Two sets of twins story … TAKE A BREAK magazine
Hayley and Gavin already had twin girls when they decided to have one more baby. And guess what – they then had twin boys giving them two sets of twins!
Hayley’s amazing story has already appeared via Featureworld over two pages of the Sunday Mirror newspaper.
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OH NO! TWO SETS OF TWINS! WHAT’S GAVIN GOING TO SAY..?
By Alison Smith-Squire
Hayley Gadd, 32 and husband Gavin, 37, are stunned to be the parents of two sets of twins…
“It was my first pregnancy and we’d conceived on holiday in New York. Now my tummy was massive. And everyone said ‘you must be expecting twins!’
But we were still stunned when at my first routine scan the doctor spun the screen round to face us.
“See that,” she said pointing to the grainy moving pictures. “There’s two little heads – two little babies.”
Their dad Gavin looked at me.
“But there’s no history in either of our families,” he said.
And there was more news. The twins were fraternal. My consultant explained: “That means your twins are non- identical, formed from two separate eggs. Whereas most women produce one egg a month, you have produced two.”
A double Yolker! That’s what Gavin joked I was.
But it wasn’t all good news.
Our twins, both girls, were very different sizes.
One twin was much more developed than the other. And more worryingly a blood test for Down’s Syndrome revealed a high risk something was wrong.
It meant I had to go to a hospital in London where further tests could find out why.
Over the next few days Gavin and I could barely talk to one another with the worry. We’d been so happy to be having twins. It was unbearable to think there could be a problem.
A week later I was nervously undergoing another scan at a London hospital.
“How interesting…” said the specialist as he ran the scan over my huge bump.
The good news was both girls were fine. It was such a relief I almost felt close to tears.
But the interesting news was that one twin had been conceived around a week later than her sister.
Said the specialist: “That’s why she is a different size.” It also explained why the blood test came up with the wrong result.
The phenomenon was known medically as superfecundation. It occurs when a woman releases two eggs during the same menstrual cycle and each baby is conceived during a separate act of love making.
Months passed and my bump grew until I thought I’d pop. But it was all worthwhile when at 37 weeks I gave birth to Isobel, 3Ib 14oz and Sophia 4Ib 14oz.
Isobel was the twin who’d been conceived a week after Sophia but thankfully she was healthy.
Life was so hectic with twin girls Gavin and I vowed not to have any more children.
But when the girls reached five Gavin and I married. Then on honeymoon to Mexico we threw caution to the wind.
Our daughters were both settled at school and suddenly the house felt empty.
So when Gavin said: “Why don’t we have just one more child?” I agreed.
We were both surprised that I got pregnant so fast –but also thrilled to be expecting again.
But we were even more stunned when doctors confirmed I was pregnant again with twins!
Incredibly they were non identical again…
The odds on having two sets of twins naturally were 700,000 to one. It felt miraculous.
We didn’t mind what sex we had – but when I researched two sets of twins I discovered we were statistically most likely to have another set of twin girls.
“I will be seriously outnumbered!” said Gavin when I read out my findings to him.
So we were amazed when at my 20 week scan the sonographer announced: “It’s boys!”
Gavin punched the air – two of each! We felt as if we’d hit the jackpot.
There was one similarity though to my pregnancy with their sisters – one twin boy, while perfectly healthy, was much smaller than the other. Like the girls, he’d had been conceived around a week later than the other.
This time doctors were unconcerned. While so rare, it was clearly the way our babies were conceived. This time we all knew it was nothing to worry about and looked forward to having our sons.
In February 2015 our sons were born – with Charlie, 5Ib 15oz, weighing half a pound lighter than his big brother Jacob.
The girls were as thrilled as we were.
Since then I’ve barely been able to leave the house without someone stopping me to comment on the family.
When the girls have their matching coats on and the boys are both in their blue pushchair passersby often ask me if all the children are mine. The fact we are a family of two sets of twins just fascinates people.
I think everyone knows us locally as the family with two lots of twins.
Isobel and Charlie – the youngest twin in each set – are both extrovert and have outgoing personalities. The older twins in each set – Sophia and Jacob – are both quieter and very easy going.
With four lively children we certainly have our hands full – Christmas and birthdays are particularly busy – but then there is never a dull moment with two sets of twins in the house.
Doubling our family overnight took some juggling. We had to switch our car for a much bigger one. Overnight our home in Weymouth Dorset was fit to bursting with all the toys and clothes for two more babies.
However, the girls absolutely adore caring for their baby brothers and are actually incredibly helpful fetching stuff for me and entertaining them.
And we do joke that the girls won’t need many more birthday or Christmas presents. After all they already have the best presents ever in the shape of a real-life baby boy doll to care for each.
We don’t know what the odds are in having two sets of twins conceived as our family is. Superfecundation is so rare there are few statistics but our doctor says our family must be one in a million.
Needless to say Gavin and I are not going to try for any more children as it is likely I produce two eggs every single month. So the chances of us having yet another set of none identical twins is incredibly high.
And with twin girls and twin boys Gavin and I feel incredibly lucky. Indeed, we believe we have the perfect family. “