Hurray our twins are born, happy and healthy!

I’m happy to announce the births of our twin girls, Chloe and Clara. They squealed enthralling cries as they were born the afternoon of Monday, July 18. (The emotion one feels seeing a baby violently expel air from their lungs for the first time, as her body successfully switches from water to air, is inexpressible.) They weighed 6 pounds 14 ounces, and 6 pounds 8 ounces, for about 13-1/2 pounds of baby between them. It was Lori’s easiest delivery, which was fortunate since this was unquestionably her hardest pregnancy.

It’s been fun having twins, our house has had an electric atmosphere ever since they came home. Unlike my previous experiences with parenting, I now have to spend a moment figuring out which of my kids I’m holding when I pick one up. And then I wonder if it matters if I know which child it is or not. We think they’re fraternal, but they’re both so close to perfect they’re hard to tell apart. : )

Welcome to our family, Chloe and Clara. We love you and are so happy to have you.

Chloe, 46 seconds after birth

Clara, 40 seconds after her birth

Chloe & Clara, 20 and 7 minutes after their births

Lori with Chloe & Clara, minutes after their births

Clara & Chloe, 31 hours after their births

Chloe kissing her beautiful sister Clara

43 comments for “Hurray our twins are born, happy and healthy!

  1. lyle stamps
    July 28, 2005 at 3:41 pm

    Congratz…wonderful news. The last pic is very endearing.

  2. costanza
    July 28, 2005 at 3:55 pm

    Congratulations all around. What beautiful babies! I hope you are ok, too. When my son was born last September, I ended up in the hospital with double pneumonia!

  3. July 28, 2005 at 3:58 pm

    Matt, congratulations. The babies and mom look great! We’ll have to have a bloggernacle play date in a year or so with my son.

  4. Aaron Brown
    July 28, 2005 at 4:00 pm

    Congratulations, Matt! It looks like the score is now 5-0, and you and Lori are still winning!

    Aaron B

  5. Greg Call
    July 28, 2005 at 4:03 pm

    Congratulations to you and Lori. They’re beautiful!

  6. Jordan
    July 28, 2005 at 4:05 pm

    What cuties! I can hardly wait to hold my own sweet little one in another five months. Seeing those pictures made me all the more excited…


  7. b bell
    July 28, 2005 at 4:06 pm


    As the father of 2 fraternal twin 16 month old boys I can say I have an idea of what you just experienced. I hope they sleep well and grow fast. They are really big for twins. Ours were 2-3 pounds each.

    Its a great day when they are blessed. Because you get to bless two babies its a special experience.

    Welcome to the twin club.

  8. A. Greenwood
    July 28, 2005 at 4:07 pm


  9. danithew
    July 28, 2005 at 4:22 pm

    Congrats Matt! Beautiful babies and mom looks like she’s doing well too!

  10. July 28, 2005 at 4:27 pm

    Congratulations. I hope you and your wife get some sleep.

  11. July 28, 2005 at 4:31 pm


  12. Mark B.
    July 28, 2005 at 4:35 pm


  13. manaen
    July 28, 2005 at 5:07 pm

    A double miracle! Thx for sharing.

  14. July 28, 2005 at 5:49 pm

    Congrats Matt! And I thought all this talk about having lots of kids was speculative :)

  15. Ivan Wolfe
    July 28, 2005 at 8:01 pm

    Congratulations. Cute kids!

    Bubblegum cigars all around!!!

    [although my one kid – the second – was equal to your two kids!!! ;-) ]

    You rock!

  16. Rosalynde Welch
    July 28, 2005 at 8:03 pm

    Ivan, please tell me you’re exaggerating: your wife truly gave birth to a 13+ lb infant?! Heaven forefend…. (but there’s something sort of brashly wonderful about it too! :) )

  17. Rosalynde Welch
    July 28, 2005 at 8:04 pm

    Oh, and congratulations, of course, Matt! What a wonderful addition.

  18. Larry
    July 28, 2005 at 8:10 pm

    Congratualtions. You deserve the doublemint award for parenthood.

  19. Julie in Austin
    July 28, 2005 at 8:21 pm

    That last picture is cute beyond belief. Thank you for sharing.

    And, of course, congratulations.

  20. Ivan Wolfe
    July 28, 2005 at 8:25 pm

    Rosalynde –

    I exagerrate a bit – but Patrick was quite a bit over 11 lbs at birth.

    However, I am 6’1″ and big boned – but my wife is 6’2″ and even bigger boned. She had him at home (on purpose – with no drugs) and he was out after just over 5 minutes of pushing. My wife Alexa is an amazing woman.

    (It is funny, though – when Kara, who was just shy of 10 lbs. at birth was in the nursery at the hospital, she looked like a 4 – 6 month old, with all those 5 – 6 lbs babies around her).

    But enough about me and mine – Matt and his wife deserve many many kudos!

  21. Karen
    July 28, 2005 at 9:50 pm

    Matt, congratulations to you and Lori. The girls are so beautiful! (And lucky, because you and Lori are such wonderful parents…) Thanks for sharing.

  22. Brian G
    July 28, 2005 at 10:56 pm

    Congratulations! They’re both so beautiful.

  23. July 28, 2005 at 11:06 pm

    Wonderful news! Twins are extra work but extra fun. We’ve had six sets born in our ward in the last three years or so — it’s been fun to watch.

  24. July 28, 2005 at 11:19 pm

    Your baby girls are just darling! You’re right, they are perfect.

    What makes you think they are fraternal? They look identical.

  25. July 28, 2005 at 11:24 pm

    Wouldn’t they be sororital?

  26. July 29, 2005 at 12:06 am

    Hey Matt, congratulations! What a wonderful addition to your family! We wish all of you good thoughts and we’ll catch a few extra zzzzs in your honor! ;-)

  27. Linda
    July 29, 2005 at 7:51 am

    Congrats again. They’re gorgeous! Tell Lori that she looks great!

  28. Chad too
    July 29, 2005 at 8:46 am

    Congratulations brother! I’m guessing sleep is pretty much out of the question for the next few months…

  29. Sue M
    July 29, 2005 at 9:58 am

    Congratulations – they are so adorable!

  30. July 29, 2005 at 10:34 am

    Matt, my hardiest congratulations! These are beautiful babies!

  31. b bell
    July 29, 2005 at 11:56 am


    have the Dr’s perform the test that determines if the are identical or not. We spent 16 months convinced that because they looked exactly alike that our twins were identical. This week the DR finally told us having had the info for 16 months that they were fraternal!!!! Now they can wear non matching clothes!!!!!

  32. Julie in Austin
    July 29, 2005 at 12:13 pm

    I vote fraternal.

    (I noticed in the last picture that their ears are a little different.)

  33. A. Greenwood
    July 29, 2005 at 12:16 pm

    I’m voting fraternal, too. That’s fertility, baby!

  34. Pam W.
    July 29, 2005 at 6:07 pm

    Congratulations!! Now get off the Internet and go help your wife. =) (I have 4-year-old boy/girl twins and I know just how much sleep you’re not getting …)

    Seriously, what a beautiful gift those babies are.

  35. Barb
    July 29, 2005 at 8:29 pm

    Congratulations! They look pretty identical to me. :)

  36. July 29, 2005 at 11:55 pm

    Thank you everyone for sharing our excitement, and obliging this proud father.

    As for the presumption that they’re fraternal: our babies were in separate sacks, and about 88% of twins in separate sacks are fraternal, so the odds pointed to their being fraternal from our first ultrasound (at Baby Insight, of course). And while we haven’t seen any identical twin babies to know just how identical identical twins look as pink swollen babies, we can tell our babies apart quite easily, all of which leads us to assume they’re fraternal.

  37. Karen
    July 30, 2005 at 12:08 pm

    Matt, the rest of your kids look so much alike, I can believe fraternal, but nearly identical. :o)

  38. Tanya S.
    July 30, 2005 at 3:50 pm

    Happiest congratulations!!!! They’re adorable!

  39. Barb
    July 30, 2005 at 11:21 pm

    Maybe somebody has addressed this already, but I am going to give a little Biology lesson, which was actually presented to me in my Child Psych class.

    There are actual three types of twins.

    Identical where a sperm fertilizes and egg and this egg divides so that all of the genetic make-up is exactly the same.

    Identical fraternal where the mother’s eggs divides before being fertilized so that the genetic make-up of the two babies are exactly the same from the mother but differ from the father as two different sperm passed on his genetic make-up.

    Fraternal where the mother has two different eggs that are fertilized by two different sperm so that the children are no more identical genetically than ordinary siblings.

    My paternal grandma had a twin sister who looked identical.

    My maternal grandma had older sisters that were twins and younger sisters that were twins.

    There is a special bond between twins. The last picture seems to give a glimpse of that bond.

  40. July 30, 2005 at 11:26 pm

    Congratulations and best wishes!

  41. August 1, 2005 at 4:40 pm

    Double congratulations.

  42. b bell
    August 1, 2005 at 4:55 pm


    If they were in different sacks and look a bit different then they are almost for sure Fraternal. Congrats again and welcome to the club….

  43. JKS
    August 1, 2005 at 5:04 pm


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