Jolene Mckee, 32, and her husband Andrew, 33, of Brooklyn, New York, are a family of eight having recently welcomed their third set of twins, Aiden and Jaiden, who are now three months old. .
The mother says it was a blessing to have six children from three pregnancies, and since the couple only know twins, they feel more and more professional.
Jolene and Andrew now have Peyton and Paige, five, Abigail and Andrew, three, as well as their latest additions, Aiden and Jaiden.
Jolene said: ‘I never envisioned myself with a big family. I thought I’d only have maybe one or two kids. But it is such a blessing that I have had six babies from just three pregnancies.
‘When I discovered I was pregnant with twins for the third time, I just fully accepted that this must be what I was appointed to do.’
She also says that ‘it worked out perfectly’ that she had girl twins, boy twins, and boy-girl twins, giving them ‘all three combinations’.
It wasn’t an easy journey for Jolene and Andrew to grow their family, with Jolene suffering a miscarriage before discovering she was pregnant with Peyton and Paige.
‘I was so scared to go to the doctors for the scan after going through the pain of miscarrying,’ said Jolene.
‘I was panicking the whole time because they were taking so long and they called someone else in the room.
‘And then they told me I was expecting twins. I couldn’t believe it. It was beautiful.’
Two years later Jolene fell pregnant again, and once again discovered she was expecting twins.
She recalls having an inkling that she was carrying another set of two, but says she was still shocked when the news was confirmed – as was her husband.
‘After falling pregnant for the third time I was 100% sure it couldn’t be another set of twins,’ she said. ‘I thought it would definitely be just one baby.’
‘So when we found out it was twins for the third time we were in shock and the doctor was just as shocked as us. He said that in 25 years he had never seen a woman have three sets of twins.’
And despite the challenge of raising multiple sets of twins (even while pregnant) she says it’s gotten easier each time.
Jolene added: ‘All of my pregnancies went really smoothly, but it was very different the second and third time around being pregnant while also being an active mum. But I just had to push through.
‘After giving birth to Abigail and Andrew, it was challenging having two sets of twins but twins was all that we knew so it kind of felt like it got easier with each set. We knew how to handle it.’
Jolene says that the reason for her having so many sets of twins is due to her having an overactive uterus, which she says causes her to drop two eggs at a time.
The busy mum said: ‘I just accepted that this is what was meant for me and I love it.
‘Each child has their own different personalities and although they’re twins they each have their own little buddies.
‘My favourite thing is watching them grow and progress. It really warms my heart.’
Because the couple are quite young, people don’t believe all their children can be theirs, with Jolene saying: ‘They don’t understand how we can have so many kids and when we explain the story they are in disbelief. They find it fascinating.’
How the family manage is certainly fascinating, and Jolene puts it down to some strict planning – as well as simply making time to enjoy being together.
She said: ‘Organisation is challenging with six kids and it takes a lot to enforce a good schedule. It’s sometimes hard to keep up with all the laundry too, I do at least six loads of washing each week.
‘But all the kids are really close and get on very well. I love our family and I wouldn’t have it any other way.’