AUSTIN (KXAN) — Social media feeds are full of happy Father’s Day pictures and messages, but the holiday can be tough for a lot of people in different situations.
Tarek Aly, and his wife Carly, can’t be home with their children just yet. Carly gave birth to triplets about three weeks ago, and they have been in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St. David’s Women’s Center of Texas ever since.
The newborns are labeled Baby A, Baby B, and Baby C in the order of birth — Sophia, Adam and Camilia.
Tarek got his boy.
“He was like, ‘I want three boys because I think I’ll do better with boys. I’m scared of girls.’ The funny thing is the first time he met the girls he was just a pile of mush,” said Carly.
Early on in the pregnancy, the couple was relieved when the doctor told them there would just be two.
“The doctor said, ‘Oh it’s twins,’ and then the next week he said, ‘I have good news and bad news.’ So I said, ‘What’s the good news?’ He said, ‘The twins are healthy.’
‘Well what’s the bad news?’
So I said, ‘Guess what, I’m not coming the next week,” said Tarek with a laugh.
He knew there was definitely a chance for a fourth.
“It could’ve been quadruplets,” said Tarek. “Carly is a quad herself. She has three other people in the world like her, believe it or not, but it has been a great experience.”
Assistant Chief Nursing Officer Yvette McDonald says he is one of about 120 new dads spending Father’s Day in their hospital.
“Because it’s a holiday we want to do even more to bring them in and to make sure they know how special that little baby is to them and they are to the baby,” said McDonald.
And like any smart father, Tarek isn’t taking all the credit.
“When you see women complaining about pregnancy — [saying] oh I can’t do this or I can’t that — I would look at Carly carrying three kids around…she’s a trooper,” said Tarek.
Their family of two turned five is looking forward to spending many more holidays at home.