Five weeks after the new maternity ward opened at Susquehanna Tower, its first set of triplets were born on Wednesday.
Kaelie and Amos Good, of Watsontown, became the first parents to triplets born at Susquehanna Health in about nine years, Kaelie said.
Morgan Kate, 5 pounds, 4 ounces and 17 1/2 inches long, became the first daughter born at 7:54 a.m. A minute later, her sister Molly Maddison followed, at 6 pounds, 2 ounces and 19 1/2 inches long. Finally, Everly Layel arrived at 7:56 a.m., weighing 5 pounds, 7 ounces and measuring 18 /2 inches long.
"All girls," Kaelie said.
The girls are fraternal triplets but, even so, they look similar.
Telling them apart, now, is easy with their labeled beds and wristbands, but to help when they leave the hospital, Kaelie plans to paint their toenails different colors: purple on one, light green on another and pink on the third.
"Toenails are going to be the key," she said.
Kaelie and Amos already can tell the girls apart visually, but having another factor will help others.
One of the most frequent visitors at the hospital was their son, Everett, who just turned 2.
"He came in Wednesday and gave them all kisses," Kaelie said. "He wanted to keep kissing them the whole time."
The Goods were allowed to return home Sunday. After delivery, Morgan and Molly were taken to the Level II nursery. Morgan returned by the end of day Wednesday and Molly returned Saturday.
"There were no problems with Everly," Kaelie said.
While the babies are not yet a week old, personalities already are starting to show, such as Molly, the feisty baby.
"She has some spirit already," Kaelie said. "When you try to give her something, like a different type of bottle nipple, she grunts and pushes it away. She gets frustrated and bats at it."
As soon as she is given what she wants, she becomes completely happy, her mother said.
Morgan and Everly have been calm so far, but as soon as Everly arrived, she tried to grab the snips out of the doctor's hands. Predictions already have begun on her becoming a surgeon one day.
When Kaelie and Amos first found out they were going to have triplets eight weeks into the pregnancy, Amos was silent and in shock. Kaelie felt extremely happy at first, then wanted to know what they were going to do.
"Three babies at once is a lot," she said. "It took a couple of weeks to process. We were hoping they would all be healthy and at different weights."
The pregnancy went well and she made it to full term for triplets, which is delivering at 35 1/2 weeks.
Kaelie's side of the family has seen twins, with a set of uncles and a set of cousins, but she said this is the first set of triplets in the family.