Part 1: Pratt Family Baby Story, More Babies Than Expected

By KBJR News 1

October 25, 2011 Updated Oct 25, 2011 at 9:22 PM CST

CLOQUET, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - For years the March of Dimes has been providing resources for research to save pre-mature babies' lives. One ambassador family in Cloquet came home from the hospital with more babies than they anticipated.

For these high school sweethearts, their dream started with intuition.

"I remember calling him on the phone and I kinda told him, like, I have a feeling that I'm pregnant," said Jill Meyer-Pratt.

Their excitement ensued.

"Within the first 15 minutes at work I told about everybody I worked with," said James Pratt.

"Yeah, it was just a really exciting time for us," said Jill.

That high didn't last.

"I was rushed to the emergency room, and they told me that I miscarried," said Jill.

While grieving over the loss of her baby, the ultra sound technician came in and told her she was actually pregnant with triplets and two of the babies had survived.

"He's like 'well, I think it's important that you know that you are pregnant with twins'," said Jill.

"To find out we're having twins, just, it made my day," said James.

A blood clot in Jill's leg meant it was still a high-risk pregnancy.

"You miscarried, and you kind of want to know why that happened, and then you still have two, so you don't want anything to happen to them," said Jill.

What followed were months of strict bed rest and a race against time to keep the babies in the womb as long as possible. The race ended at 30 weeks.

"I had 17 missed calls in 10 minutes," said James.

"The first time we heard them cry, I like couldn't even contain myself," said Jill.

"The doctors were shocked too, 'cause they were very big for being 30 weeks," said James.

Parker was 4 lbs 1 oz. and Peyton was 3 lbs 12 oz.

Parker and Peyton's birth was only one milestone.

The babies wouldn't be going home anytime soon.

Part two includes the story of the twins struggles while in the hospital, as well as where they are now.

If you're interested in giving to the March of Dimes, the organization's Signature Chef's Auction is Thursday evening at 5:30 p.m. at the Northland Country Club.

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