BY KAREN SHROSBERY
"We haven't had a triple threat yet — that's when there are three babies and not enough parents," new Newcastle mother Donna said.
But her eyes suggest the threat is real.
Partners Donna and Danie from Newcastle have just embarked on the journey of becoming mums to triplets.
It has been a series of shocks for the gay couple who decided they wanted to extend their family.
First, they thought birth mother Danie was pregnant with one baby, only to find out she was carrying three.
One embryo had been embedded through IVF, but at the seven-week confirmation scan they were told there were three heart beats.
Donna said the chances of having a multiple birth pregnancy increased with IVF because you had the choice of using one or two eggs, but they had made the decision to just use one.
"It just happened to split three ways," Donna said.
She admitted the whole experience had been daunting.
"It's like you can see an army coming over the hill and you are armed with a plastic spoon," she said.
'Triplets day' at Newcastle hospital
The triplets were born by caesarean six weeks early in a packed delivery room.
The talk of Newcastle's John Hunter Hospital was that it was 'triplet day'.
After spending a couple of weeks in the neonatal ward, Andie, Brooklyn and Cate finally went home.
And yes, unintentionally they are A, B, C.
The parents said the biggest challenge so far was telling the girls apart — they have name tags on the cots and nail polish on their toes to help.
Without the nail polish there are other ways to tell the difference; for example, Andie and Brook each have a neonatal tooth.
"I'm not game enough to take the hospital tags off yet. The girls still have the label on their legs," Donna said.
"In the middle of the night I'm not sure even which way is up — or which child I've got."
Danie said when she fed the babies she noticed a slight difference in the way they were on the breast, but she was still not 100 per cent sure.