Identical twins are fairly common. Like, ‘everyone who gives birth has a one in 250 chance of having identical twins’ common.
Identical triplets, however? That’s a different story.
That’s why mum and dad Jenni Casper, 27, and James Casper, 26, were so surprised to find they had conceived three identical babies, all at the same time.
The three girls – Harper-Gwen, Marvella and and Evalynn – weighed 2lb 13oz, 3lb 1oz and 3lb when they were born nine weeks prematurely at York Hospital on March 31.
As the triplets were conceived naturally and shared the same placenta in the womb, there was a one in 200 million chance that they were going to be born.
‘It’s amazing having them home now, it makes us feel more secure knowing that we have got them here.’ James said.
The couple said they were left speechless when they were told they would be having triplets, not twins, at their 12-week scan.
They then discovered that the triplets were identical at their 20-week scan.
James found out over the phone and was overcome with emotion.
‘Jenni rang me as soon as she found out and she told me over the phone,’ said James.
‘I was in tears and then I was happy and then I was thinking how are we going to cope and it was a whole mix of emotions.’
Now, they have to keep Harper-Gwen, Marvella and and Evalynn in certain chairs so they know who is who.
James added: ‘Now they are getting a little bit older, they are starting to grow into their features.
‘They are literally identical.
‘For the first two days of them being home, we left their hospital wristbands on that have their names on.
‘Now we have specific seats and bouncing chairs for them.
‘So we have three different ones and we put them in the same chair so we know which one is which.
‘It’s absolutely amazing and I told Jenni she can do the lottery now,’ he said.
‘If our luck is this good, then it has to keep stretching surely.
‘It’s absolutely amazing, we couldn’t be any happier really.’