Twins Ava Lillian (left) and Josie Evelyn, pictured with parents Sandra and Ben Litchfield from Woodburn, were born on different days, with Josie arriving at 11.54pm on the 25th August, and Ava arriving at 12.21 on the 26th of August. Ava holds a ring with twin diamond bands given to Sandra from her husband Ben. 28th August 2010.
Twins Ava Lillian (left) and Josie Evelyn, pictured with parents Sandra and Ben Litchfield from Woodburn, were born on different days, with Josie arriving at 11.54pm on the 25th August, and Ava arriving at 12.21 on the 26th of August. Ava holds a ring with twin diamond bands given to Sandra from her husband Ben. 28th August 2010. CATHY ADAMS

Twin girls born on different days

SANDRA LITCHFIELD is the first toadmit she doesn't do things by half measures, but even she was surprised when she gave birth to twin girls on different days at Lismore Base Hospital last week.

Mrs Litchfield and her husband, Ben, of Woodburn, welcomed Josie Evelyn to the world at 11.54pm on Wednesday and Ava Lillian at 12.21am on Thursday after a 15-hour labour.

Mrs Litchfield, 31, said she and Ben, 30, knew throughout the pregnancy that their babies were fraternal twins (not identical), but they had not asked the sex because they wanted a surprise at the end.

“It was definitely still a surprise,” she said.

“I had been joking around saying that if they were born on separate days I would have words to say about it.

“It's funny because people say I never do things by halves and here I am still surprising everyone.”

Mr Litchfield said he thought it was a good thing that the girls shared different birthdays because they truly were individual.

But he added that they could end up choosing to celebrate on the same day when they were older.

Either way, Mrs Litchfield said Josie and Ava were definitely already ‘Daddy's little girls'.

“Ben is just over the moon,” she said.

“I haven't changed a nappy since they were born.

“He has done it all.

“He was the best support person – he took photos, asked the right questions, said the right things and was my rock.”

It's clear that Mr Litchfield is pretty impressed with the two new additions to theirfamily – to mark the special occasion, he bought his wife a ring with twin diamond bands.

Mrs Litchfield said family and friends were already joking that her second pregnancy would result in twin boys.

And when asked for another example of how she didn't ‘do things by halves', she recounted a Year 10 school skiing trip to Perisher in the Snowy Mountains.

“Instead of coming back with a scarf or a beanie, I came back with two dislocated knees,” she said.

“I also did my shoulder and had blood blisters on my calves from bruising.

“I didn't just hit one tree, I hit about 10.

“I had a dance audition for a selective school the next day and I turned up on crutches. I still got in though.”



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