Two little princesses!
My miracle twins have a right royal resemblance...
By Danielle Walsh, 28, from Bolton
As the weight of my bump got too much for my 5ft 2in frame, I sat down to rest.
‘Do you think it could be twins?’ my brother Alex, 32, asked.
I was only three months gone, but my bump was already huge.
This pregnancy did feel different from when I’d had my son Blayke, 7. But I didn’t believe Alex’s theory.
‘Don’t be silly,’ I laughed. ‘Twins doesn’t even run in the family.’
But then, a few days later, a scan at Royal Bolton Hospital confirmed it.
‘No way!’ my husband Daniel, 28, spluttered.
‘Wow!’ I said, starting to cry.
But shock soon gave way to fear.
‘Can you just stay for a few more tests?’ the doctors asked.
What was wrong with them?
‘The babies have twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS),’ our doctor finally told us.
One baby was getting more blood than the other, meaning that she was growing more quickly.
‘There’s no guarantee they’ll both survive,’ we were warned.
Over the months, I was monitored closely. Until, on 16 February 2015, at just seven months, the babies had to be delivered by emergency Caesarean. Elissa and
Sienna were born, weighing 4lb 4oz and just 2lb10oz. Elissa’s heart was leaking, and she went into cardiac arrest. ‘She’s so red and swollen,’ I cried out as the doctors rushed her to the Intensive Care Unit. Sienna needed two blood transfusions, and joined her twin in ICU. The wait was agonising, but, three weeks on, the twins had rallied so much, they were ready to come home. Blayke did a great job of being a big brother. And I was so thrilled with my miracle babies. I was constantly snapping pictures of them in their identical outfits. I shared the photos on Facebook so family and friends could see their progress. But the girls had caught someone else’s eye… In July last year, when the twins were 17 months, I got a call out of the blue from a producer for BBC1’S
Tracey Ullman’s Show.
‘We’ve seen your twins online. They’re the spitting image of Princess Charlotte,’ she told me. They’d be searching online for lookalike twins, and had spotted the girls. The producer wanted Sienna and Elissa to appear on one of Tracey Ullman’s parody sketches about the Royal Family. I hadn’t even noticed the resemblance. Hanging up, I googled P Princess Charlotte, and c couldn’t believe my eyes. Giggling, I beckoned Daniel o over to see. ‘They look identical to her,’
he laughed. Same silky hair pretty pouts and big eyes…
I immediately phoned the producer back and agreed to the filming. My twins were going to be famous!
A month later, we took the girls into London to film their episode. They had their own dressing room, with teddies they could play with on set!
They’d take it in turns to film a silly scene – like Camilla leaving Princess Charlotte on top of a car.
Elissa and Sienna couldn’t get enough of the camera – they were natural performers, laughing and pulling all the right faces, right on cue.
Tracey herself was so lovely.
‘Everyone give the twins a round of applause,’ she said at the end.
It was a five-month wait until the episode would air.
Finally, in January, it was time to watch our little princesses on the box. Seeing my babies on TV was unreal. We rewound and paused the show so much, laughing at their reactions and cute, little faces.
Since then, we’re always being stopped and told that Elissa and Sienna look like Princess Charlotte.
‘Can I take a picture?’ a stranger asked on holiday.
After such a struggle to bring them into the world, showing them off is a real treat.
I just hope the fame doesn’t go to their heads.
Princesses they may be, but we don’t want divas!
Crowning glory Our kids are our pride and joy
Not amused by ‘Granny Camilla’ on the show!
Off the telly! Our stars, Sienna and Elissa, already shining at 8 months!