Hav­ing triplets

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - PARENTING -

IF you think one child is a hand­ful, how about three? While hav­ing triplets is seen as a bless­ing, most par­ents would be over­whelmed at hav­ing to care for three ba­bies at the same time.

In many cases, one par­ent stops work­ing to stay home and take care of the ba­bies. On the other hand, as soon as you have more than one child, your ex­penses will go up and you will need two in­comes to sup­port your fam­ily.

For Azrul Haji Alwi and his wife Ayu Nor­diana Khir, the news that they were ex­pect­ing triplets was in­deed a sur­prise. They al­ready have two chil­dren and thought they were just adding an­other child to their brood.

Azrul, the owner of myJodoh (www.myjodoh.net), a match­mak­ing site, said: “I re­mem­ber when my wife told me she was preg­nant. We didn’t go im­me­di­ately to see a doc­tor. The fol­low­ing month, she kept say­ing her belly was grow­ing dif­fer­ently from pre­vi­ous preg­nan­cies and she felt like she was car­ry­ing twins.”

The Pe­nang cou­ple pro­ceeded to see a gy­nae­col­o­gist. Dur­ing the ul­tra­sound scan, the doc­tor showed them each of the ba­bies.

Com­pany ex­ec­u­tives Hanani Iz­zati Mo­hamad Zu­bir and Zarul Izwan Zainal were very happy when they found out they were ex­pect­ing triplets. Af­ter two mis­car­riages, the cou­ple did not want to get their hopes up.

Un­like Ayu and Hanani, free­lance edi­tor Man­jula Aryadu­ray knew there was a chance she could have mul­ti­ple ba­bies be­cause she and hus­band Looi Miin Tze, a lawyer, had gone for IVF (In Vitro Fer­til­i­sa­tion) treat­ment.

“We knew we might have more than one child but the chances were less than 5%,” says Man­jula.

ParenThots finds out how they are cop­ing with triplets.

Soap­box

Chris­tine Jalleh writes about wait­ing for her son’s school­bus with the other chil­dren and what she learnt that day.

Par­ents who have ex­pe­ri­ences to share on preg­nancy and par­ent­hood are wel­come to send their sto­ries to ParenThots@thes­tar.com.my.

Book re­views

Top Tips For Fussy Eaters of­fers con­struc­tive ideas on how to get chil­dren to eat.

Preg­nancy & Birth: The Es­sen­tial Check­lists of­fers an­swers to lots of ques­tions.

DVD re­view

The funny and lov­able stars of The Of­fice (Steve Carell) and 30 Rock (Tina Fey) play the Fosters, an up­per mid­dle class cou­ple whose lives are so mo­not­o­nous un­til they go for a date night they’ll never for­get in Date Night.

eVouch­ers

Head on over to ParenThots for eVouch­ers from ENG Hand­made Craft, Dish Deli, Gourmet Goo, Soda Kids, SafeToys, Grolier, Fu­sion Academy of Per­form­ing Arts Malaysia, Fit For 2 and Ham­mam spa!

If you are keen to join the eVoucher pro­gramme as a ve­dor, send an e-mail to parenthots@the star.com.my.

Con­tests

This is the last week to sub­mit a photo of your child in the ParenThots Car­rie Ju­nior Kids Fun­time Photo Con­test. The first prize is RM1,000 and a Car­rie Ju­nior ham­per worth RM500.

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