SACRAMENTO, CA - They may not look very big individually, but Brittany and Jason Deen's triplet boys tip the scales together at a whopping 20 pounds. And that beats the current record in the Guinness Book of World Records set last year at 18 pounds, 11 ounces in Raleigh, North Carolina.
But the expectant parents didn't know they were having three until they went in for an ultrasound at 12 weeks for their first peek at their "baby."
"And imagine (our) shock when we found there were going to [be] three babies and we had no clue what we were going to do!" said mom Brittany Deen.
In fact, it was such a shock that at first, dad Jason didn't believe it.
"I thought it was a joke they played on all new dads," he said.
But it was no joke, so Brittany joined Sutter Medical Center's Moms of Multiples program and soon learned she needed to take in a lot more calories and protein to keep the babies healthy than she ever imagined.
"At least a dozen eggs a day," Brittany said. "I would have breakfast, a second breakfast, second lunch, afternoon snack ... I was pretty much eating every couple of hours."
They often say a pregnant mom is eating for two.
"I was eating for like 17!" Brittany said.
At birth, Jenson weighed 5.5 pounds, Elliott, 7.3 and Sidney, 7.8. Jenson and Elliott are with mom and dad at home while Sidney is still being cared for at the hospital. The family is looking forward to finally being all together.
The triplets were naturally conceived and, according to Sutter Medical Center, that is a 1 in 8,000 occurrence.
by Jonathan Mumm, firstname.lastname@example.org