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Tell All Tuesday--Triplets

Just so you know, 
I STARTED this Tell All Tuesday post
on Tuesday, right before midnight,
so technically,
I'm calling it Tuesday!
Last week my daughter Taylor and I
were talking about someone that had
two babies within a year of each other.
I said they were called
Irish Twins.
Then Taylor, because she is VERY 
technical and factual
about everything
wanted to know 
the EXACT definition
for Irish Twins.
The term “Irish twins” is used to describe two children born to the same mother and father within 12 months of each other or born in the same calendar year. (Wisegeek.com)

While she was reading the article,
she stumbled upon a new revelation.

A variation on the term is “Irish triplets,” which means three children born under three years to the same parents. (Wisegeek.com)

But wait!
There was more to this little article...

Given that it is a somewhat derogatory term, it is generally not used in print or in polite society.

                                 Derogatory?  How rude!!

And then.............

. Parents who have Irish twins or triplets often struggle with a variety of issues, since having two or three very young children to manage can be very stressful. As the children grow up, the parents may encounter other difficulties as well, such as the simultaneous payment of astronomical college tuition fees. However, Irish twins or triplets often end up being very close and affectionate with each other, since the space between them is so small, and it intensifies the sibling bond. (wisegeek.com)

Okay....At least the 
that paragraph is a little better!

So I've had these
Irish Triplets
all these years and didn't even know it!

(Well, I knew I had them,
but just didn't know 
I had
Irish Triplets!!)

Just in case anyone reading this is
planning on having a set of
Irish Triplets...
let me tell you the hardest part.

With two babies it was relatively easy.
You had an arm/hand for one and an
arm/hip for the other.

Then all of a sudden you have 
Baby #3....
And that means you have to let
one of those other babies off of your 
arm....hand...or hip....
And that baby you don't have hold of 
anymore is
only (at the oldest) two years old!

THAT was the hardest part!

But we made it...and now I will proudly
tell everyone
that I have
Irish Triplets....

Who knew!!??

(P.S. As soon as Taylor read about the Irish Triplets, 
she called my Irish mother 
and told her the great news. My Irish mother
had never heard of it either......and agreed with us on the dislike of the derogatory part!)


  1. In that case, I guess my mother-in-law had Irish quads! LOL Hubby is the oldest of 7. He and the next three after him were all born within 12 months of the other. The last 3 were spread out a bit more.

    Did my inlaws struggle a bit? Yes. But, the part about the kids being so much closer is definitely true. That makes it pretty much worth it in my book!

  2. I guess that means my mom had Irish Quadruplets. We had four in three and a half years. (Two were twins.) My mom says that she wouldn't do it a bit differently, either. She says a family of children who play together are infinitely easier than one who plays alone.

    That's her take. Of course, I notice that she stopped after number 4. That would be yours truly. I think I should have a complex or something.


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