Mom hoping for a girl gives birth to three boys
WEST BEND (WITI) -- They wanted a baby girl, but fate had different plans. Now, a West Bend family is preparing to leave the hospital with more blessings than they bargained for!
"We're as ready as we can be. We're very happy with how everything turned out," Matthew Sullivan said.
"We're very happy with how everything turned out," Sara Jo Sullivan said.
Nine months ago, the family of three was hoping to grow by one.
Already the parents of a three-year-old boy, Sara Jo and Matthew Sullivan were hoping for a little girl. An ultrasound revealed they were in for much more.
"Three little circles popped up on the screen and my jaw just dropped," Matthew Sullivan said.
"Shocking! I almost fainted on the table," Sara Jo Sullivan said.
The Sullivans learned they would be having three boys!
"We were looking forward to at least one girl in the group but four boys is okay now too!" Sara Jo Sullivan said.
Around 10:00 p.m. Monday, January 12th, at 34 weeks, Todd, Blake and Oliver arrived at Children's Hospital -- delivered by C-section.
"It was really like a high -- just an amazing time!" Matthew Sullivan said.
"The smallest was four pounds, eleven ounces. The next was five pounds, one ounce and the next was five pounds, three ounces," Sara Jo Sullivan said.
According to a doctor at Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin, non-identical, naturally conceived triplets account for one in 8,000 pregnancies. He says the main risk is preterm delivery - saying the average age at birth is 32 weeks, so Sara Jo Sullivan beat it by two weeks.
Staff members tell FOX6 News what makes these babies unusual is how strong and healthy they are at just one day old.
Oliver is the only baby in the NICU, and he could be out as early as Wednesday.
"I actually got told by a lot of the nurses and a lot of the doctors that these have been the best triplets that they've seen in awhile so you know, weight-wise the way they've been doing and growing so well," Sara Jo Sullivan said.
Sara Jo Sullivan says she expects to be out of the hospital within the next few days, and she expects to bring the babies home within the next few weeks.
Fortunately, the Sullivans have a very large support system ready to help them out.
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