Vicky Roy holds (left) Cooper, Lily and Lachlan while big sister Alexie looks on.
Vicky Roy holds (left) Cooper, Lily and Lachlan while big sister Alexie looks on. Trevor Veale

Triplets bless, but help needed

CHANGING upwards of 20 nappies a day is challenge enough but imagine doing it on five hours sleep with three tiny mouths to feed and a six-year-old to shuffle to and from school.

On Boxing Day, parents Vicky Roy and Karen Trembath plus their daughter Alexie welcomed Cooper, Lachlan and Lily to the world.

Ms Roy said evenings are a “mad house” of homework, baths and dinner and they are seeking help through the Multiple Births Support Volunteer Service.

“No one plans for three babies. At seven weeks we found out we were having twins and then at 10 weeks we got a huge shock when we were told we were actually having triplets.

“The hardest thing is sleep deprivation. We aren’t getting more than two hours in a row and probably only five hours a night.

“Karen works most of the day and sometimes until 10pm and we are looking for help with day-to-day things which don’t get accomplished with three babies and a six-year-old.

“It would involve a bit of everything but mainly help with chores. You tend to sit down a lot while you are breastfeeding three babies.

“It’s a huge thing to adjust to and while we are tired, we feel utterly blessed.”

The Multiple Births Support Volunteer Service is new to Coffs Harbour and is run through the Australian Multiple Birth Association, which was founded in 1974. Volunteer Kay Morrison said the service offered support to families with multiple babies.

“We are in the process of gathering a team of volunteers to help with household chores and other necessary tasks,” she said.

“It would involve a one-day training workshop and then a commitment of a few hours a week. The afternoons are especially busy times but any help is appreciated.”

If you are interested, contact Kay on 0411 372 164.



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