PROUD mum Kayleigh Okotie showed off her twins — each tot a different colour — and joked: “It certainly makes it easy to tell them apart!”
Because of a genetic quirk, Jaziyah was born with fair skin and straight hair while his sister Naylah is darker with a curly mop.
Kayleigh, 32, told The Sun: “It was such a surprise.
“Their dad is black and I am mixed race — my mum is English and my dad Nigerian — but I never thought the twins would end up with different skin tones.”
After a long labour Kayleigh, and scaffolder Jordan King did not spot the difference until the next day at Homerton University Hospital.
She explained: “I was in labour for hours, and almost had to have an emergency c-section.
“So after they were born, I gave them a cuddle and fell asleep almost immediately.
“I was exhausted, and so was Jordan.
“It was such a shock the next day when we realised how different they looked.
“Jordan and I looked at each other like, ‘Hold on a second’.
“When we heard we were having twins we never even considered that one would take after me and one after him.
“Even the nurses in the maternity wing were cooing over them and saying how special they were because they’d never seen anything like it before.”
However, Kayleigh can see similarities in the newborns.
She said: “Friends and family and people in the street tell me they look like chalk and cheese — but I’m their mum. I can spot little things.
“They have the same chocolate brown eyes, and the shape of their face too.
“It’ll be interesting to see if they get more alike or more different as they grow up.
“They have completely different personalities, which is amazing to see as they’re only four months old.
“Jaziyah is so laid back and chilled out, whereas Naylah is a bit fussier.”
Kayleigh, of Hackney, East London, has four other children aged six, seven, 13 and 15 from a previous relationship, and said they are all smitten with their new baby brother and sister.
She added: “It’s a full house now but they are really excited about the two little ones.
“My oldest son Kamil and daughter Ayla are fantastic with the twins and help me. And my middle two, Kaleem and Amara, really enjoy playing with them.
“The twins are never short of attention, and are never bored with so many people around to play with and help look after them.”
How the miracle happened
Around one in every 65 births in the UK today are twins, triplets or more — compared to one in 100 back in 1984.
And mixed race couples have an estimated one in 32,500 chance of having twins of different colours.
The NHS says around a third of all twins will be identical. This happens when a single egg is fertilized by a single sperm and then divides into two.
Fraternal twins — who are not identical — result when two separate eggs are fertilized by two separate sperm.
Genetically, fraternal twins are no more alike than any other brothers or sisters despite sharing a womb for nine months.
The chances of having twins drastically increases to five-to-one in IVF pregnancies.
Dr Mark Wilcox, DM FRCOG, Group Medical Director of the CARE Fertility Group: “Contrary to what you might expect, it’s not unusual for non-identical twins to have very different appearances.
“When two eggs are simultaneously released and fertilised, the resulting embryos will have very different DNA, and in this instance, these twins seem to have inherited a significantly different proportion of their characteristics from each parent.
“Non-identical twins are no more alike than any other two siblings, and since around 1 in every 80 births in the UK today are twins or triplets, this is certainly something I have seen many times in more than 30 years as a gynaecologist!
“Congratulations to this family on their beautiful children.”
The mum also spoke of her relief at having their father, her now-ex Jordan, with her in the hospital.
She said: “I’d heard so many stories about mums giving birth on their own during the pandemic and I was really worried about it.
“But luckily I was able to have Jordan by my side to support me during it all.”
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