When Theresa Slater and her husband invited their friends and relatives to the hospital to meet the latest member of their family in 2016, they made sure to set up a secret camera. That was because the young American couple had been hiding something massive. Now that their nine-month secret was well and truly out, they wanted to capture everyone’s shocked faces on film as they learned the truth.
In 2016, Theresa Slater and her partner already had one adorable infant daughter. But now they were about to expand their family further with the welcome addition of a brand-new baby. Or at least that is what the expectant couple had been telling their closest confidants. Meanwhile, the mischievous mom posed for some wacky “Before” shots.
The Slaters had informed their close family and friends that they were pregnant, however for nine long months they did not reveal the gender of the baby. But that was not all that the conniving couple kept hidden from their nearest and dearest. However, all was revealed once Theresa had given birth in hospital and well-wishers began to pay their visits.
And the truth had been a long time coming; Theresa and her husband had managed to conceal their massive secret for the entire pregnancy. Happily, neither of them – or their small daughter – let anything slip, because the looks on the visitors’ faces when they eventually finally found out must have been totally worth the wait.
The Slaters knew that the big reveal was going to be a jaw-dropping moment, so they made sure to set up secret cameras in the maternity room in order to capture it all on film. Next, the couple invited their family and friends to visit them at the hospital.
Of course, their buddies and blood relations thought that they had been invited to the hospital in order to meet the brand-new addition to the family. Which was true – up to a point – but there was another, hidden element to the story. And the visitors would only find out what it was once they entered Theresa’s room.
And when the well-wishers had been filmed for their initial reactions to the big reveal, the Slaters compiled all the clips together. They also added some responses made over smartphone and then edited all the footage into one awesome whole, which is a truly entertaining watch. Indeed, the very first part of the ten-plus-minute video is arguably one of the best bits.
The compilation commences with four stills of the Slater’s daughter posing with a chalkboard. In each picture, the message on the board is different. It read, in sequence, “Roses are red; Violets are blue; Our family is expecting; Baby #2.” The film starts properly with the camera pointing at the entrance to Theresa’s hospital room. In front of the main door, there is a medical privacy curtain drawn across. Under this, the viewer can see a few pairs of feet poking out. The excitedly expectant voices behind the curtain can be heard discussing whether they think the newborn is a boy or a girl. Little do they know…
Next, the curtain is pulled back and four smiling faces enter the room properly and walk straight towards the crib. But after a couple of seconds, we can see the penny drop among the three males and one female – and the woman’s face in particular is priceless. Her eyes widen with sheer disbelief and she yells, “What?!”
She jumps back, gives a little scream and promptly drops her handbag in shock. Then she starts shouting, “Oh my God!” She jumps up and down as she realizes the extra surprise Theresa and her husband have been holding back from everyone for the entire length of the pregnancy.
And the reason why the woman visitor is so surprised is because there is not just one newborn lying in the crib. In fact, there was a bonus baby. That’s right – Theresa had managed to carry and then give birth to twins without anyone knowing. Well, anyone who wasn’t her husband, of course.
The visiting foursome had only just been debating whether it was going to be a boy or a girl right before they came in he room. So imagine their shock when they saw not just one baby dressed in blue, but two gorgeous twin boys. The resultant footage shows them all to be totally overcome by the surprise, and all of them are beaming at one another in delighted disbelief.
And they were not to be the only family and friends to react in such a heartfelt yet hilarious way. The rest of the compilation shows choice snippets of various other well-wishers finding out about the twins for the first time. And it was an elderly relative using a Zimmer frame who made an attempt to totally steal the show.
The older female is seen entering the maternity room with a large group of visitors, but she is not the first to see the crib with its precious cargo of two babies. Other members of the party spot that there are in fact twins lying there before she does. But when the elderly woman eventually makes it to the crib, she is stunned to see double trouble.
In a slightly delayed reaction, her face suddenly drops and she simply cries the familiar retort, “What?!” Meanwhile the others surrounding her are laughing at her response. But once the senior citizen initially comes to terms with the fact that there are twins, it becomes her turn to watch others find out for the first time.
The video shows a steady stream of visitors coming into the hospital room after this – all of them displaying remarkable reaction shots. One mom of three is so shocked by the extra baby that she yells something rude in front of her children, making for comedy gold. She just cannot believe that Theresa had successfully kept the news a secret for the whole time. And she was by no means alone in this…
Of course, not everyone could be there in person, so Theresa made sure to make some video calls to people further afield and reveal the Slater’s news through hand-held technology. One woman is sitting in a car when the smartphone communication comes in and she totally loses it. “Theresa, you’re kidding?!” she screams. “You’ve known you were having twins all along?”
The video has both laughter and tears, drama and delight, and it seems that many in the online community could not get enough of it. Soon after the Slater’s compilation clip was uploaded to YouTube in September 2016, it racked up a whopping six million views. “There is so much happiness in this video, I can’t handle it,” one person commented in the feed below the footage.
Meanwhile, some other YouTube users could not get over how the couple had managed to keep the reality of twins clandestine. “Congrats! I so wish more people did this and filmed it. The reactions are priceless,” one commenter said. Another echoed this sentiment, saying, “Now I really want to have twins so I can do this!”
It must have been incredibly difficult for the Slaters to sit on such massive news for so long, but there can be little doubt that their loved ones’ amazed reactions made the wait worthwhile. And, as one YouTube user pointed out, the fact that Theresa and her husband had enough family and friends to make a ten-minute reaction video is quite an achievement in itself.