Baton Rouge mother defies all odds

By Keitha Nelson - bio | email


One Baton Rouge mother never expected it. Even her doctors told her it was nearly impossible! But tonight, she is the proud mother of triplets. And that's after giving birth to twins nearly two years ago.

Ashley McQueary's baby boom happened without hormones or fertility drugs.

The 24-year-old's waist grew 58-and-a-half inches by the time she was 9 months pregnant.

With 2-and-a-half-year-old twins already under her belt, McQueary's OBGYN thought the chances of having multiples again were so slim that it shouldn't even be a concern.

But McQueary had a gut feeling multiples were on the way. She later found out two baby boys were in her future. A doctor discovered a third surprise during an ultrasound.

"Emily was always hiding kind of on the top. And she said holy crap sweetie there's another one," said McQueary.

On Tuesday, June 16th, Jeremiah, Jacob and Emilie were born.

"The odds of that happening are very, very low," said Dr. Mark Newman who practices at Woman's Hospital. Even after 24 years of dealing with babies, for him, McQueary's case is a first.

"I have never seen spontaneous multiples following one another. That is pretty amazing," said Newman.

Even more amazing is how calm the now mother of five appears to be. With two-and-a-half year old twin girls, Lanie and Katie waiting at home, and three more little ones added to the mix, McQueary says she and her husband are up for the challenge.

"The first year is going to be physically demanding. After that it's mental. But I'm looking forward to it," said McQueary.

"I hope that she's able to get some sleep while she's here in the hospital. Because she's going to need all of her energy to chase after all of those little kids," said Dr. Newman with a smile on his face.

Mcqueary is scheduled to take Jeremiah home this week. Jacob and Emilie are on breathing machines right now, but doctors say they will be just fine. McQueary says she's actually open to having more kids if she wins the lottery.

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