Chelsea’s post about being a twin had me thinking about my life as a triplet. I’ve never really discussed it on the blog before, so today I’ll be sharing what my life as a multiple is like.
What are your names?
Bailey Kay, Brittany Lynn, and Brandi Eve. We’re all girls, just in case our names didn’t give it away. (I once was asked about my brother Bailey… I’m Bailey! I don’t have a brother!)
Are you identical?
Fraternal. When we were younger, Brittany and Brandi looked pretty similar. They switched places in elementary school. They both had brown hair, while my hair was dirty blonde, so I couldn’t pull that one off.
Do you have any other siblings?
No. Usually after I respond, the person asking the question always makes this stupid remark, “I bet your parents were done after having triplets.” …
Was there something in the water?
There were 3 sets of triplets at my high school. …No, there was nothing in the water.
Were your parents trying for triplets?
I tend to cringe when I’m asked this question, because to respond requires a too-personal answer, especially for someone I barely know. My parents used fertility drugs, so they knew the risk of multiples was high, but they chose to proceed with the treatments. My usual response to this question is, “No.”
Did you know parents of multiples have higher rates of divorce?
…Did you know my parents are divorced? Yes, I have been told this before! And yes, I was none-too-thrilled.
Do you have your own language?
When we were babies, we babbled at each other. My mom says it looked like we could understand each other.
Do you think alike?
My sisters and I joke that we have “triple telepathy” but I don’t think it’s a psychic thing at all. After living with someone for 21 years– even in utero– you know them well enough to have an idea of what’s on their mind.
Where do you go to school?
Brittany and I both go to Murray State while Brandi chose to attend the community college back home. No, we were not forced to go to the same school. No, Britt and I were not roommates. And yes, we do wish Brandi were at college with us.
Which one is the “odd man out”?
Brittany and Brandi were always best friends which meant I was always the lone ranger. Thankfully it’s not like that so much anymore.
What’s your least favorite part?
Everyone’s annoying questions. Sorry, but it’s true.
What’s your favorite part about being a triplet?
I could say that having 3x as many clothes is nice (which it is) or that I love having built-in playmates. But really, it’s hard to explain being a triplet to someone that isn’t. My sisters and I share a bond that will never be broken. When we were going through our parents’ divorce, it was great to have someone who felt the exact same way. When we graduated high school, I was able to sit by my two best friends. As Chelsea said in her post, “From the outside looking in, you can’t understand it. From the inside looking out, you can’t explain it.”