‘I laughed at first, then I cried’: Mother-of-four who wanted her ‘tubes tied’ shares the moment she discovered she was pregnant again with TRIPLETS
Bobbie Rutland had already decided she was going to get her tubes tied when she got the surprise of her life.
The mother-of-four was pregnant – this time with triplets.
‘I laughed at first, and then I cried,’ the 31-year-old told Daily Mail Australia about the day she received the news.
‘And then I laughed some more, and then I cried some more.’
Bobbie – who is unable to use most forms of contraception – had been so sick during the first 12 weeks of her pregnancy that her husband, Shane Sutherland, joked that she might be having twins.
The Western Australia mum had been nervous when she first found out she was pregnant again, but also excited that her youngest would have a sibling so close in age.
But when she and Shane heard those three distinct heartbeats, the couple couldn’t help but also feel a little scared of their growing family.
Bobbie was ordered to take bed rest in the hospital for two weeks after she began having contractions at the 28-week mark. Just a day after she was finally able to go back home and rest, the contractions began again.
By 8pm that Tuesday night Bobbie and Shane knew she was in labour and so rushed to the nearest hospital, in Armadale.
Jeanine Vlyminck, the same midwife who had delivered Bobbie’s one-year-old son, requested that the couple be transferred to a specialist hospital.
But she immediately realised there wasn’t enough time and called for an emergency caesarean.
Twenty minutes after she went into labour, Bobbie was giving birth.
By 9pm on March 7 all three triplets had been welcomed into the world, 10 weeks before they were due.
There was one boy, Cooper, weighing 1.4 kilos, and daughters Emma and Charlie, weighing 1.2 kilos and 1.3 kilos respectively.
Bobbie said all three babies are now doing ‘fantastic’.
‘They’re all above their birth weight and just came out of their incubators yesterday and are in the little cots,’ she said.
‘They’re doing absolutely fabulous.’
The babies will stay in hospital until they gain enough weight to go home and join their their 11-year-old sister and brothers aged nine, eight and one.