Rare identical triplets finally head home

Parents of rare identical triplets born last month at Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital were still trying to digest their drastically expanded family as they prepared to take the babies home.

HOUSTON -- Parents of rare identical triplets born last month at Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital were still trying to digest their drastically expanded family as they prepared to take the babies home.

"Just triple of everything," said Stephanie Harris, the children's mom. "They sit there. They make the same noises. They do the same thing. They have their own language."

The female triplets are named Addison, Savanah and Kinsley. Their father said he feels overwhelmed.

"We are prepared," Brad Harris said. "I'm just way outnumbered now."

During an early examination, the doctor initially told the mom she was only having two babies.

"And they were in the same placenta, and so she automatically knew that they were going to be identical," Stephanie Harris said.

A few weeks later, she came back for a follow-up ultrasound. That's when the doctor delivered the unexpected news telling Stephanie she was having triplets.

Stephanie's mother Lynn Sweatt was with her during that appointment.

"And when she said that there was a third, her arm went over her head and I'm saying, 'It will be OK. It will be OK,'" Sweatt said.

The girls were born 10 weeks premature. Even though they have names, the parents are relying on other methods to help tell them apart.

"We got ankle bracelets, and we're going to color coordinate them," Stephanie Harris said. "Hopefully, we don't get them mixed up."

She hopes the chance of that happening will be about as rare as the triplets themselves.

"I never thought I'd have triplets," she said.


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