Thirty days after they entered the world holding hands, the Thistlethwaite twins headed home from the Akron Children’s Hospital neonatal intensive care unit on Saturday.
Jenna and Jillian are both approaching 6 pounds and doing well after their rare “mono mono” birth, in which they shared a single amniotic sac and placenta.
Born to Sarah and Bill Thistlethwaite of Orrville, the twins became international celebrities after photos were released showing them clasping hands after their C-section birth.
Mom was on bed rest at Akron General Hospital for nearly two months due to the high-risk birth. When babies share the same amniotic cavity, umbilical cords can become entangled.
“We can’t wait to have our family together under one roof,” Sarah Thistlethwaite said before departing the hospital Saturday afternoon. “We want to say thank you to the staff in the NICU at Akron Children’s and the labor and delivery nurses at Akron General. There were so many kind people to help us through this journey.”
Bill Thistlethwaite said his phone has been filling up with messages and texts.
“Everyone is so excited they are about to come home. We’ve gotten calls from everywhere. We’ve heard from friends all over the country, including Australia and Canada,” he said.
Mom plans to tell the identical twins apart by using different shades of toenail polish.
Big brother Jaxon, all of 15 months old himself, was also on hand to give his sisters kisses and be with them as they were carried outdoors for the first time.