BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Being a twin is a pretty rare thing in itself, but it’s even more unusual for a pair of newborns in Buffalo. The two were actually born on different days!
After 24 hours of labor Tammy Muldowney may be tired, but overall she’s just very thankful.
“You can’t even describe it. It’s so surreal. It’s amazing. It’s the most amazing feeling.”
Five-pound Kennedy Clare was born Tuesday evening at 7:04.
“Everybody in the room thought that it was going to be bing, bang, boom. These two babies were going to come out and we’d be asleep by midnight,” said Tammy.
A whooping 12 hours later, at 7:24 Wednesday morning, her 7 pound, 2 ounce twin brother Kellan Michael arrived, giving the twins separate birthdays.
“Everybody was joking around until about nine or ten at night and it wasn’t so funny that the second baby hadn’t come out yet,” said Dr. Gil Farkash, the Muldowneys OB/GYN.
Dr. Farkash said he has delivered 100 sets of twins in his career. He said they’ll see twins born anywhere from a few minutes to a couple hours apart, but 12 hours is extremely rare.
While the labor may have been long it was getting to this point that was even harder for the couple.
Tammy and Bryan started trying to get pregnant a year after they got married. After nearly a half dozen inseminations and three IVF cycles, the Muldowneys saw this as possibly their last chance to get pregnant.
“We had had many months where Bryan scraped me off the floor because we were devastated it didn’t work,” said Tammy. “When they told us it was twins we were thrilled. We weren’t even scared, we were just thrilled. Two for one.”
It took three years from the time their journey began until they got the news they were expecting and they’ve been celebrating ever since.
“We’re thankful it happened this way and we’re thankful we had all the bumps in the road because they’ve made us so grateful for everything now,” said Tammy.
The twins were delivered full-term at 38 weeks gestation at Women and Children’s Hospital. Kennedy is currently in the NICU for low blood sugar, but should be fine in the next couple days.