Small triple treat
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.