Near record-breaking triplets are ‘triple the joy’

Winona parents Cris and Jessica Marish tried to figure out how to break the news to their 4-year-old that, after two-and-a-half years of trying, they were going to have three new siblings for him to play with.

“We said, ‘Well, what if there are three babies in mommy’s belly?” And he goes, ‘No!’ I don’t think he believed it,” said Cris Marish.

“But then he says, ‘How about, can we have four or five?'” said Jessica Marish.

The three were born by C-section on Monday.


Jackson is the biggest at 7 pounds, 1 ounce. Emilie weighed in at 5 pounds, 9 ounces. Little Alaina was born at 4 pounds, 3 ounces.

Believe it or not, this set of triplets is just 1 pound away from the world record for weight.

Most moms can only carry triplets for 32 weeks, but Jessica Marish carried hers for 36.

She got to hold all three of them at once for the first time on Halloween.

“I had Emilie on top of Jackson, and Jackson’s like, ‘Whatever.’ But he’s probably so used to that,” said Jessica Marish.

“That was the first time they’ve all been that close together since they came out of my wife. It probably felt really good for them too,” said Cris Marish.

“That’s all they’ve ever known is to be squished next to each other,” said Jessica Marish.

As each one gets stronger every day, the Marish’s are looking forward to watching their little ones grow up — times three.

“Instead of one learning how to walk, it’s going to be three of them. So, you know, it’s triple the joy,” said Jessica Marish.

The Marish’s hope they’ll be able to take their triplets home next week. They have three car seats all set up in their van ready to go.

This is the first set of triplets born at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse since 2009.