According to BT guidance counselor, Nancy Eramian, there are many sets of multiples at BT. “We have five sets of triplets and multiple sets of twins here at BT,” she said.
Being a multiple can bring many of the same experiences as a normal kid. Sam McFarland, BT sophomore and triplet, thinks that growing up with triplets was not very different from the way people usually grow up. “Growing up with triplets is just like growing up with two other siblings,” said Sam. “The main difference between having two siblings and being triplets is that your two siblings are the same age as you and share the same interests, classes, and lifestyles.”
As hard as it can be being a multiple, being a parent to them may be even harder. BT’s assistant director of development and head girls lacrosse coach, Elizabeth McFarland, experienced this with her sophomore triplets; Alex, Sam, and Kate. She had some crazy times raising her triplets. “Admittedly, there were times when it was quite chaotic. Three toddlers going in three different directions can be quite a handful,” she said.
Luckily, she figured out a way to make little things a whole lot easier. “ Not to mention, mealtime was always an adventure! To put some order to the chaos, we taught them creative sign language beginning at age 9 months. It was fun teaching them and having them use signs (in addition to words) to indicate when they wanted something,” said Mrs. McFarland.
BT sophomore and twin, Michael Markwordt, remembers some chaos growing up with his sister, Mary. “I do remember some crazy times growing up where the house was super busy. Mary and I were very active but I enjoyed doing things with her growing up.”
One of the things multiples have to get used to is sharing. Most people grow up with siblings but they are not the same age as you, which makes sharing easier whether you know it or not. Sam McFarland said that sharing gets harder as they get older. “It is very hard to share being a triplet, because we are all the same age and all want the same things. For example, we all want to drive our car, but only one person can have it at a time.”
Twins and triplets love the company of their sibling. BT sophomore, Mary Markwordt, loves being a multiple. “The best part of being a twin is being able to have a go-to-person to do stuff with. If I want to do something, I can just ask Michael to do it with me.”
There are many funny stories that can come along with being a multiple. BT sophomore and triplet, Lavran Pujals had a funny experience with his brothers in English class a few years ago. “I decided to switch seats in English class. Nikulas sat in Enrique’s seat, I sat in Nikulas’ and Enrique sat in my seat. Turns out, Enrique did not do his homework that day. Our teacher was kind of mean and very loud so he started yelling at Enrique, who was really Nikulas. We all then went to our actual seats and our teacher got super confused.”
Despite the potential for craziness with twins or triplets, the parents and the multiples themselves love having more than one child or sibling at once. “Overall, it has been a blast having triplets, and we wouldn’t have it any other way! We’re looking forward to more adventures with them and seeing their lives evolve.”