If you don’t laugh, you cry-being a triplet daddy

Contributed by Proud Mater Dad Mark

I had always looked forward to the day that Farron and I could start a family, but never in my wildest dreams did I imagine we would have that family all at once.

I must admit, when Farron told me she was pregnant with triplets, my mind went into a spin. I didn't know how I was going to cope as I had never cared for one baby before, let alone three.

When the day finally came, I was so thankful for all the support from the Mater Mothers' staff. From the admission process, through to theatre, neonatal intensive care, special care nursery, as well as on the postnatal ward. The staff explained everything in a way I understood, anticipated and supported my concerns, shared in our joys and taught us step by step what we needed to know.

I earned the reputation of becoming the fastest nappy changer and swaddler.

In one sense, it was surprising  how easy it all became—but it was (and is!) obviously very time consuming and tiring when there were three little people relying on you.

Becoming a father to triplets has been the hardest but most rewarding experience of my life.

We have been faced with many challenges that have been far from easy … but when compared to what other parents of premature and sick babies experience, we consider ourselves very fortunate to have three healthy babies.

When deciding to start a family, we had only pictured what life would be like with one baby. It has been very overwhelming adjusting to this new life. However, we have tried to tackle it with a good sense of humour. They say if you don't laugh you cry.

All three babies are so special and unique with such different personalities. I am really enjoying watching them grow and develop and so excited to see what the future holds.

Being a triplet daddy is truly a blessing. I can't imagine my life without these three special little people.

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