(By Dan Coles)
A mum was left speechless after she gave birth to her first daughter – and a surprise twin followed just two minutes later…
Lyndsey Altice, 30, and hubby Wesley, 33, have shared the remarkable pictures from the birth of their daughters, where Lyndsey can be seen sitting open-mouthed in a birthing pool as she was handed a second child that nobody knew was coming.
Lyndsey, from Wisconsin, USA, can be seen in total shock as the midwife hands her a second baby just two minutes after she gave birth to her first- even after her ultrasounds had shown just one child.
When attending her ultrasound medics never realised she was actually carrying twins but 17 minutes after getting in the tub for her water-birth, Ada Maze and Billie June were born – with Lyndsey’s only regret being that she didn’t have a picture of her husband’s face when he saw a second baby born.
“First baby delivered was very small”
Lyndsey said: “I was immediately suspicious when Ada came out so small, I had put on double the weight I did with my last birth so I didn’t understand how she could be so tiny.
“When I had my son Django a few years previous, he was 9lbs (around 4kgs) and I put on less weight with him so it was really odd.
“There are no words to describe what I was thinking when I realised I was about to have another baby right there and then.
“The next contraction was almost instant, I knew before the nurses started saying what they thought it was, I could feel the baby coming but could not communicate it through the contraction.
“The nurse thought it was the water sack which she hadn’t seen happen before so we were all a bit confused.
“Then I felt it happening but I couldn’t get the words out, I knew a second baby was coming and then two minutes later there she was.
“The whole room went crazy, everyone was having conversations with each other, my husband was in shock, my sister was taking pictures and I don’t think any of us had a clue how to feel.
“I was in pure shock too, I had a million thoughts that I couldn’t process because I was completely overwhelmed so I just submitted to the moment, I think my face says it all.
“I must have set a world record for how many times someone can scream “oh my god” in 10 minutes.
“Now we have settled in we are so happy, I would not change a thing.”
“No signs of a second child”
Lyndsey gave birth to her twins last July and her pregnancy showed no signs that she had a second baby growing inside her at any point.
She said: “I found a midwife when we knew I was pregnant and through the whole pregnancy everything was just like when I had my son, I measured my fundal height which always matched what it would be for having one baby for each week I measured.
“I wasn’t doing ultrasound because I wasn’t a high risk so unless I needed too, if I felt something was wrong for example.
“When I did have an ultrasound with a sonographer, who did an extensive ultrasound of all four quadrants and it still didn’t show Billie-June.”
She even got a recording of her ultrasound, and after having her babies she checked back and still couldn’t see a second baby when she knew both babies were there.
Lyndsey said: “I think because they were just checking fluid levels and not checking for a second baby, all they saw was that Ada had moved a little.
“I’m sure if they were looking for two babies, they would have found two.”
“When I went into labour they hooked me up to the baby monitor and there was only a reading of one heartbeat.”
Now, with the twins coming up to their first birthday, Lyndsey feels ready to share what happened and explains it was one of the biggest, and best surprises she has ever had.
She said: “When it first happened we were just having a total ‘oh crap’ moment, but now that we have settled and we know how to look after twins we just love it.
“It’s a total blessing in disguise, and the kids themselves are great, my son Django adores them and they all get on so well.
“I love looking back at the photographs because I think they show exactly how I was feeling, there’s no hiding how I felt.
“I was a little worried about sharing the pictures because it’s such an intimate moment, but I’m thrilled we have them, I look at them all the time.
“I’ll show them to the kids when they’re older, but maybe not all of the pictures.”