Dou­bly twin­cred­i­ble

Record-break­ing mum gives birth to TWO dou­ble bun­dles of trou­ble... just 11 months apart

The Mail on Sunday - - News - By Lucy Laing

HAV­ING twins can be hard work for any par­ents. But spare a thought for Jackie Kay and hus­band Tony, who have set a Bri­tish record by hav­ing two sets just 11 months and three days apart.

Jackie, 28, gave birth to girls Sarah and Paige at Ip­swich Hospi­tal on Oc­to­ber 11 last year – and then, on Septem­ber 14 this year, boys Wes­ley and Nicholas ar­rived.

Jackie said: ‘It re­ally was meant to be. To fall preg­nant with my sec­ond set of twins so close to each other is as­tound­ing – and it took a while to sink in.’

The cou­ple from Rendle­sham in Suf­folk, who also have a three-yearold daugh­ter, Emily, hadn’t planned to ex­tend their fam­ily so soon, but just a few months s af­ter Sarah and Paige ar­rived, Jackie dis­cov­ered she was preg­nant.

She said: ‘It was a sur­prise as we hadn’t been try­ing for an­other baby. When I saw the test re­sult show­ing pos­i­tive, I was in shock and so was Tony. I was wor­ried that we were hav­ing an­other baby when t he t wins were s o lit­tle. At that stage, we e never i magi ne d it t could be twins again.’

But when Jackie, a cu s t o me r ser­vices s ad­viser, and Tony, 38, a tag­ging sys­tems man­ager for the Min­istry of Jus­tice, went to the hospi­tal for a scan, the sono­g­ra­pher broke the news that an­other two b ba­biesbi were on th theiri way. J Jack­ieki said: ‘I was happy, but I was so wor­ried about how I was go­ing to cope with two sets of twins, born so close to­gether. The girls were only four months old, and to be told I was ex­pect­ing an­other set was just mind-blow­ing.’

Jackie’s preg­nancy went smoothly and Wes­ley and Nicholas were born by cae­sarean sec­tion last month. She says she makes sure the chil­dren are all in bed early, adding: ‘It is hard work but I love be­ing a mum to two sets of twins.

‘The key to it is get­ting all the chil­dren in a strict rou­tine. And I have to be in­cred­i­bly or­gan­ised. But that is def­i­nitely it for me – we aren’t plan­ning any more ad­di­tions to our fam­ily.

‘Two sets of twins is more than enough for any­one.’

‘HARD WORK’: Tony and Jackie Kay, in­set, and their twin twins, Sarah and Paige with lit­tle brothers Wes­ley and Nicholas

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