While one man was fighting for our freedom, his wife was back in eastern Kentucky giving birth to twin boys. The original plan was for Private First Class Craig Lewis to be home for the birth, but little Michael and Ezekial decided to come a month early.
“They know his voice, they had not heard his voice in so long and that's what I was scared of,” said Megan Lewis, wife of Craig Lewis and proud new mother.
“At first they would kick when he would talk to me and everything.”
Megan Lewis planned for her husband Craig, who has been overseas for seven months, to be at the Middlesboro Appalachian Regional Hospital for the birth of their twin boys.
“They tried, but they just came early,” said Lewis with a chuckle.
Craig was scheduled to come home on Mar. 21. Lewis says she was not due until Apr. 3, but Ezekial Primo and Michael-Ezra Kylar could not wait. Her water broke on Mar. 6.
“I sent him a message that said ‘My water broke, I am going to the hospital,’” said Lewis.
“Looking back maybe I should have given some more detail, like the hospital name.”
The 19-year-old Northern California natives said they moved to Kentucky back in September and Megan found out she was pregnant with twins on Oct. 11, 2011. Lewis said her roommate Amber joked with her on Mar. 5 about her water breaking the next morning.
“It was not funny when it actually happened,” said Lewis.
Craig made it home by 2 p.m. on Mar. 12 at a Tennessee airport. He said he remembered changing his first dirty diaper on the side of the road on the way home. His wife said she wanted to make sure the duties were evenly distributed.
“He is getting his five months worth of diaper changing in his time now,” said Lewis.
Craig said he first noticed how small the babies were.
“They are so itty bitty,” said Lewis.
Each one weighed just more than five pounds. Ezekiel Primo Lewis was the first born, followed by his identical twin brother Michael-Ezrc Kylar Lewis. Ezekiel weighed 5 pounds and 10.9 ounces, and was 19 inches long. Michael weighed 5 pounds and 2.3 ounces and was 18 and one half inches long. Nathan Mullins, MD, OB-GYN specialist, delivered both babies and helped arrange for the induction to be at a time when Craig could have made it back. A few days after they were born, on Mar. 12, their father got to see them for the first time.
“It's a lot of help and he gets to meet with them and bond with him,” said Megan Lewis.
While the twins' dad will only be here a couple of weeks, they will have something to remember him by until he comes back. The "daddy doll" was given to them by the Army. The real daddy said he wishes he did not have to go back so soon.
“I already don't want to go back and then I got these little babies and I don't want to leave them here,” said Craig Lewis.
“It makes me sad, I don't want to go.”
His wife said she is glad he got to meet them during their first week of life.
“After it became harder for us to talk to each other, with him being over there and working nights and everything, I got kind of scared they would not know his voice,” said Lewis.
“But they knew his voice and now they know his face and everything.”
Lewis will head back to Afghanistan on Mar. 28.