When Nicole and Matt Ziesemer discovered that they were expecting their first child, they wanted to plan every element of the pregnancy. However, fate had other ideas. So when their doctor spotted another head during the delivery, all of the couple’s meticulous preparations went up in smoke.
Nicole and Matt Ziesemer hail from the city of Grand Haven in Ottawa County, Michigan. The couple officially tied the knot during their white wedding back in November 2013. Then four years later, Nicole and Matt expanded their family.
Yes, Nicole discovered that she was pregnant some time around Labor Day weekend in 2017. And she decided to surprise Matt with the happy news. “She gave me a shirt that said ‘world’s greatest father’ and that’s how I found out,” the first-time dad told WZZM in January 2018.
Although it was Nicole’s first pregnancy, she knew exactly how she wanted to approach it. In fact, the mom-to-be was keen to receive as little intervention as possible throughout her pregnancy. And ultimately, she hoped to give birth naturally with no pain relief medication.
As part of their pure approach to pregnancy, the couple also chose to forgo any scans. “We decided not to do an ultrasound, just as little intervention as possible,” Matt explained. The pair made plans for a home birth, too, in the hope that their baby would arrive in a calm environment.
However, it turned out that the fates had other ideas when it came to the delivery. For one thing, Nicole was still more than a month from term when her water broke in late December 2017. This meant that it was too early for a viable home birth. As a result, Matt rushed her to hospital to give birth four and a half weeks before her due date.
From the off, things appeared to be against the Ziesemers. Not only were their plans for a home birth over, but they also had to endure a blizzard during the two-hour drive to Gerber Memorial Hospital in Fremont, MI. Thankfully, though, once they arrived at their intended destination, things started to look up.
First of all, the couple were surprised to see Nicole’s brother covering a shift at the hospital. Then, to their amazement, his wife – the Ziesemers’ sister-in-law – was assigned as their nurse. “Right then we knew we were at the right place,” Matt wrote on Facebook in December 2017.
However, Nicole’s labor was long and tough, lasting for almost two days. It was so painful, in fact, the couple were forced to abandon their plans for a medication-free delivery. Consequently, Nicole received an epidural, which seemed to alleviate some of her discomfort.
But after Nicole continued to push for another two and a half hours, it was decided that she would need some further assistance. So her doctor used a vacuum device to pull the baby into the world. And with that, the Ziesemers welcomed their first child – a girl named Blakeley Faith.
Looking down at his first born, Matt realized that he was now a father. And he couldn’t have been happier about it. Describing the moment he first set eyes on Blakeley, he said, “It was unbelievable, there’s not a moment like it.”
With the baby safely delivered, then, Nicole’s medical team turned their attention to removing the new mom’s placenta. However, as the doctors returned to work, they noticed something surprising. Yes, it appeared that Nicole was birthing another baby.
Recalling the moment that she made the astonishing discovery, Dr. Megan Forshee told WZZM, “I reached in to check the patient and realized there was a head.” However, it wasn’t just the medical professional who was shocked by what she’d found. “Very surprising to me thinking there was only one baby there initially and very surprising to the couple too,” Forshee said.
To say that the new parents were simply surprised, though, was something of an understatement. “We all crapped our pants, and then all hell broke loose,” Matt said on Facebook. “The entire floor of the hospital was in our room. It was packed just making sure everything was going to be okay. It was crazy!”
At first, Nicole refused to believe what Forshee was telling her. “We thought she was joking, and she was like, ‘I don’t lie about these things,’” Nicole said. “It was just a shell shocker because no one was expecting it. Everyone in the room thought they had seen a ghost.”
Obviously, since the couple hadn’t had an ultrasound early on in their pregnancy, no one knew that Nicole was expecting twins. And even though doctors had conducted a scan when Nicole arrived at Gerber Memorial Hospital, they hadn’t picked up on baby number two. Amazingly, that’s because the second infant was hiding behind the first.
In any event, no one was more surprised by the news of another arrival than Nicole. And now the new mom had to push again, this time with her epidural wearing off. Nevertheless, it seems that she rose to the challenge admirably. “My wife is by far the [strongest] person I know,” Matt later gushed.
So at 11:05 p.m. on December 30, 2017, the Ziesemers welcomed their son, Cade Matthew. And it was then that the reality of raising twins really set in. “My first thought after delivering the second baby was, ‘Oh crap!’ We need a second crib, a second car seat, a second everything,” Nicole told WZZM.
However, while Blakeley was born healthy, Cade experienced some breathing difficulties. As a result, doctors kept the baby boy in hospital so they could monitor him. Then, in January 2018, the family of four all got to go home together for the first time.
And while two babies came as a surprise to the Ziesemers, the couple wouldn’t change a thing. “God definitely has a greater plan for us and showed us that we don’t control anything in our lives,” Matt said. “It is truly up to Him, and we have to trust that whatever curveball He throws at us is what we need in our lives.”