200 million SAME triplet designed after couple met on Bumble app celebrates first Christmas
The parents of one in 200 million identical triplets are pulling out all the stops to celebrate their first Christmas this year.
Megan Smyth, 32, from Nottinghamshire, gave birth to the medical wonderkids at 32 weeks and six days in March, after meeting their father Clayton Whittaker, 42, on the dating app Bumble during the Covid lockdown.
The Colby brothers, Odyn and Rico, now nine months old, have already visited the Santa Claus and Christmas markets and should be “absolutely spoiled” by their family and friends.
The odds of the trio being identical were incredibly slim, with the phenomenon only occurring in one in 200 million natural pregnancies.
Triplets are usually not identical and are created when two eggs are fertilized and one goes on to develop into twins.
They become identical when the fertilized egg splits into three after conception.
Megan said: “It was a complete shock when we found out we had triplets.
Colby, Odyn and Rico, now nine months old, have already visited the Santa Claus and Christmas markets and should be ‘absolutely spoiled’ by family and friends (pictured with mum and dad Megan Smyth, 32 and Clayton Whittaker, 42)
The odds of the trio being identical were incredibly slim, with the phenomenon only occurring in one in 200 million natural pregnancies (Pictured: Colby, Odyn and Rico pose in Santa hats ahead of their first Christmas)
The identical brothers were born in March (Pictured: Trio gift matching Mickey Mouse Christmas onesies)
Megan from Nottinghamshire, gave birth to the medical marvels at 32 weeks and six days in March, after meeting their father Clayton on the dating app Bumble during the Covid lockdown (pictured together)
WHY ARE IDENTICAL TRIPLETS SO RARE?
Identical triplets are conceived when the fertilized egg divides three times.
The chances of them occurring without fertility treatment have been estimated at between one in 60,000 and one in 200 million.
If twins or triplets share a membrane in the womb, they must be identical (monozygotic).
Otherwise, the placentas are indistinguishable from those of non-identical (dizygotic) siblings, and only DNA testing can confirm for sure.
“I just burst into tears and Clayton turned white as a sheet when the doctor told us.
“Twins run in my family, but it was still completely unexpected, we had only been trying for six weeks.
“They will be absolutely spoiled by all of our friends and family.
“We will hardly need to give them gifts at this rate.”
She added: “Our whole family is coming to our house because we just moved, so I’m really looking forward to having a great Christmas here.”
“We don’t really know what we can do with the triplets to make it special because they’re obviously still so young, but it’s their first Christmas so we want them to experience all that classic Christmas stuff.
“We don’t normally plant a tree or anything, so this year is so different for us, not just because of the babies.
“Life is so manic with triplets, but we give them time to experience everything we can.”
Megan says what she’s most looking forward to is seeing the faces of the triplets as they experience everything for the first time.
She said: “For me, the magic of Christmas is the children.
“Last year we walked past all these people queuing to see Santa Claus.
“This little boy’s face was such a picture, he absolutely lit up because he was so excited.
“Now all I want is to see the boys’ faces light up as well and see the magic through their eyes.”
Megan said when she found out she had triplets: “I just burst into tears and Clayton turned white as a sheet when the doctor told us.” (Pictured with Colby, Odyn and Rico, nine months)
As they faced another lockdown, the couple (pictured) took the plunge and decided to move into Megan’s two-bedroom house together in Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire
“To me, stuff like that is what Christmas is all about.”
So far, the couple have taken the triplets to see Santa and take a picture with him, as well as visit a Christmas market.
Megan said: “We always try to do things as a family.
“They have no idea what’s going on, so I feel like it’s only for me when I take them to do this stuff.
“We went out to do everything we could imagine for Christmas.
“We also bought them Christmas onesies and little Christmas jumpers to wear as well.”
The couple have now created an Instagram page for them and the triplets, named @me.andourthree.