Small triple treat

Gatton Star - - NEWS -

FERN­VALE cou­ple Katie Smith and An­drew Gar­diner are count­ing their bless­ings – along with 30 fin­gers and 30 toes – af­ter wel­com­ing the first triplets de­liv­ered at Ip­swich Hos­pi­tal in more than 10 years.

Ba­bies Kodi, Cooper and Sum­mer Gar­diner have melted the hearts of hos­pi­tal staff fol­low­ing their safe ar­rival on the morn­ing of Oc­to­ber 2.

Mrs Smith al­ready has two older boys (Zayne, 11 and Zac, 6) and said she was in shock when she dis­cov­ered her fam­ily was go­ing to be su­per-sized, while part­ner An­drew was “over the moon”.

“He couldn’t be­lieve it – he was so ex­cited to have triplets,” she said.

“There is no his­tory of twins or triplets in my fam­ily and I was just shocked to hear the news.

“I think I straight away started think­ing I need a new car, I need this, I need that. I’m still wait­ing for that new car.’’

Mrs Smith said she could not hide her ex­cite­ment to wel­come Sum­mer – her only girl and last of the triplets to be de­liv­ered.

“I al­ways said I’d have a foot­ball team be­fore I got a lit­tle girl so that was al­most true,” she said.

“My mum says she’s not spoilt, just well loved.

“She’ll (Sum­mer) send me broke that’s for sure. I won’t be able to help my­self.”

Mrs Smith said she looked for­ward to see­ing her three new ba­bies de­velop their per­son­al­i­ties but more than any­thing she wished good health for her chil­dren.

“I just want them to be healthy – that’s the main thing,’’ Mrs Smith said. “I’m look­ing for­ward to see­ing their smil­ing faces every day and watch­ing them grow.’’

“My mid­dle child can’t wait to teach them ev­ery­thing.”


THREE LIT­TLE FACES: Triplets Kodi, Cooper and Sum­mer Gar­diner were born at Ip­swich Hos­pi­tal this month.

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