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PLANO -- A Plano teacher is celebrating the New Year with three future students. They're hers: two girls and a boy.

Melynne Noble had triplets, the first babies born at the Medical Center of Plano in 2013.

Noble knew she was having triplets, and knew they would likely arrive early. Her due date was February 28. But she had no clue how early they would be for her February 28 due date when they were born just after midnight on New Year s Day.

It's exciting because it's a story they'll be able to tell for the rest of their lives, Noble said.

Baby Clawson was born first, at 12:03 a.m. Genevieve came one minute later, followed by her little sister, Enid, at 12:05 a.m.

The way I look at it is, I don't know any different, said Steven Noble, the babies father. To me, it's normal. Instead of going to having zero to one, we went from zero to three.

The Noble kids are in the Neonatal ICU. Medical Center of Plano Neonatologist Theresa Kuforiji said the triplets took New Year's Eve to another level.

Every birthday to us is a special event, Kuforiji said, but I think, especially for the parents, having three babies on the same day and having the first babies of the year is especially exciting.

Melynne Noble is a fifth-grade teacher at Christie Elementary in Plano. Her students were anxiously waiting news of the triplets' arrival.

It's awesome, Noble said. It's a wonderful feeling, and I'm just excited to take them home -- hopefully, sooner than later.

Since they were born premature, as is common with multiples, Clawson, Genevieve, and Enid will likely spend a few weeks at the hospital before coming home.

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