Following the birth of identical triplets against chances of up to 200 million to one, a couple has expressed their happiness.
When Alex and Amy Lindsay went to their 12-week visit expecting to see one baby, they were completely taken aback to hear there were three on the way.
When Alex and Amy Lindsay went to their 12-week visit expecting to see one baby, they were “very shocked” to hear there were three on the way. The couple already had Zion, 2, and Elijah, 4, and are now the proud parents of five young boys. The likelihood of getting identical triplets ranges from one in 60,000 to one in 200 million, according to estimates from specialists.
Amy gave birth to Abel, Asher and Azariah in July at Sᴜɴᴅᴇʀʟᴀɴᴅ Royal Hospital after 35 weeks of pregnancy. “I felt really ʙʟᴇssᴇᴅ, It was a high ʀɪsᴋ pregnancy, but they all got to really good ᴡᴇɪɢʜᴛs. However, it was very difficult by the end of my pregnancy. Even getting ᴅʀᴇssᴇᴅ ᴡas difficult and I was in ᴘᴀɪɴ just sitting down.
They’re very settled babies but the biggest challenge comes at feeding time when you’ve three babies all wanting to be fed at the same time. I’ve been breast feeding them but have been topping it up with bottle feeds which also allows me to get support from Alex and my mother.” she said
Hubby Alex added: “There’s always a ʀɪsᴋ when having triplets but they were all really healthy and a good ᴡᴇɪɢʜᴛ.”
Abel was 6lb 2, Asher 5lb 12 and Azariah 5lb 11. Amy, 31, recalled the shock of her first scan appointment, adding: “Alex said he could see quite a lot of movement on the scan. That’s when the sonographer asked if there was a history of twins in the family and revealed there were two babies. We already have two little boys and so this was already a massive shock, I tried to calm myself down. It was then the sonographer suddenly gasped – you could tell even behind the mask. ”
The couple, of Houghton-le-Spring, Tyne and Wear, were concerned at first in case there was ‘something wrong’.
“At that point I got quite emotional. The plan was this would be our last child and with two boys under four, I wondered how we would cope. I just kept thinking, “I’ve only got two arms, how am I going to hold and feed them.”” added Amy.
Alex, 33, added: “I remember telling my mother-in-law and she thought we were ᴊᴏᴋɪɴɢ. She wouldn’t believe us until we showed her the scan. But we feel blessed. We are lucky we live in a four-bedroom detached house but space is an issue. We’ve had to move out our dining table and chairs to make more room. My friends keep ᴊᴏᴋɪɴɢ that when the boys are older we can start our own five-a-side team.”