Parents-to-be Timothy Amos and Brittany Garrard-Amos cracked open a box full of brightly colored balloons to happily announce whether their baby would be a girl or a boy. And guests at the gender-reveal party in January 2017 celebrated with the expectant couple over their wonderful news. But the dad-to-be wasn’t finished yet; the cheers and applause had barely died down when Timothy sent them wild again by revealing another secret. This time, though, the spoiler was emblazoned across his T-shirt in an extremely revealing slogan. And it was definitely more than the assembled friends and family were bargaining for.
But let’s rewind a little bit. You see, construction manager Timothy and care worker Brittany of Ontario, Canada, said “I do” in August 2013. And the bride reflected back on her wedding day in a Facebook post on the Amos’ second anniversary. “We are blessed to share our life with all of you, our dearest friends and family,” Brittany declared. “Thank you for supporting us as we walk this journey.”
By the end of 2016, the 20-something couple had made another step on their journey together. And both were understandably eager to share the new excitement with their circle of loved ones. So Brittany took to Facebook again, this time sporting a very tidy bump. Yes, the happy couple were expecting! Like many other parents-to-be, then, Brittany and Timothy decided to throw a party to celebrate the news and reveal their baby’s gender to their nearest and dearest.
Family and friends duly assembled in Ontario on January 8, 2017, for the big reveal. And the wider world got to share in the fun after a video of the event was subsequently posted online. At the party, pink and blue balloons floated around the hall and similarly shaded cupcakes were set out on tables. Party guests were invited to give their opinions in a poll: would Baby Amos be a mister or a miss? In a cute touch, the guesses were listed in pink and blue. And once the entries had been collected, the expectant couple stood in front of the excited crowd of well-wishers to reveal who had got it right in the gender stakes.
Brittany and Timothy teased the assembled guests by slowly tearing the wrapping paper from a mystery box. The audience knew that the interior of the package held either pink or blue balloons to indicate the baby’s gender. But which color would fly out when the mom-and-dad-to-be opened the cardboard flaps? The whole room waited with bated breath as the couple pulled them back together.
Timothy grinned widely as he reached into the box to help bright blue balloons spill out, confirming that Baby Amos would be a boy. Everyone at the party cheered upon acknowledging the glad tidings, and the beaming couple hugged each another in love and excitement.
It might have appeared to the average onlooker that the surprise was well and truly out of the box. And when Timothy began to speak to the party guests, his opening words only reiterated that notion. “I just want to thank everyone for being here, obviously,” he began.
The expectant father continued his address, “Thank you for coming from so far away, every which way.” Timothy played it cool; he did not look like a man with another secret to spill. But, as his speech wound down, his voice trailed off before he simply said, “I think this is probably the best way to say…” Then the young man unzipped his hoodie.
With that, Timothy swiftly pulled back the unzipped sides of his outer garment to reveal one last big surprise to his astonished party guests. Underneath, the dad-to-be was wearing a T-shirt with a slogan which read, “Real men make twins.” To everyone’s great astonishment, it turned out that his wife was actually going to have two babies.
Momentarily, the assembled audience was hushed by the gobsmacking news. But then the shocked guests began whooping and cheering even louder than they did at the sight of the blue balloons. Perhaps it was because they now knew that there would be the great excitement of another gender reveal for baby number two.
And surely enough, out came another cardboard box covered in blue and pink paper. An ecstatic Brittany and Timothy repeated the happy ritual of tearing the wrapping off and pulling back the cardboard container’s flaps. Then the couple pulled out a second set of balloons.
This time, a bright pink bunch of balloons floated out – and the pregnant pair just could not contain their excitement and happiness. The mom-to-be burst into joyful tears as the room realized that Brittany would soon be welcoming a daughter to go along with her son.
Later that evening, she took to Facebook again to let those who were unable to attend the celebration know about the boy-and-girl twins. Brittany revealed, “Tim said, ‘God knew that you would smother one baby with all the love you’d have for them, so he gave you two.’”
And her Facebook page would depict how the mom-to-be’s love only grew as she carried her twins into the third and final trimester of pregnancy. In early March, Brittany wrote, “Time is flying by, and I just want to savor every moment carrying our baby boy and baby girl around with me. I know them so intimately and have a relationship with them that is so unique.”
On May 7, 2017, she and her husband finally got to experience that bond in real life. Yes, Brittany and Timothy welcomed their twins, Isla and Asher, that Sunday. Two days later, the new mom informed her Facebook followers that the couple were “completely smitten and forever changed.”
Indeed, she went on to declare, “Motherhood is already amazing and such a gift. My heart now beats outside of my own body.” And the twins showed that they had amazing timing; just a few days later, Brittany celebrated her first Mother’s Day. She thanked her babies via Facebook “for making [her] a mama.”
Seven months later, the grateful Brittany gushed about life as a mom on the social media site once more. “Never in my wildest dreams did I think that life could be this sweet,” she admitted in December 2017. “Like, sometimes I just cry because I’m so overwhelmed by… the love that I have for our growing little family.”
However, Brittany also went on to concede that she was feeling a little torn. “Part of me never wants the twins to grow up, and I just want to cuddle and nurse them forever,” she explained. “The other part of me is so excited to watch them reach their milestones and to cheer them on as they grow and experience life.”
The bowled-over Brittany then reflected on her travails as a new mom. “Parenthood is the craziest thing ever,” she wrote. “It hasn’t been an easy journey, but loving them has been the most natural and rewarding thing I’ve ever done.”
In a separate social media update, Brittany said she still couldn’t quite believe her and her husband’s luck. She said, “I often say to Tim over and over again, ‘How are they even real?’ Like someone please pinch me!” And that magic will undoubtedly only continue to magnify for the Amos family. After all, May 2018 saw Timothy and Brittany cheer on the milestone of Asher and Isla’s first birthday. No doubt mom and dad are looking forward to telling the twins all about the excitement of their gender-reveal party, too.