Love They neighbour!
Faye’s true soulmate had always lived just doors away…
Clapping my hands over my ears, I thought, What’s that noise? ‘Meet Neil!’ my mum Janet said to me, smiling.
He was the screaming baby brother of my friend Christian, then 3. They lived next door, at number 111.
‘I don’t like him,’ I said.
I was also 3 and, as we all grew up, Neil hung round like a bad smell.
‘Why is he here?’ I whispered to Christian.
But we couldn’t get rid of him! Our families were really close. His dad Slater, now 62, was a karate instructor who taught my brother Adam, now 42.
When Neil was 8, we were playing kiss chase in his garden. I was disgusted when he caught me! ‘Yuck!’ I squealed. He cried, when I ran off…
The next year, the family moved away.
We never really said goodbye, and I didn’t think much of it.
Over the years, we lost touch. But then, when I was 30, I suddenly spotted Neil in Birmingham city centre. He was with his parents. ‘It’s Faye!’ his mum Jayne, now 56, said, coming over.
A spotty Neil hid behind her, refused to look me in the eye. I was with a boyfriend, trying to look cool.
Sadly, my boyfriend and I split up in 2009.
I’d stayed in Redditch, close to family. My house was just around the corner from where I’d grown up.
One day, I spotted a new, red car driving up my road, with a dark-haired bloke at the wheel. Phwoar!
I spotted him often after that, mainly because I was nosy!
One day, I was talking to my mum about past times.
‘I wonder what’s happening with Christian?’ she said.
That night, I decided to go
on Facebook to find out.
But I couldn’t find him. So I tried a search for Neil.
His profile popped up, and I nearly fell off my seat. Neil was the hot bloke with the red car!
That spotty guy I’d last seen with his mum was now a hunk.
Feeling a rush of adrenaline, I invited him to be a friend…
Remember me? I messaged. How could I forget? he replied, giving me butterflies. We talked non-stop for a few days, joking about old times. Then I plucked up the courage to ask where he lived… And he was in the same street, just like when we were kids. You should come for a coffee some time, I typed.
On my way, he replied. Within five minutes, there was a knock at the door… It was just like being young again. Except, this time, Neil was handsome!
We clicked straightaway, and had such good fun together. And he never really left…
Three months later, he moved in – Christian and our parents were all so happy for us. It was perfect. Until, a year later, I was diagnosed with endometriosis – a condition where the lining of the uterus grows outside the womb.
‘I might not be able to have kids,’ I told Neil.
‘We’ll just have to start trying now,’ he smiled.
After about four years, I fell pregnant naturally.
But, sadly, I miscarried. I didn’t want to put Neil through more pain, but was desperate to have his children.
‘Why don’t we try IVF?’ he suggested to me.
But first, in March of last year, we got engaged – on a beach in Barcelona.
On August 27 that year, I had my first round of treatment.
One egg implanted successfully, but split!
‘You’re having identical twins,’ the sonographer confirmed, at my six-week scan.
Neil and I burst into happy tears.
Family at last
Our boys Cilleon and Casseon were delivered by emergency Caesarean at just 31 weeks.
Both babies had to be resuscitated at birth.
At 2lb 6oz, Casseon needed three blood transfusions, and had a hole in his heart.
Cilleon, at 4lb 3oz, was on oxygen, with underdeveloped lungs and possible sepsis.
Both were jaundiced and had to be kept in incubators.
Finally, after 9 weeks, we took our boys home.
Now, at 4 months old, the twins are healthy.
I pinch myself every day, can’t believe my luck.
I ended up having babies with the baby I first met when I was a three-year-old!
And to think we’re getting married now, too. What a turn-up for the books! Faye is raising money for Birmingham Women’s Neonatal Appeal. For more info, go to: https://www. justgiving.com/fundraising/ cilleonandcasseon
I ended up having babies with the baby I first met at 3!
Fighters Cilleon, left, and Casseon
…but he grew into a strong, handsome dad NOW
As kids, Neil was just a pain to me…