Family blessed with double twin present
By SAM BENGERsamb@gladstoneobserver.com.au
ALL MELISSA King wants for Christmas is five healthy babies. This time last year, Melissa and husband Pat were celebrating Christmas with their now-four-year-old daughter Arlia.
This Christmas the couple will have five children under the age of four.
The family will celebrate its first festive season with twins, Paige and Dylan, who are now 10-and-a-half-months, and another set of twins, due on December 10.
"It's going to be one huge Christmas,'' Melissa said.
She said the couple originally planned to have two children, but with the arrival of twins on December 29 last year, and the second set on the way, their family plans had now more than doubled.
"It was definitely a surprise to find out I was pregnant with twins again ? it was a surprise first time, so this is a big shock,'' Melissa said. Melissa described the multiple births as a "fluke of nature'', as she has no other twins in her family.
"I don't have any blood relatives with twins ? no-one from my grandparents to my cousins are twins, so it's come as a complete surprise,'' Melissa said.
She said the family's biggest concern, once the twins arrived, was finding room for the extra bundles of joy.
"We haven't got a car to fit everybody yet, and with four carseats it'll be a bit of a hassle getting anywhere for a while, but we've got two cars at the moment, so we'll see how we go,'' Melissa said.
She said as soon as the couple found out they were having twins, they made preparations to extend their house to cater for their growing needs.
She said the family would rely on friends and family to help out after the twins were born, and already she had friends helping her with cooking and cleaning.