First day of school for Basingstoke triplets

Four-year-old triplets Catherine, Mia, and Sophia Kesterton

Four-year-old triplets Catherine, Mia, and Sophia Kesterton

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

IT was a day their happy parents thought they would never see.

Naomi and Toby Kesterton waved goodbye to their triplets on their first day at school in Basingstoke.

The 36-year-old mum Naomi, from Vyne Road, South View was told she had just a five per cent chance of conceiving naturally, but beat odds of 200 million to one by giving birth to identical triplets.

She had already astonished doctors when falling pregnant with her first child, Ella, in 2006.

But she was amazed when nine months later she was told she was expecting three more, and she gave the big news to husband Toby on their wedding day.

Naomi said that Catherine, Mia and Sophia’s first day at school yesterday was “a day I have been looking forward to for a long time”.

Naomi and Toby, 35, had resigned themselves to the fact they would never have children, after being given virtually no chance of conceiving naturally.

The pair met in 2005 when Naomi, a former events organiser, moved into his house in Bracknell as a lodger.

When she was 20, she was told it would be very difficult for her to become pregnant, but just 10 months after meeting Toby the couple were expecting their first child.

When Naomi became pregnant with triplets there were complications and the couple were given the option of terminating one baby to make the pregnancy easier, but Naomi immediately refused.

Miraculously, all three survived and were born at Basingstoke hospital on January 9, 2008 by Caesarean section.

After three weeks in incubators, they were allowed home.

Both parents were there on their first day at South View Infant School in Shooters Way, which their elder sister Ella already attends.

The four-year-old triplets will be in separate classes, which will be handy for their teachers as even Naomi and Toby find it difficult to tell the little girls apart.

The girls usually wear different coloured ribbons in their hair so their parents can recognise them from behind.

Naomi said: “I’m a bit nervous, they are going to be separated for the first time but they should cope, they are very strong.”

Toby, an online editor, added: “I’m stoked to see them all in their uniforms. They were ready for school a long time ago.”

Naomi said she needed the “patience of a saint” to bring up four girls, adding: “When I found out I had triplets I thought, ‘how am I going to do this?’ But it was all worth it in the end, especially seeing them this morning all dressed up.”

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