First Twins, Now Triplets

Family of multiple identical kids CBS/The Early Show

Doctors say there is 1-in-15-million chance that a couple would have identical twins followed by identical triplets. Well, Matthew and Christine Rowe of Wisconsin is that "one."

"I'm actually feeling really good," Christine Rowe tells The Early Show co-anchor Rene Syler. "I don't think the adrenaline has worn off yet from having the babies. So I'm holding in there."

The Eau Claire couple had identical twin girls, Lexxie and Haylee, two years ago. Now, the mother of five says, other than sleep deprivation, the hardest part is telling the boys (Nicholas, Tyler and Jacob) apart.

"We have a sharpie marker," she says, "We've been doing initials on the bottom of their feet. Otherwise there's nothing out of place with these boys. They are mirror images."

There is not a distinguishing mole or a birthmark that, for now, could set them apart, she says. But, somehow, the girls have have better luck at distinguishing their brothers.

"It might be luck," Christine Rowe says. "But the girls have a little more attention to smaller details. They seem to get pretty lucky on picking out the right boy."

Matthew Rowe says, "We found out we were having triplets about seven weeks, then we found out they were identical probably at about 15 weeks.

And though he found the news shocking, he says it was harder the first time around.

"Finding out we were having twins was more shocking because of the fact that I was going to be a new parent," he explains.

Now that they are more experienced, they both say they're thankful for the help they are getting.

"I don't do it on my own," Christine Rowe says. "We actually have a really great support group. Both of our moms are here all the time with us. They split up the week and work hard for us. So we're very lucky to have what we got."

Matthew Rowe is already back to work, he says, adding, "I took a week and a half off when the boys came home. I've been back to work now for a couple weeks."

So does that mean they could handle perhaps quadruplets in the future?

"We're done," Matthew Rowe says, and his wife agrees.
  • Jill Preschel

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