Seeing triple: Rare set of identical triplets finally get to go home after 5 weeks in intensive care
A rare set of identical triplets finally get to go home after spending five weeks in intensive care at a Houston hospital.
And now the fun really starts, say their loving, but slightly overwhelmed, parents.
"We are prepared, just way outnumbered now," said dad Brad Harris at a news conference.
The girls - named Addison, Kinsley and Savannah, were born on December 1. Since then, they've been living in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, according to KHOU-TV.
The tiny tots were oblivious to all media attention at Monday's press event. They slept through the entire thing, their tiny crowns encircled by headbands.
"I'm just happy to finally get them home," said mother Stephanie Harris. "We're just going to go home and try to do our best."
Everyone in their respective families is prepared to help, the couple said. The girls were born 10 weeks premature.
"My mom is going to help, his mom is going to help, my sister ... we have a lot of family, a lot of support at home, so we're grateful for that," said the new mother.
And maternal grandma Lynn Sweatt is all ready to fill her role.
"How fun," she said. "Because I won't be there 24/7. I can spoil them and send them home."
About six weeks into Stephanie's pregnancy, she was told she was carrying twins. OK, the couple said, we can handle that.
Two weeks later, the doctor heard a third heartbeat.
Stephanie's reaction was not suitable for broadcast. "Can I say that?" she replied, laughing, when asked how she responded to the news.
The babies, who now weigh between four and five pounds, were born within a minute. They are all perfectly healthy, if a bit small.
The parents' biggest challenge, they said, is going to be keeping the names straight of their three daughters.
"Hopefully we don't get mixed up," Stephanie said. "Surprisingly, they make the same noises, they do the same things, they talk to each other in the same language, and they all love to put their hands in front of their face. It's crazy how they do the same exact things. Their movements – if you look at them - they'll be sleeping in the same position, their hands are in the same position. They're always doing what the others ones are doing."
The parents are strategizing about possibly using ankle bracelets and color-coded toenail polish to tell the girls apart.
According to the hospital, identical triplets occur between one in 60,000 to two million births.