New details on the birth of American Idol alum Colton Dixon’s twin daughters reveals that all didn’t go as planned for him and his wife Annie.
On Aug. 18, the couple welcomed identical twin daughters Ava Dior and Athens Elizabeth after what Colton called “the perfect pregnancy.”
“Annie never got sick, not once. Every checkup was textbook perfect,” he told People magazine. “People would stare at just how well she was carrying not one, but two babies. But the delivery was a different story.”
After about 30 hours of labor, Annie prepared for an emergency cesarean section.
“We never expected our little Ava Dior would arrive in the world without a pulse. In that moment, we had a choice: faith or fear,” Colton said. “We watched and prayed as the doctors and nurses resuscitated our daughter back to life.”
“After several days in the NICU, Dior was able to join us at home, happy and healthy. That was a great day,” he addeds. “Life doesn’t always happen the way we want it to, but we believe that life is more about the way we respond to things than what happens to us. We thank God and our amazing doctors and nurses for our two little miracles.”
Ava, or simply Dior as Colton and Annie call her, was born weighing 7 lbs., 1 oz., while her sister Athens weighed in at 5 lbs., 6 oz.
Colton told People that the close call added an extra layer of poignancy to his recent song “Miracles.” He said, “To be honest, this recent journey has given the song a whole new meaning to me.”
“We originally wanted to keep this story in the dark, but realized that this is a story of hope that needs to be heard,” Colton shared on Twitter. “Just because a situation looks dark or grim doesn’t mean that you agree with it or give it control over the outcome.
Colton continued, “God says “I have given you the keys to the kingdom. Whatever you bind on earth will bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
“Sometimes we have to fight, “Colton added. “Our word are a weapon. Our praise is a weapon. God declared us victorious as His sons and daughters, but according to His word, we have to agree with Him…
Also, are they not the CUTEST EVER”
Check out more photos at People magazine.