Despite the odds, North Carolina parents welcome triplets
The Fradel girls, Grace, Stella, and Emily, were born a little more than a month ago and they’re natural identical triplets, something that is very rare.
The family is able to tell them apart by painting each girls’ toenails a different color. Also, all three have the same birthmark, but each one has it in a different spot.
The parents, Gavin and Kimberly Fradel, said they were totally shocked when they first found out.
The Fradels have a 2-year-old son, Gavin Jr., who has Down syndrome. They were going for child number two when they received the news. Kimberly went in for her eight-week ultrasound while her husband took their son to a doctor’s appointment.
“I almost fell off the table,” Kimberly said.
Having multiples is considered a high-risk pregnancy, and while the idea of managing so many children induced anxiety at first, the Fradels said their family, friends, and neighbors really stepped up to help.
They said they have a supportive community rallying around them, which has helped them so far.
“And once we got over the initial shock and we received so much love from people, and I had a very supportive employer who, we both have had very encouraging employment situations, that we just felt like, ‘OK we can do this.’ We’re not doing it by ourselves. We’re doing it with the community, and a community of people who love us, love our children, and the support has just made it OK.”