Double the joy as 12/12/12 twins are home for Christmas
NEW parents Jonathan Palmer and Claire Thomas are seeing double after welcoming twins into the world.
Beau Anais and Blake Jonathan Thomas-Palmer are a special pair already but made sure of their uniqueness by coming into the world on the last recurring date for generations – 12/12/12.
Beau arrived first, just a minute before her brother, and both are now home with their doting mum and dad.
Bizarrely, two of Claire and Jonathan's closest friends have also recently had twins themselves.
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"There are three of us now," said Claire. "We've all had twins about two weeks apart which is pretty amazing."
They found out they were in for a double dose of parenthood at Claire's eight-week scan.
She said: "You're not normally supposed to have a scan that early but I had a few pains so we went to get it checked out.
"I had a weird feeling it was going to be twins so I wasn't actually that surprised."
Jonathan, however, had no such premonition.
"It was a bit of a shock," he said. "It's very tiring but when they both look at you there's nothing better."
The beautiful pair, who are not identical, were delivered a day earlier than scheduled as Claire was suffering with potentially dangerous pre-eclampsia.
But all is well with the twins, who are at home in Hardwicke for their first Christmas and keeping their parents on their toes.
Claire said: "It's knackering. They need feeding every three hours and it's an hour per baby.
"But it's lush, it's the best thing I've ever done, I just love them."