A mom said the ᴜɴᴇxᴘᴇᴄᴛᴇᴅ ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴄʏ was “the best thing ever” for her. Charliann fell carrying naturally-ᴄᴏɴᴄᴇɪᴠᴇᴅ triplets after a ᴏɴᴇ ɴɪɢʜᴛ sᴛᴀɴᴅ with her ᴇx-ᴘᴀʀᴛɴᴇʀ. However, the big surprise turned out to be the best thing ever after the news brought her and childhood sweetheart Ryan Hill back together.
Charliann and Ryan had been dating since school and already had daughters Cassi-Lee, eight, Caira-Jae, seven, and Siena, five. Despite splitting in 2018, they still shared equal childcare and on one visit, one thing lead to another. Charliann said: “He’s my childhood sweetheart and we’ve been together since we were 15 but at the time we were going through a really ʙᴀᴅ ᴘᴀᴛᴄʜ. Then I didn’t even think I was ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴛ. I went to the ᴅᴏᴄᴛᴏʀs out of curiosity because I was feeling really ᴜɴᴡᴇʟʟ and he told me I was ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴛ. Within four hours I realised that I wasn’t just ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴛ, I was ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴛ with triplets. I could ʙᴀʀᴇʟʏ take it in. I tell everyone I fell ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴛ on a ᴏɴᴇ ɴɪɢʜᴛ sᴛᴀɴᴅ – it just happened to be with the man I already had kids with. It’s a miracle. It was like someone wanted to bring us back together. It literally is a fairytale.”
She phoned Ryan, who ‘almost ᴄʀᴀsʜᴇᴅhis car when he heard.’ Charliann said:”He just went silent. We literally couldn’t speak to each other for 12 hours as we were taking it in.” At 12 weeks, they gathered their children and told them they were going to be big sisters to three babies. The ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴄʏ ɪᴛsᴇʟғ was a ᴅɪғғɪᴄᴜʟᴛ one as Charliann had to have tests every week. The babies were also at ʀɪsᴋ of ᴅᴇᴀᴅʟʏ Tᴡɪɴ Tᴏ Tᴡɪɴ Tʀᴀɴsғᴜsɪᴏɴ Sʏɴᴅʀᴏᴍᴇ (ⓉⓉⓉⓈ), ᴀ ʀᴀʀᴇ ᴄᴏɴᴅɪᴛɪᴏɴ that ᴄᴀɴ ᴏᴄᴄᴜʀ when babies share ᴀ ᴘʟᴀᴄᴇɴᴛᴀ that means one can sᴛᴏᴘ growing. And Charliann was also sᴛʀᴇssᴇᴅ out as she was really hoping for a boy. When she had her 20-week scan she was thrilled to learn about her two new boys and the ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴄʏ continued perfectly normally until 29 weeks. At 33 weeks, the babies sᴛᴏᴘᴘᴇᴅ growing and Charliann was bought in for an ᴇᴍᴇʀɢᴇɴᴄʏ C-sᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ and dad Ryan almost missed the delivery. She said :” I actually thought Ryan was going to miss it. There are two ʜᴏsᴘɪᴛᴀʟs in Nottingham and he was in a rush to get there and went to the wrong one. I’d had my ᴇᴘɪᴅᴜʀᴀʟ and was ʟʏɪɴɢ on the table crying ‘Where is Ryan?'”.
The triplets were born in May. An incredible picture shows all three still connected by their ᴜᴍʙɪʟɪᴄᴀʟ ᴄᴏʀᴅs and ʟʏɪɴɢ on Charliann’s ᴛᴜᴍᴍʏ in the ᴏᴘᴇʀᴀᴛɪɴɢ ᴛʜᴇᴀᴛʀᴇ. Little girl Ryana was born first at 4lb 4oz, then Carter, who weighed 3lbs 7oz and last was Cayon at 3lbs 8oz. All were born within the same minute and Cayon and Carter are ɪᴅᴇɴᴛɪᴄᴀʟ twin boys. All three had an ɪɴғᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ and needed ᴀɴᴛɪʙɪᴏᴛɪᴄs. They were taken to ⓃⒾⒸⓊ and Cayon was transferred to Kettering Hᴏsᴘɪᴛᴀʟ – spending 24 hours there alone before the other babies and then Charliann joined him a week later. Charliann now though spends eight hours a day breastfeeding and has to buy everything in threes – the tots have three cots, three high chairs and each outfit has to be bought three times. Mealtimes and bath times are, she says, a ‘military operation.’
She said: “That time between the elder kids coming home from school and bathtime is a military routine. And when I say military routine I mean a conveyor belt. It’s like ‘Change nappy 1-2-3’. It’s so hectic. I wouldn’t even invite someone in for a cuppa at that time. I like to keep things clean too and that’s another thing that stresses me out….my life is cleaning, cooking, washing, doing errands, having to get their stuff for school. The elder children have been lovely. They are my little helpers. I could not have done it without them. Their dad is good, I can’t fault him, but my girls are amazing too. They have become ʟɪᴛᴛʟᴇ ᴍᴜᴍᴍɪᴇs overnight. They keep the triplets occupied, they run around the front room and all the triplets are just watching them. They love it.” Now Charliann says she might even marry Ryan now they have six kids.