KOKOMO, Ind. - Getting pregnant with triplets two times over a short time span is a rare occurrence, even with fertility treatments, but a couple from Indiana are ready to welcome a second set soon, within a span of 18 months.
Bill and Sarah Imbierowicz, of Kokomo, have their hands full with four boys, triplets Sammy, Tommy and Drew at 15 months, and older brother Will, 3.
The growing family is one big bundle of joy after the family's heart-wrenching struggle to get pregnant.
Their hopes were finally realized through in vitro fertilization and the birth of Will.
"We thought, 'We'll have one more. Then, he'll have a sibling close in age,'" Sarah said.
Her next pregnancy brought the triplets, now on the move from three cribs, three swings, three of pretty much everything.
It's a full house, but Sarah and Bill are making room for more.
"I said, 'You know, if we're going to do this, we need to do this now,'" Sarah said. "We need to have a baby while we're in baby mode, because the house is set up right now. Five years from now, I'm not going to want to come back to this, because we'll be moved on to the next phase of childhood."
With a stable of boys at home, Bill and Sarah were hoping for a girl, just one girl.
"Then, of course they started to count, and it's like one, two," Bill said.
During the ultrasound, the doctor revealed the unexpected.
"Just got this look on his face, and I said, 'Oh, no,' and he said, 'What do you see?' and I said, 'I see two," Sarah said. "He said, 'Look again.' I said, 'I see three,' and he said, 'I see three, too.' I think the whole room just went quiet at that point. I think we were all just like, 'Oh.'"
A second set of triplets is on the way, two sets in just more than a year. This time around, they are shopping for pink. The couple is expecting three girls.
A second set of triplets means three more cribs and three more car seats, along with three more tiny mouths to feed.
Bill and Sarah know handling seven children age 3 and under won't be easy.
"We stick to the routine, because if you don't you pay for it," Sarah said.
Along with the bustle comes benefit.
"I think there's some truth into youth instills youth in you. It definitely keeps me busy. I think I'm probably healthier," Bill said.
Sarah is due in a couple of months. The two sets of triplets will be about 18 months apart.
"It gives them the chance to grow up together and have supporters and also be individuals among the big group," Sarah said.
Sarah's pregnancy has been healthy. RTV6 will provide an update when the babies arrive.