When guests assembled for a party in honor of mom- and dad-to-be Desiree and Ryan Fortin, they knew it would be an extra special event. After all, the couple had said they were expecting twins!
That meant there were not one but two boxes filled with balloons in a to-be-revealed color. Guests wagered bets on whether it would be pink or blue orbs—or maybe both!—that would fly into the sky when the boxes were opened (per a widespread trend sweeping gender reveal parties).
After each of the two boxes was opened, blue balloons soared into the air, signaling two boys! How thrilling for all assembled, right? But it turned out that the biggest secret was yet to come.
A cohort in on the secret then brought out a third box—and that box revealed that the couple was actually expecting triplets… and that the third baby was a girl!
In a video capturing the special moments, (which has close to 2.2. million views to date!) dad Ryan says, “Well, that is awesome. I’m excited about two boys.” And then, “What if I told you that you were all wrong? We’re actually having triplets!”
The Fortins had struggled with infertility, a journey Desiree had been documenting on her blog. So after two attempts at IUI (intrauterine insemination), the couple conceived these three babies-on-the-way through IVF.
As a proud new twin mom, I’m thrilled for the Fontins — especially after their painful struggle. And I’m not going to lie: I’m also a bit terrified for them!
Just about every day, a singleton mom says to me, “I don’t know how you do it with two.” I usually answer, “I don’t either,” because having multiples is a special kind of chaos.
So three?! Well, that’s going to be a heck of a lot of work, for sure. But it’s also going to be the most love-filled, thrilling, exciting journey of the Fontins’ lives.
As avid travelers, my husband and I worried during my pregnancy about what the birth of our twins could mean for our passport-stamping careers—I won’t lie. But when we met our brand new babes in the hospital last July, I will never forget how we said to each other, “Surely this is the biggest adventure in the whole wide world!”
Well, Jenna Bush Hager knows a thing or two about how that goes.
As the Today Show “adventure correspondent,” she has been embarking on thrilling journeys filmed for TV—like a roller coaster ride in Colorado (during which she squealed the code word “mommy!” so as not to accidentally curse on a family prorgam). The show’s audience members had cast 50,000 votes to pick what crazy thrill Bush Hager would try next. But instead of revealing the winning pick on the show this morning, Bush Hager stood by while the team rolled tape of a pregnancy announcement!
In the home video, the former first daughter’s own daughter Mila blows a kiss to her “baby sissy” in mommy’s belly. Too cute! (Mila is almost exactly two years old: Her birthday is a week away.)
After hearing the news, Matt Lauer joked, “Some people will do anything to get out of a roller coaster ride.”
To that, Bush Hager said, “I know! You know what though? This is the biggest roller coaster ride there is: having kids!”
If you want to stay up on the cute trends in pregnancy announcements, gender reveals, and all things related to sharing news about a baby on the way, there’s one new video that offers a primer of it all rolled up into one!
The video, posted by Cole Cuchna on YouTube and bound to go viral, shows a couple excitedly sharing that they’re expecting right at the beginning. The three-minute stop-motion vid then shows mom-to-be progressing through pregnancy, noting the exciting developments on chalkboards hung on the wall behind them. (Trend number one!)
As the unborn baby develops and gets larger in mama’s womb, the couple notes the various size comparisons with fruits and veggies on those chalkboards. (Trend number two!)
All the while, the couple scurries around to get ready for their growing family, even showing that the room they’re filming in is destined to become they baby’s nursery when they remove the hanging chalkboards to paint the wall in preparation.
Around mid-way, they learn they’re having a girl, and share that gender-reveal news amid a pop of pink confetti raining from above. (Trend number three!)
In the end, the baby comes a week ahead of schedule (the big event happened earlier this month, ) and little miss Mabel appears in the frame in her mama’s arms, yawning sweetly, while the family’s pup also makes a fun cameo in dad’s arms.
One of my favorite parts? Mom manages to wear the very same stretchy black dress throughout her pregnancy! It’s a testament to the power of elastic—one that even worked for me during my twin pregnancy.
This little one is already an internet sensation and is still in the womb! Mom-to-be Jen Cardinal posted her 14 week ultrasound video on Youtube yesterday, and I promise it’s not like any ultrasound you’ve seen before. The unborn baby is actually clapping!
Although the baby did not actually clap seven times like the video shows, “the experience is one I’ll never forget, the baby clapped three times, then the doctor rewound and scrubbed it while we sang,” Cardinal added in a Youtube comment. “No mystery. It was amazing.”
The pair chose to sing “If You’re Happy and You Know It”—an appropriate choice. Cardinal’s unbelievable video already has more than 100,000 views.
Caitlin St John is an Editorial Assistant for Parents.com who splits her time between New York City and her hometown on Long Island. She’s a self-proclaimed foodie who loves dancing and anything to do with her baby nephew. Follow her on Twitter:@CAITYstjohn
Lena Headey, who plays the deliciously evil Cersei Lannister on the popular HBO show, is expecting her second child, confirms People.
This is the second child for Headey, who also has a 4-year-old son, Wylie, with an ex-husband. No other news has been released, such as the baby’s gender or father, but Headey requested some privacy along with her pregnancy announcement.
In an interview with The Telegraph last year, the British actress shared her desire to be a mom to more than one child. “My dream is to have more kids,” she said. “I love being a mum and that’s been the hardest thing for me, trying to put to bed my desire to have more children.”
There’s no doubt Headey’s most likely over-the-moon (or is that over Westeros?) about her pregnancy. As she once tweeted:
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