A rare set of “mono mono” twins , who were photographed holding hands at birth, will be home to celebrate Father’s Day with their father Bill Thistlethwaite.
Jenna and Jillian Thistlethwaite were born at 33 weeks on May 9 at the Akron General Medical Center in Ohio. Jenna was born first and weighed 4 pounds, 2 ounces and was 17 inches long. Not long after, around 48 seconds to be exact, baby Jillian made her grand entrance to the world. She weighed 3 pounds, 13 ounces and was 17.5 inches long. The girls shared an amniotic sac and a placenta which created the rare birth referred to as monoamnioitic, or “mono mono.”
Since their birth, the girls have been staying at the hospital, recovering from their birth and gaining weight. Now that they have both reached a suitable weight at 6 pounds or more, they have finally been released to go home. Sarah, the girl’s mother, and Bill are thrilled that their two new bundles of joy are getting to finally head to their home. They have been splitting their time between the girls and their older child, son Jaxon, and are ready to have their whole family under one roof.
“It’s just nice to have everyone under the same roof,” Sarah said. “It was really stressful — you want to pay attention to the little one at home and you just gave birth to two little babies. It was a pull and a tear as to where to go.”
Now that they have been home for a couple days, Sarah says that she is already noticing the incredible bond that twins share. “When I try to feed them on the feeding pillow, they gradually migrate toward each other,” she said. “And when I lay them on the floor, they scoot toward each other. It’s pretty cool to see them doing.”
Saturday was spent at home with many visitors welcoming the girls home. However, on Sunday, the family took the day to just relax and enjoy having their family together. “We were so excited and kept thanking God we made it to that point,” she said. “Having them here is amazing, but having them here so healthy when they were premature, it’s absolutely phenomenal.”
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