A DELIGHTED family is seeing double – three times over – after welcoming another set of twins.
Tiny twosome Holly and Emily were among the first babies of the year to be born at Sunderland Royal Hospital.
And they are the second set of twins for delighted mum Jenny Bainbridge, who has been with partner Steven Moutter for three years.
The 32-year-old mum-of-five already has identical twin sons Matthew and Connor, seven, as well as older brother Lewis, 11.
And twins also run in Steven’s family, as sister Lesley Julian gave birth to boys Scott and Luke 10 months ago.
Steven, from Hetton, who is dad to Codey, aged four, from a previous relationship, said he was “over the moon” to welcome Holly and Emily to the family.
The 32-year-old forklift truck driver said he knew Jenny was expecting twins from when she first discovered she was pregnant.
“I was saying all they way through that they were going to be twins.
“I had an inkling from how she was being sick. It was like everything was doubled.
“Then when she had her first scan they told us.
“I knew it was going to be girls as well. I don’t know how, I just knew.”
Full-time mum Jenny was taken into hospital for a Caesarean three days early, after her unborn girls went into distress.
Baby Holly arrived first, at 9.39am on New Year’s Day, weighing 4lb 14oz.
Emily followed a minute later, at just 4lb.
Mum and babies were at first kept under observation, but have now been allowed home.
Steven, who works for Taylormade Timber, in Sherburn, thanked staff at the hospital’s maternity ward.
“They have all been great,” he said.
“I cuddled them all when she came out, because when she went down I was in tears.
“There was that much commotion going on in the room because they only confirmed one heartbeat.
“Then the nurse came back and said both heartbeats were there. Then she came back and said they were both OK.
“At home Jenny is going to be wrapped up in cotton wool.”
Steven also thanked the twins’ grandmothers for helping out, and bosses at his firm for their support.