MUSTANG — Heading to Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City for their first ultrasound appointment, Alanna and Caleb Peebles were thrilled to finally get a glimpse of the third life they would bring into the world.
As the ultrasound technician began to examine Alanna, the Peebles waited with anticipation for news of a healthy baby. Instead, the technician dropped a bombshell.
Alanna was carrying not one, but three healthy babies. Beyond speechless, they couldn't believe three beating hearts were in Alanna.
“My wife more or less started hyperventilating,” Caleb said. “I didn't know what to say. It was just unreal.”
On April 25, Alanna gave birth to naturally conceived identical triplet boys. Fast forward to now, and the more than 4-month-old look-a-likes are living well in Mustang.
With the addition of the three newborns, that makes five children for the Peebles family — a 4-year-old daughter and a 2-year-old son to accompany the triplets.
During premarital counseling, the Peebles discussed having five children, but when Alanna got pregnant for the third time she wanted to stop with three in the picture.
She prayed, “God, if you want us to have more than three kids you're just going to have to put them all in this one.” Before they knew it, three babies were on the way.
Alanna had firsthand knowledge of what a tough time triplets would be because her sister had fraternal triplets about 19 months ago.
What shocked Alanna, Caleb and even their medical professionals was the rarity of their triplets, natural and identical.
Alanna's sister being older than 30 and on fertility drugs had a higher change of multiple babies. Alanna is 32, but the uncommonness still stunned people at the hospital.