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.
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