Reader Was Shock With Mum And Teenage Daughter Both Gave Birth Just Eight Weeks Apart
A mother who fell pregnant at the same time as her teenage daughter became a grandmother two months before the baby girl’s uncle was born.
18-year-old Chloe Harrage had been with her fiance Nike Brooksby, 19, for two years when she fell pregnant. Weeks later, her mum, Kelly Falconer, 38, announced she was having a baby too. First came Chloe’s daughter, Lilly-Mae, born on 24 June 2017 weighing 5lb 11oz, followed by Kelly’s little boy, 6lb 2oz Archie, on 13 August . Chloe had discovered she was pregnant after ʀᴇᴀʟɪsɪɴɢ ʜᴇʀ ᴘᴇʀɪᴏᴅ was late while out shopping. She bought a test and popped into a public toilet to take it. When it was ᴘᴏsɪᴛɪᴠᴇ, she first wondered how her mum and her dad, Craig, 44 – who’d split up when she was small – would react.
She explained: ‘Nike and I were really ᴇxᴄɪᴛᴇᴅ, but it was hard telling my parents – especially Dad. I went home that evening and broke the news to my little sister, Hollie, 16, who offered to tell Mum for me. I heard her go upstairs and next thing I knew, Mum was running down to see if it was true. she was ᴘᴏsɪᴛɪᴠᴇ because i was still only a teenager. But she got past that because she knew I needed to support her. She got me to do a few more tests, to be sure. Once the shock had passed, though, everyone was really ᴇxᴄɪᴛᴇᴅ.’
As time went on, the family began helping Chloe prepare for her new arrival. However, just eight weeks later, Kelly announced that she too was pregnant – by her now ex-partner.
‘I’d been trying, so I was really ᴇxᴄɪᴛᴇᴅ to see the ᴘᴏsɪᴛɪᴠᴇ test”. Kelly said . At 20 weeks, both mums-to-be found out the genders of their unborn children at ᴘʀɪᴠᴀᴛᴇ sᴄᴀɴs. A boy and a girl,’ smiled Chloe.
Chloe went into labour at 38 weeks. Originally, she had planned a water birth, but as medics were worried about Lilly-Mae’s heart rate dropping, she instead delivered the tot naturally.
‘Weirdly, I’d actually been ᴇxᴄɪᴛᴇᴅ about labour, which is something a lot of mums-to-be dread. The contractions were hard, but I didn’t have any ᴘᴀɪɴᴋɪʟʟᴇʀs, ᴇxᴄᴇᴘᴛ Fᴏʀ ɢᴀs ᴀɴᴅ ᴀɪʀ, and I was only 17 at the time, so I must’ve been doing something right.” Chloe said
As Chloe went home to start her life as a mother, eight weeks later it was Kelly’s turn to give birth, which she did after ʙᴇɪɴɢ ɪɴᴅᴜᴄᴇᴅ, ᴀs ᴅᴏᴄᴛᴏʀs ᴡᴇʀᴇ ᴄᴏɴᴄᴇʀɴᴇᴅ ᴀʙᴏᴜᴛ ʜᴇʀ ʙʟᴏᴏᴅ ᴘʀᴇssᴜʀᴇ. But, thankfully, on 13 August, he arrived safe and sound. Delighted by the arrival of her son and first grandchild just eight weeks apart, full-time-mum, Kelly, of Pocklington, East Yorkshire, said: ‘Technically, Archie is Lilly-Mae’s uncle, even though he’s two months younger than her, which we all think is amazing.
Chloe added: ‘It’s been so surreal going through this with Mum, but she’s given me loads of support and reassurance. Now I can’t wait to see our babies grow up together. They have such a lovely bond. I can’t wait to see them grow up, and it’s been really special sharing this with Mum.’