Frisco couple learns joy – multipled by three
FRISCO – Matt and Kim Wasden are already finding ways to tell their three boys apart. Nathan has less hair than his siblings. Nick is the smallest. And then there’s Noel. But they are all three perfect babies.
The Wasden triplets, almost three weeks old, fulfill a long-held dream of Kim Wasden’s. On Mother’s Day 2002, she is finally a mother herself.
“It feels good,” she said, apologizing for the tears that fill her eyes. “It’s a wonderful thing to finally have them be here.”
While the Wasdens didn’t set any records with the birth of their triplets, they did beat the odds.
Matt, 30, and Kim, 33, married five years ago, their wedding itself an odd twist of fate.
Canadian-born Matt, who now owns a local construction company, first saw Kim’s picture when he met her parents while traveling through Colorado on a mission with the Mormon church.
“I saw her picture and I said, “I’m going to marry her,'” he recalled. “Her parents said, “She’s already married,’ and I said, “Minor detail.'”
Matt said he forgot his own prophecy for a few years, instead marrying a Summit County woman whom he later divorced. By that time, Kim was also divorced. Her mother arranged for Kim and Matt to meet, and in 1998, the couple married.
Both Mormoms, with a shared love of family, they wanted a good-sized family. But the Wasdens could not conceive naturally, though doctors repeatedly told them nothing was wrong with either of them.
“It’s frustrating,” Kim said, “especially as you go out of your 20s and into your 30s. We had at one point started looking into the adoption process.”
Before pursuing that angle, the Wasdens decided to try in-vitro fertilization. Doctors implanted three fertilized eggs into Kim’s womb, and gave the couple cautionary advice.
“They said the chances of three taking – you’ve got a better chance of winning the lottery,” Matt said.
Not only did all three embryos thrive, Kim had what her doctors termed an “atypical multiple pregnancy.” She breezed through her nearly nine months with no sickness, minimal weight gain and a calm disposition.
“It was very easy,” she said. “I have waited so long to be pregnant, I would do it again in a heartbeat.”
Kim carried the babies to 36-and-a-half weeks, just three and a half weeks shy of the normal 40-week gestation period. The boys were delivered by Cesarean section, with Matt looking on.
He was composed, he said, until “they all cried at once.”
“Then I turned totally white and slid to the floor,” he said.
But that’s the last time he’s felt undone by new parenthood.
“These guys never cry,” he said, cradling Nick in one arm, Nathan in the other. “It’s cool.
“We’ll have more. Another three and I’d be done. That’s a hockey team. Being Canadian, I’d be happy with that.”
“We’ll see,” Kim said.
Matt’s employees and co-workers have also learned to accommodate the boss’ new schedule.
“When I say I’ll meet someone first thing in the morning, that’s 10 o’clock to me now. It’s not 6 o’clock anymore,” he said.
The Wasdens, who now live in the top floor of a Frisco house, are building a “much bigger house” in Silverthorne, Matt said. The square footage of that house, well in the works before Kim’s pregnancy, shot up dramatically when the couple realized they’d be the parents of triplets.
Meanwhile, their Frisco home is filled with items in triplicate – from glossy handmade wooden cradles to tiny socks in primary colors – some purchased by the Wasdens, some donated by friends.
“The community’s been awesome,” Matt said.
“We’re fortunate that we have the money to buy anything we need,” Kim agreed. “But on top of that, we’re fortunate to have so much support from family and friends.”
And while the triplets’ conception might have been a work of science, from there, it’s all fallen together naturally.
“I know people are going to say it can’t be true, but we have adjusted so well from the time we found out we were pregnant to now,” Kim said. “So far, it’s been kind of a cakewalk.”
Jane Reuter can be reached at 668-3998, ext. 229, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
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