Due to complications with Silje Andersen-second Cooke’s pregnancy, the couple was unable to fulfill their wish to give their son a sibling. She said, “She had the most incredible surprise of her life waiting for her in the sonogram.
Being parents to their son Mads, who was 18 months old at the time, the attorney and her boyfriend Jordan were confident about this pregnancy. Since it being their second visit, they reasoned that they would know what to expect. But instead of simply one or maybe two tiny heartbeats, there were actually three.
“My ɢʏɴᴇᴄᴏʟᴏɢɪsᴛ revealed to me that I’m expecting not one, not two, but three babies which, a few months later, made me the happiest woman in the world,” said the young mother. “At first I was anxious and started ʙᴏᴍʙᴀʀᴅɪɴɢ the midwife with questions so that the ꜰᴇᴛᴜsᴇs would not be in ᴅᴀɴɢᴇʀ,” she said, adding:
“The pregnancy was not easy. I was in more ᴘᴀɪɴ than the first time, and I was constantly worried about whether my babies would sᴜʀᴠɪᴠᴇ. At 30 weeks I stopped working and was bedridden for 4 weeks, until the scheduled ᴅᴇʟɪᴠᴇʀʏ.”
Finally, the three siblings were born by ᴄ-sᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ. The ᴅᴇʟɪᴠᴇʀʏ went smoothly. Our triplets were born two minutes apart. First there was Ada who weighed 1.8 kg, then Teddy who was 2.1 kg and lastly Erik who was born 2.3 kg.
The first days they stayed in an ɪɴᴄᴜʙᴀᴛᴏʀ, while our little one had to have an ᴏᴘᴇʀᴀᴛɪᴏɴ. Fortunately, everything went well and we are finally all together at home. It may have been a ᴛᴏᴜɢʜ adventure, but it was worth every moment! The new members of our family completed our happiness.”
Once home, Jordan and Silje entered ‘survival mode’, working to a three-hourly ꜰᴇᴇᴅ sᴄʜᴇᴅᴜʟᴇ through the day – Silje tandem ʙʀᴇᴀsᴛꜰᴇᴇᴅɪɴɢ two and Jordan feeing the third a bottle of expressed milk, and trying to stretch their night ꜰᴇᴇᴅs, resettling each as they woke. Then waking the next day to do it all over, while juggling a busy toddler.
“I loved ʙʀᴇᴀsᴛꜰᴇᴇᴅɪɴɢ, but it was very physically demanding and it got very tiring and my milk supply was not going up in the afternoons, so there were lots of top-ups, it got so hard, so we began weaning them at four months.”
Silje has had help from a ‘city’ worth of family and friends to drop off food or entertain Mads. “Having the help that we established was the only reason I could just keep my mental health together, really. It’s just so relentless. I wouldn’t change it, but more help would have been amazing.”