Tuesday, June 13, 2006

I have just seen the most disturbing thing...

Why do I watch the Discovery Health Channel?

Because, in addition to being horrified by things like a day in the life of a man who weighs half a ton and children who are born with horribly disfiguring bone diseases, you can now see the documentary:

Multiple Miracles

Multiple Miracles is the story of a couple in Austrailia who gave birth to quadruplets, while they had a toddler.

This, in and of itself, is not freakish enough to warrant a Discovery Health Channel Special, but,

wait - I'm not done.

SEVEN MONTHS after the birth of the quadruplets, the couple decided they needed to get pregnant AGAIN.

AND THEY DID. RIGHT AWAY. (Using donor sperm, for reasons I am not certain about because I missed the first ten minutes of the show because I had to play a round of Mario Cart Double Dash with Gabe.)


No, I am not kidding. Not even a little.

What I don't understand is why the fertility specialist didn't say to this woman, "Hey. Your body has, like, been through, like, A LOT. And maybe getting pregnant again only seven months after giving birth to four babies, might, like, be really, really freaking hard on your body and I suspect that since you cannot possibly be getting any sleep perhaps this desire to become pregnant again is brought about hysterical insanity triggered by sleeplessness?"

But NO. That does not appear to be what he said.

So, four more babies were born. Well, honestly, one of them didn't make it. Which I am sure was very traumatic for them. That is, if they had to think about it, since, truly - when would these people ever sleep? And without sleep, I know, from personal experience, rational thought is really really difficult. So, I suspect that 10 years from now, when this couple is finally getting enough REM sleep, grief is going to smack them in the face like a son-of-a-bitch.

So, now this Austrailian family is raising seven children under the age of 3 and I cannot imagine why they haven't gone round the bend in a bus full of stark raving madness. And they ended the special by saying that they would like to have four more children...at which point I had to turn the TV off because I was afraid that my head would start spinning around and then explode all over my pretty salmon-colored couch. Which would not be an attractive home decor statement.

I sense I am going to have nightmares about this...(seven babies, not my head exploding.)



Blogger Robinson 4 said...

THose are the types of people that you want to feel sorry for...because of what their lifesyle must be like with that many kids at such a young age. But the other part of your brain has to say, "Eh, they asked for it." hahah

Wednesday, June 14, 2006 10:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Duchess said...

I am just speechless.....

Wednesday, June 14, 2006 11:34:00 AM  
Blogger Nicki said...

I could handle that. What - you couldn't? hahhaah

Wednesday, June 14, 2006 8:41:00 PM  
Blogger Ryan and Heather said...

I do daycare with 6 kids under the age of 4,so I totally feel for that woman! UGH!

Wednesday, June 14, 2006 9:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't feel for the woman. They are the ones that wanted more children which is foolish because then they expect money from everyone to help them because they have so may children

Saturday, September 02, 2006 7:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saw the same show. My jaw dropped. Apparently he has too many X chromosomes that keep him from making sperm. ....But wasn't the first set of quads enough to claim "big family"?! Having more kids wasn't very bright idea on their part....the doctor should have said something to them. It was just way too soon! Eek!
~Jackie who will never dare have nearly as many kids as this family

Thursday, December 28, 2006 8:01:00 PM  

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