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Grandparents Receive a Triple Blessing

By January 3, 2013

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A couple from Waco, Texas, received the ultimate end-of-the-year treat: three new grandchildren, born in the space of nine hours.

Bryant and Suzanne Stanton are not new grandparents. They already had five grandchildren, including one born early in December. The additional grandchildren had due dates of Dec. 25, Jan. 1 and Jan. 4. Instead all three arrived last weekend within a nine-hour span. According to the details of the stories as related by KWTX and the Waco Tribune, the births seem to have been non-induced, with one family member giving credit to the full moon.

All of the Stanton offspring are said to live in the Waco area, so family gatherings should be frequent. I am happy for the Stantons, but I don't envy them the task of celebrating four grandchild birthdays in December, which tends to be already crowded with celebrations. Grandmother Suzanne Stanton was quoted as saying they may celebrate half-birthdays instead. In my opinion, a combined birthday party may be just the ticket. Another challenge that the Stantons may face is cousin rivalry, which tends to be more intense when cousins are close together in age.

Do you have advice for the triply-blessed Stantons? Leave a comment below.

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January 3, 2013 at 10:38 am
(1) Grandma Kc says:

I don’t have any advice regarding triplets but I have some regarding December birthdays — it is one of my favorite soap boxes to climb on. I was born on December 16th, my Dad on the 23rd and my sister on the 30th. Talk about combined parties! I always hated having my birthday just before Christmas so about 5 years ago — I moved it! We celebrate my birthday on June 16th — a month I have all to myself. I enjoy Christmas and my birthday both so much more now.

January 3, 2013 at 6:06 pm
(2) grandparents says:

Grandma Kc, I didn’t know you were born on Dec. 16. That’s the birthday of one of my daughters! I never considered moving her birthday, and as far as I know, she hasn’t considered it either, but it’s not a bad idea.

January 7, 2013 at 11:19 pm
(3) GaGa says:

That is a challenge all right. It does sound like the Stanton’s have a good sized family. We have a large family and decided a few years ago that we would hold a family birthday party once a month. Everyone lives close so most everyone comes every month. The whole family gets to see the little ones grow up & the kids get to grow up knowing their extended family. They may consider doing something special over the year with each child separately. That way there are celebrations they have to look forward to.

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