Triplets plus one, shar­ing a birth­day, shar­ing their mom

Burin Bay Arm cou­ple will cel­e­brate Mother’s Day with their triplets and older son, who all share a birth­day

The Southern Gazette - - Front Page - BY MAR­TINE BLUE mar­tineblue­

Imag­ine giv­ing birth to triplets. Now imag­ine them be­ing born on their older brother’s birth­day. That’s life for Jody Oake and her hus­band Leslie who live in Burin Bay Arm. The crazy serendip­ity “makes peo­ple’s jaws drop when they first meet us,” Jody chuck­led. Dec. 13 is one big party at Oake’s house to cel­e­brate their four mir­a­cle boys, six-year-old Parker, blond pa­ter­nal triplet Zachary and red­headed iden­ti­cal twins Ry­der and Wy­att who are three years old.

Jody’s big­gest chal­lenge is, “keep­ing every­body happy,” she con­ceded. “All four boys have such dif­fer­ent per­son­al­i­ties and such dif­fer­ent likes. You would think they are triplets, they were born to­gether, they would like the same things and eat the same things, but no, they are four dif­fer­ent chil­dren and every­body has their own wants and needs and ev­ery­one wants dif­fer­ent things at the same time.”

Com­mon to most larger fam­i­lies, Jody also strug­gles with time man­age­ment. “I’m just try­ing to keep every­thing go­ing,” she said. “Try­ing to man­age with their dif­fer­ent things on the go and I’m work­ing and my hus­band works. You got to be or­ga­nized. Rou­tine. We are a very rou­tine fam­ily.”

Jody also works part time at a lo­cal bar, for her “san­ity,” she joked. She is able to swing a cou­ple of night or week­end shifts de­spite her busy mom sched­ule be­cause Leslie works a reg­u­lar nine-to-five job. She said she also had to go back to work. “Our gro­cery bill is as­tro­nom­i­cal. The boys eat like pigs. They eat more than my hus­band does, each, in­di­vid­u­ally,” Jody laughed.

Sim­ply watch­ing her sons play to­gether is a source of great joy for Jody. “They re­ally en­ter­tain each other,” she ex­plained. “The triplets are pretty talk­a­tive now. When they were younger they had their own lan­guage and they’d be in a cir­cle and just start laugh­ing. They also make up very com­plex games to­gether with their toys, where each one takes on a part to build a story. It’s pretty amaz­ing to just watch them play.”

An­other perk of be­ing a multi-mom for Jody is the ex­u­ber­ant greet­ing she gets af­ter an ab­sence from them. “When I get home or I pick them up from day­care and they all come run­ning and go, ‘mommy we missed you,’ it’s the best,” Jody re­lated. “I get all these lit­tle arms and all their hugs. And they are there say­ing ‘she’s my mom’, ‘no she’s my mom’ and then Zachary says ‘no boys, she’s every­body’s mom’.”

For Mother’s Day Jody can’t dream of any­thing bet­ter than sim­ply spend­ing the day with her sons. “I plan to do the same thing I do every Mother’s Day,” she stated. “Just hang­ing out with my boys. That’s the whole point of mom’s day is just to get love from your kids. A whole day to re­lax and hang out with them and not worry about the stresses of any­thing else. Just be with my boys.”

As much as Jody adores be­ing a mom with triplets and an older son, she’s mit­i­gated the risk of hav­ing an­other batch of three or four more. “When the triplets were born I had my tubes tied. The risk of hav­ing more mul­ti­ples is too great when you’ve al­ready had one set.”


The Oake fam­ily, from left, Parker, Ry­der in front, Leslie, Zackary, Wy­att in Jody’s arms.


Left to right, Zackary, Ry­der, Parker and Wy­att Oake.

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