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Families of twins and triplets flock to holiday party

Harried parents savor connection

By Jeannie Nuss
Globe Correspondent / November 30, 2009

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Anna, Alicenne, and Emily Gay - all 2 1/2 - plunked down by a banquet table next to their mother and more than 400 other twins, triplets, siblings, and parents at the holiday party.

“We hear the comment, ‘You have your hands full,’ all the time,’’ said their mother, Sarah Gay of Mansfield.

The party, thrown for families with twins and triplets at the Shaw’s Center in Brockton, gave families a chance to pose for photos with Santa.

“You’ve got two screaming, one happy, one sleeping, one not, one ‘I got to pee,’ ’’ said Caitlin Buron, a volunteer with the group that threw the party, Keeping Pace with Multiple Miracles. She is the mother of 3-, 5-, and 7-year-olds - no twins or triplets.

Moms and dads said the annual event provides a much-needed chance to relax - in a room with hundreds of screaming children.

“It’s a place where I know my kids are safe,’’ said 30-year-old Kathleen Mann of Quincy. “I don’t have to be looking over my shoulder the whole time.’’

Mann’s two sets of twins, 2-year-olds Caroline and Taylor and 3-year-olds Cameron and Paige, bounced on stuffed rocking horses.

The three girls and their brother took bathroom breaks in shifts with their aunt.

Youngsters flocked to a dance floor to boogie to tunes like K.C. & the Sunshine Band’s “That’s the Way I Like It’’ and “Funkytown’’ by the Lipps, Inc. A DJ set off a bubble machine as dozens of children squealed.

The party provided refuge from the questions parents of twins and triplets often get.

“No one’s going to say, ‘Oh, my God. How do you do it?’ It’s like you’re anonymous,’’ said Donna Baker, cofounder of Keeping Pace with Multiple Miracles and mother of 15-year-old triplets and a 19-year-old.