2. An Amazing Addition
That amazing news was finding out that Nia was pregnant. It was her very first pregnancy and the couple couldn’t have been happier finding out the news. The loving couple from Waldorf, Maryland knew that raising a family was the natural next step in their relationship. Nia gave birth to a beautiful baby boy named Shai in 2011. The pregnancy went smoothly and the couple couldn’t have been happier. But little did Shai know that he was destined to be the first of many more children to come in the Tolbert household.
3. Tying the Knot
4. A Second Pregnancy
As the months of the second pregnancy went by, the entire Tolbert family was abuzz, excited to find out the gender of the new baby. But when Nia went to the doctor’s office to get her sonogram done, she received surprising news. Nia and Robert Tolbert found out that not only were they having one baby, they would be having two! What wonderful news for the couple. And as far as the genders go, they were expected to both be boys.
5. The Birth
The Tolberts, now a family of five, had a full house with their beautiful sons around. According to Nia and Robert, they felt their family was big enough and weren’t planning on having any more children. The couple worked like clockwork taking care of their three beautiful children. If they had thought raising one child was hard enough, they soon learned that having twins was double-trouble. But that wasn’t all that was in store for the Tolberts…
Straight off the bat, Nia knew that something was different about this pregnancy. Having already gone through two pregnancies, she could feel that something was not the same. She felt it physically, as well as emotionally. Nia prayed that what she was feeling meant that she was going to have a girl. It would be nice to have a daughter in the family after all those sons. But that wasn’t quite the case…
9. Something Different
10. The First Sonogram
When Nia went for her first sonogram she was both nervous and excited, knowing that something was different with this pregnancy. She couldn’t quite put her finger on what it was exactly. But it was something. “Robert and I have always joked about having a large family, but we did not plan to have any more pregnancies after the twins. But we were in for a surprise.” More and more surprises were on the way as soon as Nia had an ultrasound done.
11. Surprising Ultrasound
12. A Double Check
The ultrasound technician eventually confirmed Nia’s suspicion that she was having another set of twins. At first, the news was a shock for Nia. But she came around quickly, viewing it as a blessing instead and a gift from God. That’s when Nia went to the bathroom, and when she came back the technician told her that she wanted to do another check, just to make sure. Feeling that there it was best to be certain, Nia agreed that it was better safe than sorry.
13. The Sonogram
14. Extremely Rare
The same doctor that delivered Nia’s twins was scheduled to deliver her triplets, and he said that getting pregnant with one child, then two, then three is “extremely rare.” Dr. Rami Tabbarah added that Nia’s pregnancies defied all odds when it came to the numbers. “We’re talking less than one in 1,000 . That’s a very low chance for it happening to anyone in general,” Dr. Tabbarah said. “It’s very rare to have to twins then triplets in the same lifetime.”
15. Increased Odds
16. Devising a Plan
Nia wondered how she would share the exciting news to her husband, Robert. She was leaving Maryland for the weekend to Tampa, Florida and decided that she would leave Robert with a goodbye gift that he would only find after she left. The gift consisted of her sonogram, which was quite long and clearly marked babies A, B and C. She also included three onesies and a note, asking Robert to “please accept this gift from her and God.”
17. The Gift
18. The Call
When Robert finally regained consciousness, the realization that his wife was having triplets really set in. He called his wife and congratulated her, despite his fears of the challenges that would come from adding three more children to the Tobert family. He laughingly admitted later on that he honestly thought his wife had bought him a Fitbit as a gift before she left, because he had been hinting that he wanted one. Instead, he got the shock of his life finding out that they were going to be having triplets.
19. The Aftershock
20. Gender reveal
The happy couple decided that they didn’t want to know the genders of their triplets right away. Instead, they opted to have a gender reveal party where they would pop balloons and the color of the confetti would indicate the gender. At the party, when the time finally came to pop the balloons there was excitement in the air. The first balloon was popped- a girl. The second balloon was popped- a girl. Then finally the third balloon was popped- a girl.
“We are both excited about this new experience of parenting girls,” Nia told Us. “Rob is enthused about having his own entourage, as the boys stick to me like glue! I’m curious . . . How will it change the dynamic of our household?” “Will it be like it is in the movies? Who’s going to comb all that hair? It’s going to be eventful, we know it. But we’re leaning on God and Pinterest until we find our flow!” Nia added.
23. Due Date Approaching
24. A Trip To The Hospital
Nia and Robert were at the hospital, expecting to be sent home when they heard the surprising news. “We’re going to have the babies today,” one of the doctors announced. Nia, still in a bit of a shock, frantically asked where her doctor was. Then, as if it were meant to be, the moment her doctor entered the room, Nia’s water broke. The triplets were coming! Everyone braced themselves for a long night, and prayed that everything would be ok and the triplets would be in good health.
25. The Birth
26. The Triplets
All of the babies were in between 4 to 4.6 pounds and in good health despite being born early. Two of the triplets are identical, the third is fraternal. Now all Nia and Robert had to do was decide what to name their three gorgeous daughters. Nia and Robert named the fraternal girl Mackenzie, and the identical twins Zuri and Bailey. After the birth of Nia’s triplets, she became known as the 1-2-3 mom, for the number of babies she has had in each of her pregnancies: a single, twins, then triplets.
27. Day by Day
28. It Takes a Village
Nia and Robert say that they couldn’t raise their children without the support of their family, friends and neighbors. After all, it does take a village to raise children. And Nia and Robert have more than just a few children; now they have half a dozen. “But we’re not too concerned,” Nia explained. “I know we’re not going to sleep for a couple years, our grocery bill is going to go up, and our house is not going to be quiet and that’s OK.”
29. Help Needed
30. More Children?
Many people are wondering what would happen if Nia and Robert decide to have more children, and whether or not she would keep having multiples. Or maybe even become the 1-2-3-4 mom. Who knows? She has already broken records for her rare births. That question may never be answered. When asked if she would be having any more children, or at least considering the possibility, Nia said, “Absolutely not. I am confident we are not having any more children.” As for other questions about the Tolberts, Nia and Robert have come up with the coolest ideas to keep the world updated about their beautiful children. Read on to find out just how awesome the Tolberts really are.
31. Taking Action
32. Fit & Fab
It’s no surprise that all of Nia’s pregnancies took a toll on her body, but that hasn’t stopped her from keeping fit and looking lean. She’s a private yoga instructor and wellness coach and launched her brand MOTHERLOVINGYOGA™ in May 2017. Her brand is dedicated to promoting the practice of yoga on and off the mat for men and women of all ages. She believes that the art of yoga can both empower and invigorate people from all walks of life. But that’s not the only social media page Nia has created.
33. The Power of Sharing
34. Keeping it Herbal
When Nia Tolbert isn’t busying herself with her own brand and raising half a dozen little babies, she’s also an international wellness and empowerment coach at Herbalife Nutrition. The company manufactures nutrition products to support a balanced diet and active lifestyle. Nia believes in the global brand and agreed to be a spokeswoman for the company because they encourage a healthy and active lifestyle without any quick fixes. Their innovative products such as their vitamins shakes, and supplements are developed by the best doctors and scientist in the medical industry to complement and encourage a healthy and active life.
35. Totally Tolbert™
36. Bros and Bows
The Tolberts introduced the family Instagram account with the caption: “We are the Totally Tolbert™ Kru 3 Bros 3 Bows SINGLE (boy) ~TWIN (boys) ~TRIPLET (girls) Follow Our Adventures!!” and provided their email for any suggestions, compliments, and special requests. Anyone interested can browse the adorable pictures and videos of Shai, the twins Riley and Alexander, and the triplets Mackenzie, Zuri, and Bailey. They certainly know how to capture the special moments and you can see how much love and attention Robert and Nia invest in each one of their kids without any reservations.
37. The Little Milestones
38. The Tolbert Boys
Before the girls were born, Shai and the twins liked to cling to Nia. After all, boys always love their mommies. However, since the triplets came along, Robert and the boys spend lots of quality boy time together getting up to mischief. Nia posted a picture of her four guys taking a break from the girls writing, “The Tolbert boys!!!!!! One half of the crew taking a break from the girls!! Xander with the mischief, Riley with the attitude, Shai with the cuteness, and Rob with the Dad Swag.”
39. A Cute Photo Shoot
40. Picture Perfect
The Tolberts can’t be sure about what more life has in store for them, but they’re extremely grateful for the six little blessings they received and get to raise. Their children couldn’t have asked for a better set of parents, that’s for sure. Other couples might have freaked out at the news of having twins and then triplets, but the Tolberts took it in their stride and saw the pregnancies as blessings and part of the plan from above. They have the right attitude in life, which is why they seem so happy and content despite all the challenges. Kudos to them!