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Manteca family adds three girls

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Triplets Emma, Grace and Faith are held by their parents Keith and Sandra Mejia.

GLENN KAHL/The Bulletin

POSTED April 23, 2014 1:24 a.m.

Three girls – believed to be identical triplets – were born to a Manteca couple last week who already have two children at home. 

Kevin and Sandra Mejia were thrilled with the little newcomers to their family. Dad said he is making use of the Family Leave Act to stay home for six weeks to help his wife with the care of the babies. He is a carpentry foreman in San Francisco assigned to a corporate building.

One of the babies was going home from Kaiser Hospital in Modesto on Tuesday. The others are having to stay at the medical center until they gain a little more weight.

Emma weighed in at four pounds and six ounces, measuring 17 ½ inches long at 10:45 a.m. April 11. Grace came along two minutes later at 10:47 and measured a ¼ inch longer and nearing four pounds with Faith being the last to be born measuring 18 inches long and weighing three pounds, 13 ounces. 

Two grandmothers are also pitching in to make it easier on the couple to care for the triplets and their two other children. Daughter Kira is a second grader at Stella Brockman Elementary School and Marko is their 20-month-old son. 

Keith’s mother Andrea Mejia drove to Manteca from her Reno home and Sandy’s mom Audrey Haller is helping out from her home in Gilroy. The couple said there have been twins born on both sides of their families, adding those were 30 to 40 years ago. There are several sisters who as excited aunts have volunteered to help in raising the babies and relieve the parents as much as they can in the future. They are all students in Modesto.

Mejia said he has already started a college fund after learning they were having triplets. Sandra added that she is planning to dress them all alike – at least in their younger years.

“We just bought a van,” the proud dad quipped. “It hasn’t set in yet.” 

The mother said her doctor would not let her go beyond 34 weeks in her pregnancy and the babies arrived via C-section.

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