“They will kiss you every minute of the day” – mother
By Dale Andrews
“At first it was hard, but if you get two days with them, you will want to have them all the time.” The words of Aubrey Giddings, father of one of Guyana’s youngest triplets.
The triplets, Aubrey Jnr., Ashantel and Ashanti, celebrate their second birth anniversary today (Sunday), and while it has not been easy going for their parents, Aubrey and Juneann Giddings would not trade them for anything in the world.
This newspaper visited the triplets last Friday at their 33 Howes Street, Charlestown home to feature them in today’s edition, and as if they knew what the visit was about, they were all excited to be dressed up for the photograph.
Aubrey Jnr., who was the first to enter the world, appeared to be the most outgoing of the three, willingly placing his arms around his two sisters to take the picture.
Ashanti, the last of the triplets to be delivered, with her thumb in her mouth, sat gracefully next to her brother, while Ashantel burst into tears every time she was put to sit down to be photographed.
But although Ashantel appeared shy on Friday, Juneann Giddings assured that she and her brother were the livewires in the house.
“They are happy children, very loving, especially the boy. If they see you sad, they will come and rub your head and kiss you. They will kiss you every single minute of the day,” said Juneann Giddings.
Bringing up any child is not easy, and moreso three at a time.
Caring for toddlers on a daily basis includes washing of diapers, breast feeding, cleaning, and frequent trips to the doctor.
But Mrs. Giddings says that her day caring for the children is like any other parent would experience, and there are not so many trips to the doctor.
“They are healthy children, except for the little cold from time to time.”
“They eat anything that is prepared for them, but they especially like any kind of porridge and corn flakes.”
“I don’t spoil them. If they do something wrong, I would beat them,” she added.
Mrs. Giddings told this newspaper she has no favourite among the triplets, but, for some strange reason, she finds herself sometimes more attached to Ashantel, whom she said resembles her the most.
“My husband appears to favour the boy and Ashanti. He always wanted a son,” Mrs. Giddings stated.
But her comments solicited some objection from her husband Aubrey.
“No, no, I like all of them,” Aubrey Giddings retorted.
He admitted, though, that he would take his son out with him on most occasions, for obvious reasons.
He added that he would also pay more attention to Ashanti, the last of the three to be delivered, since she is the most fragile of the triplets.
“My son would sometimes try to overpower his two sisters, but he is a little soft with Ashanti.”
Unlike her sister, Ashantel appears to be a little aggressive, since according to her mother she would go after whatever she wants, even fighting her brother for it sometimes.
Aubrey Giddings said that he never expected triplets, but he is overwhelmed watching them grow.
During the interview, the children kept pulling at the note pad and the pen, probably indicating, even in their formative years, that they are preparing for their school days.
“I am looking forward to that time,” Mrs. Giddings interjected.
The triplets’ father explained to Kaieteur News that, since he is out for most of the day, his wife has the unenviable task of caring for the triplets while at the same time preparing for the rest of the family.
“When I get home, she hands them over to me…her problems are over for the day. But everything will be there waiting for me. My food, clean clothes, and most of all a clean home,” Mr. Giddings proudly declared.
“I have to take my hat off to my wife, because most of the day they are with her,” he added.
The children are well liked by almost everyone they come into contact with.
Their father disclosed that his son would sometimes lie on the floor and cross his legs ‘like a big man’ to watch the television.
Like all children, they like the television, and their favourite programmes are the cartons, especially Sponge Bob and Sesame Street.
“Oh, they like Eddy Neblett. As soon as he is shown on the TV, they jump and dance. I even told him (Neblett) that he would have to give me a free CD for them,” Mr. Giddings said.
Providing for them has been a challenge for the self-employed father, and caring for them is keeping the housewife occupied.
But both parents are insisting that the two girls and their brother are blessings that most, if not all, would envy them for.
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