Hugo, Monty and Coco are a picture-perfect set of triplets; the only funny thing is that Hugo is a full seven years older. how the three siblings can still be triplets and in which moments you notice it the most. The great sibling happiness of a family that should actually remain childless
Helen and Oliver Baker, from Southampton, England, could never have dreamed of this special family history. In 2003, the model and the electrician fall in love and then try to crown their love with a child. But that won’t work. After several examinations, it is clear that Helen can only become pregnant through ᴀʀᴛɪꜰɪᴄɪᴀʟ ɪɴsᴇᴍɪɴᴀᴛɪᴏɴ. In 2008, the first attempt at a baby using ᴀʀᴛɪꜰɪᴄɪᴀʟ ɪɴsᴇᴍɪɴᴀᴛɪᴏɴ began.
Many failed attempts lie behind the family. In order to be able to afford the ᴀʀᴛɪꜰɪᴄɪᴀʟ ɪɴsᴇᴍɪɴᴀᴛɪᴏɴ, Helen and Oliver Baker even sold their house! Then, in 2010, the happy news came: the ꜰᴇʀᴛɪʟɪᴢᴀᴛɪᴏɴ worked. Several ᴇᴍʙʀʏᴏs were created.
To be on the safe side, Oliver and Helen decide to freeze the leftover ᴇᴍʙʀʏᴏs in case they plan to have another child in a few years.
In February 2011, her long-awaited child, Hugo, was born. A healthy boy and their entire happiness! As the British Sun reports, the family decided in 2017 to have another child. The ᴇᴍʙʀʏᴏs that were frozen at the time are used for this. And it worked on the first try. The family never expected that, and the biggest surprise is yet to come.
During their eight-week ultrasound, the doctors discover an additional heartbeat to the one already present. Helen is having twins, even though she was supposed to be childless at the beginning of her journey. In August, Monty and Coco were born healthy. And 7-year-old Hugo isn’t just a big brother; he’s a triplet.
Because Coco and Monty, but also Hugo, were all ᴄᴏɴᴄᴇɪᴠᴇᴅ during the same ᴀʀᴛɪꜰɪᴄɪᴀʟ ɪɴsᴇᴍɪɴᴀᴛɪᴏɴ attempt, they are triplets. Even if Hugo was born seven years earlier, the date of origin is identical – with a delay of a few years. Multiple births with a difference of several years are not that rare.
“People come to me and say it’s like a glimpse into the past when they see Monty,” the mother of triplets told The Sun. It’s like having my first baby, Hugo, back.” In addition to the outward resemblance, there are also many personality traits that are identical: “They finish each other’s sentences. (…) They all hate butter.”
Helen and her husband Oliver are proud to be parents of three. The last three years with two small babies have been hectic and crazy. Since then, three dogs have been added to the three children. But this mess with 10-year-old Hugo and 3-year-old Monty and Coco is what makes their special and delayed triplets story what it is.