Triplets ex­tend fam­ily to seven kids un­der 7

Franklin County News - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - EWAN SAR­GENT

Esme Moala in­sists she’s ‘‘not too wor­ried’’ about what lies ahead when she gets her triplets home.

‘‘I am ex­cited. We are just cruis­ing, we are pretty chilled out,’’ she says from her hos­pi­tal bed. On April 3, she had Is­rael, Em­manuel and Eliana.

Wait­ing for the four­some to get home are dad Sam, Chris­tian, 6, twin girls Eden and Isla, 4, and Zion, 2. That’s right, the Moalas will have seven chil­dren un­der 7 years - all in their three-bed­room house.

The triplets ar­rived via a booked in C-sec­tion at MId­dle­more Hos­pi­tal at 34 weeks. They weighed 2.6kg, 2.9kg and lit­tle Eliana was 1.9kg.

‘‘They said they are not go­ing to kick us out un­til Eliana’s ready to come home. So hubby’s at home with the four kids and I’m here with them,’’ Esme, 27, says.

She’s not so wor­ried about look­ing af­ter so many lit­tle kids, ‘‘it’s more the lo­gis­tics’’. They can stay in their Tuakau home be­cause her brother-in-law made two sets of bunk beds.

The plan is the four older chil­dren will go in the mas­ter bed­room, she and Sam will be in the small room, and the triplets will get their own room.

‘‘We have a big liv­ing area and a big out­side area so we didn’t want to move house. It’s nice we didn’t have to move away.’’

Sam is go­ing to stay at home for a year and help her run things by us­ing the WINZ grant for 1560 hours home help for fam­i­lies with triplets. As for trans­port, Esme’s mum Jeanette Ter Veen has launched a Givealit­tle fundrais­ing page to help the fam­ily buy a 10-seater van.

‘‘Thanks to help from their amaz­ing com­mu­nity, they have ev­ery­thing they need for the ba­bies, but they are still need­ing to buy a van that can fit all their chil­dren in,’’ Ter Veen wrote.

Esme says they will bot­tle-feed the triplets, tak­ing up the of­fer of a com­pany that gives free for­mula to triplets. It was a sur­real mo­ment when she dis­cov­ered triplets were com­ing on top of twins and sin­gles. So many friends had joked that’s what it would be, she was half ex­pect­ing it.

‘‘I ac­tu­ally picked up my friend who was com­ing with me to the scan and she said, ‘C’mon, we are go­ing to see your triplets’ and I went ‘no way’.’’

‘‘Then when the lady put the scan thing on and I looked up I saw three sacs and I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, you are go­ing to do this’.’’

Esme says her and Sam laughed about it for awhile, ‘‘kind of half­way in de­nial’’. But when the fam­ily is all to­gether at home, it will all be­come very real.

Esme Moala and triplets Em­manuel, Is­rael and Eliana.

The Moala fam­ily of Tuakau, Esme and Sam, with Chris­tian, twin girls Eden and Isla 4, and Zion.

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