Like most first-time mums, Kirsty McMenamin was engulfed in a sea of dirty nappies and night feeds when her daughter Zara arrived.
She and her husband Brendan had always wanted kids and were blissfully happy with their new arrival, so Kirsty didn't notice that she'd skipped a contraceptive pill or two. She didn't even notice her missed period, but when she started feeling a bit groggy, her sister Tanya Murphy recognised the signs.
"I was at her house and she suggested I do a pregnancy test," remembers Kirsty (29), from Downpatrick. "I said, 'No way'. I was on the pill and Zara was only 15 months old. It couldn't happen.
"But Tanya nipped round to the shop and the next minute I was in her loo taking the test.
"When the second blue line appeared, I was speechless. I rang Brendan and he was delighted. He'd always wanted a big family. It was only later that night I looked at my pill packets and realised I'd missed a couple. That certainly explained things."
Brendan's wish for a big family was about to come true in the most literal sense.
"Even before my first scan, people were joking I could be having twins because I started to show so early," says Kirsty. "I just assumed I'd got my dates wrong. I was much more sick and tired than I'd been with my previous pregnancy too."
When the couple went to Belfast's Ulster Hospital for their 12-week scan, Kirsty wasn't surprised when she saw two babies on the screen. Twins run in her family.
But then the medic performing the scan began to look concerned.
"Don't tell me there's a third," tittered Kirsty nervously.
A consultant was called in to take a second look.
"It only took her about 30 seconds. She breezed in, looked at the screen and said 'One, two, three... yes, you have three healthy heartbeats. Congratulations, it's triplets', then she breezed back out again," Kirsty explains.
"I thought Brendan was going to pass out. Literally his whole face completely drained of colour.
"By this point our families were texting us, wanting to know what was going on, so I sent a message saying, 'Don't worry, the babies are all healthy'.
"Mum replied straight away, saying, 'Babies?' More than one?'
"So I typed back, 'Yes, there's three.'
"My brother's response was the funniest. He just wrote: 'Sweet lord!'"
Kirsty barely ate for the first 20 weeks of her pregnancy because she felt so sick. After that the only thing she could stomach was pizza and chips with curry sauce.
But her bump grew… and grew.
"Strangers would stop me in the supermarket," she says. "I'd be waddling along, pushing Zara in the trolley seat, and women would say, 'Excuse me… are you having twins?'
"Their faces were a picture when I told them, 'No, triplets', and they saw that I already had one baby."
Kirsty gave birth on July 16 last year by planned C-section at 34 weeks to two little boys and another girl. Incredibly all three babies were a good weight. Zoey was 4lbs 10oz, Cameron was 5lbs and Brody was 4lbs 7oz.
"Being in hospital was like a holiday, with midwives and nurses on standby to help with feeds and cuddles, but within days we were told the babies were well enough to go home," she says.
"The staff helped us carry them all to the door and load them into the car. Then they said, 'Goodbye and good luck'.
"Driving home was terrifying. I just thought, 'Oh my God, how are we going to manage?'"
Luckily, their families rallied round. Kirsty's sister took Zara for the first week until they got into a routine.
"We had to learn how to do things at the same time," explains Kirsty. "We fed two babies at once, then the third. It was all hands on deck and even Zara helped out where she could.
"It was a production line of bottles and nappy changes. I never got more than a couple of hours' sleep.
"As they grew, so did the amount of stuff they needed. Friends and family donated nappies, wipes and car seats. We needed three lots of everything.
"We actually won a competition for a year's supply of Pampers, which really helped."
The couple realised they needed to trade their car for a people carrier.
Their landlord agreed to let them knock down an internal wall to get their triple buggy into the living room.
But even so, their three-bed terrace was just too small.
In March the family got the keys to a four-bed house with a big garden, and the triplets have just celebrated their first birthday. Zara, meanwhile, turns three in September.
Kirsty says there's never a dull moment.
"Zoey is a wee diva. She likes to have all the attention," she adds. "Brody is mischievous and into everything. Meanwhile, Cameron is very chilled.
"Zara loves being a big sister. She likes to play with them and help me dress them. She copies everything I do - she's like a mini mummy to them.
"People jokingly ask if I'd ever have any more and then their jaws drop when I say, 'Never say never'.
"Maybe when the kids are all in school we might try again, but for now we've definitely got our hands full.
"Now the triplets are crawling it's even harder. Brody has just learned to walk. I need eyes in the back of my head.
"I've had a contraceptive coil fitted. No more missed pills round here."