Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

December 28, 2013

Parents reflect on triplets' first months

BY TONY HUFFMAN Daily News
Effingham Daily News

---- — FARINA — When Scott and Jennifer Sporleder shared details about the first three months of raising triplets, they mention five little words that might make them the envy of every new parent.

“They sleep through the night,” said Jennifer, who graduated from Effingham High School in 2005.

The couple credits their new brood's sleeping habits with following a close schedule, which initially had them waking the two boys and a girl at one and four a.m. for feedings. Beyond that, they credit the smooth transition into parenthood to a great family and two very caring grandmothers.

The triplets were born appropriately on Labor Day, Sept. 2, 2013, at the Baptist Medical Center in St. Louis. Not identical, Leighton Dean was born first at 4 pounds, 8 ounces and 19 inches long; Tanner Scott came one minute later at 4 pounds, 7 ounces and 18 and a half inches long, followed again one minute later by Lillian Kay at 3 pounds, 3 ounces and 17 inches long.

According to Sporleder, she was “in utter shock” when they found out about the triplets.

“I cried,” laughed Sporleder. “I think we felt every emotion there is.”

Scott and Jennifer tried for about a year before using fertility treatments. Once pregnant, they immediately found a doctor in St. Louis that specialized in pregnancies involving mutliples. They both spoke very highly of their physician, Dr. Micheal Paul, and said they credit the smooth process to closely following his advise during the pregnancy.

Although Jennifer was put on limited bed rest late in the pregnancy, there were very few complications with delivering their three bundles of joy. Jennifer said her size was one of the few struggles, appearing to be at full term at 27 weeks pregnant. Giving birth in the fall, it was an extremely busy time for the new family. Scott is a grain elevator manager for ADM and also farms.

“It was a really busy fall,” Scott said. “But you don't have a choice when you have triplets.”

With the expanded family, they are already looking for a larger home and a different vehicle. They bought a new car last year, but “we are going to have to start looking for something bigger,” said Jennifer.

Going through about 15 bottles a day and 20 diapers, Jennifer credits a part of her personality she had before becoming a mother to raising three babies.

“I am very routine-oriented,” Jennifer said, whose maiden name is Bartels.

Their church, Red Brush Christian in Louisville, collects diapers for them and was very generous when they brought the babies home.

“We didn't have to cook for a month,” said Jennifer.

All and all, considering the high level of care they received at the hospital, a very helpful family, uninterrupted sleep and a caring church, they both say so far parenthood has been a positive experience.

“We are very blessed,” said Jennifer.

Tony Huffman can be reached at 217-347-7151 ext. 138 and tony.huffman@effinghamdailynews.com.