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Treble the trouble! Mother's hilarious family videos show the reality of living with VERY mischievous 17-month-old triplets - who like to wear their dinners, smash plates and REFUSE to sleep

  • Kate Smith, from Liverpool, has captured her triplets' comedy antics on film
  • Dolly, Annie and Gerard – all 17-months-old – get up to all sorts of tricks at home
  • …from throwing dummies to being covered in pasta sauce at dinner, there's never a dull – or restful – moment in the Smith household
  • Parents Kate and Gerard – who have two other children, Tia, 3, and Louie, 11 – say they've learned to 'stand back and laugh' at their youngest children

The hilarious antics of cheeky triplets wreaking havoc at their family home have been captured on camera by their mother – and just watching the footage might leave you wanting to put your feet up.

Mischief-making tots Dolly, Annie and Gerard Smith, now 17-months-old, from Liverpool, clearly make life hectic for parents Kate and Gerard, who also have a three-year-old daughter, Tia and son Louie, 11.

In the video clips, the super-cute trio can be seen wearing their pasta dinner in their high-chairs, having fights with each other and even conspiring to escape the house by climbing on one another to try and reach the door handle.

Mayhem a go-go!: The antics of Dolly, Annie and Gerard Smith, now 17-months-old, from Liverpool have been caught on camera by their mum Kate Smith

Mayhem a go-go!: The antics of Dolly, Annie and Gerard Smith, now 17-months-old, from Liverpool have been caught on camera by their mum Kate Smith

Sleep is for the weak, right? Kate and her partner Gerard, with their triplets - girls Dolly and Annie and son Gerard (second from right). The couple also have a three-year-old daughter Tia, and son Louie, 11

Sleep is for the weak, right? Kate and her partner Gerard, with their triplets – girls Dolly and Annie and son Gerard (second from right). The couple also have a three-year-old daughter Tia, and son Louie, 11

What did we do? Kate says her children can leave her physically shattered, with lunchtimes often turning into chaos

What did we do? Kate says her children can leave her physically shattered, with lunchtimes often turning into chaos

Make-up artist mum Kate has her hands more than full with the troika of fun; and says she doesn't even start trying to clean up after them until they're finally in the land of nod.

And with the trio all sleeping in the same room, Kate will often find them throwing their dummies at one another in the middle of the night and giggling as they refuse to sleep.

However Kate, and her husband, Gerard, 35, say they wouldn't have it any other way and the pair are constantly laughing at the behaviour of the smallest ones in their brood.

Kate says: 'They've been cheeky since the day they were born, despite being nine weeks premature.

'Dolly, Annie and Gerard are hilarious and they work as a tag team during the day. We had some barriers to stop them from coming into the kitchen but they overruled us.

'They each stood on one another and managed to push it over.'

The mother-of-five says you need a hawk's eye approach to keep them safe though:

'When you've got one baby it's easy to watch them constantly but when there's three, there is always one trying to start trouble.

Breaking free: The trio regularly make a bid for freedom, often using each other as stools to reach high up things...

Breaking free: The trio regularly make a bid for freedom, often using each other as stools to reach high up things…

While Annie is the instigator of fun, says Kate, all three of the tots can have their moments when it comes to misbehaving

While Annie is the instigator of fun, says Kate, all three of the tots can have their moments when it comes to misbehaving

Four under four! The family have another daughter, Tia, (pictured second from left) who's just three-years-old

Four under four! The family have another daughter, Tia, (pictured second from left) who's just three-years-old

'They aren't bothered about playing with their toys, they'd much rather run riot at home and jump all over the furniture.

Mealtimes are a messy affair with Kate often stripping the children down to avoid ruining their clothes.

'After breakfast, lunch and dinner, they are normally left completely covered in food. My son, Louie, had to use his white lab jacket to help me put them in the bath the other day as they were that filthy.

'Despite their cheeky personalities we wouldn't change them for the world, they are so cute.'

Triple the fun? Mum Kate says she's learned to 'stand back and laugh' at her children's antics

Triple the fun? Mum Kate says she's learned to 'stand back and laugh' at her children's antics

Now the children are tots rather than babies, family life is less military operation and more fun, says Kate

Now the children are tots rather than babies, family life is less military operation and more fun, says Kate

Kate was first told she was expecting triplets in April 2014 – it was a complete shock as they'd been conceived naturally.

She added: 'We were hoping for one baby and we got three. I couldn't imagine my life without them all now and they definitely keep me on my toes.

'Annie is normally the instigator in the mayhem they cause but they all take it in turns. I caught Annie smashing Dolly into the wall in the pram and they love getting Gerard in it as well.'

My beautiful house is slowly being ruined as the triplets stain carpets with chocolate… Kate Smith

'I haven't got any cutlery left now as they've managed to smash it all, we have mostly plastic plates and bowls now.'

Kate says her 'beautiful' house is slowly 'being ruined' as the toddlers don't understand why they can't rub ice-cream into the carpet.

'Me and Gerard have to ensure everything is kept up high as they get into anything and everything.'

The triplets arrived in February last year with Dolly weighing 3lb 14oz, Annie 4lbs 3oz, and Gerard 3lbs 13oz.

Kate says: 'By the time I was 31 weeks and 5 days, I looked as though I could've exploded, my stomach was enormous.

'Me and Gerard were petrified about how our lives would map out with triplets but after a few weeks we set up a structured routine.

A mischievous laugh from Dolly usually alerts her parents to the fact the triplets are up to no good

A mischievous laugh from Dolly usually alerts her parents to the fact the triplets are up to no good

'It was like a military operation but now they're older it has become easier in some ways. As they're independent now they don't wake up during the night but they more than make up for it in the day.'

While just watching the video might seem exhausting, Kate maintains she's learned not to get too stressed by her three bundles of joy, saying: 'I just stand back and laugh most of the time.

'I often know when they've done something as I can hear Dolly's giggle and it's normally a sign that they'e up to no good.'

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