The mom-of-five had no clue that twins run on both sides of her family and she was caught unawares.
For most people, children are a blessing. Some plan for years to have a kid while some are just hit with a surprise they didn't know they wanted. Those surprises can be nothing short of miracles sometimes.
A Florida mom was visited by the stork twice within a year and both times she thought she was seeing double. Alexzandria Wolliston, 25, who has a daughter aged three welcomed twin boys, Mark and Malakhi, in March 2019. They are identical twins. After that, she wasn't planning on conceiving again at the time but fate had something else in mind.
When she found out that she was pregnant with twins again on Mother's Day in 2019 she was shocked. It was especially shocking since she had no intention of having more children, she told CNN affiliate WPTV, but twins run in her family. In December 2019, she welcomed her second set of boys, Kaylen and Kaleb. They were born just two days after Christmas.
"I conceived naturally and I have a two-year-old daughter that will be turning three on January 30 ," she had told 10news.
After getting pregnant again, she was told by her mother that twins run on both sides of her family. "When my mom told me, and my aunties and uncles on my dad's side told me, I was like shocked," she told NBC News.
As per Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data, the 2018 twin birth rate was 32.6 twins per 1,000 births. However, the odds of the same mom giving birth to two sets of twins in one year was less than winning the lottery, as per CNN. "Oh, yes," Wolliston said. "I feel like I hit the twin lottery."
After learning about her family's history of twins, there was one more thing from her family's past that she heard. She was also told that both her maternal and paternal grandmothers had each delivered twins who died at birth. The 25-year-old who went from being a mom-of-one to a mom-of-five within a year believes that the twins were sent to her from her grandmothers. Both her grandmothers have passed away.
"Both of my grandmothers are no longer here, so I feel like they’re watching over me," she told NBC News. "I always say that I feel like my grandmothers gave me their kids because two sets of twins and their twins passed away? I feel like they just sent them down for me," she told CNN. She called them a "gift from heaven" on a Good Morning America Show, according to People.
The 25-year-old woman is happy to accept the challenge of raising two sets of twins and said that her oldest child and only daughter prepared her for her bonus babies. "She was actually worse than them, so she was like two babies in one," Wolliston said. While the mom doesn't plan on more kids she also said, "I never know what the future holds."
The mom has set up an Instagram account for her babies where she shares photos of their daily lives. She also received requests from people who wanted to help her financially and so she has set up a GoFundMe page. She has raised close to $6800 so far.