Couple Thought They Are Having A Baby. Husband Faints When Doctors Tell Him What It Is
Nia and Robert Tolbert, a couple with their son Shia lived happily until the unexpected began to unfold. After having Shia, Nia got pregnant the second time and then the third, guess what? Her delivery was in a geometric pattern 1-2-3. Nia’s pregnancy experience had shocked experts world and made headlines of national news. The Tolbert themselves had no idea what was happening to them. Are you trying to figure out what happened? Well, you have to read the story to understand what the Tolberts experienced. Sit back and have fun while you read.
Nia And Robert
The duo met through mutual friends, and at first sight, they fell in love. In no time, they started dating, and before you could say jack, they got engaged with each other, and things were just smooth for them. Nia and Robert had mo issues whatsoever; they lived as a happy couple.
Just like any other typical relationship, their relationship had its ups and downs, but they always come out of challenges stronger. They got better with each other as the years progressed. After several years of dating, Nia and Robert got the news that made them excited.
An Amazing Addition
It turned out that the fantastic news was they were going to have a child. For Nia, it was her very first pregnancy, and she was really excited about it. The couple always knew that raising a child was the next thing for them to do. So, they were prepared for this, they thought.
In 2011, Nia and her husband had a baby boy named Shai, and the couple was joyous that there were no mishaps or complications in the process of having Shai. The boy wouldn't have thought he was going to be the one to usher in more kids to the Tolbert home.
Tying The Knot
After years of dating, they finally decided to make their relationship legally binding, and in 2014, they did just that. It was long overdue as they had already built a family bond that was the toast of their neighbors. The three of them, Robert, Nia, and Shai, were the definition of a pure family.
Before they got set to marry officially, Nia was already up with a pregnancy, and this time around, it was the type that would change their lives forever. They didn't see this coming; still, they were excited about the gender of the new baby. They couldn't wait to have it, but what they would get surprised them.
A Second Pregnancy
As the month for her delivery was fast approaching, the couple were buzzing with excitement to know the gender of the new baby. This excitement would get suppressed when Nia got a sonogram of what her baby looks like. The result she got was shocking.
To the surprise of Nia and Robert, they weren't only having a baby; they were having two babies at the same time. They wouldn't have seen this coming even in their wildest imaginations. At this point, the duo wasn't particularly concerned about gender again. But the sonogram showed that two boys were incoming.
So it happened that the babies came in 2015. Don't forget that they were twins, and they were identical ones with the names; Riley and Alexander. That increased the total number of Tolbert's family to five. After the twins, the couple unanimously agreed that this was their "bus stop," a stop to having babies.
Having a trio of active boys, you would always know that the house was going to be in chaos every single time. The couple needed the energy to cope with the agility of the boys, which got. They loved them equally, channeling the same love to each one of the boys at the same rate.
For the Tolberts, this was it for them, no more kids. They believed they were okay with the three boys and wouldn't want to have any other person to the family, but as we all know, some plans never work out perfectly. Nia and Robert had decided that they don't want to have more kids, but did they keep to the plan? Read on.
Nia and her husband Robert worked together to raise their children. If they had thought raising a child was hard work enough, well, raising twins was even more hard work. Raising three beautiful children was enough trouble for the couple, but even more, awaits them.
Plot twist! In 2017, Nia found out that she was pregnant for the third time in her life. Of course, they didn't plan it, but well, here they are. They had to keep the pregnancy, and at the back of their minds, they silently believed that it was God's plan. So, they got themselves ready for the new baby or babies?
Despite not a planned pregnancy, they were still hopeful of the incoming baby. Once again, everyone in the house was full of excitement. For the boys, they wanted another brother. Please don't tell me they didn't think about it. Haha! However, for the couple, they were hoping the baby turns out to be a girl.
For Nia, she knew there was something a bit off about the pregnancy, she couldn't point out really, but she could feel it. You wouldn't blame her for feeling different about this one; after all, she had already had two pregnancies that didn't give her this feeling. She felt this, both emotionally and physically.
Nia mistook this feeling for having a girl inside her. In fact, she prayed that the feeling must be a clue that she was going to have a girl. Perhaps, having a girl child has a different kind of feeling. For Nia, it would be nice to have a girl for a change in the house. But, this turned out to be different.
In Nia's previous pregnancies, she didn't have all these reactions she was getting now. Her body got bigger, her emotional reactions got wilder, and this time around, her hormones were making frantic trips for her. She knew this wasn't normal. She could feel that something wasn't right.
Nia had a tough time understanding what was going on in her body because she didn't stop taking her neonatal vitamins. She didn't stop her yoga, too, as well as her nutritious foods. Nia was doing everything right. It was not until after the first sonogram that she realized why she had been experiencing the strange activities in her body.
The First Sonogram
Before she finally decided to have a sonogram, Nia had a mix of both worries and excitement. Normally, she shouldn’t be scared, but this pregnancy feels different, and she didn’t know what to expect. What was coming was big and would prove to be life-challenging?
“Robert and I have always joked about having a large family, but we did not plan to have any more pregnancies after the twins. But we were in for a surprise.”
Nia said. It wasn’t just a surprise they were in for, more surprises were on the way as soon as Nia had the ultrasound done on her.
Nia had to prepare herself for the ultrasound even though she didn’t know what to expect. She had never been this nervous before an ultrasound procedure. She prayed to God for her baby to be fine, and at the same time, she prepared her mind for any form of surprise.
“When we were expecting twins, our technician that was doing the ultrasound asked if multiples ran in our family. So this time around, the technician asked the same thing, and I thought, ‘Oh, we must be having twins again,’” Nia said while being interviewed.
After the speculation of them having twins again running in her head, the ultrasound technicians validated her suspicions, and she was going to have another set of twins for the second time. Nia, at first, was stunned, but she had to take it in her strides and believed that it was a blessing from God.
After receiving the news, Nia needed to use the bathroom. On her coming out, the technician requested that she rerun the ultrasound to double-check that it was really twins she was having. Nia couldn't agree less; after all, the technician probably had her reason.
This time around, the technician was careful to be more through with the check. Alas, the ultrasound didn't capture all the babies in the beginning. What Nia was having wasn't twins but triplets. You would have thought Nia would get quite upset, considering they had three babies already. If you thought that, you are right, Nia got worried.
Indeed, they've been able to handle the twins to an extent, but the thought of taking care of triplets was scary for Nia. She began to think if she and Rob would be able to take care of three kids all at a go, not forgetting three kids were still there to look after. Nia didn't have a choice but to embrace the development.
Luckily for Nia and Robert, the same doctor who delivered Nia of her twins was also scheduled to be in her care for the delivery this time. While assessing their situation, the doctor opined that it was a rare occurrence where a woman would give birth to a child, then two, then three. He added that Nia’s case disregarded all odds.
“We’re talking less than one in 1,000 [births]. That’s a slim chance for it happening to anyone in general,” Dr. Tabbarah explained to news reporters. “It’s rare to have twins then triplets [naturally] in the same lifetime.”
Nia's multiple births could be attributed to the families of both Robert and Nia, who have track records of birthing in multiples. However, none could beat Nia's numbers. Hers was the irregular probability that was more than unusual. There was something that the doctor couldn't explain.
The odds of having multiple births are likely going to happen with these factors put into consideration; African-American, getting pregnant while still breastfeeding, overweight, being overly tall, or getting pregnant through fertility procedures. For Nia, she only knows about the news, and she needed to tell her husband.
Devising a Plan
Nia began to plan on how best to break the news to her husband. She decided to make it look like a gift. That weekend, Nia planned to travel to Tampa, Florida, from Maryland, where their house is. Telling him would be by dropping a note he would get to see after she had left.
When Robert got back, he saw a sonogram picture with quite a length, marked to indicate babies A, B, and C on a sonogram. Attached to the sonogram was a note where she wrote, sounding like a plea: “Please accept this gift from her and God.” Quite the creative breaking of the news.
Robert didn’t believe what he saw when he opened the note. In his words, “I opened the bag, and I saw a very, very long sonogram,” Robert Tolbert remarked. “Then I saw three onesies in the bag … and they were numbered 1, 2, and 3.” After receiving this note, Robert lost consciousness.
For Nia in Florida, she was eagerly anticipating what her husband would say, without knowing what had transpired back at home. Rob’s reaction is not unexpected anyways; one will only be surprised if he had laughed over it. The news was as shocking as it was exciting.
When Robert regained consciousness, the realization that he was having a set of triplets started to dawn on him. Then he did what a good husband would do by calling his wife to felicitate with her, even though deep down, he had fears of how to take care of the incoming babies and the existing ones.
Robert would later disclose that he had thought his wife had gotten him a gift. He had been subtly harping on a gift, only for him to receive the shock of his life with the announcement of his triplets. He certainly didn't see that coming, but now, he has to accept this reality.
“Once I arrived in Tampa later that day for a girl’s trip, I was finally able to get in touch with him, and he shared that he was happy, but he’d ‘fainted!”
Nia reminisced. But as time passed, he quickly brushed aside the thought of the responsibility he would have to bear and got back to his work.
Robert said at the time; they had no option but to make preparations for their three little babies coming in soon. They knew they had to adjust and create space for them. The couple knew there was a lot of work to be done. They had planned for just a baby, but now, they need to prepare for additional three babies.
The couple decided that they didn't want to know the gender of the babies just yet. It was a kind of shrouded mystery. What they later did was organize a gender reveal party where there would be balloons and would make the color of the confetti reveal the gender.
The time finally came for the party, and there were lots of balloons in the air as there was excitement too. The time came to burst the balloons, and the first one popped- a girl, second one also a girl till the third was popped. Guess what? It was a girl. An all-girls triplet was going to be added to the Tolbert's family.
Nia and Robert were ecstatic that their dream of having a girl had been fulfilled, and it wasn't even one girl, three beautiful girls. Now there is a balance, they had three boys before, and now three girls, perfecto! However, this didn't go down well with some people. You may guess who!
You don't know? Disappointed! Of course, the boys weren't happy about it. Not one girl, but three girls added to them. When quizzed about why the boys would have loved more brothers, she said, they wanted more superheroes toys littering the house. As kids would be, they later had to accept their sisters.
“We are both excited about this new experience of parenting girls,” Nia explained to Us magazine. “Rob is enthused about having his entourage, as the boys stick to me like glue! I’m curious . . . How will it change the dynamic of our household?” Nia continued. They would patiently anticipate.
Nia further added: “Will it be like it is in the movies? Who’s going to comb all that hair? It’s going to be eventful, we know it. But we’re leaning on God and Pinterest until we find our flow!” Nia was certain everything would turn out fine, and they would work out just well.
Due Date Approaching
The fixed date for Nia to have her babies was the 9th of February, this was supposed to be the due date, but then, she has a triplet, and no one is quite certain when they want to take in oxygen. Some weeks before the due date, she had contractions that came and left. She didn’t think it was going to be a problem one day.
According to Nia, she thought it was just the regular contractions, without knowing the babies were coming. “They were about five minutes apart and started getting closer, so I decided to call my mom,” Nia said. After those contractions, she set for the hospital, hoping they would send her back as is customary for pregnant women who think they are due.
A Trip To The Hospital
On getting to the hospital, remember they thought they would be sent back, but the reverse was the case as the doctor announced that they would be having the babies that day. Nia practically was taken aback, before she demanded her doctor to attend to her.
Then, just as if it had been scripted, as her doctor stepped into the room, boom! Her water broke. It was the confirmation they needed to prove that the triplets were coming. Everyone around Nia knew there was going to be work today and so got to work. They also prayed that the triplets would be delivered safely and in good health.
The triplets were finally delivered on the 30th of January, 2018 safely, albeit via cesarean section. Thankfully, the mother and the babies came off in good health, and it was a thing of joy for Nia. When asked by the doctor how she felt, she replied, saying: "finally alone." Nia could finally feel free after carrying three kids.
After carrying them for 34 weeks and five days, the babies were finally out. Nia's reaction would be as any mother's, excited, proud, and protective of the babies. It might have taken long, but finally, Nia's angels are here, and they are such precious little things.
The babies were delivered in good health, with an average weight of 4.6 pounds, pretty healthy weight for newborns. Two of the triplets were identical, while the last was fraternal. Everything was set; all that was remaining was what Nia and her husband would name them.
Robert and Nia finally decided on a name to give the triplets. McKenzie was given to the only one who wasn't identical, while the other two identical twins were named Zuri and Bailey. After her arrival, Nia was called the 1-2-3 mom, a testament to her birth style. That denotes one single, twins and then triplets.
Day by Day
When questioned on how they intend to keep up with the challenges of having multiple children, Nia’s response was; “There is no real plan. We have no idea how it’s going to go.” She firmly believed that everything would fall in place, and somehow, they would take care of them equally.
“God chose us,” Robert disclosed. “We didn’t know this would be our lives, but we’re embracing it wholeheartedly, and we’re going to do the necessary things to make sure our kids are equally loved.” Do you want to find out what the couple did to ensure that the babies received care? Kindly read on.
It Takes A Village
Nia and Robert Knew that they needed more than just their expertise to take care of their kids. They sought the help of their family, friends, and neighbors. Taking by heart the saying,” it takes a village to raise children,” the couple believed in this, plus they have six children now.
“But we’re not too concerned,” Nia clarified. “I know we’re not going to sleep for a couple of years, our grocery bill is going to go up, and our house is not going to be quiet, and that’s OK,” she firmly declared. It seemed they were both ready for this challenge.
Theirs is a large family, and they would need all the help they could get from friends and family to support them. Even though they have the help of their friends and family, they still needed help in whatever ways they could get. They also created a crowdfunding campaign on Fundly to assist them.
It is understandable why they would need a car. I mean, they would need to fit every member of the family into the vehicle to convey the Tolberts from one place to another. According to them, even if they had a larger family than this, they would find a way around it. For them, the future is exciting.
The fact that the couple had a geometric progression kind of births gave rise to an idea. People often wondered what if they decide to add more children, would they still maintain that progression? Like this time around, have quadruple is, and if they continued, have five? These were thoughts going on in people’s minds.
Those questions listed above may not be answered, really. As if Nia knew people might be thinking in that direction, she was quick to quell any rumor of her having children. When asked if she would have any more children, Nia said, “Absolutely not. I am confident we won’t be having any more children.” Continue reading to find out how incredible and amazing the Tolberts are.
The couple nicknamed the Fundly page, Totally Tolbert. On the page, they created a beautiful storyline of their family and how they came about creating the page. Nia and Rob set a target of $40,000 for the purchase of a new family car on the platform. So far, they have been able to raise $940.
We hope that their goal is met, and they get all the support they deserve. No family deserves this help more than the Tolberts. Do you know where it gets interesting? Nia is actively involved in other enterprises that can fetch her money to be able to raise the kids well.
Fit And Fab
Having all those kids is definitely going to catch up with your body. Nia had her share of body depreciation, but knowing she's dogged, Nia worked her body to become what she wanted. The mother of six is a private yoga coach, wellness expert, who looks precisely she teaches. She founded her brand in May 2017 with the name MOTHERLOVINGYOGA.
What Nia's brand does is to professionally dedicate itself to ensuring that people, men, and women of all ages and sizes practice yoga both on and off the mat. She believes that yoga can play a role in energizing people from all spheres of life. This account isn't the only social media page Nia created.
The Power Of Sharing
Nia has done more with her brand than just motivating people to keep fit and look healthy through meditation and yoga. She has also incorporated sharing personal experiences surrounding her childbirth and her motherhood. One key thing to note about Nia is her blunt assessment of things. She rarely sweet talks; instead, she would hit the nail on the head without being remorseful about it.
In one of her posts on Facebook, she said: "Everyday has its stream of ‘wtf, leave mommy alone,’ ‘I can’t do this anymore,’ ‘why would you do that?!’ and a few shed tears. But I seem to keep making it to the next day and through the next adventure.”
Keeping it Herbal
If you do not find Nia speaking loudly about her brand or raising her half a dozen children, you definitely would see her being vocal about herbal practices. It is so because she is an international wellness and empowerment coach at Herbalife Nutrition, a company that strictly supports a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle.
For Nia, she has always wanted to be someone who speaks to people about their healthy lifestyles. So when this company approached her to be a spokesperson, she didn't think twice about it. The company's ingenious products, such as vitamins, shakes, and supplements, are formulated by the best doctors and scientists in the medical industry.
Asides from creating her Yoga brand, Nia and Robert also thought it necessary to develop their page that would be on Facebook and Instagram. That account would be dedicated to sharing the family's experience with the world. They didn't just wake up to create the page; it was due to popular demands.
Their story got so many people gobsmacked as they pleaded with them to continue to share their stories on the page. Technically, the Tolberts gained fans who were into their fascinating story and who were willing to follow up on the growth of the kids. So the Tolberts in turn reciprocated by keeping the public in touch with their reality.
Bros And Bows
On their Facebook and Instagram bios, they talked about themselves on their pages using these lines: “We are the Totally Tolbert™ Kru 3 Bros 3 Bows SINGLE (boy) ~TWIN (boys) ~TRIPLET (girls) Follow Our Adventures!!” They also added their email address just in case they need to contact them for anything.