A ᴍɪᴅᴅʟᴇ-ᴀɢᴇᴅ couple has welcomed triplets into the world after four ʜᴇᴀʀᴛʙʀᴇᴀᴋɪɴɢ ᴍɪsᴄᴀʀʀɪᴀɢᴇs and spending roughly 11,300 pound sterlings on ⒾⓋⒻ. Leonie Fitzgerald became a mom to three perfect girls at the ripe age of 44. She refused to give up hope despite being ᴅɪᴀɢɴᴏsᴇᴅ with ʟᴏᴡ ᴘʀᴏɢᴇsᴛᴇʀᴏɴᴇ, which led to four ᴅᴇᴠᴀsᴛᴀᴛɪɴɢ ᴍɪsᴄᴀʀʀɪᴀɢᴇs.
Leonie and husband Peter,51, married year 2013, they started trying for a baby after 18 months, but it wasn’t until March of 2017 that they achieved their first natural ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴄʏ. Unfortunately, 13 weeks later Leonie experienced her first ᴍɪsᴄᴀʀʀɪᴀɢᴇ. This ʟᴏss was followed by her first unsuccessful round of ⒾⓋⒻ in August of the same year. She said :” We decided ⒾⓋⒻ was our only option and were filled with faith again. You never expect it not to work until it doesn’t. I ᴍɪsᴄᴀʀʀɪᴇᴅ three more times, once with ⒾⓋⒻ and twice naturally. These ʟᴏsses didn’t have as ʙɪɢ ᴀ ᴛᴏʟʟ on me ᴘʜʏsɪᴄᴀʟʟʏ or ᴇᴍᴏᴛɪᴏɴᴀʟʟʏ compared to the first one, as I only found out I was ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴛ at week three, so there wasn’t much time for me to become too attached.”
Finally, on January 21st, 2020, Leonie became ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴛ after her third round of ⒾⓋⒻ to triplet girls. Recalling the moment when the ᴜʟᴛʀᴀsᴏᴜɴᴅ revealed three ʜᴇᴀʀᴛʙᴇᴀᴛs, Leonie said: “It was our third and final round of ⒾⓋⒻ and it worked. It was definitely third time lucky. I remember we looked at each other and smiled. It was a surprise as we only had two ᴇᴍʙʀʏᴏs. Yet, when we found out it was triplets we were elated. Beginning week seven I had ᴍᴏʀɴɪɴɢ sɪᴄᴋɴᴇss up until ᴅᴇʟɪᴠᴇʀʏ. I was pretty much on the shower floor every morning for an hour and then on the lounge all day. I ᴄᴏᴜʟᴅɴ’ᴛ eat or work and I also sᴜғғᴇʀᴇᴅ ᴛʜʏʀᴏɪᴅ ᴘʀᴏʙʟᴇᴍs that needed ᴛʀᴇᴀᴛᴍᴇɴᴛ from a sᴘᴇᴄɪᴀʟɪsᴛ. ” But the ʟᴀʙᴏᴜʀ did not go as planned as Leonie was put into an ɪɴᴅᴜᴄᴇᴅ ᴄᴏᴍᴀ for 16 hours after ᴀ sᴇɪᴢᴜʀᴇ and ɪɴᴄʀᴇᴀsᴇᴅ ʜᴇᴀʀᴛ ʀᴀᴛᴇ. Baby Charlotte, weighing 4lb 2oz, and identical twins Liliana and Isabella, weighing 2lb 6oz and 3lb 5oz respectively. The triplets spent 34 days in ⓃⒾⒸⓊ before heading home with their besotted parents.
Leonie said: “I felt pretty disconnected from them as I didn’t get the first cuddle. But we bonded as I sat by their sides whilst they were in NICU. Peter and I haven’t grown up around children so all we knew was from the amazing ɴᴜʀsᴇs. It was surreal taking them home – we didn’t know where to start. We had to upsize our home from a three-bed to five bed. And buy an eight-seater car. The triplets were going through ten nappies per day and 24 bottles a day at the very start. Sometimes, we have to have 1000 nappies in the house at a time. We are fortunate enough to have a nanny who comes four days a week, and help from our family and friends.”
Despite a hectic household, the couple couldn’t be happier and they have learnt to be super organised and to never waste time. She added: “We spent almost six years trying for a baby and it was ᴅᴇᴠᴀsᴛᴀᴛɪɴɢ to say the least. I wouldn’t change our busy lives for the world. Being an ᴏʟᴅᴇʀ ᴍᴜᴍ definitely has it’s advantages as we have a more positive approach to life these days and follow our intuition. Wisdom is on our side.”