they still managed to feed, bathe, clothe, and monitor the health of their fragile infants as a steady parade of necessary and helpful volunteers turned their home and family life into a public arena.
The young family lived moment to moment at first, not knowing what each new day would bring and how they would survive on such depleted sleep, money, and emotional reserves. However, as the months progressed, they grew into the next stage of development, proudly letting go of yesterday and looking forward to a brighter and ever-changing tomorrow. Their small home was soon filled to capacity with six cribs, six bouncy seats, several changing tables, never-ending piles of laundry, tubs of colorful toys, stacks of diapers, cartons of formula, rows and rows of bottles, bibs and pacifiers, two triplet strollers, six car seats, and so on. Yes, life was hectic and cramped, but with each major milestone Jon and Kate rejoiced at the miracles that unfolded around them. The crew of six growing babies along with their proud big sisters, Madelyn and Cara, did their part to fill those rooms with squawking, squealing, laughing, and of course, a healthy dose of crying. Kate and Jon eventually came out of the fog of the first precarious two years feeling eternally grateful for the love and support of family, friends, community, and indeed a nation. More important, they felt the ever present hand of a faithful God upholding them and giving them just enough strength and courage to take one day at a time.
User Ratings and Reviews
5 Stars Love that they share their life with us
Very emotionally touching. I too am a huge fan of the show. I disagree with the negative reviews. This book tells a lot of detail, what do you expect? Their lives are being video recorded everyday. Of course there is going to be repeat information off of the show. They are recapping the highlights and lowlights of their life. I couldn't put the book down. It was an excellent book!
5 Stars A True Blessing!
I loved this book!!! I think that Jon and Kate are amazing parents and I love the fact that they don't ever take for granted the fact that they had six babies and left NICU with six babies! Leaving NICU in itself is a blessing!! I love watching their show and after reading this book I find myself even more in awe of those six beautiful children and those two amazing parents who would do anything for their wonderful EIGHT children!
4 Stars Heart Warming
I really enjoyed reading this book, it helped me remind myself to keep my faith in check. It's a nice, short read about a very interesting topic.
5 Stars Multiple Blessings
This book was sooo good I read it in record time and want to read it again! Kate PLEASE write a continuation from that book! Loved it and would love to meet her!
5 Stars Great for all fans and more!
Great book! Talked a lot about the early days. Fast to read, could not put it down. Can't wait for the next Kate book.