A South Dakota woman was stunned to learn that she was about to give birth to triplets after initially believing she had kidney stones, KOTA TV reports.
Dannette Glitz, of Sturgis, was rushed to the hospital after she believed she had small, hard deposits in her kidneys.
"I started getting pains, I figured it was kidney stones because I've went through them before," she said.
Her 10-year-old son, Ronnie, however, had always wished for a baby brother, and it seemed as if something larger was at play.
"One time I seen a shooting star and I wished for a baby brother, and I wished for like two sisters for my little sister because she always wanted a little sister, I knew this day was always going to come," he told the station.
Sure enough, Dannette learned that she was actually going through labor and was told by doctors to expect twins.
"It was quiet, we thought they were done. He's over there, kind of like rocking like, thinking of the names," she said of her husband Austin. "Then [the doctor is] like, 'Well, we need another blanket.' And his reaction is like, 'Excuse me, put it back, no, I was told I have twins, I'm not doing triplets.' She's like, 'No, there's three babies in here, there's triplets.'"
Austin told KOTA TV that he was shocked.
"Once we left the hospital, she's out of the hospital, I know she's okay," he said of his wife. "I'm overwhelmed honestly, it's still exploding in my head."
Now, what was once a family of four is a family of seven.
"You don't ever see triplets being conceived naturally, let alone going 34 weeks without knowing," Dannette said. "So, everyone's like, 'I can't believe it.' I'm like, 'We're still in shock, trust me, we know what you mean.' I go to the doctor's thinking I'll have surgery for kidney stones and end up going into labor with a C-section that night. It's crazy."
The Glitz family said they're grateful for the support they've since received from community members — many of whom have donated supplies — in light of the unexpected delivery of their triplets. The family has named their newborns Blaze, Gypsy, and Nikki.
"It's amazing in a small town how many people will come together for stuff that's not expected," Dannette said.