When a young mum posted a Facebook plea for help with her triplets, three grandmothers answered the call.
“Knowing what it’s like to have one baby, it’s a lot of work,” said Jenny MacDougall, who takes shifts caring for the babies with her two sisters. “When I heard that she had three, I could really understand how exhausting it must be.”
Single mother, Haley Arsenault, 25, is often up all night with Hogan, Rylan and Finn, reports CBC.
“It takes a village to raise a child and we’re willing to help out,” Ms MacDougall said.
Ms MacDougall and her sisters Alice Mokler and Anita Arsenault (who is not related to Haley) come Wednesday mornings at 9 a.m.
Anita Arsenault also happens to be a retired licensed practical nurse.
“I was awfully glad we were three,” Ms Arsenault said. “I don’t know if I’d be so excited to come one alone. Three is perfect.”
With each woman caring for one baby, each can give the triplets quality time.
“Anita started feeding Rylan at 10 a.m. and he just did his final burp at 11,” Mokler said. “So it does take a full hour to feed them. We can give them that time.”
“I don’t see this as a chore in any way,” Ms MacDougall said. “For me, it’s a gift to come here.”
Keeping the triplets on schedule makes it easier to care for them, Ms Mokler said.
“If not, you will always be feeding one. So this way, when they’re all fed, they’re going to sleep for two or three hours, and the mother can have a rest if she’s alone. But if not, she could be feeding all the time.”
The schedule also applies to changing diapers. When the triplets wake from a nap, their diapers are changed before they’re fed.
The boys’ grandparents, Wendy and Billy Arsenault, also take shifts to help out Haley. Billy doesn’t know what the family would do if the community hadn’t stepped up. He said the babies go through about 250 diapers every week.
“It’s tiresome as it is, but it would be very tiresome. Everybody’s been great.”
“To have strangers come in and actually make a connection with your babies is pretty amazing,” Haley said. “They become people that you know and trust and that’s the big thing.”
It sure does take a village! What beautiful women to offer a hand to a mum in need.
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