They're crawling and babbling and learning to share. They are identical triplets Alicia, Brooke and Camryn Marewski, and a year after telling their story, Rochester Patch had a chance to hang and play with them at their Rochester Hills home.
"It's been insane," said mom Jill Marewski about the constant feedings, laundry, playtime, baths and diaper-changing.
"There's been so much going on we look back and can't even believe we survived the year sometimes."
"And then, in other ways, it seems like it's gone by so incredibly fast we want it back."
The triplets were born Jan. 9, 2012. Jill and Marc Marewski, already the parents of son Niklas, had tried for years to have another baby. They gave up hope and told themselves they would be a family of three, only to become pregnant with triplets shortly after. But these weren't your ordinary triplets: Marewski babies A, B and C, as they were known, shared a placenta — meaning they were identical.
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Today the triplets are on somewhat of a schedule and sleep (mostly) through the night. A nanny helps Jill out for part of the week; the babies nap each day at around the time kindergartner Niklas gets out of school, so he can have some alone time with his parents.
Alicia, who was diagnosed with severe hearing loss shortly after her birth, wears hearing aids and is undergoing speech therapy. She also is wearing a cast on both legs for hip dysplasia, which has made getting out and about with all three of the girls difficult lately (though you may have spotted the family at the Big, Bright Light Show downtown during the holidays).
Jill is already looking forward to the future — days of watching the girls grow up into teen-agers.
"They'll always have a close bond," she said.
"Right now, they tend to fight, but it's typical sibling stuff. I can already tell they have their own little language."