Three is the magic number

Catchline: TRIPLETSEB''Mother Jackie Jessop, aged 26, of Wincobank, gets a hug from her triplets, from left, Mary, Rosie and Hetty, aged 12.
Catchline: TRIPLETSEB''Mother Jackie Jessop, aged 26, of Wincobank, gets a hug from her triplets, from left, Mary, Rosie and Hetty, aged 12.
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Look who’s all grown up!

Triplets Rosie, Mary and Hetty Jessop came as quite a surprise to their mum Jacqueline when she found out she was expecting more than one bundle of joy nearly 13 years ago.

Today the girls are teenagers, all studying at Hinde House School, but they have all developed very different personalities.

Jacqueline, of Newman Drive, Wincobank, Sheffield, said: “Hetty is thinking about becoming a chef and the other two haven’t decided what they want to do yet.

“Hetty supports Sheffield Wednesday and goes to the games with her brother. But Mary is a Sheffield United fan - and Rosie doesn’t like football at all!

“None of them likes wearing dresses so they are all always in trousers.

“They have spats with each other sometimes like any sisters, but they are close and will be there for each other.”

Before Jacqueline got pregnant with the girls she had decided she didn’t want any more children.

But a 14-week scan revealed not just one, but three, tiny heartbeats - despite there being no history of multiple births in the family.

Little Hetty weighed only 3lb 11oz and spent more than two months in hospital, remaining on oxygen when she came home.

Now the three are healthy and just like any teenagers, albeit with three times the homework, shoes and angst.

Jacqueline added: “You just get on with it. Financially it’s been the most difficult thing. We get through two six-pint bottles of milk a week.

“Luckily they are not fussy eaters so I don’t have to buy different things for them, though we do get through a lot of groceries.

“And I have to do a lot of washing to make sure they’ve all got clean uniform for every day.”

The triplets will celebrate their birthday with a family meal and, despite jokes about a triple whammy of the terrible teens, the girls have helped their mum through tough times.

She split up with their dad Darren Bilau when the girls were one and she was diagnosed with long term chronic condition fibromyalgia in 2003.

Jacqueline, now 46, said: “It has been quite difficult at times but they are good girls, they’re sensible about things.

“Because of the fibromyalgia some days I have got problems even getting out of bed.

“It has been extremely tough, but the girls help me and they do keep me going.”