She was matched with groom Bryce Ruthven, who would go on to become her IRL husband – and the pair welcomed twin boys, Levi and Tate, on October 16, 2021.
The twins were born prematurely, 10 weeks before their due date, and spent seven weeks in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Now, two years on, Melissa has detailed what the entire experience was like.
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This is Melissa's birth story, in her own words.
I was 29 weeks (+1 day) pregnant and I'd been experiencing crippling back and groin pain for a month.
On Saturday, October 16, at 7am, I woke to go to the bathroom. Before I stepped out of bed, I wet myself slightly.
I brushed it off, thinking the twins were lying close to my bladder as I had ballooned recently.
After going to the bathroom and walking back to our bedroom to change my underwear, it happened again – just a trickle.