Becoming a parent is a special experience that is hard to put into words and that changes people’s lives in the most significant way. Nothing can make a parent happier than seeing their children grow up in front of their eyes.
In the words of Paulo Coelho, “Happiness is a strange thing: when we share it with others, it multiplies itself.” A single American mother also felt something like this when she experienced more than one pregnancy in less than a year.
The story of a single mother from the state of Washington spread across the internet, as the woman gave birth to three babies that same year, and most shockingly, they were not triplets. Stephanie Hansen’s incredible story has dazzled the world.
Hansen gave birth to her first baby girl, Daphne, on January 28, 2020. Three months later, she discovered in sʜᴏᴄᴋ that she was pregnant again.
The 32-year-old mother was living in a new relationship at the time and had a pregnancy test before she started taking a ᴄᴏɴᴛʀᴀᴄᴇᴘᴛɪᴠᴇ. She didn’t expect the test to be positive, but she soon found out she was in her third week.
Daphne was only 94 days old when Hansen learned of her second pregnancy. More than ten months after Daphne’s birth, the twins, Rubie and Penelope, were born on December 8, 2020.
Dr. Christine Greves, an obstetrician-gynecologist at Winnie Palmer Hospital in Orlando, Florida, says most women resume ᴏᴠᴜʟᴀᴛɪᴏɴ six weeks after giving birth.
The single mother explained that the news was completely sʜᴏᴄᴋɪɴɢ because, at that time, “the postpartum fog was still covering everything” and she was just beginning to get used to her new relationship. Initially, she had to deal with a myriad of different feelings, including guilt, for example.
She feared and feared her firstborn daughter in particular, so she could not pay enough attention to Daphne. However, she also wondered if she could cope with two consecutive pregnancies.
Hansen’s sadness was immediately a thing of the past as she took her twin daughters home. Daphne couldn’t walk at the time, but she immediately fell in love with her sisters, constantly hugging and kissing them.
The kids have been great ever since. Daphne is now 2 years old, the twins are 15 months old, and the trio is virtually inseparable. Hansen put it this way: “They’re like the three bodyguards. They have the same routine. They eat, bathe, and play together. They share a room.”
The mother of three is no longer in touch with the twins’ father and admits that the lives of single parents can be chaotic. “The chaos is complete. But that is the best chaos,” She said.
Hansen and her ex are still in a good relationship, and although they are not together, they are working together to raise the girls. The mother also said she was very worn out by the breakup, but gathered her courage to make mature and responsible decisions and move on.
Her mother documents her experiences on TikTok, where she has more than 5,000 followers and regularly shares short videos of her three daughters.
Although she did not expect to have three children in less than a year, she now thinks this is the best thing that has ever happened to her.