A single mom in Washington shockingly gave birth to three baby girls in 2020 and here’s the kicker: they aren’t triplets! Stephanie Hansen first gave birth to Daphne on January 28, 2020, and a little more than 10 months later, on December 8, she welcomed twins Rubie and Penelope into this world.
“It’s total chaos. But it’s the best chaos,” said the 32-year-old mother. Speaking to TODAY, Hansen revealed that her second pregnancy came as a total shock. “In order to get on birth control, I had to take a pregnancy test,” said Hansen who is in a new relationship.
While her back-to-back pregnancies seem extremely unusual, an OB-GYN at Orlando Health Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies in Orlando, Florida, Dr. Christine Greves, noted that it isn’t impossible. She explained how ovulation can return as soon as six weeks after the birth of a baby.
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“After pregnancy, women aren’t necessarily cognizant of what their cycle is. But if you got pregnant once, it’s possible to get conceive again, even if you don’t think you’re ovulating,” noted Greves. And that’s exactly what happened to Hansen.
“I was in a newborn fog, and [then] there was the excitement of this new relationship. I was just adjusting to everything” when she found out about her second pregnancy. Understandably overwhelmed with a range of emotions, the mother felt extremely guilty about her oldest child Daphne. She worried about her little girl feeling neglected when the twins arrived.
Hansel also wondered if she was even ready to take on the challenge of becoming a mother back-to-back. “I felt awful that she wouldn’t have one-on-one time with me anymore. There was definitely some initial sadness,” admitted the mom. That being said, her fears vanished on the day she brought baby Penelope and Rube home.
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At the time, Daphne hadn’t learned how to walk but she knew how to give hugs. “All Daphne wanted to do was touch them,” said Hansen noting that now Daphne, who is 2, and the 15-months-old twins are inseparable. “They are the Three Musketeers,” said Hansen. “They’re on the same schedule. They eat, bathe and play together. They share a room.”
Hansen revealed that she is no longer romantically involved with her twins’ father but noted that they remain friends and co-parents. “When we broke up I was devastated. But I said to myself, ‘I’ve got this. We’re not going to sit around in our pajamas crying. We can sink or swim.'” Speaking about her new role as a mom-of-three, she added, “It’s not always easy. But I am the happiest I’ve ever been in my entire life. These kids are the best thing that’s ever happened to me.”
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