Triplets are a group of three. That could be three musical notes — or three infants, like the three preemies born to Vanessa Ortega on Aug. 17 in Lubbock.
The babies, who only weighed slightly more than three pounds each, had to stay in the neonatal unit for a month at Lubbock’s University Medical Center before Ortega could bring them home on Sept. 16 to Tucumcari.
“They advised me in Clovis to go to Lubbock,” Ortega said. “I had to stay in the hospital for several weeks before they were born.”
The boys are Isaiah and Nicholas Soria. The girl, Makayla Soria, who is on oxygen, needs monitoring because her lungs are not fully developed and she has sleep apnea, Ortega said.
As Makayla gets older she’s expected to catch up with her brothers. The boys now each weigh five pounds and some and Makayla is at 4 lbs, 12 oz.
As Makayla lies asleep snuggled in between her two brothers in the crib, she appears content and obviously unaware that she’s the only one of the three on oxygen.
Her brothers are identical twins.
And Ortega admits that she might not know the difference between the two boys if it wasn’t for their hospital identification bracelets.
Ortega, who said her grandmother was a twin, said multiple births run in her family.
Also, “I lost a set of twins, and their brother is a twin,” Ortega said, “So, I wasn’t surprised when they told me I was going to have triplets.”
The triplets have two brothers Miguel Soria, 3, and Jime Soria, 2.
While not unheard of, having a group of three babies born at the same time is not that common, Ortega said.
The majority of multiple births are twins, she said, adding that she thinks she may be first or one of the few moms in Tucumcari to have given birth to triplets.
At this young age, the threesome is mostly sleeping, she said.
“They’re making up for the lost time,” she said, adding that she only carried them 30 weeks instead of the normal nine months.
But she does expect her days to get turned up a notch as they get older and that she will need to put on her running shoes.
“Right now, it’s not as overwhelming as its going to be. They pretty much sleep 23 hours a day. It’s just feeding and changing them.”
Ortega said she is seeking adequate transportation for the family.