Already parents of three boys, a 6-year-old and twins aged 2, Nia and Robert Tolbert, of Waldorf, Maryland, learned their family was about to get even bigger. But when the husband saw the sonogram images, he “fainted”—it was not at all what he had expected.
Nia and Robert Tolbert, from Waldorf, Maryland, had their first son, Shai, in 2011. Four years later, Nia gave birth to twin boys Riley and Alexander in 2015. The couple originally thought they had completed their family, but in August 2017, unexpectedly, Nia learned she was pregnant again.
“But we were in for a surprise,” Nia told People. “Robert and I have always joked about having a large family, but we did not plan to have any more pregnancies after the twins.”
It was a surprise to learn their family was about to expand. Nia, who had been experiencing more intense morning sickness compared to her last two pregnancies, then visited the hospital for a routine ultrasound.
“I knew something was off,” said Nia in an interview with Today. “All the symptoms came much quicker and much harder. My belly got big, much bigger. Everything arrived a lot sooner than I expected.”
What the technician told her came as a shock.
“During my routine ultrasound, my technician began hinting that there may be more than one baby brewing,” she said. “When she said there were three I was shocked. I told her I never thought I’d see ‘baby C’ on a sono pic!”
She recalled how she felt at that time to ABC News: “everything kind of spiraled out of control.”
Now they really were going to have a large family. Nia shared the news with her husband before going on a trip with friends to Tampa, Florida. She handed Robert a gift bag, inside of which was a handwritten card along with the sonogram photos contained in three onesies labeled 1, 2, and 3.
The card read: “Please accept this gift from me and God.”
“I opened the bag and I saw a very, very long sonogram,” Robert said. “Then I saw three onesies in the bag … and they were numbered 1, 2, and 3.”
Robert’s response? “I was finally able to get in touch with him and he shared that he was happy, but he’d ‘fainted!’ ” Nia said.
The Tolberts had been making adjustments in preparation for the expanded family and were happily awaiting the triplets.
“We know our home is going to be full of noise and laughter and love for quite some time!” Nia told People.
Speaking to ABC News, she added: “I know we’re not going to sleep for a couple years, our grocery bill is going to go up, and our house is not going to be quiet and that’s OK.”
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Notably, a most memorable video was taken by the couple on their journey toward an even larger family; it had been a momentous reveal as to what the triplet’s sexes would be. The family members could only speculate: Three more boys? Two boys and one girl? How about three girls joining them in February 2018?
Check out this epic revealing ceremony in the video below to learn the answer. A hint: Shai was disappointed because he had wanted their house “to be full of superheroes and Ninja Turtles.”
Watch the gender-revealing ceremony: