When Karen and Ian Hilbert got married, they discovered that Karen was pregnant.
The couple thought they were expecting one child, but suddenly Karen’s stomach started causing severe pain.
She was afraid of harming the baby. It turned out that Karen was mistaken about the number of children.
It turned out that the young couple was expecting triplets, and the pain was bothering them because the children were fighting over space on their mother’s belly.
It’s incredible, but the triplets were identical, which is extremely rare.
But the doctors suggested something terrible.
They suggested that Karen and Ian terminate the pregnancy because the children’s health was at risk.
Since the children shared the placenta among themselves, one child could deprive the other two of the ability to nourish themselves.
But the couple decided not to terminate the pregnancy. The triplets were born by cesarean section two months earlier than expected.
Karen and Ian named the children Fiona, Madison, and Paige.
Soon, a new surprise awaited the parents, which they did not expect at all.
The triplets looked so alike that even their mother and father couldn’t distinguish them.
It got to the point where it was impossible to determine who had already been fed and who hadn’t.
And at that time, the parents came up with a clever idea.
They decided to paint the children’s nails in different colors.
The first letter of their names matched the first letter of the color.
For example, Fiona’s color was purple, Madison’s was green, and Paige’s was turquoise.
Now it’s easier for them to keep track of the children.
Their eldest daughter, Rayé, helped polish the children’s feet.
Karen says the idea of distinguishing them with colors came to her when she read an article online about the couple’s mother mixing up the children.
In the end, the woman had to change the children’s names.
Karen decided to avoid such things.
Today, Ian and Karen can more easily distinguish the girls.
They now wear shoes of different colors.
According to Karen, she cares three times as much, but she would never give it up.