Triplets of the month: Grace, Agnes and Charlotte

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This month we meet  Christel Middleton’s triplets, Grace, Agnes and Charlotte

 

Triplet’s names –
Grace, Agnes and Charlotte

Age
4 years next month

Birthday
13th November

Identical or fraternal?
2 identical, 1 fraternal

Favourite activity –
Painting

A bit about mum and dad –
Mum, full time mother. Dad, sales director in a credit rating company

Car
VW sharan, one the best things we ever bought as it’s got a huge boot and sliding doors!!

Help or not?
I only have help for 2 hours a day, but I had a maternity nurse for 7 weeks when the girls came home and I had an au pair / nanny afterwards

Quick tip for other twin/triplet mums –
Get as much help as you can afford

What advice would you give to your pre-pregnant self?
Prepare your babies bedroom early! I went for a routine scan and results of blood tests and I was told I had to stay in hospital (due to cholestasis) and the girls bedroom was not ready at all!

What advice would you give about sleep training?
Our maternity nurse did it for us. She would let them cry which was so hard for us to hear but it worked and the girls slept through the night from 3 months old and they are still very good sleepers .

What advice would you about breast/bottle feeding?
Do what is best for you. I tried to breastfeed but only managed to pump milk for a short time. 2 of my girls came home after 17 days and 1 was still in hospital , so I was doing daily trips there and I got physically exhausted. So I stopped for my own sanity.

Do you have any advice on weaning?
I realised that it would cost a fortune to buy these organic pouches for everyday so I bought an Avent steamer/ blender and did everything myself. I used a lot of the Annabel Karmel recipes. I would cook lots of it and freeze them in portions. I wish I had learned about baby led weaning but I did not know much about it at the same time.

Do you have any advice on potty training?
Don’t do it at the same time like i did! If you can, try it in the summer so they can stay at home, bottom naked. If your child does not get it after 3 days, he/she is not ready yet and try again a month later .

Best bargain?
My collection of buggies , all 2nd hand

Best thing about having triplets?
Seeing them growing up is amazing and my life is never boring with them

Funniest thing the triplets have done?
I can’t pick one , they make me laugh everyday but the other day, one of my girls said “mummy, there is a baby in your tummy!” So it’s a sign that I need to go to the gym more often:)

I love Twickenham Twins Club because…
The activities happen locally like the weekly meet up and the Easter egg hunt plus mums understand each other because we all have multiples