THEY’VE been close their entire lives, so celebrating a milestone together seemed like the natural thing to do.
Three triplets came together to mark their 30th birthday with a party at the Blue Lagoon in Hilsea.
Mum Julie Straw, from Fratton, said she was delighted to see her three babies all grown up and settled into lives of their own.
The triplets, Katie McMonegal, Matthew O’Beirne and Laura O’Beirne were born two months premature.
Julie, 54, said their early days were tough going.
She said: ‘Back then it was very rare to have natural-born triplets.
We are a big family and a close familyKatie McMonegal
‘When they were babies it was special just that they survived, because they had to stay in St Mary’s Hospital for about five weeks.’
Julie said there had been many important moments along the way, and she was happy to now see the triplets living their own lives and each with two children of their own.
She said: ‘Of course, their first day at school was very special.
‘It’s really nice to have them all together and to meet all the people from their lives,’ she said. ‘It’s wonderful to see them all settled with their families.
‘They’re all in a good place now.’
As well as raising her daughters Felicity, seven, and Sienna, six months, Laura is studying at university to be a social worker.
Matthew works as a supervisor at an auto-windscreens firm and is bringing up his children Morgan, eight and Aliya, six.
Katie is a full-time mum to her children Dylan, three, and Logan, five months.
All still living in Portsmouth, the triplets are very much a part of each others’ lives.
Katie said: ‘We are a big family and a close family.
‘We get together as much as we can for kids’ birthdays and for days out.’
Katie said she had enjoyed growing up as a triplet.
She said: ‘It’s always been nice.
‘There’s always someone else around.
‘We’re happy to be here to enjoy it with all our family and friends.’
The triplets, whose actual birthday is on Thursday, also have three other siblings, and Julie now has a total of 11 grandchildren.