Three Kids Under Three and No Sleep: This Family’s Journey

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WEST DES MOINES, Iowa - Chris and Shelley Skuster don't have a cookie-cutter family - and they like it that way.

"It's so unique, and it's so special, and it's something that we would have never pictured," Shelley Skuster said. "All of our kids have unique stories coming into our family, and I think that's what makes it so special."

Chris and Shelley Skuster say just eight years ago, they'd have never imagined their family would look like this. (Photo Courtesy: Chris and Shelley Skuster).

Chris and Shelley Skuster say just eight years ago, they'd have never imagined their family would look like this. (Photo Courtesy: Chris and Shelley Skuster).

The family of five was once a family of two; struggling with infertility for years, doctors told the couple a pregnancy wasn't likely.

"And that was a really hard time for our family," she said. "So Mother's Day in years past have been somewhat painful."

But pain became passion: they brought little Olivia into their life first, and a year later, little Kendra followed. Balancing two kids under two, Shelley started a blog and Facebook page to chronicle her family's journey. After adopting, the family thought about getting involved in foster care; but then, a big surprise revealed itself.

"We were perfectly content with our family, and we still wanted to pursue foster care," she said. "But we were in a routine, and had just moved for Chris' job, and we found out I was pregnant."

Against all odds, a pregnancy brought their third child, Addison, into their family's journey.

"The past nine months have been a little crazy, and the past six weeks have been even crazier - just trying to get a new sense of normal, with three kids under three," she said.

These parents say "crazy" doesn't even begin to describe it.

"We actually joke - we have to laugh, or we'll cry," she said. "Because it's so crazy all the time!"

But three kids and no sleep - that's just the way the Skuster's want it this Mother's Day.

"If you would have asked us 8 years ago, 'What is your family going to look like?' This would not be it," she said. "It is so much better than what we would have ever planned for ourselves."

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