COUNT US IN: Olivia and Sophia Sacco were born premature, but arrived in time for mum Hayley to include them on her Census form in Grafton Base Hospital.
COUNT US IN: Olivia and Sophia Sacco were born premature, but arrived in time for mum Hayley to include them on her Census form in Grafton Base Hospital. Adam Hourigan Photography

The identical twins who couldn't wait to be counted

IDENTICAL twins Olivia and Sophia Sacco just couldn't wait to be counted in the 2016 Census.

The pair were due to make their grand entrance into the world this week, but were instead born by emergency caesarean at the Gold Coast University Hospital on July 26.

It is because of this that their names will be two of the newest to appear on the Census forms being filled out across Australia.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics expects about nine million households will participate in the 2016 Census, and for the first time the twins' mother Hayley Sacco will be able to to do it online, which is handy considering the trio are still in the maternity ward of the Grafton Base Hospital.

"I think it's good that it's gone online," she said.

"I have my phone here, and it's easier, quicker." Easy and quick are two qualities that Mrs Sacco is likely to value more now that she is a mother of four, with a four-year-old daughter and two-year-old son waiting at their Coutts Crossing home with dad Sean.

The proud mum said she never expected to be adding two new babies to the family; the possibility of having twins far from her mind until it happened.

"We were discussing the third and then these were a surprise on boxing day," she laughed.

"They said it was one baby and then I came in (to the hospital) with complications at 12 weeks and it was two."

The revelation was a "massive game-changer", which meant buying a bigger car, as well as two of everything else.

But it is clear to Mrs Sacco the pair already have a special bond, and are always finding a way to be closer to each other.

"The first time I fed them they held hands," she said.

"They've definitely got a bond."

Mrs Sacco said she hoped they would be able to go home to Coutts Crossing and the rest of the family this weekend.



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