STURGIS, S.D. (KOTA TV) – Dannette and Austin Giltz have been together for 12 years and after having two kids, they thought they were on the same page about the story of their family.
However, within the course of four minutes, their lives were forever rewritten.
“One time I seen a shooting star and I wished for a baby brother, and I wished for like two sisters for my little sister because she always wanted a little sister, I knew this day was always going to come,” said Ronnie Giltz, the couple’s son.
The 10-year-old always wished for a baby brother, and when his mom Dannette was rushed to the hospital, she thought it was kidney stones.
“I started getting pains, I figured it was kidney stones because I’ve went through them before,” said Dannette.
But Dannette was actually going into labor, and doctors told her to expect twins.
“It was quiet, we thought they were done. He’s over there, kind of like rocking like, thinking of the names and then she’s like well we need another blanket and his reaction is like excuse me, put it back, no, I was told I have twins, I’m not doing triplets. She’s like no, there’s three babies in here, there’s triplets,” said Dannette.
From Sturgis to Spearfish to Rapid City, in all the commotion, Austin Giltz named their triplets Blaze, Gypsy, and Nikki.
“Once we left the hospital, she’s out of the hospital, I know she’s okay. I’m overwhelmed honestly, it’s still exploding in my head,” said Austin Giltz.
Exploding like the shooting star Ronnie wished on, now the Giltz’s are a shining family of seven.
“You don’t ever see triplets being conceived naturally, let alone going 34 weeks without knowing. So, everyone’s like I can’t believe it, I’m like we’re still in shock, trust me, we know what you mean like I go to the doctor’s thinking I’ll have surgery for kidney stones and end up going into labor with a c-section that night. It’s crazy,” said Dannette.
The healthy triplets should be home any day now, and the Giltz’s say they couldn’t have done this without the family, friends, and complete strangers who came together to donate supplies.
“It’s amazing in a small town how many people will come together for stuff that’s not expected,” said Dannette.
The Giltz family said they’re grateful for the generosity of the Black Hills Community. They don’t believe they would have received the same treatment anywhere else.
If you would like to donate baby supplies to the Giltz family, you can find the link to their Facebook fundraiser here.