Meet the bouncing baby boys celebrating their first Christmas despite doctors believing they wouldn’t survive being born nine weeks early.
Twins Ben and Blake Kelly-Bodell faced the fight of their lives when they arrived prematurely in March.
But after months of ups and downs, Christmas has come early for parents Amanda and Dave, who are looking forward to spoiling their two happy and healthy little boys.
Amanda, 30, said: “The boys were so tiny. They were on machines to help them breathe.”
“We were watching all the time to see if they were breathing.”
“I sat in between their incubators for 12 hours a day and lived for the only time I could do something for them, which was to change their nappies.
“It was the best day of our lives to bring them home and we’re overjoyed to have Blake and Ben.
“They’re our little miracles.”
Amanda and Dave, from Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancs., expected the twins to be delivered on May 13 but Amanda’s waters broke on February 7.
Hospital staff managed to help her keep the twins inside for another four weeks before they decided to come into the world on March 9.
Ben weighed just 2lbs and 9oz when he was born and Blake weighed 2lbs and 13oz when they were born at 30 weeks and five days into the pregnancy – nine weeks and two days early.
To make matters worse, Amanda needed to have an emergency Caesarean section as Ben was in the breech position, but the twins were eventually born at 2.30am.
Hairdresser Amanda said: “The doctors and nurses were amazing.
“The staff on the Neonatal Unit were absolutely brilliant with us.
“They kept us so well informed. They gave me a shoulder to cry on – in the first couple of weeks I cried every day.
“They were fabulous. The nurses were so lovely. We can’t thank them enough.”
Despite their rocky start, the twins have no health problems and the family are now looking forward to their first Christmas together.
Sales manager Dave, 33, added: “It’s so nice to have them home and well – especially because it’s Christmas.
“Every time we go out we get stopped. We went to a Christmas market and it took an hour extra to get round everything.
“The boys are really well now. They don’t have any health problems.”