Listen, this article is about babies, so you'd better read it, okay? Look at how cute that baby is. Are you going to turn your back on that sweet face? That'd be mean and the 'lil guy might start crying. And you know what? Then I'd have to deal with it, which would also be mean, and then I might start crying too. So just read the damn article, okay?
What's better than one baby? Two babies. What's better than two babies? Three babies. What's better than three babies? Nothing. Three babies is the best amount of babies. Maria Jones-Elliott, who now holds the world record for "longest interval between the birth of twins," has two babies of her own, and they were born 87 days apart.
I know the temptation to break world records is huge, but please, let this one stick. No one get pregnant with twins just to break a world record. That's sick. Plus you can't just decide to have twins; it's a miracle of nature. Unless, of course, you do it while watching The Parent Trap, which works every time.
No, 'Lil Miracles isn't the next big rapper. I'm referring to Maria Jones-Elliott's twin girls, Amy and Katie. Amy was born three months premature, but Katie stayed behind. In my opinion, that's inconsiderate on Amy's part. Hasn't she heard of the rule "no man left behind?" She wouldn't last a day in the army, mostly because she's a baby though.
Jones-Elliot continued, saying, “Amy was fighting for life in an incubator, and Katie was struggling to survive in my womb. It was the hardest three months of our lives. But Chris kept saying, ‘Where there’s life, there’s hope.’”
This couple is incredibly strong, and I can't imagine the powerlessness of their situation. That's terrifying.
At 23 weeks and five days, Jones-Elliot's water broke. Well, technically, her waters broke. Ew. Anyway, 23 weeks is way too early to go into labor, and the doctors weren't optimistic about the chances of her twins surviving. But Mr. and Mrs. Jones-Elliot weren't having any of their sass. No sir.
When Jones-Elliot arrived in the hospital, she began two days of labor. As a man, I can't even imagine what it'd be like to try to push something out of my body for two days. It can't feel good. After two days, Jones-Elliot gave birth to Amy, who was just 1lb 3oz at the time. In size, that's like giving birth to a guinea pig. Fun fact, guinea pigs weigh about a pound.
After Jones-Elliot gave birth to Amy, her contractions stopped, to the surprise of her doctors. After attempting to induce birth to no avail, the only option was to wait. And wait the couple did, for three long months.
The couple couldn't hold Amy, who was now living in an incubator, for 5 weeks. All the while, they didn't know if their second daughter would survive. But as the days passed, Amy got strong, and eventually her mother was allowed to hold her newest little girl. According to Jones-Elliot, when she held Amy against her skin, Amy became immediately calm, and looked towards her sister, still in her mother's belly.
At 36 weeks and 3 days, Jones-Elliot's doctors decided it was time to induce birth again, and after an hour-long labor, she gave birth to Katie. The relieved parents were finally able to reunite their twin daughters, who immediately smiled at each other in recognition.
Despite all odds and after a months-long struggle, both girls were born and are growing into healthy young women. The only issue? When Chris Elliot registered the births of his daughters, he had to deal with some weird looks, as he was registering twin girls who were born months apart. Awww! What a sweet story. I love babies. I hope to become one myself someday.