A Lee County couple has welcomed new additions to their family: triplets. And while the babies were born during an uncertain time, their parents say the little bundles brought a lot of love and light into their lives.
Ariel Simpson and her fiancé, Charles Montalvo, wanted more children, but they didn’t figure on triplets.
“We got one plus two!”
The triplets arrived nine weeks early, in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.
“It was very, very nerve-racking,” Simpson said.
She delivered her three baby boys – Jax, Grayson and Gabriel – at Health Park Hospital, with Montalvo the only one allowed by her side.
Their sons are now in their own quarantine of sorts – in the NICU.
“We can’t hold them yet,” Montalvo said. “We do, like, little hand hugs.”
Because of all the necessary precautions in place due to COVID-19, the hospital will only allow one parent at a time to visit the babies.
“You can’t go in there without a mask at all. Wash your hands like crazy. They won’t even let another parent be close to the NICU. They want you outside the hospital,” Montalvo said.
Knowing the babies are safe allows the new parents to deal with a new problem: Montalvo lost his job when Gov. Ron DeSantis ordered restaurants and bars shut down.
But Montalvo said he won’t let that darken his days ahead.
“At this point, we’re just blessed with the babies and that’s our light right now,” he said.
When they’re not visiting with their boys, the couple said they’re busy cleaning and re-cleaning their home, hoping they’ll be ready to bring their sons home next month.