I could never imagine having 5 children in one year, but a British women has managed to have done it. Rachel Reidford’s resolution will be to not have anymore children…at least not in 2007.
In the space of just nine months, Rachel, 24, who already had a six year old daughter, Ellie, gave birth to twins, Elliot and Evie, and then triplets Billy, Harry and Alfie.
It was only after a routine scan before having her gall stones removed that she even discovered she was pregnant with twins in February last year and then gave birth in November.
And despite having a contraceptive coil fitted, she learned she was pregnant with triplets in June this year (2006) and gave birth in August.
So this Christmas was particularly hectic for Rachel and her partner Ricky Jones, 20, who have been rushed off their feet to make it a special day for their young brood.
But doting Rachel said: “As difficult as it may be, we are so proud and we wouldn’t have it any other way now.
“We’ve suddenly gone from there being the three of us to there being eight of us.”
“Our family and friends have been really supportive and even offered us money instead of presents but we made a list of things that all of the children can make use of, for them to choose from; a bit like a wedding list but for babies.”
“But if we were to have a Christmas wish what we really need is a bigger car. All that Ricky wants is to be able to take the whole family out together, but at the moment we can’t because the buggies and babies don’t fit into one car and we can’t afford a people carrier.”
Now Rachel has resolved that she will not be having anymore children and even joked that she was making Ricky sleep in the shed.
“I don’t think I’ll ever get over the shock of what’s happened, it’ll stay with me forever,” she said.
“I’m considering sterilisation because I could not cope with any more children.”
“I’m having the contraceptive injection at the moment but because I don’t have periods whilst I’m on it, I take a pregnancy test each month just in case.”
And the couple’s second New Year’s resolution is to try to spend more time with each other.
“We’ve made a promise that we will spend a few hours alone together, as we haven’t had a minute to ourselves since the twins were born,” Rachel said.
Just one baby is sometimes taxing on a mother’s health and mental state. This poor mom has probably not slept properly in a very long time. I would not be “considering” sterilization, I would have had it done.