When the Maughan triplets donned their capes at their superhero-themed first birthday party, parents Jill and Ed couldn’t help but marvel at how far their children had come.
There’s the mover, Charlie, who “took off” at 8 months and claims the entire house as his race track. There’s the comedian, Eddie, whose hobbies include smiling, sleeping, eating and giggling at everything. Then there’s the happy-go-lucky “princess,” Ali, who is content lying on her back and playing alone.
And they all love playing with their big sister, 2-year-old Mallory.
“Looking at them physically and developmentally, you’d never know they were preemies,” says Jill. “They’re our little superheroes, our little fighters.”
Growing leaps and bounds with Akron Children’s
Born one day shy of 33 weeks on Dec. 19, the triplets spent their first 5 days in Akron Children’s neonatal intensive care unit at Mercy St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital, before being transferred to the Alexis Caroline Watanakunakorn Special Care Nursery at Akron Children’s Beeghly campus.
“The staff was beyond our expectations,” Jill said. “I knew that when we couldn’t be there, they were holding, caring for and loving our little ones as if they were their own.”.
By January, all 3 were home, and the real adventure began.
“I learned how to adapt to little or no sleep,” laughs Jill. “Getting them on a schedule was paramount to our survival. Thank goodness for our family and Akron Children’s. They’ve been a godsend!”
As the Maughan triplets turn 1, Akron Children’s continues to be a big part of their lives.
In their first year, for a host of reasons, the triplets were admitted to both the Akron and Beeghly campuses.
On 3 separate occasions, they made trips to the ER in Boardman. They even saw cardiology specialists, as all 3 had minor heart murmurs, and pulmonology specialists, who discovered that Charlie may have asthma.
“Even though asthma is considered a chronic condition, we’re blessed they’re so healthy,” said Jill. “We don’t have critically ill children. We just have normal children who are multiples. And we’re so lucky to have Akron Children’s in the Valley to be there for us!”