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Twins are doing fine

By LAUREL V WILLIAMS Saturday, January 4 2014

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DOING FINE: Aarti Nagessar with her bundles of joy, fraternal twins Ishmael Jr, left, and Ashley  the country's first babies born in 2014. ...
DOING FINE: Aarti Nagessar with her bundles of joy, fraternal twins Ishmael Jr, left, and Ashley the country's first babies born in 2014. ...

FRATERNAL twins Ishmael Jr and Ashley are adapting well to their home in California, South Trinidad having been discharged from the San Fernando General Hospital on New Year’s Day.

The duo who were this country’s first New Years day babies were awake yesterday when Newsday visited the family.

Housewife Aarti Nagessar, 27, delivered Ishmael Jr at about 12.06 am and 29 minutes later, welcomed Ashley into the world. “Both of them are good and healthy.

They are adapting to the environment here very well. My husband’s side of the family had twins. His mother has a twin sister.

The babies have different faces and features. Doctors said they are fraternal,” Nagessar said.

Fraternal twins develop from two different eggs fertilized by two different sperm cells. Therefore the newborn babies, Nagessar’s fourth and fifth children, are not identical. She has three other children — two boys aged ten and nine and a girl, two, with her husband Ishmael Mohammed, 26, a mechanic.

The housewife admitted that initially she was not even expecting to be pregnant last year as symptoms suggested that she may have had a bladder infection. It was during a subsequent visit to a doctor in San Fernando where she learned she was 11 weeks into her fourth pregnancy.

Since being discharged on New Year’s afternoon, her 15 year-old sister-in-law Ginelle Mohammed, has been assisting her with taking care of the twins.

“My daughter Arianna Mohammed first saw them at the hospital and she was very happy to meet them. She is constantly kissing them and playing Mummy to them. She is very helpful around them like bringing their pampers when I have to change them,” Nagessar said.

She admitted that like with any other new mother, she gets very tired and sleepy as the twins feed during the day and night. “Ashley is the quiet one and does not really give trouble. Ishmael Jr is a bit fussy.

They were due on January 16. At the hospital, the doctors were very nice and helpful and I must thank them for that. Doctors said I would have gotten a hamper but they discharged me and I have not yet received it,” Nagessar said.

She noted that other mothers at the Port-of-Spain and Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex in Mt Hope received hampers on New Year’s Day adding that it would have been nice to have gotten one also. Ishmael Jr weighed 3.06 kilos while his sister, 2.5 kilos at birth.

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