Three times the fun for Buckley family
April 30, 2009 · Updated 3:35 PM
By Brenda Sexton, The Courier-Herald
While Heather and Ryan Osborn were recently juggling baby carriers at the doctor's office, a man in the waiting room asked, "Are they all twins?"
The Osborns chuckled, "No, they're triplets."
Brayden John, Emalee Lynn and Rayce David were born by C-section, one minute apart, to the Buckley couple Feb. 21 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tacoma. The trio were welcomed by older brother Ryder, 4.
"It's starting to seem normal to me," Heather said. "I'm starting to forget it's a big deal."
It is a big deal. According to statistics gathered from a variety of sources, the odds of conceiving triplets without the aid of fertility enhancements is about 1 in 8,100. It is estimated that 60 percent of triplets are the result of fertility enhancing treatments.
Ryan and Heather never dreamed of twins, let alone triplets.
But Ryder knew.
"From day one when we'd tell him he's going to have a brother or a sister. He kept saying nun-uh I'm going to have both," Ryan said.
Heather was taking Clomid, a drug to help her ovulate more regularly, but, she said, her doctor said the chance of twins was slim, triplets practically unheard of. A piece of research in a Web search estimated women using the drug Clomid increased their chances to 1 in 5 for having twins.
Heather was on bed rest for 12 weeks and then in the hospital for three more weeks to prevent early labor before delivery.
Technically the three were premature, but only five weeks and a few days early, just shy of what would qualify as full-term. Brayden weighed in first at 6 pounds. Emalee and Rayce, both about 4 pounds, 15 ounces, followed.
They stayed at the hospital for one week, coming home Feb. 28.
Heather and Ryan said the three are gaining weight and growing, and each is starting to show its own personality. They are definitely not identical.
"The boys are mellow," Heather said. " Emalee is the princess."
The Osborns days have been filled with the challenges all new parents face - a continual barrage of diaper changes and feedings, except in threes.
The three babes go through about a pack of disposable diapers a day. They drain bottles of formula. They have synchronized crying. They cruise the streets in a stroller made for three.
Ryan said suddenly the family's full-size, crew cab pickup doesn't seem big enough.
"The hardest thing is going places," Ryan said. "You have to have at least two people. We plan a day ahead to go out."
Routine outings, like a trip to the grocery store, become a major task.
"We need two shopping carts to get groceries," Heather said.
The couple relish the fact they are experienced parents.
"We're so glad he (Ryder) came first," Heather said. "I can't imagine having three for your first time."
"He's a good helper," Ryan said. "I think he's excited to be a big brother."
Ryder isn't the only one lending a hand. Ryan's mom, Connie Osborn, has been helping out. She even recruited friends from her office at Sunrise Elementary School in Enumclaw to bring by a steady stream of dinners for the young family.
Ryan and Heather are good sports. They say being the parents of triplets is fun.
"I'm so happy, and we are so lucky nothing's wrong with them," Heather said.
"I think we're real fortunate," Ryan added.
"Definitely," Heather agreed. "We're lucky."