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Three's company: Sisters-in-law give birth within 12 hours of one another

January 27, 2011|BY TIFFANY ARNOLD | tiffanya@herald-mail.com
  • Bryant Miles, left, and his twin cousins, Finn and Sawyer Barnhart were born in November within 12 hours of each other. Moms are Sara Miles, left, and Kristie Barnhart.
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer


CLEAR SPRING —  It started on Monday, Nov. 22.

A very pregnant Sara Miles was sitting in a massage chair at the nail salon, with her feet soaking in a spa bath for a pedicure — part of the preparation for her baby boy's delivery nearly two weeks away.

Then her cell phone rang.

Her sister-in-law, Kristie Barnhart, was about to deliver twin boys at Washington County Hospital. But little did she know, Miles would be delivering her son, Bryant Russell, hours later.

"We call them our Three Musketeers," said their grandmother, Kathy Miles, who said the boys were her first male grandchildren.

Born 12 hours apart, Bryant Russell Miles and twins Sawyer Everett Barnhart and Finn Archer Barnhart are more like brothers than cousins. Childhood friends, Barnhart, 36, of Clear Spring and Sara Miles, 25, — who married Barnhart's brother, Johnny — say the boys are blessings.

"I wasn't sure if I was going to get any more because I had had three miscarriages, and then we got twins," Barnhart said. "The twins are definitely answered prayers."

Barnhart and Miles grew up next door to each other. Barnhart remembered braiding Miles' hair on Saturday nights. "So it would be curly for church the next day," Barnhart recalled.

Both women already had one child each — both girls — 2-year-old Savannah Miles and 7-year-old Atlee Barnhart. They said they both wanted to have more children.

Miles and Barnhart announced their pregnancies around the same time. Barnhart was due Dec. 12 and Miles was due Dec. 4. Barnhart made the announcement first back in March, but Miles was keeping a secret of her own — she was also pregnant.

"I kept it a secret because I had had a miscarriage before and I wanted to make sure," Miles said. "I had my first appointment before I said anything."

Skip forward to Nov. 22.

That morning, Barnhart went to the doctor for a routine appointment.

She said doctors were monitoring the breathing movements of the babies, but couldn't get a reading on Sawyer. That's when her doctor said, "How about we have him today?" Barnhart recalled.

"He told us to go home and get our things because we were having babies," she said.

That's when the flurry of phone calls began. Barnhart's husband, Bob Barnhart, drove her to the hospital. Eventually, Sara Miles would get the call at the nail salon.

"I wanted to get up and jump up and down, but of course I couldn't because I was sitting in the chair getting my nails done," Miles said.

Miles said she was waiting for her husband Johnny at the end of the driveway of their home in Mercersburg, Pa. After he picked her up, they rushed to Washington County Hospital.

"I didn't want to miss anything with the twins coming," Miles said.

In the meantime, Miles was having her own contractions, but thought they were false alarms.

Eventually, all the family arrived at the hospital. Sawyer and Finn were born at 5:53 and 5:54 p.m. Monday, Nov. 22.

By around 10:30 p.m., Kathy Miles said she and her husband, John, the new grandfather, were back at their log cabin in Clear Spring. But by 1 a.m., they got a phone call.

"Sara's water broke," she said.

By 3 a.m., everyone was back at Washington County Hospital.

"I couldn't sleep because I was so excited because the twins were here," Sara Miles recalled. "I woke up and kept having to go to the bathroom. I felt this trickle and it didn't stop. Then it gushed. I tapped my husband and said, 'Johnny, I think my water broke.'"

Bryant Russell Miles was born at Washington County Hospital at 4:59 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23.

Miles and Barnhart said they kept each other company at the hospital, walking the halls together and taking pictures of their babies. They were both released on Thanksgiving Day.

Now, they're adjusting to the new additions. Their daughters are getting used to the idea of being big sisters.

"The day we found out the sex of the babies," Barnhart said. "Atlee held it in until she got of the room, then we could here her crying as loud as she could cry."

Atlee wanted a little sister, but now she's warmed up to the idea of having two little brothers.

"She loves it," Barnhart said. "She gives them a thousand kisses before she leaves for school each morning."

Miles said even at 2, her daughter was having a hard time adjusting to having a brother.

"She told me to send him back," Miles said. "Literally — 'Send him back, Mommy.' She didn't want him. She didn't touch him, give him a kiss until he was 3 weeks old. Now she calls him her best friend. She calls him little guy."

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