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Winnipeg parents raising five kids, all under three-years-old

When three identical girls arrived, the Dobie family had five kids all under three-years-old. Andree-Anne Généreux'

WINNIPEG — When Andrée-Anne Généreux was told she was expecting identical triplets, her jaw dropped.

“You’re thinking ‘how’….I mean that does not happen. That does not happen,” Généreux told Global News.

The 27-year-old mom hadn’t received any fertility or medical treatments to conceive, and did not expect to hear what came out of the doctor’s mouth next.

“See that? One little heart beat means one baby.  Two, two babies, three, three babies!”

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She and her husband, Cameron Dobie were told the odds of conceiving triplets are at least one in a million, but that wasn’t the only number on her mind.

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The parents also have a three-year-old girl, and another daughter who is 16 months.

“At first you don’t believe it and then I was like ‘oh my goodness’,” Dobie said.

When the triplets arrived last month, they suddenly had five girls under the age of three.

“Other mothers are usually reacting more like ‘oh my god, how do you do this’,” she said.

Généreux’s mom is currently visiting from Gatineau, Quebec. Généreux jokes she has not booked her mom a return ticket home. The Winnipeg family has also hired a nanny.

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The triplets Georgie, Maxime and Alexandra. Andrée-Anne Généreux
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The Winnipeg parents also have two other children. Andrée-Anne Généreux
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Andrée-Anne Généreux before giving birth to the triplets. Andrée-Anne Généreux

As for telling the triplets apart, the parents use a sharpie to put identifying dots on each newborn’s ear.

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One dot is for the oldest Georgie, two dots for Maxime and three for Alexandra.

Généreux is exclusively breastfeeding all three of them and said she’s getting two to four hours of sleep a night.

The dad has already contemplated how he will have to “arm himself” when all five of his girls enter their teenage years and start dating.

“I will probably start collecting sharp knives or something like that,” Dobie jokingly said.

As for more kids?

“Five is enough!” both exclaimed.

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