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We're not the grandparents... We're the parents!

He’s 61 and she’s 50, but two of Australia’s oldest first-time parents remain young at heart with their delightful twins, writes Glen Williams It’s no wonder first-time parents John Kemp and Jennifer Hammond say they’re “a little tired”. “We got more than we bargained for,” laughs a somewhat shell-shocked John, who at age 61 is a new dad to identical twin boys, Dhani and Reuben. “I still can’t quite believe it. I’m finally a father, times two. I like the word ‘dad’. It sits very well with me and it’s been a long time coming, although sometimes when I’m out with the boys, people say, ‘You’re lucky, getting to mind the grandkids!’ I take great delight in correcting them: ‘I’m not the grandfather, I’m the father!’” There is, however, one very doting grandparent who can’t get enough of these scrumptious little twins – John’s mum, Audrey. “At 91, I’ve just been told I’m the World’s Oldest Living First-Time Grandmother,” says a proud Audrey, scooping up her grandsons and drinking in their freshly bathed baby smell. “I’m absolutely besotted. I never thought I’d see the day. I was worried about what sort of father John would be, given his late stage in life, but he’s a natural. He’s a very good dad.”
Read more about John, Jennifer and their adorable twins in this week’s Woman’s Day on sale Monday May 21, 2012.

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