BURIN BAY ARM, N.L. - Imagine giving birth to triplets. Now imagine them being born on their older brother’s birthday.
That’s life for Jody Oake and her husband Leslie who live in Burin Bay Arm.
The crazy serendipity “makes people’s jaws drop when they first meet us,” Jody chuckled. Dec. 13 is one big party at Oake’s house to celebrate their four miracle boys - six-year-old Parker, blond paternal triplet Zachary and redheaded identical twins Ryder and Wyatt who are three years old.
Jody’s biggest challenge is, “keeping everybody happy,” she conceded.
“All four boys have such different personalities and such different likes. You would think they are triplets, they were born together, they would like the same things and eat the same things, but no, they are four different children and everybody has their own wants and needs and everyone wants different things at the same time.”
Common to most larger families, Jody also struggles with time management.
“I’m just trying to keep everything going,” she said. “Trying to manage with their different things on the go and I’m working and my husband works. You got to be organized. Routine. We are a very routine family.”
Jody also works part time at a local bar, for her “sanity,” she joked.
She is able to swing a couple of night or weekend shifts despite her busy mom schedule because Leslie works a regular nine-to-five job. She said she also had to go back to work.
“Our grocery bill is astronomical. The boys eat like pigs. They eat more than my husband does, each, individually,” Jody laughed.
Simply watching her sons play together is a source of great joy for Jody.
“They really entertain each other,” she explained. “The triplets are pretty talkative now. When they were younger they had their own language and they’d be in a circle and just start laughing. They also make up very complex games together with their toys, where each one takes on a part to build a story. It’s pretty amazing to just watch them play.”
Another perk of being a multi-mom for Jody is the exuberant greeting she gets after an absence from them.
“When I get home or I pick them up from daycare and they all come running and go, 'mommy we missed you,' it’s the best,” Jody related. “I get all these little arms and all their hugs. And they are there saying 'she’s my mom', 'no she’s my mom' and then Zachary says 'no boys, she’s everybody’s mom'.”
For Mother’s Day Jody can’t dream of anything better than simply spending the day with her sons.
“I plan to do the same thing I do every Mother’s Day,” she stated. “Just hanging out with my boys. That’s the whole point of mom’s day is just to get love from your kids. A whole day to relax and hang out with them and not worry about the stresses of anything else. Just be with my boys.”
As much as Jody adores being a mom with triplets and an older son, she’s mitigated the risk of having another batch of three or four more.
“When the triplets were born I had my tubes tied. The risk of having more multiples is too great when you’ve already had one set.”