PORTLAND - It will be her first Mother’s Day as a mother of five and all her children are 5 and under.
“We didn’t set out to have five, and especially not to have triplets, but we wouldn’t want it any other way,” said 28-year-old Jessica Beasly of Independence.
The identical triplets were born last May 21st and spent about three months in the neonatal intensive care unit at Randall Children’s Hospital. It was a rare birth since the three boys – Liam, Bradley and Eli - all came from a single egg.
“My biggest worry has been their health, because they don’t have an immune system like a full-term baby,” said Jessica.
She kept them isolated at home from December through May under the advice of her pediatrician.
“Just last week, we went to the grocery store for the first time.”
The triplets’ two older siblings Sophia, 5 and Zachary, 3 have turned into mom’s little helpers.
“There have been times when I’ve called my husband and said, are you coming right home from work? Can you come early? But for the most part it’s been easier than I thought.”
Her secrets to success include a weekly meal plan, remembering to take five minutes to step away when she feels overwhelmed and learning to tell friends “no” sometimes when they want to stop by.
“You also can’t sweat the small stuff. I used to be Type A, but I had to adapt.”
As for what she’ll do on her first Mother’s Day as a mom of five, she’ll keep it simple, “Just relax and not go anywhere. That will be ideal.”
“I want to make her a special breakfast,” said daughter Sophia, “probably French toast ‘cause I love my mommy.”