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The Suburbanite
  • After the Headlines - First Christmas comes for twins born a week apart

  • This After the Headlines story is a follow-up to stories that appeared in The Repository on April 2 and July 23. Today: We catch up with Plain Township twins — born one week apart — Noah and Grace Renz. Sunday: The closure of Troup & Pluto studios in Canton stirs some unexpected memories for a Marlboro Township man.

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  • At their pediatrician’s office recently, 8-month-old twins Grace Anne and Noah William Renz tipped the scales at 15 pounds, 3 ounces, and 18 pounds, 11 ounces, respectively.
    Bright-eyed and happy, they’ve come a long way from their births — Grace on March 22 and Noah on March 29.
    Different birth dates for twins is a highly unusual occurrence, one that parents-to-be Jennifer and Dennis Renz never anticipated.
    A WEEK DELAY
    But Grace Anne was determined, arriving 12 weeks early at University Hospital’s Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. She weighed a mere 1 pound, 13 ounces.
    At the time, obstetrician Michael Gyves explained to The Repository, “That second twin didn’t come easily, so we decided to leave (him) and let nature take its course.”
    It did. Noah made his debut seven days later, weighing 2 pounds, 15 ounces.
    It was Noah who made it to their Middlebranch Avenue NE home in May, four months before his sister, who underwent surgery to close an opening in her heart.
    Today the Renz family is celebrating their first Christmas together.
    ON A SCHEDULE
    “It’s all different now,” said the twins’ father, Dennis, 29. “My son is almost crawling, and they’re both moving around a lot.”
    Healthy and happy.
    They sleep in separate cribs in their jungle green, monkey-themed nursery.
    Since their birth, Dennis has become a certified emergency medical technician and now works three, 12-hour shifts for a service in North Lima.
    “When I’m off, I get up with the babies at night,” he said. “And when I’m working, Jennifer does. Everything’s settling down and working into a schedule.”
    Jennifer, 27, said the lights on the Christmas tree fascinate the siblings. Get-togethers for both sides of the family are planned today. It’s sure to be a Christmas, the new parents say, that will be twice as special.