Triplets Were Born Seven Years Apart – They Still Look ɪᴅᴇɴᴛɪᴄᴀʟ
MEET the triplets who were born seven-and-a-half years apart thanks to I.V.F but are still so inseparable they finish each other’s sentences.
Now almost three years since becoming a family-of-five, mum Helen says there are striking similarities between Monty and Hugo, 10. She says they have ɪᴅᴇɴᴛɪᴄᴀʟ dark eyes and hair – so much so it’s like “going through a time machine”. The mum-of-three also reveals that the three kids have an “ᴜɴʙʀᴇᴀᴋᴀʙʟᴇ ʙᴏɴᴅ”. Not only will they often finish each other’s sentence, but all three unusually hate butter on their bread too. Helen from Southampton, Hampshire, said: “People say there’s an ᴜɴʙʀᴇᴀᴋᴀʙʟᴇ ʙᴏɴᴅ between twins and triplets. I would say other kids Hugo’s age would find their brothers and sisters annoying, but the three of them are really close.
Of their similarities, she said: “Hugo and Monty really look alike. Of course there’s always similarities between brothers and sisters but it’s freaky. People tell me it’s like looking back in time when they see Monty. It’s like having my first baby back! He’s going through the same ᴏʙsᴇssɪᴏɴ with the Hulk as Hugo did. It is a bit like a going through a time machine. They didn’t share the same first word but they make up for it now with finishing each other’s sentences a lot of the time.”
Helen and Oliver met in 2003, quickly got engaged and three years later decided to try for a baby. After a year of trying to no avail they began to worry something was wrong, and underwent a series of tests. Following inconclusive results, Helen started to research I.V.F ᴛʀᴇᴀᴛᴍᴇɴᴛ and in 2008 began I.V.F. During the first eight rounds of I.V.F, Helen found herself repeatedly in hospital. She developed ᴏᴠᴀʀɪᴀɴ ʜʏᴘᴇʀsᴛɪᴍᴜʟᴀᴛɪᴏɴ sʏɴᴅʀᴏᴍᴇ – a ᴄᴏɴᴅɪᴛɪᴏɴ that causes the ᴏᴠᴀʀɪᴇs to swell and become ᴘᴀɪɴFᴜʟ – twice, ᴇɴᴅᴜʀᴇᴅ ᴀ ᴍɪsᴄᴀʀʀɪᴀɢᴇ, ᴀɴ ᴇᴄᴛᴏᴘɪᴄ ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴄʏ ᴀɴᴅ ᴡᴀs Fᴏʀᴄᴇᴅ ᴛᴏ ʜᴀᴠᴇ ʜᴇʀ Fᴀʟʟᴏᴘɪᴀɴ ᴛᴜʙᴇs ʀᴇᴍᴏᴠᴇᴅ.
“I never thought I wouldn’t be able to have kids so it was very ᴜᴘsᴇᴛᴛɪɴɢ when I found out. We are one of thousands of couples in the UK left ᴅᴇᴠᴀsᴛᴀᴛᴇᴅ after being told conceiving naturally wasn’t an option so when they told us I.V.F was the only option I put my heart and soul into the process.
Finally, in May 2010 Helen fell pregnant and in February 2011 she gave birth to baby Hugo, 7lb 1.5oz.
“I was delighted,” said Helen. “It took five years after staying at home ʀᴇsᴇᴀʀᴄʜɪɴɢ all the latest health fads and filling the fridge with fertility-boosting food like strawberries and spinach.”
The couple then Fʀᴏᴢᴇ the remaining twelve Fᴇʀᴛɪʟɪsᴇᴅ ᴇɢɢs from the ninth cycle, which were stored at the private clinic. In December 2017, Helen and Oliver decided to try for another child and began their tenth cycle for I.V.F. Initially, Helen thought she was only having one baby, as doctors had only ʀᴇᴄᴏɢɴɪsᴇᴅ ᴏɴᴇ ʜᴇᴀʀᴛʙᴇᴀᴛ during her six-week sᴄᴀɴ. But at the eight-week check-up, doctors noticed a second smaller heartbeat in Helen’s ᴡᴏᴍʙ – although, it was too small to say conclusively whether it was a second baby. 12 weeks, the delightful news came that it was actually a second ᴇᴍʙʀʏᴏ.
“I was having twins and it was like a dream come true.”Helen revealed
The couple’s final two triplets were both at 37 weeks and four days on August 16 at Southampton General Hospital, weighing 7lb 8oz and 7lb 1oz. After settling into being a family of five over the last few years, Helen said: “It’s been hectic especially with lockdown and homeschooling, but we are just so grateful to have them.”