Alex Lewis, 34, from Essex, was shocked to find out that his wife Charlotte, 32, was expecting three children. The couple had been trying to have a baby for three years and had spent £8,000 on IVF in order to make their dream come true.
Even though they were going to have triplets, the doctors told them that not all of them would live. Charlotte and Alex had the option of giving up two of their daughters so that the healthiest person would have the best chance of survival, but they chose not to.
On April 6, suspicious twins Appabella Rose and Florepce Violet, as well as their sister Lottie Bluebell, were borp. Apabella Rose was 3 pounds, 5 ounces, and Florepce Violet was 4 pounds, 7 ounces. Lottie Bluebell weighed 2 pounds and 14 ounces, and they all got to go home after three weeks.
Alex decided to set up his “dad’s guide to living with triplets.” Since he set up his Instagram page eight weeks ago, he now has more than 14,000 people following him. His guide, which is a series of short videos, shows the ups and downs of having triplets, but what’s most important is how parents of multiples can still go out and have fun.
Alex, a father of four, said, “Since we had the triplets, our lives have become a military operation.” “We have to feed all three of them every four hours. Even though it takes a lot of work, I wouldn’t trade it for anything. We know how lucky we are to have three healthy children.”
“After the triplets were born, I made an Instagram page about our life with them. In just a few weeks, I had over 14,000 followers. By posting pictures of our family every day, I hope to give triplets a dad’s guide,” he said.
Alex says that they still manage to go to the beach, go shopping, eat dinner as a family, and even take the kids to Center Parcs every week. It’s great to show other parents that having a child with special needs doesn’t mean you have to stay at home.
“When they all came, I was so shocked,” Alex said. “The weeks of work were well worth it. We never thought we would be so lucky to have all three. I quickly sold our car so we could get a bigger one with more seats, and we made sure their spot was ready. We only have three bedrooms, so if the triplets get bigger, we’ll have to move.”
Alex, who works in accounts payable, says he always gets a small piece. He said, “While the girls are sleeping, I’ll post pictures of me eating ice cream or playing with the dog.” It’s important to show people both the good times and the bad. Having triplets keeps Charlotte from sleeping, so she doesn’t have time to do much else during the day. So when I get home from work, she can have some time to herself because we can switch places.
Alex and Charlotte haven’t stopped thinking about having more kids and have even tried to have more. Alex wants to use his social media pages every day to keep track of what his triplets are doing.
He said, “It’s so easy, I’ve already told a lot of other people how to do it. We were lucky to have so many helpful friends and family who gave us old clothes or high chairs, which cut down on the cost of everything by a huge amount. Since we had triplets, our weekly grocery bill has gone through the roof, but it’s still not as high as most people would think. We spent £50 on milk and £30 on diapers, and since all of our girls have colic, we’re spending another £50 per week on gripe water and colic medicine for them.