Twin gets head start over sibling on the road of life
The Frazier twins of Milton put their own twist on the story, possibly in an attempt to differentiate themselves from the stuff of heartwarming family comedies.
Madeline Frazier was born at 3:15 a.m. Monday in the backseat of her parents' Trailblazer along the side of Interstate 90/39 just south of the Beltline highway.
Parents Brett and Jody Frazier were making an early morning rush to St. Mary's Hospital, Madison, after Jody's water broke earlier than expected.
Jackson Frazier waited to be born until the family got to the hospital. He was delivered one hour and 17 minutes after his sister via C-section—which is what his parents had planned in the first place.
The proud father, Milton City Council member Brett Frazier, still was happily telling the story several hours later. He admitted it was a story the twins would be hearing for years.
"She was impatient, but he was content to wait until we were ready," Frazier said, coining a phrase that someday will make the twins and big brother Lennon roll their eyes.
Doctors had planned to deliver the twins today when Jody got through 38 weeks of pregnancy. But very early Monday, Jody woke Brett because her water had broken.
She wasn't having contractions at 1:45 a.m.
But in the time it took her to go up and down the stairs, the contractions kicked in, Frazier said. By the time they got on the Interstate, her contractions were three minutes apart.
Frazier tried to make it to the hospital as planned, but finally Jody said she couldn't wait any longer.
She had to push.
Brett called 911 and was relieved when he saw flashing lights minutes later.
But it wasn't the ambulance he hoped for. It was Wisconsin State Patrol Trooper Adrian Logan.
Logan did a fine job, although Brett was pretty sure it was Logan's first time stepping into a roadside delivery, Brett said.
Another trooper arrived and then two paramedics in a sedan—not the ambulance Brett was hoping for.
The paramedics delivered Madeline, who weighed 6 pounds, 2 ounces. As soon as Madeline was delivered, Jody's contractions stopped.
Jackson weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces when he was delivered at the hospital.
The family Monday morning had not settled on middle names for the pair.
Frazier said the car deliver wasn't the "twin horror story" he'd been expecting.
"I always thought the worst fear was of twins being born on different days," Brett said. "But we got a different story. I bet I've told the story 20 times already today.
"The important thing is everyone's healthy and at varying degrees of happiness."