Having three babies sounds chaotic enough, but imagine the chaos of having three identical babies to look after?
Well, that’s exactly what Becki-Jo Allen has had to deal with since giving birth to Roman, Rocco and Rohan 10 months ago!
After noticing how similar they looked to each other, the 23-year-old mum sent off samples of DNA to be tested and was recently informed that she naturally conceived identical triplets – despite odds of 200 MILLION to one!
Fortunately, Becki has no problem telling her sons apart thanks to their differing personalities and certain physical features.
‘When they were newborns it was quite hard to tell which one was which, but I never got them mixed up myself.
They’ve all got dark birthmarks between their eyebrows, but Roman’s is slightly darker than the others’, and Rohan has got a birthmark on his leg as well.
‘When they were in the hospital, the doctors said they were non-identical, but since they came home lots of people have said they can’t tell them apart.’
Liverpool native Becki-Jo was told she was expecting triplets at a 9-week scan after experiencing severe headaches and nausea.
‘I couldn’t believe it,’ she said. ‘I hadn’t even thought it might be twins, let along triplets, and we haven’t got any in the family.’
Doctors from Liverpool Women’s Hospital carried out weekly scans, and the triplets were delivered by caesarean section at 31 weeks. Rocco was 3lb 5oz, Roman was 3lb 6oz and Rohan was 3lb 10oz.
The busy mum also has a three-year-old daughter, Indiana, so she had her hands (and arms!) full once they got home following six weeks in intensive care.
But ten months on, they’re all thriving and Becki says their personalities are coming to the fore now.
‘Rohan is the loud one, he’s always shouting,’ she said.
‘Rocco is normally quite laid-back, but he can be feisty too, while Roman is usually complaining that he doesn’t want to share.
‘They’re always crawling about after the same toy, trying to get to it before their brothers do.
Indiana loves them, she’s not one bit jealous – I do feel a bit sorry for her when I think what it’s going to be like growing up with three little brothers though!’
The triplets get through an incredible 130 nappies a week and four packs of baby wipes, while a pack of formula lasts about two days and the washing machine is run around three times a day.
Their father, Liam Tierney, 28, does not live with Becki-Jo so she says much of the day-to-day help comes from her 17-year-old sister, Lauren.