Paula Deen's Daughter-In-Law Claudia Shares Pic of 1st Time She & Husband Were Able to Take a Photo with Their Triplets in the NICU

On the occasion of "World Prematurity Day," Claudia Deen shared the first-ever picture taken of herself and her husband, Bobby Deen, along with their triplets. 

It's been a little over a year since Paula Deen's daughter-in-law Claudia gave birth to triplets four months earlier than her due date.

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This past Tuesday was Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day so today I want to share another pic of our rainbow babies 🌈👶🏻🙏🏼 This is a sad day for many but a way to remember all the little ones that we’ll meet again in heaven ☁️ With this cute image I also wanted to remind you that we are the ambassador family for the @marchofdimes Signature Chefs Auction. Their mission is to increase funding and research against birth defects and premature births and that’s why this organization is so important to us after our triplets spent 4 months in the NICU. Please consider giving a gift to help support this cause! You can do so on the link in my profile 🤗signaturechefs.marchofdimes.org/savannah •••••••••• El martes pasado fue el Dia Internacional de la Perdida Perinatal así que hoy les quiero compartir esta foto de nuestros bebés arcoiris 🌈👶🏻🙏🏼 Este es un día triste para muchas pero una forma de recordar a todos los pequeñines que volveremos a encontrar en el cielo ☁️ Con esta imagen también les quiero recordar que somos la familia embajadora del @marchofdimesga Signature Chef Auction. La misión de esta organización es ayudar a investigaciones para prevenir defectos de nacimiento y partos prematuros y por eso esta causa es tan importante para nosotros después de que nuestros bebés pasaran 4 meses en los cuidados intensivos neonatales. Esperamos que puedan ayudar! (link en mi perfil) signaturechefs.marchofdimes.org/savannah 📷 @kelliboydphotography

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Claudia and Bobby are beyond grateful for the fact that their precious babies are healthy today. On the "World Prematurity Day," Claudia shared a special picture of Bobby and herself doing the "kangaroo care" with their babies. 

The photo was extra special to the family since it was the first photo they were able to take together as a family of five after the triplets were born. 

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Today is World Prematurity Day 👶🏻 An important day to raise awareness of preterm birth and the concern of preemies and their families 💜 It’s hard to believe that this was us exactly a year ago. This image means A LOT to me because it’s the first picture we were able to take as a family of 5, almost 6 weeks after our babies were born... with all the cables and incubators in the way it was hard for Bobby and I to do kangaroo care next to each other but thanks to the help of our awesome NICU nurses we were able to do it on #worldprematurityday 🥰 If you have a preemie in your family, at how many weeks was he/she born? •••••••••• Hoy es el Día Mundial Del Niño Prematuro 👶🏻 Un día importante para crear conciencia de los nacimientos prematuros y las preocupaciones de estos bebés y sus familias 💜 Se me hace difícil creer que estos éramos nosotros exactamente hace un año. Esta imagen significa MUCHO para mi porque es la primera foto que logramos tomar como familia de 5, casi 6 semanas después de que nacieron nuestros bebés... con todos los cables e incubadoras atravesadas era muy difícil para mi y para Bobby hacer MMC (método madre canguro) sentados uno al lado del otro pero gracias a nuestras súper enfermeras lo logramos el #diamundialdelniñoprematuro 🥰 Si hay alguien prematuro en tu familia, de cuántas semanas nacieron?

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Claudia mentioned that the photo means a lot to her. She also shared how it was difficult for them to do the kangaroo care next to each other with all those cables and incubators in the way. 

THE PREMATURE BIRTH

A few days after the triplets were born, Paula took to Facebook to announce that her son Bobby and daughter-in-law Claudia had become parents for the first time. 

Paula Deen signs copies of her book during Cuts the Fat Book Tour on January 30, 2016. | Source: Getty Images

Paula Deen signs copies of her book during Cuts the Fat Book Tour on January 30, 2016. | Source: Getty Images

The former "Food Network" star also shared that her grandkids had arrived within 26 weeks and four days of pregnancy. 

"It’s two girls and a boy. It’s Linton, Olivia and Amelia. Amelia was named after me — Amelia Ann, because my middle name is Ann. And Olivia was named after Maria — her name is Olivia Maria, and Maria is Claudia’s mother. Linton will make the fourth generation carrying the Linton name. It comes from their great-great grandfather. Bobby and Claudia covered all the bases."

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Amelia was born at 2lbs and spent 121 days in the NICU. Linton was born at 1lb 12oz and spent 100 days in the NICU. Olivia was born at 1lb 11oz and spent 91 days in the NICU 💜 @marchofdimes played a very important role during our very long hospital stay 💜 We are beyond excited that we have an opportunity to give back to this incredible organization that fights for funding and research against birth defects and premature births 👶🏻 We are proud to be the ambassador family for the @marchofdimesga Signature Chefs Auction this year! We hope you'll join us in giving a gift to help support this important cause (link in bio) signaturechefs.marchofdimes.org/savannah •••••••••• Amelia nació pesando 920g y pasó 121 días en el NICU. Linton nació pesando 795g y pasó 100 días en el NICU. Olivia nació pesando 790g y pasó 91 días en el NICU 💜 March of Dimes jugo un papel muy importante durante nuestra larga estadía en el hospital 💜 Estamos muy emocionados de tener una oportunidad de regresarle tanto apoyo a esta increíble organización que ayuda a investigaciones para prevenir defectos de nacimiento y partos prematuros 👶🏻 Estamos orgullosos de que este año nos nombraron familia embajadora del March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction! Esperamos que puedan ayudarnos a apoyar esta causa tan importante (link en mi perfil) signaturechefs.marchofdimes.org/savannah 📷 @kelliboydphotography

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Back then, the triplets were only a week old. Paula assured her fans that the babies were doing fine but they would have to stay in the hospital for around three months

THE BABIES WERE ARTIFICIALLY CONCEIVED 

According to Claudia, the babies were conceived via artificial insemination.

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Mi vida entera 💫 #deentriplets

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According to Mayo Clinic, it is a fertility treatment that allows sperm to be placed directly into the uterus around the time the ovary releases one or more eggs to be fertilized. 

Although the babies were born prematurely, they are surrounded by love and growing up to be healthy. 

Paula mentioned in the same Facebook video announcing their birth that she had complete faith that "God’s got his arms wrapped all around them."

THE TRIPLETS CELEBRATED THEIR FIRST BIRTHDAY! 

On October 10, the triplets--Linton, Olivia, and Amelia--turned 1 year old. Claudia shared a snapshot of her precious babies on Instagram as they celebrated the milestone. 

Reminiscing how the triplets arrived in the world early, she mentioned how they have filled her family's life with love. 

"It’s been one year since our beautiful trio arrived into this world 13 weeks early to fill our lives with light, color and smiles! They’ve taught us the biggest life lessons and have given the word LOVE a whole new meaning."

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The Deen girls! (missing Coco 🐶) Today we celebrate 10 months of welcoming our beautiful triplets into this world 👶🏻👶🏻👶🏻 So much has happened during this time... we’ve shared many laughs, smiles, tears, fears and of course infinite love ❤️ With all the ups and downs by far these have been the best 10 months of our lives! •••••••••• Las princesas de la casa (solo falta Coco 🐶) Hoy celebramos 10 meses de haberle dado la bienvenida al mundo a nuestros bellos trillizos 👶🏻👶🏻👶🏻 Han pasado tantas cosas durante este tiempo... hemos compartido muchísimas risas, sonrisas, lágrimas, miedos y por supuesto infinito amor ❤️ Con todos los altos y bajos sin duda estos han sido los mejores 10 meses de nuestras vidas! 📷 @kelliboydphotography

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Claudia's pregnancy might have been high-risk, but the babies seem to be completely fine now. 

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