Meet the first triplets delivered in Ipswich in 10 years
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, according to West Moreton Health.
Babies Kodi, Cooper and Summer Gardiner have already melted the hearts of Ipswich Hospital staff following their safe arrival on the morning of October 2nd.
Mum Katie already has two older boys (Zayne, 11 and Zac, 6) and said she was in shock when she received the news 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,'' she said.
Katie 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.
"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.''
Katie said she looked forward to seeing her three precious 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,'' Katie 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."
Special Care Nursery Nurse Unit Manager Kate Howard, whose team has cared for the tiny trio since their birth, said the arrival of triplets was an extremely special occasion.
"It is quite a rare treat for us to care for triplets at Ipswich Hospital and the whole team was overjoyed by their safe arrival," Ms Howard said.
"The entire medical, midwifery and nursing team did a fabulous job to coordinate the birth and to support Katie, who has been just amazing."
Ms Howard said the triplets were born at 35 weeks, which is a safe, healthy gestation period for triplets.
"All three had achieved good growth and weight in in the womb. The first born, Kodi, was the heaviest at 2.59kg and Cooper was the smallest at 2.32kg.
"Mum Katie has been spending every day in Special Care Nursery bonding beautifully with her babies and we are really happy with the progress the triplets have made since their birth.''
The triplets are expected to go home with their parents this week.