Courtney Hill has faced far more tragedy than most people her age. She met her husband Brian in 2011 and they formed an instant bond. They were happily in love and they had a daughter named Reagan together. But just six years later, Brian was killed in a lorry accident while serving in the military. He spent time in Iraq, Kuwait, and Afghanistan.
Prior to Brian’s fatal accident, he and Courtney had decided to expand their family. The day that Courtney received the sad news of Brian’s death, she took a pregnancy test, but much to her dismay it showed up negative. Days later she took the test again and discovered that she was in fact, pregnant with their second child.
While most wives get to make a special announcement to their husbands when they find out that they are pregnant, Courtney had a much more somber way of telling him and had to announce the pregnancy at his funeral.
“We’re going to have a baby,” she said as she closed the coffin.
On one side she was immensely sad as she laid her husband to rest and said goodbye to the man she loved so dearly, and on the other side, she was joyful to have their baby growing inside her.
A month following the funeral and the discovery of her pregnancy, Courtney started to experience some pain. Right away she was overcome with fear and thought that she was going to have a miscarriage.
Much to her surprise, the doctor informed her of something quite opposite. After conducting an ultrasound, he discovered that Courtney was not only carrying one baby but three. She soon became the proud mom of triplets, two boys, and a girl. She spent the next several weeks feeling blessed that she would get to see Brian’s traits in three babies. It was like triple the gift.
But, as if Courtney hadn’t experienced enough tragedy in her young life, one of the male triplets passed away at 25 weeks. As to be expected, she was devastated. She had already picked out a name for him and had grown attached to the heartbeat and the idea of having three babies.
“It caught me off guard. I wasn’t expecting to hear that news at the ultrasound. It reminded me of the loss of my husband, with his loss came blessings,” said Courtney who had decided to name the late boy, Brady.
Months later Courtney gave birth to a beautiful baby boy and girl who she named Harper and Miles. While she feels blessed for the two healthy babies that will allow her to carry on her husband’s legacy, she also gets a bit sad when people assume they are twins.
“People jump to the conclusion that they are twins. I call them surviving triplets. Many people get it, but others don’t. I don’t expect people to know my story, that I had three heartbeats for 26 weeks, but it hurts when I hear ‘twins and I know in my heart that they are triplets,” said Courtney.
Reagan has been a great helper for her mom and she says her brother is in heaven with her father.
“They will all know about their dad. From military to family man…he was the true hero. he was an amazing man, always wiling to help others. he was just an amazing father and husband. He was perfect,” said Courtney.