July 16, 2012 at 10:19 PM CDT - Updated June 27 at 5:59 PM
LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC)
It's been one year since Lake Charles Women and Children's Hospital delivered the Thibodeaux triplets. At seven weeks premature the babies were born at 8:45 p.m. on July 16, 2012.
Aubree: 4 pounds two ounces, 16 1/4 inches
Maycee and Sophee are identical twins.
Maycee: 2 pounds 7 ounces, 15 1/2 inches
Sophee: 3 pounds 10 ounces, 17 inches
Parents Jackie and Donovan Thibodeaux said it's been a year of challenges and fun. All three babies were discharged a different times but all were home a little over a month after their delivery.
"It's been a lot of fun. They are great babies. At first it was overwhelming when we got them all home at the same time. Getting them on the same schedule. We've changed a lot of diapers. We also have an older daughter who is going to be three years old in September. So a lot of adjusting," said Jackie.
"It's been a roller coaster. A lot of ups and downs. We've been taking it one day at a time. As a parent know one is prepared, especially when you're told you are expecting triplets. Then to take them all home. But we wouldn't have it any other way," said Donovan.
During their stay in the hospital it was touch and go. All three babies monitored around the clock. One year later it's still touch and go so to speak.
"They are in to everything. They are all crawling and two of them are starting to try and walk. I know it won't be long before we are running after all of them," said Jackie.
The couple said they have had a lot of help and support from family and friends and are very thankful. Setting the example for the threesome is big sister Jaylee, 2 1/2 years old.
"Sometimes it's hard for her, but for the most part she enjoys it... she loves her little sisters," said Jackie.
As you can imagine any time the family is in public they get a lot of attention.
"The #1 statement we get is, 'boy y'all have your hands full... yes we do," said Donovan.
Despite the lack of sleep and changing nearly 20 diapers a day, the couple is ready for whatever comes next.
"It's the next phase. We got through the first year and the next phase will be everybody walking. I guess after that it will be the terrible twos. But you just take it one day at a time," said Donovan.
"I would do it ten times over if I had to," said Jackie.
While triplets are more common now with fertility drugs, Jackie and Donovan had no help in that department. Both also say they don't have a history of multiples in their families.
Meanwhile the triplets officially celebrate their birthday next Saturday with family and friends.