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Baby boom for triplet couple

EVERY mother thinks their children are special but to Andrea Pooler her new-born triplets are nothing short of a miracle.

EVERY mother thinks their children are special but to Andrea Pooler her new-born triplets are nothing short of a miracle.

Baby boys Alex, Max and Ben, born on July 30, are said to be the first naturally conceived triplets to be born at the Countess of Chester Hospital in five years.

'Life is going to change dramatically but we are so happy,' said Andrea, 38.

Her husband Colin, 28, added: 'The boys are great. It's like a complete family all at once.

'We are very happy that they are all very healthy and I am relieved they didn't have to go in the special care unit but went straight onto the post-natal ward.'

Doting mother Andrea discovered she was pregnant shortly after Christmas but the idea she might be having more than one baby didn't even cross her mind until a nurse advised her to go for a scan.

Andrea said: 'The nurse thought I looked further on than we thought because I was so big early on. She suggested I had got the dates mixed up but I was convinced they were right.'

So the couple, from Hope Farm Road, Great Sutton, booked Andrea in for an ultrasound scan. 'The nurse didn't want to worry us but she told us that she could see two babies,' said Andrea.

'We were just getting used to the idea that we would have twins and we were thinking 'great!' but then she said she could see another one!

'We were hysterical and so happy, but my biggest worry at the time was that she wasn't going to stop finding more babies.'

The couple, who married two years ago in Gretna Green, said it took a few days before the news really sunk in and they started to think about the practical implications of three additions.

Andrea, who used to work as a secretary at Adis International Ltd in Tattenhall, said: 'We were put in touch with Chester Twins Club and they gave us a lot of advice ­ which was mainly to get plenty of help!'

They made preparations by buying three of everything and Colin, an engineer for Advanced Air-Conditioning, even had to drive to Scotland just to find a buggy for triplets.

The triplets were born three weeks early by Caesarean section ­- Max and Alex were both 4lb 5oz while Ben was just 3lb 13oz.

Andrea said: 'It's hard to tell yet but I have a feeling that it's Max who will look different. I am still getting used to who's who.

'We are not going to dress them alike or anything, they will all have their own identity,' added Colin.

Andrea said: 'Because they are so small we can't dress them in any of their own clothes so we are using hospital clothes.'

The couple took their family home last Thursday.

'Everybody at the hospital were so good and helpful.' said Andrea. 'The boys are good now as they sleep so much because they are young but it won't be long before they get more boisterous, and then they will start crawling.

'The whole family is so excited and I have been getting cards from people that I don't even know so I am sure plenty of help will be on hand.'


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