PEABODY — Bill and Katie Medeiros, both 34, already had two boys, Wesley and Colby, now ages 3 and 4. All they wanted was a girl to make their family complete.
“Let’s go for one more,” Katie said. “We might get a girl.”
And they did get one. Then another. Then another. They came all at the same time, triplets, born last summer. What’s more, defying massive odds, the three are identical.
“We’ve scared off all our friends from trying for a boy,” Bill said, laughing.
Katie can be forgiven if she looks a little shell-shocked, sitting on the couch, watching Bill arrange Rose Abigail, Eleanor Susan and Jeanine Elizabeth side by side on the floor, three beautiful, cooing babies.
“It’s crazy every day,” she said, shaking her head. “It seems weird to say we have five kids.”
“We’re knee deep in kids,” Bill said, smiling.
The triple play was all the more surprising because Katie hadn’t taken any sort of fertility drugs. She hadn’t asked for triplets; they just came.
Katie knew at five weeks she was carrying three but was told that more than likely she would lose at least one. It didn’t happen. And it was a difficult summer as her high-risk pregnancy required frequent ultrasounds. On Aug. 8, at 36 weeks, doctors at Beth Israel determined it was best she give birth via cesarean section. All three babies weighed in at roughly 5 pounds.
“I’m getting very good at feeding two at once,” said Bill, addressing part of the problem. Katie’s mom, Susan Fabiano of Salem, deals with Colby and Wesley at the same time. The Madeiros have had plenty of help from family and friends. Katie believes they couldn’t survive without it. The new arrivals are also an adjustment for their two small boys. The parents are keenly aware they still need attention, still need to be held.