A COUPLE from Birmingham who visited Milton Keynes simply to see in the New Year are returning home with the biggest surprise of all – new born twin babies.
Little Poppy and Toby Lee, both IVF miracles, decided to make their dramatic entry into the world almost three months early on January 1.
Mum Charlotte and dad Ashley had travelled from Sutton Coldfield to Newport Pagnell to spend New Year’s Eve with friends.
“The babies were not due until March 21, so we had no qualms about travelling,” said 38-year-old Ashley.
“We planned to have a quiet celebration and then drive home the following morning.”
Charlotte, after an evening of sensibly sipping orange juice, went to bed just after midnight.
“She woke up and 9am and said ‘something has happened’. Her waters had broken,” said Ashley.
Panic-stricken, the couple made their way to Milton Keynes Hospital.
Within five hours Poppy was born, weighing 2lb 13oz. She was followed half an hour later by brother Toby, who weighed 2lb 12oz.
“They were both good weights considering they were so premature,” said Ashley.
“But even better was the fact Poppy was breathing without assistance from the start and Toby only needed the ventilator for a short time.”
He says he and 33-year-old Charlotte, who tried in vain for a baby for four years, were shell-shocked at first.
“We didn’t even have a way of telling our families as all the numbers were on our mobile phones – which were flat because we hadn’t bought our chargers.
“But now it’s finally sunk in and we are thrilled to be parents.
“We’re also extremely grateful to everyone in the Milton Keynes neonatal unit. Our twins could not have been born in a better place.”
The couple have now pledged support for the Citizen-backed Little Lives appeal, which aims to raise £250,000 to extend the unit.