Chad Martin, the father of fraternal twins Grayson and Garin, born Oct. 21, 2011, thought his wife, Jaclyn, was joking when she called her husband with a bit of news after a prenatal visit to the doctor in June.
But she wasn’t pulling his leg.
The Weatherford couple welcomed twin girls into the world Monday night at Weatherford Regional Medical Center.
The identical sisters, Harley and Hayden, decided to make their appearance ahead of labor inducement scheduled for Friday and were delivered around 11:30 p.m. by Dr. Stephen Stamatis.
Twins run in the family for the electrician and bank branch manager.
Chad’s mother is a twin and Jaclyn’s father has twin sisters.
And then there is the great-grandmother on Jaclyn’s side who gave birth to four sets of twins, as well as two other children.
Still, the news was initially difficult to process for the family this summer.
“I didn’t believe it at first,” the children’s father said of the conversation the couple had in June.
“I was like I would never joke about something like that,” Jaclyn Martin said.
The active little older brothers got the opportunity to meet their sisters Tuesday.
“The boys are very intrigued,” Martin said, describing how they’ve been reaching out to touch the girls’ noses.
The girls have been talking and making noises at each other to calm down and go to sleep, the family says.
So far, it’s not been difficult handling two infants at the same time because having twins is all they know, Martin said.
The boys entertain each other, according to their mother, who described them as complete opposites.
Grayson can be a silly clown, hamming it up and entertaining everybody, while Garin is the observant one, the thinker who pays attention to the details and knows how to turn on the light switch.
Grayson, the older of the two, was walking at 7 months while Garin has had advanced verbal skills, Martin said.
The family hasn’t worried about having another set of twins in the house.
“They turned out so well,” Martin said of the girls’ brothers.
For now the parents are adjusting to having every arm holding a child when it comes time to taking family photos.