I’m a mum-of-nine and my twins have different birthdays, I like them to celebrate together though so I just alternate it

A mum-of-nine has revealed her surprise twins were born on different days.

Jo Hayhoe, 38, who lives in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, was induced at 37 weeks with fraternal twins Bobby and Blake.

The stay-at-home mum planned a natural birth as medics were confident it would go smoothly as she already had seven children.

She gave birth to Blake at 11.57pm on December 7 and shortly after Bobby arrived at 12.26am.

“It is nice that they now have the option to have their own birthday," she said.

“But I am going to alternate the birthdays until they are old enough to make their own decision.


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“They celebrated their first birthday together on December 7 – which is Blake’s birthday.

“Next year, they will celebrate together on Bobby’s.”

Despite entering the world quickly, the twins had a tough time and were taken straight to the newborn intensive care unit [NICU].

Bobby was born with an air pocket in his lung and Blake required a lumbar puncture.

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They spent two weeks in NICU before meeting heading home to meet their siblings Dan, 20, Riley, 17, Emily, 15, Sophie, 14, Jack, 11, Finley, six and Teddy, four – all of whom thought it was ‘cool’ that their new twin brothers have their own birthday to celebrate.

Jo said: “I have heard of twins arriving on different days before but didn’t think it would happen to me.

“I have basically been pregnant for a decade and it’s always plain sailing.


“The labour was fast and went smoothly but after was hard to deal with.

“I had all of my kids at home and newest babies in the hospital – it was a tough time.

“But it made their return home even more special.

“Everyone was ecstatic to meet them.”

Jo describes her home as ‘manic but full of love’.

“My house can be crazy and loud at times but I wouldn’t have it any other way," she explained.

“I am constantly washing clothes, folding and putting them away but I am used to it now.

"My husband Richard, 37, who is a landscaper, helps too when he isn't at work.

"I love being a mum of a large family, it's all I have ever known.

"Dan once said to me it's great as they will never get lonely which was great to hear.

"It can be hectic at times and sometimes I just want to sit down but I wouldn't change it for the world.

"They give me a reason, I don't know what I'd do without them.

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"I also love being pregnant, the twins did take a strain on my body as they were big; Bobby weighed 7lb 2oz and Blake was 7lb 12oz.

"But nothing beats that amazing feeling knowing you have babies growing in your stomach."

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