Mum with ovary problem gives birth to ‘miracle’ son – before having triplets

A young mum whose ovary problem meant it was a battle for her to conceive was shocked to fall pregnant with triplets just months after giving birth to a "miracle baby."

Vickie O'Donnell has polycystic ovary syndrome, a condition that causes irregularities with her ovulation, and one which meant that getting pregnant was a great challenge for her.

However, last year thanks to some hormonal help she welcomed her "miracle baby" Phoenix with her partner Jamie.

And miraculously, just months later, the couple were shocked to hear that they had fallen pregnant again – and with triplets.

Violet, Tarney and Rhubie-Ann's arrival in June this year meant that for just over a month, they were parents to four babies under the age of one, Wales Online reports.

While it feels "like a conveyer belt at times", mum Vickie said she loves her new parenting life and wouldn't change it for anything in the world.

"People see us walking towards them with the pram and you can see their faces glowing thinking 'look it's twins'!" Vickie said.

"Then they see the third baby and they're like 'Oh my God, it is triplets!"

"I honestly have no idea how many nappies we get through," joked Vickie.

"The babies are all in different sizes too, so we have about three boxes on the go at any time.

"I absolutely love it though, I honestly would not change it for the world."

Recollecting the moment she was told she was expecting triplets, Vickie, from Abercynon, said: "I was screaming.

"At first the woman said it was twins, and I said 'I think you should look again because if it is twins what is the other one?' And I was just sobbing."

The triplets, now three months old, were born seven weeks in advance due to complications.

Vickie said: "I would say the hardest part is when all four of them want feeding at the same time.

"So if the three babies are unsettled and want a feed, and Phoenix wants his dinner, that is definitely challenging.

"And I don't like to hear them crying, that makes me worked up then, that can be quite challenging, but I am never on my own.

"I am always with my mam or if she has popped out she is always close by. We live with my mam and my dad, they are our super heroes."

Luckily for the family, Phoenix loves his sleep, and often goes to bed at 7pm and doesn't wake until 8am.

This gives the parenting team a solid night dedicated to the triplets, who all settle and wake up at different times.

Once settled in their cot, which they are still small enough to share, the babies sleep through most of the night, each waking at different times in the morning.

"Last night Violet went down at 8pm and then woke for a feed at 4am, then Rhubie-Ann woke at 5am, and Tarney woke at 7am," she said.

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"Sometimes I don't get back to sleep after their night feeds before Phoenix wakes up and we have to start the day."

Vickie said she has loved the last three months being a parent to four children.

"The best part of it is just having them all. I just love them so much, I would not change anything," she said.

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