We are both full blood Alaskans, born and raised here and currently reside in Anchorage. Craig is from Southeast Alaska while Becca grew up in Anchorage.
In addition to being a full-time #tripletmom, Becca is a Transportation Planner with the State of Alaska, Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, with a focus on airport planning. Craig currently works in accounting for the State of Alaska. We are both children soccer coaches (and Becca an avid soccer player) and enjoy getting out into the wild by hiking, camping, and four-wheeling. While we don’t get to enjoy those hobbies as much as we used to, we definitely look forward to doing this again once the girls are a little bigger and still get out and about a little with them now.
We met in college and started dating in 2011. After a house flip, several great trips, and many other adventures together, we finally got around to tying the knot on June 23rd, 2017.
In early September of 2017 we found out we were expecting; by the end of September, that it was triplets! The Douglets are spontaneously conceived triplets, which results in about 32 out of every 100k births in the United States. In October we discovered all three were girls, with two identical (Baby A & Baby B) and the third possibly identical (Baby C). Baby A and B shared a placenta, Baby C had her own, and all babies had separate sacks (called dichorionic triamniotic). At about four months of age, we determined through DNA testing that all three are indeed genetically identical!
For rarity scale, Alaska only sees several sets of triplets born each year. Obviously, twins are far more common in general, and there hasn’t been a quad set born in this state in over 20 years! In 2018, only three sets of triplets were born in Alaska, including us. We were the only identical set and the only all girl set.
The pregnancy went as smoothly as possible considering triplets are automatically deemed high risk. Becca had terrible morning sickness 24/7 from about six weeks through 22 or so…she affirms it was more accurately described as all the time sickness… HAHA. Each of the concerns and issues that developed throughout the pregnancy took care of themselves, with a twin-to-twin syndrome (TTTS) threat turning out to not be the case and pre-eclampsya contributing to early delivery. All in all, we are blessed with three beautiful, healthy baby girls.
The Douglets were born on the first day of spring, March 20, 2018, at 33 weeks on the dot, and stayed in the NICU for approximately a month.
Now at age three, we’ve adjusted to life during a worldwide pandemic while trying to handle busy life with three, active toddlers. In the last two years we’ve survived triple potty training, several eye surgeries, the transition to toddler beds, working from home with toddlers, fishing on the coast, and a weekend in backcountry Alaska without power and running water. We love spending time outside in all seasons and exploring new places with the girls, which gets easier as they get older. Every day has its own set of challenges to push through and tackle; taking it day-by-day and working to enjoy those little moments really makes it worth it.
We are an instant family of five and never would have dreamed this in the past, but now can’t imagine our family any other way!
The best things come in threes.
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