Couple welcome '200 million to one' identical triplets who arrived 10 weeks early
River, Beau and Leo are some of the most premature triplets ever to be born in Britain, arriving six minutes apart in a bumper arrival that astonished proud parents Lauren and Jack Mountain
River, Beau and Leo arrived ten weeks early at Worcestershire Royal Hospital on January 16.The tiny trio were born within just six minutes of one another to proud parents Lauren and Jack Mountain.The pair were shocked to learn at their 12 week scan they not not only expecting their first child - but their first three.
Now the couple say they are learning to tell their identical boys apart - by their head shape.Lauren, 28, and Jack, 29, from Bewdley, Worcestershire, were overjoyed when their incredibly rare triplets arrived safely into the world after being delivered by emergency C-section.
Do you have a story? Email firstname.lastname@example.org River and Beau weighed 3lbs 1oz while Leo weighed in at 3lbs after being born at 6.59am, 7.04am and 7.06am respectively.Lauren, a sustainability adviser, said: "When we found out we were having triplets it was a complete shock, we couldn't believe it. headtopics.com
"It was pretty hard to process and get our heads around it as there are no twins or multiples in the family."We FaceTimed family and friends to break the news and see the reaction on their faces."A lot of people couldn't believe it and thought we were having them on. We had to show them the scan pictures to prove there really were three of them.
"They were sharing a placenta so we were told it would be a high-risk pregnancy. We were a bit scared and a bit nervous."We were worried about how we would manage having three at the same time because Jack is an only child and we had always envisaged having a small family ourselves.
"It took a few weeks to process then we became really excited.She described the birth as "a hectic few minutes to say the least."Beau and Leo have now returned home with their mum and dad while River remains in hospital as he still requires breathing assistance.
Lauren added: "It's been a very tiring few weeks, months actually - but we are doing good now."It's madness with Beau and Leo at home and we are going back and forth to hospital to see River every day."Thankfully we have got a lot of support because it is chaos already. headtopics.com
"Their grandparents look after the boys to give us some relief when we want a shower and go to see River in hospital."It is bittersweet being able to take the two home and leaving River in the hospital when he is otherwise so strong and healthy.
"We are just waiting for him to grow a little bit more and build up his lung strength so he can come home.Speaking about how they recognise which triplet is which, Lauren said: "It is probably only Jack and I and a few family members who can tell them apart. I think even the nurses in the hospital struggled.
"There are differences in their head shape we use to distinguish them but they might grow out of those."The first time parents were referred to a specialist following their 12 weeks scan due to a high risk of TTTS (twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome) because of the shared placenta.
Luckily it was a healthy birth, Lauren said."I woke up 12 hours later when they were already in the neonatal unit so I didn't meet them until later that night."I saw them first on Jack's phone because he'd been allowed to meet them earlier on. headtopics.com
"We had been worried about not being together due to Covid restrictions but because it was an emergency birth he was able to stay with me throughout."Jack is absolutely smitten with them and is a brilliant dad."She added: "We went for unusual names because they are so unusual themselves.
"Some people did suggest giving them the same initial but we thought that would make it harder for them at school when they are already identical."Jack, 29, a plumber and heating engineer, said: "I was really shocked to find out we were having triplets and it took a while to sink in.
"I was nervous about how we'd deal with having three at home at once."As an only child I had hoped to have a small family. It is a real handful but we are managing with help from our family. Read more: Daily Mirror »
London elections: Sadiq Khan wins second term as mayor
The former MP will serve for another three years after beating Conservative rival Shaun Bailey.
God bless the entire family. Who ever is reading this and is going through a difficult situation in life; Remember to always have hope, blessings and better days are coming your way. ````````````````
Prince William 'enormously proud' of Kate's hard work as couple marks 10-year anniversaryPRINCE WILLIAM is feeling 'enormously proud' of Kate and the Duchess of Cambridge's work ethic as the couple mark ten years of marriage, according to royal expert Katie Nicholls.
PSG’s schooling by City and the Guardian turns 200 – Football WeeklyIn today's Football Weekly podcast, to celebrate The Guardian's 200th birthday bglendenning turns into our archivist for the day, with some of the best football stories from Guardian's history.Guardian200 🎧 Listen now or wherever you get your podcasts
‘Stuff of legends’: editors around world salute the Guardian on 200 yearsLeading newspaper editors and publishers have paid tribute as the Guardian celebrates its bicentenary
The Guardian at 200: A history of the environment | The Guardian MembersJoin FionaHarvey and Sverker Sörlin for a very special GuardianClasses where they will explore how historical research into the changing environment has influenced today's reporting of the climate. Guardian200
From slavery to BLM: the ups and downs of 200 years of Guardian race reportingWhile the paper hasn’t always got it right, journalists of colour are helping to improve representation on and off the page The least racist newspaper is the one least preoccupied with race.