New addition almost doubles size of family Identical triplets Alexander, Nicholas and Timothy Whiteley (AP photos)
New addition almost doubles size of family
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A suburban Detroit couple who have two older children are adjusting to life after becoming parents to identical triplets. It's a multiple birth that's rare.

The Whiteley family lives in St. Clair Shores, Mich., The family celebrated the one-month birthdays for babies Alexander, Nicholas and Timothy. The brothers were born Jan. 25 at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. They spent nearly a month in the newborn intensive care unit.

The boys are healthy, their mother, Lauren Whiteley, said. Their older brothers are ages 3 and 2.

"I always wanted a big family. I guess this is the way to do it, get them all at once," Whiteley joked.

Lauren Whiteley, 32, had an ultrasound at about eight or nine weeks to confirm the pregnancy. But she didn't know what she was seeing.

"It was the ultrasound tech that kind of left the room, came back and I thought something was wrong," Whiteley said. "She said 'No it's good news.' I said "Oh my gosh! It's twins, isn't it?' She said, 'No, I see three.' This was the shock of a lifetime."

Michael Whiteley, 31, said he asked his wife several times. "'Triplets? Are you sure?' It was very overwhelming."

Multiple births don't run in either of their families. "Not even twins," Lauren Whiteley said.

Identical triplets also were born Dec. 5 to a woman in Billings, Montana. Dr. Savitri Kumar is a neonatologist at Henry Ford Hospital. The physician said data on identical triplet births by natural conception varies. It's between 60,000 to one in 2 million.

Most doctors call the chances "one-in-a-million," Kumar said.

Four sets of triplets were born at the hospital last year. But they weren't identical, she added.

"This is the very first set of identical triplets I have ever seen," she said.

For the Whiteleys, it will help that both sets of grandparents live within a mile. Aunts and uncles also are in the area.

Critical thinking challenge: What do the two older brothers need to adjust to?

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COMMENTS (4)
  • galvinc-
    3/04/2015 - 08:43 a.m.

    This story is about three identacl triplets Alexander, Nicholas, and ,Timothy they born at Saint Ford hospital in Detroit . They had brothers three and two years old . If I had three triplets I woud share them with my family .

  • brady.q-
    3/04/2015 - 08:51 a.m.

    The story is all about indentical triplets. They were born at the Henry ford hospital in Detroit January 25th. They needed to adjuste to take tuns and cheering with their pearents.

  • EllieFpurple
    4/07/2015 - 05:35 p.m.

    how old are the triplets and how much do they weigh and how tall are they. What year were they born.
    I think the older siblings adjust to help three babys.

  • Danielacid
    6/23/2015 - 04:51 p.m.

    This article was about identical triplets who were born on Jan. 25 at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit by Lauren Whiteley. Their names are Alexander, Nicols y Timoteo, these brothers were born on good health conditions, but they were in newborn intensive cure unit almost one month.
    The Whiteley family have two older children, the older brothers are ages 3 and 2.
    Lauren Whiteley always wanted a big family. besides her husband asked her triplets.
    the most doctors think is rare the birth of identical triplets. they call the chances "one-in-a-million".
    the two older brothers need to have patience and help to their parents with their triplets brothers. they are young children yet,so they nothing can do now, but when they to be growing, parents will need a lot of helping of them.
    They were lucky parents, so I think this family will have economic help from others. today in day life is expensive, so it is difficult for keeping several children in a familiar home. economically speaking.

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