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Triple joy for Oliver

PUBLISHED: 13:05 03 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:18 03 March 2010

IPSWICH youngster Oliver Williams burst into tears when his mother went into hospital on his birthday. But he could not have asked for a better present when she came home with - not one, not two - but three little brothers for him.

IPSWICH youngster Oliver Williams burst into tears when his mother went into hospital on his birthday.

But he could not have asked for a better present when she came home with - not one, not two - but three little brothers for him.

Tomorrow the loving five-year-old will celebrate their first birthday – the day after his own - in what could be the happiest house in Ipswich.

"I knew I was pregnant with triplets early on in the pregnancy but we tried to keep it a secret from Oliver," explained proud mum Julie, 32.

"We were worried something might go wrong and I would lose one of them. I never believed I would have three healthy babies and I didn't want to have to explain it to Oliver."

There was little need to worry however and Joseph, Samuel and Joshua were born within minutes of each other by Caesarean on July 4 last year.

"Oliver is just the best brother you could have hoped for," said Mrs Williams, who lives with her bank worker husband, Martin, 33, in Pinewood, Ipswich.

"He loves them and idolises them and they do him. He only has to move and they beam away." Oliver, who started at Gusford Primary School full-time at Easter loves helping with nappy changing and lends a hand fetching and carrying things for his busy mum.

Mrs Williams, who had fertility treatment prior to the birth of the triplets, went into hospital on Oliver's birthday last year.

The tiny trio were born the following day, seven weeks premature, but all at reasonably healthy weights and after just 18 days in the special care baby unit in Ipswich Hospital they were ready to come home.

"The whole year has been a lot harder than we envisaged it would be," said Mrs Williams.

"The little ones are real characters, each very different, it's wonderful but you can't deny it isn't hard work. We would have been lost without all the help my parents have given us.

"It's been a lot for Oliver to contend with. Where ever we go people stop and stare at the three boys and Oliver hardly ever gets a mention but he deals with it really well."

Life in the Williams household can get "pretty mad" at times. Two of the boys are crawling now and sports-mad Oliver charges around the house pretending to play football or tennis.

And with four birthdays arriving within two days budgeting can also be a source of headaches.

"I spent £10 just getting them all cards," admits Mrs Williams. "The boys will be sharing some presents this year because they are too young to really understand what's going on – but with clothes and other things you have to buy in triplicate so it can get very expensive."

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