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The Carthage Press
  • Carthage native twins have baby boys 2 days apart

  • Christa Kimzey and her twin sister Rebecca Lankford both had baby boys, two days apart, in the same room of the Spradling Birthing Center at Mercy Hospital Carthage with Dr. Lydia Keisler, MD.
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  • Christa Kimzey and her twin sister Rebecca Lankford both had baby boys, two days apart, in the same room of the Spradling Birthing Center at Mercy Hospital Carthage with Dr. Lydia Keisler, MD.
    At 2:56 a.m. July 15, Shane and Rebecca Lankford welcomed Silas into the world. As soon as they left the hospital, Christa, with her husband, Dennis, moved into the same room to have Solomon at 1:46 p.m. July 17.
    To answer a common question, no, none of this was planned.
    “She announced to the family at Christmas she was pregnant before I was about to,” Rebecca said. “Then we realized we were due two days apart.”
    “Our family was more shocked than anything,” Christa added.
    The twins, born a minute apart, are the youngest of five children of Brian and Marilyn Bisbee, of Carthage. Silas and Solomon make the 12th and 13th grandchildren (all under the age of seven) for the Bisbees. And this duo pregnancy hasn't been the only coincidence for the family.
    “There are four girls out of five of us kids, and one year all of the sisters were pregnant together,” Christa said. “But this pregnancy we experienced everything together, which not all siblings ever get to do.”
    “I think we called each other a thousand times at the end asking about contractions,” Rebecca said with a laugh. “It ended up working out perfect.”
    Rebecca's Silas was 21 inches long and weighed 9 lbs, 10 oz. Christa's Solomon was 22 inches long, and weighed 10 lbs 7oz.
    The girls reported the homecoming process has been a smooth transition for their families. Dennis and Christa, of Webb City, also have Abigail, 2; and Shane and Rebecca, of Carthage, have Isaac, 4, and Levi, 2. (There are just six months between Abigail and Levi.) So far, the older siblings have expressed love, protectiveness and helpful hearts for the baby boys.
    “I hope they stick up for each other; share peace and a heart for the Lord,” Christa said.
    Christa and Rebecca are 2006 Carthage High School graduates. Both of their husbands are teachers.

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