If you think you’ve got a hectic household, spare a thought for this mum – her four children were born just nine months apart.
Sarah Ward had trouble conceiving her first baby, so she was doubly shocked when she fell pregnant with triplets eight weeks after son Freddie was born. Stanley, Reggie and Daisy were born in March, when Freddie was nine months old.
Now she and partner Benn Smith change about 175 nappies and make up 80 bottles every week – and it takes two hours to leave the house – but she tells the Daily Mail she couldn’t be happier.
“At times it feels more like running a nursery than a home, but we feel so blessed,” she says. “At times it’s utter chaos but we just laugh and get stuck in.”
Triplets after infertility
The couple say it took a year to get pregnant with Freddie, so they didn’t worry about using contraception after he was born. “Because it had taken so long with Freddie, we assumed it would take the same time again, if not longer,” Ms Ward says.
She endured a high-risk pregnancy, but rejected her doctors’ offer of terminating one baby to give the other two better odds of survival. Her triplets were born in an emergency C-section when one showed signs of distress at 33 weeks.
They were finally allowed home last month and their proud but tired parents have been busy fine-tuning their “tag-team operation”. Mr Smith tells the Daily Mail: “I won’t pretend it isn’t exhausting but it’s lovely to see how close they all are already. Still, we won’t be trying for another any time soon.”
We don’t blame them!