Two first-time dads are welcoming their three new bundles of joy into the world — and making history.
Chris and Theo Menelaou are both biological fathers to their triplets, which may be the first in recorded medical history in both South Africa and the world.
"You'll listen to people, and I don't think you'll ever understand what it feels like or means to be a parent ... it's indescribable," Theo Menelaou told the Associated Press in a video.
According to Bustle, each father fertilized one egg. One embryo split into two to create identical twins.
The triplets were born prematurely at 31 weeks on July 2. First born was Joshua via caesarean, followed by Zoe and Kate. They were put on breathing apparatus and were monitored constantly.
The couple met their surrogate because of friend and neighbor Paralympian Oscar Pistorius’s murder trial, Sky News reports. Surrogate rules are stringent — a surrogate must not accept money other than for medical expenses, the surrogate must already have a prior child and they need written consent from the surrogate’s partner or spouse.
“When you are gay, there is always the thought that it just may not be possible to be a parent no matter how much you would love to be” Christo Menelaou told Sky News. “It's very hard to be accepted for adoption and we were told we would always come after heterosexual couples. And then we just never thought we'd ever find a person who would want to be surrogate to a gay couple."