PROUD parents Paul and Chamille Thompson were delighted to hear they were having a healthy baby when they visited hospital for their first scan.
At their second scan, they were surprised, but elated, to discover they were having twins.
When scan three came around and the couple were told there were, in fact, three little Thompsons waiting to arrive, the shock set in.
Now the parents have welcomed home their new brood after Amelie, Lori and Sofia spent their first 10 days of life in hospital.
Chamille, 34, said: “It’s been absolutely amazing but totally bonkers. Nobody prepares you for this. We’ve had zero sleep.
“At the moment I’ve been preparing 12 bottles a day, changing them all every four hours and we must go through a pack of nappies a day.”
Paul, also 34, added: “I was in the Marines for 10 years and I’m used to being in control of everything.
“That’s gone now, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.”
Firefighter Paul and Chamille, a recruitment agency manager, say they were taken by surprise at the size of their new family.
“At the first scan we were told we were having one and it just kept increasing from there,” said Chamille, of Bridle Way, Houghton, said.
Born at 34 weeks and five days, the triplets arrived exactly two minutes after each other with Lori and Sofia weighing 5lbs 4oz and Amelie weighing 5lbs 1oz.
They spent three days in Sunderland Royal Hospital’s neonatal unit’s high dependency unit where they had help to breathe.
The other seven days were spent helping the tiny triplets put on weight.
Chamille said: “When you have triplets they’re normally induced at 34 weeks so we went a little bit over.
“Most triplets are born at much lower birth weights than the girls so they were actually really healthy and it’s just routine to keep them in hospital for a few days.
“It was amazing to finally get them home though.
“People keep asking us how we cope with three babies but because we don’t know any different, we’re oblivious to it.”
Chamille and Paul would like to thank all the nurses at the neonatal unit as well as friends and family who have helped them.