We often wonder how the parents of twins or triplets manage to differentiate their children during their first months, so much so that they look alike.
This Welsh couple has found the solution! So as not to be mistaken among their three adorable little girls, Karen and Ian Gilbert have chosen to paint their nails! The couple has chosen a color code: each of their babies has their own specific color on the two-inch feet. The name of the color is associated with the first letter of the first name. Thus, it is fuchsia for Ffion, mint green for Maddison, and purple for Paige.
“It’s not for fashion, but really because we have a hard time telling them apart,” the 33-year-old mother said. She added that this trick “made their lives easier,” especially knowing “who has already been fed, changed, washed.” A good idea in your opinion?
The triplets were ᴄᴏɴᴄᴇɪᴠᴇᴅ naturally, without the aid of ꜰᴇʀᴛɪʟɪᴛʏ ᴛʀᴇᴀᴛᴍᴇɴᴛ, and came from the same ᴇɢɢ. It’s a rare event that only occurs once in every 160,000 people in Great Britain.
The Gilbert triplets were born two months early by an ᴇᴍᴇʀɢᴇɴᴄʏ ᴄᴀᴇsᴀʀᴇᴀɴ sᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ. When they were born, Ffion weighed 3lbs 8oz, Maddison weighed 3lbs 5oz, and Paige weighed just 3lbs 4oz, but they are doing very well today, and are a delight to their parents. “It’s been a frenetic but fun year,” they said.
The family from Pontypool, South Wales, had to give more than 120 nappies and 84 bottles of powdered milk per week for the little ones. But the couple has the chance to earn a little extra money thanks to their children elsewhere. TV producers have used the triplets to play the same baby on screen because their identical looks mean they can be rotated during filming – to prevent a single baby from getting too tired.
The parents are great role models because they organize their days very well to take care of their three one-year-old little ones as well as possible. “Going out is like a military operation that we call operation triplets,” they confided with humor. The couple cannot go out on a whim, “We need to plan it 24 hours in advance. It’s like packing for a vacation.”
Among other things, Karen and Ian had to buy a three-seater stroller, of course, but also a bigger car, with seven seats. Their neighborhood supermarket has even been specially equipped for them with a trolley with three child seats. That’s awfully nice of them!
But the most important thing is that Ffion, Maddison, and Paige are adorable. “They brought us so much joy – in triplicate,” confided the happy mother. And we wish they would feel it for years to come!