"She gave me a shirt that said, ‘World's greatest father,’ and that's how I found out," Matt said.
"This was my first pregnancy, and it was all new to me," Nicole said.
The couple, who recently moved to Grand Haven, wanted a natural birth.
"We decided not to do an ultrasound, just as little intervention as possible," Matt said.
When Nicole started having contractions a month before her due date, their plans for an at-home birth had to change.
“We called our midwife because we were planning on doing a home birth, but since the babies were less than 36 weeks, we couldn’t do a home birth,” Matt wrote on a Facebook post. “So, we decided to go to Gerber Hospital in Fremont because they work well with our midwife and think more on the natural side of things.”
At 10:06 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, Blakeley Faith Ziesemer was born at Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial Hospital.
"It was unbelievable. There is not a moment like it," Matt said.
But when Dr. Megan Forshee went to check Nicole, she found a surprise.
"I reached in to check the patient and realized there was a head," Forshee said.
"We thought she was joking, and she was like, 'I don't lie about these things,’" Nicole said.
It turns out Nicole was carrying twins, and 59 minutes after Blakeley was born, Nicole gave birth to a second baby, Cade Matthew Ziesemer.
"Very surprising to me thinking there was just one baby there, and very surprising to the couple, too," Forshee said.
"We just had no thoughts that there was going to be another child,” Matt said. “Our whole house is prepped for one child.”
"It was just a shell-shocker because no one was expecting it, everyone in the room thought they had seen a ghost," Nicole said.
"I definitely will not forget this couple or these two babies," Forshee said.
"My first thought after delivering the second baby — 'Oh crap! We need a second crib, a second car seat, a second everything,’" Nicole recalled.
The twins have remained at the Fremont hospital since their births, but Matt said they’re scheduled to come home today (Saturday).