Twin tales with a twist
TEXAS (NBC) – Every birth story is different. Cara and Blake Winhold’s has a life of its own.
"We knew we wanted more kids," mother Cara Winhold said after the birth of their now 3-year-old son Wyatt.
Their next three pregnancies were miscarriages, one of which Cara says almost killed her.
"They told me that if I would’ve waited another 30 minutes at home, I probably would’ve died here," Cara said.
So when the couple got pregnant again last March they didn’t have much hope.
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"It’s tough to kind of believe it after you lost several, so many, especially with how traumatic it was," Blake Winhold said.
At five weeks, a sonogram showed Cara was carrying one child. A second scan weeks later revealed more.
"She said, OK, there’s the heartbeat, nice and strong,’ Cara said. “And she’s like, ‘Well let’s check out the other one."
"I was just basically speechless," Blake said.
"I cried," Cara said. “I was shocked.”
"Head down, just didn’t really know what to do," Blake said.
This isn’t a typical twin tale. The Winholds say they were told the boys were conceived about a week apart. It’s a rare process called superfetation, when a second, new pregnancy occurs during an existing one.
"Although they were born at the same time, they’re technically twins, they were two different conceptions," Blake said.
"With everything that’s happened to us, they’re a miracle to me, to both of us," Cara said.
Twins Colson and Cayden were born in October.
"They were born just a few minutes apart but they look like different-age babies," Blake said.
Both healthy, both happy at 8 months old, with a birth story for the ages.
"It’s just kind of taught me to let things happen as they’re supposed to," Cara said.