They say that good things come in threes. For the past month, the Harris family of League City, Texas, has been buying everything in threes. Three cribs, three car seats, three swings and three times the number of diapers most parents need.
Their all-girl identical Harris triplets, Addison, Kinsley and Savannah Harris, arrived on December 1, 2015, at Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital. The girls were special right from the start considering they’re the first set of identical triplets born in the 52-year history of Memorial Hermann Southeast.
For proud parents Brad and Stephanie Harris, life for them changed in an instant as their family more than doubled the night of December 1. “I know one thing is for sure, I’m outnumbered now,” says Brad.
So just how rare are identical triplets? “The doctors never really gave us a number,” says Stephanie. “They all just told us it was rare,” she adds with a laugh.
Addison, Kinsley and Savannah all weighed between 3 and 3.5 pounds at birth. The identical triplets spent 5 weeks in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Memorial Hermann Southeast, which is routine care that almost always accompanies a birth of multiples.
The three sisters already do everything together. They were delivered by Cesarean section within 2 minutes of one another the night of December 1. All three were discharged from the Memorial Hermann Southeast NICU on Monday, January 4.
“They already sort of have their own little language,” says Stephanie. “I’ll hear them in their swings and they’ll all be making the same sounds. If one of them raises her arm up the others usually follow pretty quickly. I’ve even caught them all sleeping with their hands up by their heads at the same time.”
Brad and Stephanie are still trying to figure out how they’ll tell the girls apart. “I’m not exactly sure what we’ll do,” says Stephanie. “For now I’m just thankful they’re here, they’re home and they’re healthy.”