A Couple Welcomes Triplets Almost Exactly A Year After They ʟᴏss Their First Child

A couple welcomes triplets almost exactly a year after they sᴜғғᴇʀᴇᴅ the ᴅᴇᴠᴀsᴛᴀᴛɪɴɢ ʟᴏss of William,their first child. An event that ᴅᴏᴄᴛᴏʀs described as a one in 42,000 chance. Lois Cathro, 29 and partner Craig Mudie, 29, from Monifieth, Angus celebrated their first festive season with bouncing baby boys – Myles, Oliver and Archie. Lois said :” We have been given a very special gift and we are so happy and grateful.”

The triplets were born on March 9, almost exactly a year after the ʟᴏss of their first child, William. At the time Lois and Craig, described it as the ‘ᴡᴏʀsᴛ ᴅᴀʏ of their lives.’ Just under a year later the couple welcomed their triplets into the world. Lois said: “It has been quite a year but the boys are doing brilliantly well. They have all gained weight with Myles weighing 16lbs 12oz, Archie at 16lbs9oz and Oliver at 15lbs 13oz. At birth, Archie arrived first, weighing 3lb 11oz, Oliver came less than a minute later, weighing 3lb 5oz and Myles was born last, weighing 3lb 6oz. Despite having to do everything in threes, they are now in a good routine. We have three high chairs and I just go down the line at feeding time . Everything has got a lot easier and it has helped a lot with the boys sleeping really well through the night.”

She added:”The boys even have three grannies which helps a lot – my mum Wilma, Craig’s mum Mhairi, and Craig’s step-mum Gail. We know that as time goes on it will get easier but we don’t want to wish this time away. It is very special and precious to us and we want to take the time to appreciate it and make the most of it and enjoy the boys at this stage – especially after what happened before.” Craig said he had also had a lot of support at his job as a quantity surveyor and had been able take time off work to get the family into a routine. “At the start even going out for a walk was a mission. We would feed the boys but by the time we then got them all ready to go out for a walk it would be nearly time to get them fed again. Now they are on solid food it makes it much easier because they don’t need fed so often.”

Since the triplets were born, the couple have been fundraising for the Tayside branch of baby ʙᴇʀᴇᴀᴠᴇᴍᴇɴᴛ ᴄʜᴀʀɪᴛʏ ⓈⒶⓃⒹⓈ (Sᴛɪʟʟʙɪʀᴛʜ ᴀɴᴅ Nᴇᴏɴᴀᴛᴀʟ Dᴇᴀᴛʜ Sᴏᴄɪᴇᴛʏ). They said they wanted to do something to thank everyone at Ninewells Hᴏsᴘɪᴛᴀʟ who helped them when William ᴅɪᴇᴅ and also to ʀᴇᴍᴇᴍʙᴇʀ him by. The couple set an initial target of £500 but within hours they had raised more than £4,000. The total is now more than £11,000 and is still growing. Recently Lois went along to the premises of Dundee Contract Services where she received two cheques of £500 each, one for ⓈⒶⓃⒹⓈ and one for the  ɴᴇᴏ ɴᴀᴛᴀʟ ᴜɴɪᴛ at Ninewells Hᴏsᴘɪᴛᴀʟ. Lois said: “We are so grateful to everyone who has raised money us.”

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