Triplets Thriving on Second Birthday

Preston is probably the best hugger.

Stephen is an independent little leader.

And Ava is the caretaker of the group, who tries to keep everyone in line.

A little more than two years since the May births of the Rodgers triplets at Tucson Medical Center, the children are thriving in their new surroundings in Washington, their grandparents report.

Laurie Wade, a retired administrator who likewise lives in Washington, took time from her Tucson vacation to deliver a bag of preemie clothing and crocheted blankets to the newborn intensive care unit. She also brought pictures of the little tykes to share with the unit.

The babies were small at birth, ranging in weight from 2 pounds 8 ounces to 3 pounds, 13 ounces.

She hopes parents of preemies will have comfort in the knowledge that babies born early can thrive. “They’re doing just awesome,” said Wade, who has babysitting duties at least once a week. “They’re really strong and active and healthy and catching up just fine.”

They’re also into everything. “What one doesn’t think of, the other two will,” quipped grandfather Hank Wade, a retired electric lineman.

The Wades said they just wanted to thank the hospital for the care the babies had during their one-month stay. “They were really great to us here,” Hank Wade said, when Laurie teared up. “We were really well taken care of.”

There were “oohs” to go around when staff had a chance to look at the pictures, one of which was taken a few weeks ago as they were about to dig into colorful confections at their second birthday party.

“We love to see our babies growing up, happy and healthy,” said Pat Brown, manager of the labor and delivery and newborn intensive care unit, noting staff develops relationships with the families during their stays.

“We’re just so fortunate to be able to touch the lives of families in our community.”


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