When Tara Potter learned she was pregnant last year, she didn’t have to ponder girl names.
Potter, 24, and her husband, Spc. David Potter, 23, had long ago settled on the name Chloeann Odette for their firstborn daughter. The middle name came from the eponymous “Swan Princess,” a beloved film from Tara Potter’s childhood. She fell in love with the first name after hearing it at her nephew’s high school graduation years ago.
However, when the Potters received news that Tara was pregnant with not one, but three babies, they began thinking creatively. They chose another girl name — Virginia Ann, for their grandmothers — and two names for boys.
Sixteen weeks into Tara’s pregnancy, they received more news — all three babies were female.
“We started racking our brains,” Tara Potter said. “We never imagined we’d have three girls.”
On the morning of June 30, Chloeann Odette and Virginia Ann, along with their sister, Harlee Quinn, were born at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center — the first triplets born there in the last five years.
Their birth comes after five miscarriages and several years of fertility treatments for Tara Potter, who learned of her pregnancy a month after undergoing surgery on her uterus.
“We’d tried so long and gone through so much heartbreak that we were hesitant to be too excited,” she said. “But we’re blessed to have three girls.”
The babies are not identical — at two weeks, Chloeann has a full head of dark hair very unlike her sisters. Their personalities are even easier to differentiate. Their parents seldom hear from Chloeann and Virginia unless it’s time to eat.
Harlee, named for Batman supervillain Harley Quinn, is a different story. Her mother described her as the “drama queen” of the bunch.
“We named her Harlee Quinn because she was the meanie in the womb,” Tara Potter said. “We’d see her beating up on her sisters on the ultrasound.”
Between his wife, daughters and two female cats, David Potter knows he is outnumbered. But he doesn’t mind.
“I was excited when I saw them for the first time,” said the all-wheel mechanic with 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, who arrived at Fort Hood in March. “I’m still excited. When I walk over to the crib to check on them, it still feels like a dream.”
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