"I am a mother of 9 children and my twins have their birthday on different days"
April 04, 2022
Jo Hayhoe is a 38 year old super mom who knows exactly what it means to have a "large family". This woman, residing at Clacton-on-Sea, Essex (UK), has had 9 children with her husband Richard and describes the environment in her home as "noisy, but full of love". The latest arrivals in the family are Bobby and Blake, two twins with a not inconsiderable celebrity: they were born on two different days! It's not the first time ever that stories like this have been heard, but Jo Hayhoe certainly didn't expect it could happen to her and her family.
Little Blake was born at 11:57 pm on February 7th, while brother Bobby, was born shortly thereafter, at 12:26 am on February 8th. Although they were born only half an hour apart, the two babies were technically born on two different days. For their mother Jo, this is a great occasion because it means that they will be able to celebrate each birthday on their own, special day. For now, Jo has decided that she will combine the two dates - celebrating their birthdays on the same day while they are still very young. For her and her husband, these two little ones arrived after a bunch of other children had been born: Dan, 20, Riley, 17, Emily, 15, Sophie, 14, Jack, 11, Finley, 6 and Teddy, 4. This is one big family! Despite that, everyone reacted with loads of excitement, enthusiasm and love to the news of the birth of Bobby and Blake.
Although Jo had always given birth at home, naturally and without any problems, this time she had to go to the hospital to give birth to Blake and Bobby. The two babies were born at 37 weeks and, although they were born rather quickly, they had a few problems. Both had to go to the neonatal intensive care unit, due to a few issues that had been noticed. Bobby had an air pocket in his lungs, while Blake had to get a lumbar punch. The birthing at the hospital and the longer than usual stay in the facility made the returning home of the little twins even more special!
"Everyone was thrilled to meet them," said Jo, who described her house as "manic, but full of love". She continued, "My house can be crazy and noisy at times, but I wouldn't trade it for anything else in the world." Of course, managing a child is not easy, let alone nine! In fact, Jo has underlined that every day she has to wash and fold a truly remarkable quantity of clothes, (and this is just one example), but she says that by now, she is used to doing a huge number of household chores. Her husband Richard always helps her when he is not at work, and she says she is happy to be the mother of such a large family.
As tiring as it can be, Jo wouldn't know what to do without her family and was delighted when, one day, her eldest son told her a beautiful thing. She recalls the moment: "Dan once told me it's great because they will never feel alone, and it was really nice to hear that. "
We can only wish this beautiful family much happiness in the future!