A mum-of-five under five – I freaked out when I found out I was having triplets, my others kids were only one and two

A woman has become a mum of five in just three years after giving birth to spontaneous triplets.

Holly Bassler, 33, was ‘shocked’ to discover three heartbeats at an eight-week scan in 2019 as multiples do not run in her family.

The homemaker instantly felt ‘terrified’ as she already had two children Aaralyn, then two, and Jessie, then one.

But now, 18 months on, Holly couldn’t be happier with her big family as Judah, Jamie and Jack are ‘miracles’.

However, Holly, from Pennsylvanian, US, admits it isn’t easy having five children under five.

She said: “My husband Mike, 32, who is an electrician, and I wanted to have three children who were close in age so they can grow up together.’’

“We never thought we would have three babies at once as none of our families has multiples.’’

“I went to the ultrasound alone and I was in total shock when they said there are three sacs,'' recalls the mum-of-five.

“It was overwhelming,'' and, naturally, she admits she began freaking out.

“I was worried in case I wasn’t going to be the mum I’ve always wanted to be as it was hard enough with a one and two year old.”

At 34 weeks and three days, Holly had a c-section.

The triplets were born on May 10 2020.

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She adds: “The pregnancy was wonderful.’’

Without experiencing sickness and soreness, Holly had no health concerns: “It was fantastic and everyone was growing perfectly.“

With two kids to look after already, Holly admits that she was worried about the new life ahead: “At times, I was worried as Jessie was still nursing and both kids were sleeping in our bed.’’

“I worried how it will work with five kids but then I had to remind myself how amazing it is that my body has created three babies at once.’’

“It’s a miracle and a blessing.”

Holly has had her hands full since the tots have arrived.

She says it is hasn't been easy to spend an equal amount of time with each child: “Our lives are very busy and chaotic.”

“It is difficult but I have a lot of faith that good days are coming.”

“The overstimulation and constant demands of having all the kids is the hardest part.”

“As they are all so young, they still need me for so many things.”

The superhero mum also admits to having mum guilt: “I feel bad that I can’t be in more than one place at one time.”

“But I am happy that they are close in age as they will be able to experience life together.

“The triplets have been good for Aaralyn and Jessie as they have become considerate, helpful, sociable and friendly.”

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Holly's husband, Mike, 32,always shared the same dream of having three kids close in age.Credit: Mercury
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Although having five kids under five has been challenging, the parents admit it's a miracle and a blessing.Credit: Mercury

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