New Brunswick

Identical triplets could be home for holidays

A New Brunswick couple is looking forward to bringing their identical triplets home to Memramcook just in time for Christmas.

Experts place odds of identical triplets at 1 in 200 million

A New Brunswick couple is looking forward to bringing their identical triplets home to Memramcook just in time for Christmas.

The three little girls, Talia Jade, Raven and Leah Rose, were born on Oct. 23 to first-time parents Daniel Thibault and Marie-Josee Mallet.

When the babies were born last month, about two months premature, each weighed less than 1.3 kilograms or three pounds.

The girls are still in the neonatal unit at the Moncton Hospital, but Mallet said they're getting bigger every day.

"They're growing quite well and they're very spunky," she said.

"The nurses actually told us they're very determined girls and when they want something you have to do it right away. If not, they have like these little panic attacks."

Mallet said they were not using any fertility drugs and were shocked to learn they'd be having triplets.

Experts place the odds of having identical triplets as high as one in 200 million.

Extra job

While the triplets stay in the hospital, Thibault has taken a second job in addition to his position at a local call centre to support his growing family.

He said he is eager to have them all home in their three bright nurseries over the holidays. He and Mallet bought a new house in Memramcook that could fit the new family of five.

And more kids aren't being ruled out down the road.

"I don't know, maybe she's going to get the bug again. I don't mind if she does," Thibault said.

Mallet is eager to see how the new family transitions but she is also keeping the door open to expanding the family in the future.

"We're going see how this goes and if it goes really good and we're really enjoying parenthood, you never know — we may end up with maybe another set of triplets. Maybe boys next time," Mallet said.