Susanne and Joseph Maggio were ready to throw in the towel in their effort to get pregnant when they found out that Susanne was with child -- three, to be exact.
On Monday at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, Susanne gave birth to triplets -- two boys and one girl. Joseph Jr. was born at 3:56 p.m. at 6 lbs., 4 oz., Michael was born at 3:57 p.m. weighing 5 lbs., 8 oz., and at 3:58 p.m. their sister Sophia was born, weighing 4 lbs., 8oz.
“Monday morning we went from being the basic couple at the hospital to the whole staff knowing who the triplet couple was,” said Joseph, 37, of Nesconset. “We were like royalty.”
Joseph was a single father of his 14-year-old daughter, Kristina, for almost seven years before meeting Susanne on Match.com in February 2006. One year later, the two were engaged.
“I had the ring in my pocket for three months trying to find the right time to propose,” said Joseph. The two got married Nov. 2, 2008.
Since 2009, the couple had been trying unsuccessfully to get pregnant.
“Anything we tried to do wasn’t working,” said Joseph, who started seeing a fertility specialist with his wife in June 2011. “They said we were down to the last three tries. On the last try, it worked.”
Susanne found out she was pregnant with triplets in June 2012.
“When the doctor said there were three in there, Joseph and I just looked at each other and I started crying,” said Susanne, 39. “It’s just something I couldn’t even imagine.”
Throughout her pregnancy, Susanne was told she would give birth at about 28 weeks and the babies would be premature. Susanne went almost full-term, giving birth at 37 weeks.
“It’s like something from a storybook,” said Susanne’s mother, Ann Marie Schiano, 66, of Nesconset. “She never dreamed of having triplets.”
The expectant mother continued work at Kiddie Academy of Nesconset until last Thursday.
“She decided to prove everyone wrong,” her husband said.
Despite being told the infants will most likely have to spend several days in the NICU, the three infants were born healthy and are all currently in the regular nursery.
The couple will bring the triplets home on Friday.
“My wife is the true backbone to this family because she wouldn’t have it any other way,” Joseph said. “I’m looking forward to raising children all over again.”