Nia Tolbert and her husband Robert thought their family was complete. They had a son (Shai), and then had twin boys (Riley and Alexander)—and it was already a wonderful and loving family.
So when Nia became pregnant again—she said it was a shock.
“We joked about having a big family, but we never thought it would happen to us. We thought we were good with one or two, but here we are,” Robert told WUSA.
But nearly immediately, Nia realized the pregnancy wasn’t normal.
“I knew something was off,” she told TODAY. “All the symptoms came much quicker and much harder. My belly got big, much bigger. Everything arrived a lot sooner than I expected.”
When Nia went in for her first routine ultrasound, it all became clear. The technician started asking questions like “Do multiples run in your family?” and she knew she must be carrying twins again.
Multiples indeed run in Nia’s family, but giving birth to two sets of identical twins one after another is still very rare.
“I was sort of shocked, but we had been down this road before,” Nia said.
Nia tried to wrap her mind around raising another set of twins when the technician said that she wanted to do one more scan just to be sure.
That’s when they saw the most astounding thing.
There were not two, but three heartbeats.
Nia was carrying identical triplets.
Nia, stunned, asked the technician, “Can you make sure there’s not four?”
Multiple births are common when the mother has undergone fertility treatments, but natural triplets are incredibly rare. And to have triplets after having twins in the same lifetime, much less one after the other? Her doctor told her that was even more incredible.
Nia then learned that she is a “hyperovulator,” meaning there is usually more than one egg ovulating at the same time. According to Dr. Rami Tabbarah, an OBGYN at Inova Women’s Hospital, there are about 8 in 1,000 people in the US who have this condition.
Adding triplets to the family was definitely going to be a big feat, but Nia wasn’t daunted.
“I know it was a blessing and it wasn’t an opportunity for me to be afraid,” Nia said.
But now she had to figure out how to tell her husband Robert—and ended up breaking the news as a surprise. She was leaving for a weekend getaway in Tampa, so she decided to leave him a note saying how much she loved him, plus a sonogram picture—and three onesies.
“I passed out,” Robert said. “I hit the bed. I blinked twice, when I woke up I saw that some time had elapsed on the clock.”
Then he thought, “Whoa, this is real life.’”
The Talbots decided to add one more surprise to the mix, keeping the gender reveal a surprise until they could have a big family get together.
Guess what the gender the triplets were and cast your vote below—then see if you were correct!
Nia popped three black balloons, one by one, and the confetti inside revealed each baby’s gender.
She got pink, pink….and pink!
When they discovered they would be having three girls, there were a few slightly disappointed relatives, but they quickly turned into smiles all around.
And as the family already has three boys, Robert felt it would help balance the house.
“The three boys, they flock to their mother—they want to defend her, they don’t give her a second to breathe or do anything on her own. Now I have my own little posse and they’re going to follow me and they’re going to protect me and take care of me,” Robert said sagely as Nia burst into laughter.
Watch the reveal below:
GENDER REVEAL: She had one son, twin boys, and now she's expecting triplets. Will she be getting a house full of boys or will the house finally be balanced? 🎀 or 💙 STORY: http://on.wusa9.com/2iFVRkk
Posted by WUSA 9 on Thursday, November 9, 2017