The box labeled A revealed blue smoke, indicating that there was a boy on the way. The crowd whooped and cheered as the couple on stage held each other tight. But then the husband moved on to box B, followed by box C, all the way down to F. With sextuplets on the way, would any of the boxes produce pink smoke?
Courtney and Eric Waldrop are a couple from Albertville in Alabama. The pair began dating in middle school and eventually got married back in 2004. Four years later, they had their first son, Saylor, and a few years after that they welcomed twin boys, Wales and Bridge, into the family, too.
By 2012 the Waldrops and their sons were a happy family of five. It hadn’t been an easy ride to get there, though. After Saylor was born, Courtney had tragically suffered a number of miscarriages. However, the couple were determined to add to their family and decided to get a helping hand in the form of fertility treatment.
Thankfully, the treatment proved successful and the twins were born, but the couple still harbored hopes of adding to their clan. And so, at the start of 2017, the Waldrops decided to try for another baby. This time, however, they thought they’d do it without medical assistance.
Tragically, though, Courtney again lost the baby in the early stages of her pregnancy. At this point, the Waldrops knew that their best chance would be to try fertility treatments once more – so that’s exactly what they did.
And there’s no doubt that the treatment was successful. Yes, the happy couple were told that they weren’t expecting just one more baby; six were on the way! That’s right, Courtney was pregnant with sextuplets. Their humble family of five would soon become an enormous clan of 11.
Unsurprisingly, the couple found the news overwhelming. “I was scared to death,” Courtney told People in August 2017. “I’m a smaller framed girl, and my first thoughts were on how I was going to successfully get six kids here without something happening to them or me,” she continued.
In August 2017 the Waldrops told Inside Edition that they felt a whole range of emotions. “We’re excited, nervous, overwhelmed,” Courtney explained, adding that she and her husband were hoping that there would be at least one girl among the six babies. Yes, the couple fancied a sister for their existing three sons.
Meanwhile, recognizing that having sextuplets would be an expensive undertaking, the local community rallied around the family. A fun run was organized in the hope of raising enough money to buy all the baby kit that the Waldrops would need.
And before the run, the family also took the opportunity to announce the gender of all six of their babies. And it was quite a showstopping reveal. In fact, the Waldrops and their three sons lined up on a stage, standing behind six boxes, each with a flare sticking out the top.
The plan was to light each of the six flares one by one, with the color of the smoke signifying the gender of the baby. Moreover, the couple had no idea whether they were expecting boys or girls, so they would to find out at the same time as the excited crowd. Logically, they started with box A.
After lighting the flare, the Waldrops stood back, waiting to see what color the smoke would be. A moment later, blue smoke was released; another brother was on his way! Then it was time for Box B. Surely, the couple were owed a baby girl.
But no, the smoke was blue again. The Waldrops smiled and laughed as they learned that their fifth child would also be a boy. Next, Eric lit the flare sticking out of Box C. Pink this time? No! Unbelievably, blue smoke once more wafted into the evening air.
The crowd cheered as the couple hugged each other tight. There were still three more boxes to go; three more chances to get the girl they had always wanted. The flare on Box D was lit and everyone waited with bated breath to see the color of the smoke this time.
And sure enough, after a few seconds, some bright pink smoke appeared from the flare. Courtney in particular looked overjoyed, and she flung her hands into the air before hugging her husband. Finally, the Waldrops had got the news they’d wanted – a daughter was on the way!
And in an incredible finale, the last two flares also revealed pink smoke, signifying two more girls. Courtney was delighted. “I’m so excited! Oh, my gosh, three girls and three boys, I mean, it couldn’t be any more perfect,” she said in an Inside Edition video uploaded to YouTube in August 2017.
But the Waldrops’ excitement comes with some apprehension, too. Because of the unusual nature of Courtney’s pregnancy, doctors warned them that she is a “high risk” case. The couple were informed that there is a significant chance that the sextuplets will be born prematurely.
There is also a fear that Courtney will have to have a C-section delivery, leaving her vulnerable to various complications, such as stroke and infections. The Waldrops were also told that they could consider reducing the number of fetuses in Courtney’s womb. This would increase the chances of survival for the remaining ones.
However, their strong religious beliefs led them to rule that idea out immediately. But that doesn’t mean that they don’t appreciate the risks involved. Speaking to People, Courtney said, “No doctor could sugar coat what could happen. The risks are real for me and for the babies.”
For now, all they can do is wait and pray that everything goes smoothly. And, perhaps sensibly, the couple told People that they aren’t even thinking about baby names yet. “I just want them to be healthy, healthy, healthy,” Courtney said, “that’s all I can ask for.”