The rare mono mono twins born May 9th went home over the weekend. The photograph of the twins holding hands shortly after birth went viral and prompted a nation to ask, “What’s mono mono?”
Jenna Thistlethwaite was born at four pounds, two ounces, with sister Jillian following less than a minute later at three pounds, 13 ounces. The girls shared an amniotic sac and a placenta creating a rare condition called monoamnioitic, or “mono mono.”
The mono mono twins were at Akron General Medical Center in Ohio for a month recovering and gaining weight. Now, with each of the girls hovering around six pounds, they are home with their parents and their big brother Jaxon.
“It’s just nice to have everyone under the same roof,” brave mother Sarah Thistlethwaite 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’re relaxing at home, Sarah says that she has already noticed the twins doing some fun twin stuff and exhibiting their rare bond. “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.”
The family is grateful that everything turned out well for them in such a precarious situation. “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.”
The family was welcomed home on Saturday with grandparents and friends in attendance to see the new babies come home. As for Sunday, the Thistlethwaite’s spent a quiet day relaxing together and getting to know each other better.
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