Childcare assistant Vickie O’Donnell, 28, from Abercynon, Wales, had given up hope of having another baby.
But, the Mirror reports, all her wishes have now come true as she and groundsman husband Jamie, 30, are enjoying Christmas as a family of six.
Vickie explained: “Becoming a mum was a dream I’d almost given up on; being a mum of four is just perfect in every way.
“For as long as I can remember I’d wanted children. Mum used to joke I’d be a teenage mum and everyone said I’d be the first of my siblings to have a family.
“I started going out with Jamie when I was 13 and he was 15. We lived in the same street, soulmates then, just as we are now. Jamie loved children too and wanted his own.
“I got a job working in childcare and hoped it wouldn’t be long before babies arrived.
“I’d decided I wanted to be a young mum, definitely by the age of 20. But there was a problem. My periods had always been erratic and I was diagnosed with polycystic ovaries, which meant it might be difficult for me to conceive.
“I was devastated and more than once I told Jamie, ‘You don’t have to stay with me’.”
Jamie wanted to stay together, though, and said if it didn’t happen, the couple could adopt or foster.
Eventually, Phoenix arrived, and Vickie said: “My pregnancy went smoothly and when Phoenix was born in August last year, we took him back to our little one-bedroom flat, thrilled with our miracle baby.
“It had taken us more than half a decade and plenty of fertility drugs to have Phoenix, so when I missed a period 11 weeks after giving birth, I thought nothing of it. I did a pregnancy test just in case – and it was positive!
“The sonographer at my 12-week scan studied the images then turned the screen to show me and Jamie. ‘You’re having twins,’ she said.
“She studied the screen again. Then she said, ‘It’s triplets!’
“I was awake throughout and Jamie was at my side as we watched first Rhubie-Ann, Violet, and then Tarney being brought into the world – two girls and one boy. They weighed 4lb 5oz, 4lb 1oz and 4lb 2oz respectively.
“The triplets are adorable. They’re still small, so they sleep in one cot, side by side with Tarney in the middle.”
Vickie added: “They’re 22 weeks now and I’ve started to look after all four of them on my own. It’s hard work but being organised helps.
“Every year when my mum used to ask me what I wanted for Christmas, I’d answer, ‘To be a mum’. I never dreamed my Christmas wish would come true four times over.”
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