Couple who struggled to conceive welcome adorable twins with different birthdays
A couple who struggled to conceive were elated when they welcomed twins.
Jess, 31, and Chris Chelin, 34, were "completely shocked" to find out they were pregnant with twins naturally.
Both babies weighed 6lbs 7oz as Eric was born on January 19 at 11:52pm, while Albert came 10 minutes later on January 20 at 12:02am.
The parents spent three years trying to conceive and had two rounds of IVF that resulted in the birth of their two-year-old daughter.
Their new "little miracles" were born in different sacs and even their hair colours aren't at all similar.
Eric has dark brown hair, from his dad's side and is a Capricorn, while Albert is blonde, from his mum's side and is an Aquarius.
Mum Jess felt "overjoyed" when she held her twin boys for the first time.
The couple, who met in 2007 and married in 2015, always wanted their own family but were told they couldn't conceive naturally.
Jess, who was in her 20s, was devastated when she was told her eggs were "akin to a woman in her 40s".
After three years of trying to conceive, they welcomed little Ayda in September 2018 after having two rounds of IVF.
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Jess, from York, said: "I was excited and overwhelmed when we realised we were pregnant with twins.
"I couldn't believe it, I didn't believe it until they were born. I'm just so grateful. We feel so lucky. They're our little miracles.
"It was amazing to hold them for the first time and to know the journey we've all gone through as a family.
"We always wanted more than one child but when we had Ayda we obviously knew there was a chance she'd be our only child."
She added: "Now we've got the boys too and it warms my heart knowing they're going to grow up having each other.
"When people ask us how old our twins are it takes a bit to say which is quite funny."
In 2017, the couple attempted their first round of IVF, which the NHS offers for free, but it sadly failed.
The pair were faced with the tough decision to go for more treatments, although this would have cost them thousands of pounds.
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As the eggs didn't go through a full cycle, they were still eligible for the free round of IVF but were offered a different treatment.
Doctors injected Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) which was a success and the couple welcomed little Ayda.
Jess added: "I had very little hope I was going to be able to have my own baby.
"They said it was very unlikely and the process of IVF is also really tough. It was so demoralising."
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The couple were certain they wouldn't be able to conceive again so they moved from Leeds to York to buy their first home.
But now after welcoming twins, they're going to have to sell their three-bedroom home and move into somewhere bigger.
Chris said: "It's been completely crazy, our lives have been changed forever.
"We never expected any of this, we didn't think we'd have a big family. We can't believe it. I'm exhausted but I've never been happier."
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