Nicole Kirkland had her first sonogram when she was 8-weeks pregnant. She was shocked when doctors told her she was having twins. But Nicole was even more surprised when she went back a few weeks later for a follow-up.
"They did the sonogram and the nurse was kind of running around and like, 'They said you were having twins right?' I'm like, 'Yeah.' She told me she found another baby. Excited but nervous. I was just getting over the fact that I was having twins when I went back and found out I was having another baby," said Nicole Kirkland, the mother of triplets.
The most surprising part is Krikland wasn't using any fertility medications.
"It just happens but it's such a rarity to have three eggs come out at the same time or one egg that has to divide three times or two eggs that one divides twice and one egg doesn't divide. A lot of things have to happen to have that work. And it only works one out of every eight thousand or so," said Dr. William Loftus, Obstetrics and Gynecology at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse.
While Kirland was out of work for several months during and after her pregnancy, she didn't have any health complications. She gave birth to identical twins Lelia and Nahla and fraternal twin Ronai at 35 weeks when her c-section was scheduled.
"We want to get twins delivered at 38 weeks and triplets delivered at about 35 weeks because the risks of staying inside are greater than the risks of being premature," said Loftus.
The babies were four pounds each at birth and had to spend a few weeks in the NICU.
But they just celebrated their first birthday on April 25 and are all doing well.
"It is hard, especially when they were smaller and not holding their own bottle and stuff because you have to feed all three at the same time, carry them all at the same time if they want to be held," said Kirkland.
And the challenges continue. Even while we were there, as soon as Kirkland would get up or move, all three would simultaneously start crying for their mom.