Franklin, IN - Avery, Cassidy and Bentley Doss have arrived — in that order. And now their parents are doing their best to tell their three girls, identical triplets, apart.
The babies were born at 1:05, 1:06 and 1:07 p.m. on Monday at St. Vincent Women's Hospital and are doing well, say their parents Amanda and Chad Doss, Franklin.
Chad and Amanda can hold Avery and Bentley — born at 3 pounds, 15 ounces and a whopping 4 pounds, 3 ounces. Cassidy — who weighs 3 pounds, 11 ounces — has a feeding tube in her umbilical cord, so they have to wait to cuddle her. All of them can breath without assistance, and they're putting on weight.
So far, no distinct personalities have emerged, say Mom and Dad, but they're already getting a sense of their little ones.
"When they're in their little giraffe warmers, they're pretty sleepy, but it's really cool that when we pick them up, they kind of recognize us and open their eyes," Amanda said...
In June, Amanda learned she was pregnant and her pregnancy proceeded through the summer. In early October she had a routine ultrasound.
She had entertained suspicions she might be having twins, but she never thought of triplets.
After all, having identical triplets is a rare event. In the past six months, two sets of identical triplets have made headlines, one born in Great Britain and the other in California.
Experts differ on how common such pregnancies are. Some put the odds at 1 in a million. Others say it's closer to 1 in 100 million.
In Doss's case, ultrasound revealed the three girls shared a placenta and chorionic sac but had three amniotic sacs. This suggests that one fertilized egg split in three soon after conception.
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