When Kate Tipton gave birth to triplets at 34 weeks on March 16, the Knoxville, Tennessee, mom was shocked to learn the babies weighed a combined 19.6 pounds, making them the biggest-ever born at University of Tennessee Medical Center.
Jack, Stella and Luke Tipton tipped the scales at 7 pounds, 4 ounces; 6 pounds, 3 ounces and 5 pounds, 9 ounces, respectively.
“We were shocked,” Tipton tsaid. “They weighed Jack twice. He was first. They thought, ‘That’s not right. He can’t weigh 7 pounds, 4 ounces as a triplet.’ There was so much noise and excitement and disbelief.”
“I said, ‘Wow, what if I I had been pregnant another week?’” Tipton joked.
Tipton and her husband, Caleb, are also parents of Sophia, 9, and Aubrey, 8. “They have always been little mommies, so when the triplets were born they couldn’t wait to help out,” Tipton said. The help is much appreciated. After all, the 5-month-old babies — who were breast-fed until two months — go through 12 bottles and 30 diapers a day.
Caleb always takes his time changing diapers. For him, it’s a time to bond with the babies. He always bends down and lets them grab his hair and his cheeks.”