You couldn’t find a couple who loved each other more than Nia and Robert Tolbert. With a son, all three meant the world to each other, but news of Nia’s second and third pregnancies sent shockwaves through their families and social media. You might be asking yourself what the big deal is — people get pregnant all the time?
Well, for Robert, he was so absolutely stunned when his wife gave him the news regarding her third pregnancy that he just fainted.
What news did Nia give her husband that sent him to a state of utter shock and a temporary loss of feeling? Read on and find out!
1. Nia and Robert’s history
The couple first met in 2007 through a gathering of mutual friends. From the get-go, the two fell instantly, head-over-heels in love and started dating. Things took off right away, and they knew that through their friends, they found their soul mates. As time went on, their love for each other grew more and more. Sure, there were arguments here and there, but the bottom line was that absolutely nothing could ruin such a good thing.
2. Welcoming Shai into the world
After a few years of dating, they were given the good news that a little Nia-and-Robert Jr. would soon be entering the world. It was the first time Nia became pregnant so she was a bit scared, but more than anything, she and Robert were ecstatic. In 2011, they sighed a breath of relief and joy as their son, Shai, came out screaming and crying but ultimately healthy. To this couple from Maryland, the natural next step to their relationship was raising a child together, and it seemed that everything was going their way.
Three years after Shai was born and roughly seven years of being together, the happy couple and parents finally decided to make their relationship official and tie the knot. Long before their wedding, the three of them were already the picture-perfect family, but little did they know that a few short months after offering their wedding vows, another person would be nine months away from becoming a little Tolbert. Or so they thought…
4. Second Pregnancy
The news of Nia’s second pregnancy spread like wildfire among his and her families. Aunts, uncles, cousins, and close friends all wanted to be there for the gender reveal. But before then, the Tolberts received some rather shocking news from their doctor. Apparently, the rate at which Nia’s stomach was growing was a sign that she’d be giving birth to not one child but two! In just two pregnancies, Nia and Robert’s family would grow to become a family of five!
5. Riley and Alexander Tolbert
In 2015, the Tolberts welcomed little Riley and Alexander to the family. Needless to say, Nia and Robert were glad that the birthing process went smoothly, and the identical twin brothers came out healthy and ready to cause ruckus. Raising a four-year-old son with his twin baby brothers can be a handful – something that Nia and Robert have attested to on numerous occasions – but they were happy nonetheless.
After having Riley and Alexander, the Tolberts decided that five was enough. They didn’t plan to have any more children after their twins. But as you undoubtedly already know, the plans we make aren’t always in line with what fate has in store for us. In 2017, Nia’s morning sickness was back, and their doctor delivered news that they were already so used to hearing. Nia was pregnant again! Despite it not being a planned pregnancy, Nia and Robert were fully prepared to welcome
7. Odd Feeling
Ask any woman who has been pregnant more than once and she’ll most likely tell you that she can tell all the differences between each pregnancy. This was exactly what Nia was feeling, but something seemed a bit off. She went through a ton of different emotions during the first few months of her pregnancy. Nia initially thought the off feeling was because the baby growing in her belly was a girl. She wasn’t completely wrong, but there was much more store for her and Robert that they would soon find out.
8. First sonogram
Nia went to meet the doctor again for the first sonogram of her third pregnancy. Robert was not available and couldn’t accompany Nia. Before the sonogram, she was both excited and a tad bit frightened. She knew something was going on in her uterus, but she couldn’t quite figure it out through feel alone. She just knew something was going to happen. Good or bad, Nia and Robert would be able to face whatever challenges were ahead of them.
9. Surprise #2!
Although Robert wasn’t there for the sonogram, he was always in the loop of his wife’s third pregnancy. The couple suspected that her third pregnancy would be just like her second – twins. The only thing they wanted and prayed for was a healthy child. If God was sending them another batch of twos, that was A-OK with them. But the technician had to check, double-check, and triple-check the results to make sure everything was al
10. Breaking the news to Robert
Initially, Nia was understandably shocked to the core after hearing news of bearing triplets. Who wouldn’t be? Eventually, she accepted her fate but had no idea how to break the news to her loving husband. Robert was unavailable on all the days she met her doctor so up until this point, he only suspected twins. Coincidentally, Nia was going to spend the weekend in Tampa, Florida, and she decided that was the perfect time to tell him. But she would do it through a parting gift.
11. Opening the parting gift
Before leaving to Tampa, Nia left a parcel in her home for her husband to open. She would already be gone by the time he received the gift so she had no way of gauging his reaction. Hopefully, he would be ready to handle the sudden addition of three new family members, something she was confident he would. Robert opened the parting gift and found three
12. …Robert fainted
He was in utter shock. Twins, he’s handled before and had the strength to handle again, but triplets? Raising three newborn babies at once was going to be even more challenging. It took him a while to get his mind fully wrapped around the idea, and he just laid down in bed trying to process everything. His first thought after finally coming to terms with triplets was contacting Nia who was probably desperate to hear his reaction. He phoned her immediately after the shock wore off slightly.
13. The call
After regaining consciousness, Robert called his wife and congratulated her on bearing triplets. They talked a bit about the new challenges they would have to face but undeniably overcome. The more he thought about it, the more he loved the idea of a seven-member Tolbert family. Later during their call, he admitted that he thought Nia had finally gotten him a Fitbit after he had been leaving subtle hints about wanting one.
14. Zuri, Bailey, and Mackenzie Tolbert
After months of preparation and the gender reveal (daughters!), Nia’s due date was rapidly approaching. On January 30, 2018, six weeks before her due date, Nia gave birth to her triplet daughters via C-section. Once again, Robert could breathe after learning that his daughters and wife made it out of the operating room in perfect health, despite giving birth much earlier than planned. Nia and Robert named their newborn daughters Zuri, Bailey, and Mackenzie. Zuri and Bailey are identical twins while Mackenzie is fraternal.
15. Totally Tolberts
It’s been a little over a year since Nia gave birth to her triplets, completing the seven-member Tolbert family. Their story has attracted a huge following on social media, and many have speculated that if Nia becomes pregnant for the fourth time, she’ll most definitely have quadruplets. Their story has been shared numerous times on social media, and after much demand from the public, the Tolberts started their own Facebook and Instagram pages called Totally Tolbert. Nia and Rob give a glimpse into the life of raising six beautiful children. There’s no way for the couple to know what the future has in store for them, but after having one son, twin sons, and triplet sisters, there’s no obstacle that Nia and Robert Tolbert can’t overcome.