That day in the news: July 25, 2012

This story was published Aug. 25, 2012, the day of the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Ralph Koch Jr. is no stranger to having triplets. Two years ago, he had two girls in June, and…

That day in the news: July 25, 2012

This story was published Aug. 25, 2012, the day of the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

Ralph Koch Jr. is no stranger to having triplets.

Two years ago, he had two girls in June, and in 2004 he had two boys in April.

But this year’s births of Chloe, Kelsey and Maliyah were significant because they were a family in which all three girls arrived on the same day — a milestone he called, “serendipitous.”

Koch, a Democratic congressman representing western Maryland’s 1st District, joked about how rare it was for him to deliver triplets, but one of his Democratic colleagues joked that his triplets appeared more like a Super Bowl birth.

The girls have special features that Koch said make their births unique.

Maliyah, who was born first, has a low heart rate, the father said. Chloe, who was born just before lunch, has a low blood volume. Kelsey, the third child born at 1:40 p.m., is scheduled to be ready for a feeding tube in four months, the father said.

They have three pairs of socks. And all three girls have an identical set of high heels, an unusual sight for a congressman’s home on a humid day in Washington.

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