Korey and Sharon Rademacher are a couple from Pensacola, Florida. In 2015 they welcomed a two-year-old son called Jameson, but their family was about to expand even further.
That’s right, the Rademachers were pregnant again. But when they went to their first ultrasound, they left with a little more than they had bargained for. In fact, the couple received some pretty big news that day.
Doctors told Sharon that she wasn’t expecting one, but two babies. The parents-of-one were going to become parents to three children before they knew it! Yes, twins were on the way.
But Korey and Sharon thought twice before telling all of their family and friends about their exciting news. In fact, they chose to be a bit mischievous instead and told no-one about their double helping of good tidings.
So why would the Rademachers decide to keep it a secret that they were having twins? “We love surprises,” Sharon told Today. But it certainly wasn’t going to be easy to keep something so major from their nearest and dearest.
“I thought, how cool would that be if we could keep it a secret and surprise everyone at the very end,” she continued. So that’s what she and Korey tried their best to do over the next few months.
Naturally, Sharon’s pregnant belly grew, but she still managed to hide the fact there were two babies in there. That’s not to say that people didn’t joke about it, though. It was just that Sharon had a clever defense tactic up her sleeve.
When people jokingly asked her how many babies she was carrying, she would pretend to be insulted. That way, she never had to outright lie about the fact that she was carrying two babies!
The Rademachers eventually made it all the way to the delivery room without revealing the truth. So their friends and family didn’t know what had hit them on the day they discovered what Sharon had been hiding for all this time.
Of course, Sharon and Korey wanted to be able to capture the amazing moment when everyone found out. And so they made sure to film everyone who visited them at the hospital. They even recorded Skype conversations with distant family members who were expecting to virtually meet just one baby.
The result was an incredible compilation video that went totally viral online. Some of the reactions are priceless and show just how in the dark their family and friends were. The best reaction, however, came from Sharon’s mom.
In the video, Sharon’s mom pulls open the hospital cubicle curtain. She enters with a big smile on her face holding two balloons – one pink and one blue – ready for either gender. But then she sees them.
There, in front of her, was her daughter, Sharon, holding two babies! It took grandma a second to register what was going on. But once it sunk in it’s hard to tell whether she was laughing or crying.
Sharon told Today that her mom’s reaction was her favorite. “You can tell she was so overwhelmed. The whole thing was awesome,” she said, admitting that she loves to re-watch her reaction in particular.
The video has garnered an amazing 20 million views since it was uploaded to YouTube in April 2015. The flabbergasted looks on everyone’s faces along with exclamations of “You’re lying!” and “You’re kidding me!” make the footage truly entertaining and heart-warming to watch.
The chuffed Rademachers even admitted that they watch the video before going to sleep every day. It’s called “Best kept secret ever?” and the growing view count suggests that it might just be!
But Sharon and Korey’s family and friends were not the only ones to get a surprise that day. They wanted to make sure that they kept one surprise for each other as well, and so they didn’t find out the sex of their twins until they arrived.
This made the arrival of their beautiful baby girls even more special. Yes, Maryann Grace and Brianna Faith were welcomed into the world by two very proud parents and a lot of very overwhelmed family members.
Sharon told Today that it was “nice for Korey and I to have a secret,” adding that they enjoyed being “sneaky.” It was harmless fun, and Korey said that they continue to “get a kick out of watching everybody’s reaction.”
In this age of social media where everyone knows everyone’s business, it’s amazing to see this mischievous couple giving their nearest and dearest a truly wonderful surprise. Plus, it must have been quite a challenge to keep the exciting news to themselves. What a couple!