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Marine, Wife Welcome Triplets 10 Days Before Deployment

If good things come in threes and in small packages, the Latham family is truly blessed.

The family welcomed triplets at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Allen Friday, where mother Brittany Latham is still recovering while her high school sweetheart and husband, Christian Latham, sits right by her side.

"Me and her went back and forth. I wanted to have one more baby, close together with our oldest daughter, and she wanted to have four kids, actually. So the first thing I said to her was, 'Well, you got your family,'" Christian Latham said, laughing.

But dad's introduction to Beau, Olivia, and Jack, will be a quick one.

Christian Latham is a sergeant in the Marine Corps, and is due for overseas deployment on Sunday, just 10 days after his babies were born.

"It's emotional. I was crying when I found out he had to leave, even though I knew mentally he had to leave," Brittany Latham said. "Just try to survive each day, make it through each night. I have a lot of help and support with the families."

The Lathams were stationed in Hawaii, but when they found out about the triplet pregnancy, they moved back to Collin County, where both of their families live.

That support – and plenty of helping hands – is what will get them through the next six months. The couple's families even created a Google document spreadsheet to sign up for times to help Brittany Latham with the triplets and the couple's 3-year-old daughter, Emma.

"I just need to get in a rhythm, like if I stay busy, well, I'm going to be staying busy," Brittany Latham said, laughing as she glanced over at the triplets. "That's not really a choice, but I know then, him being gone will go by really fast."

And before he deploys, Christian Latham teach his wife what all the nurses now call the "military swaddle."

He is expected to return home by next January, from his fourth deployment overseas.

This is the first triplet birth at Texas Health in Allen, which was recently upgraded to a Level 3 NICU.

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