Three adorable Northern Kentucky faces are getting a lot of attention online right now.
9-month-old Ayden, Carson and Liam are a rare set of identical triplets from Burlington, Kentucky. Their mother Elizabeth Wells is a Children's Hospital nurse. She made a blog post about her experience and after it posted online last week, it did not take long to catch on. The story went viral on Reddit.
According to Children's Hospital, the odds of having identical triplets range from one in 60,000 to one in 200 million. Naturally, the three tend to draw some attention.
"You know when you are pulling into Wal-Mart or something with a wagon and three kids in it, you are going to get stopped. That is just how it is,” said father Chris Jarboe.
Initially even their parents could not tell them apart so some toe nail polish in red, white and blue helped them tell the difference for the first few weeks. Now, Wells says while they look alike they are anything but similar.
"We have one baby who is really sweet, really affectionate. We have one baby who is just a clown. He's the instigator. He's the fiesty one. And then we have one baby who is just like a deep thinker, kind of stand-offish, kind of likes to do his own thing all the time,” said Wells.
Wells works 12 hour shifts at Children's Hospital on the weekends and Jarboe works Monday through Friday so daycare is not an expense. Right now, the triplets average 20 bottles a day and feedings every three hours. It is a lot of work but both parents say they wouldn't have it any other way.
"I mean I have my little baby girl here and now I've got my boys. Three handsome boys. I'm set,” said Jarboe.
"You hear people say things like, 'Oh my gosh your life is over. You are never going to be able to do anything alone again. All the money that it is going to cost.' It sets fear in you but when they get here, I mean it just works out. It's triple the fun, triple the blessings and I couldn't ask for anything better,” said Wells.
The triplets turn one on August 22nd. Wells says when they are older, she plans to show all three of the boys all this media coverage so they can see how special they are and that looking the same isn't necessarily a bad thing.