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Upstate grandparents welcome first two grandchildren, unexpectedly, less than 24 hours apart

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Matthew and Arianna Petitt with their newborn son, Matthew Joseph Petitt, Jr. (Source: Family) Matthew and Arianna Petitt with their newborn son, Matthew Joseph Petitt, Jr. (Source: Family)
Casey Fox and Brooks McAbee with their newborn daughter, Cadence Hayes Fox McAbee (Source: Family) Casey Fox and Brooks McAbee with their newborn daughter, Cadence Hayes Fox McAbee (Source: Family)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

First time grandparents all over the Upstate can probably relate to David McAbee's joy this week. 

"I think my younger daughter said it best 'This isn't real yet,'" said McAbee.

McAbee celebrated twice this week when him and his wife Dianna welcomed their first grandson, Matthew Joseph Petitt, Jr. and first granddaughter Cadence Hayes Fox-McAbee less than 24 hours apart.

"The baby in North Carolina was born at 7:32 pm on Sunday evening, the 11th. We left the hospital at midnight and drove all night and got here at 5:30 in the morning… and they induced our younger daughter at 7:00 am and our second grand baby was born at 3:17 pm on Monday afternoon the 12th," said McAbee.

McAbee said his daughters, Arianna and Brookes have a very close relationship and were actually due four weeks apart.

"I had been joking with them all along, it's not going to happen that way they're going to come closer together," said McAbee.

Early labor sent the sisters to the hospital, separated by hours and several hundred miles. Brookes gave birth in the Upstate and Arianna gave birth near Fort Bragg, NC where her husband just returned early from deployment, thanks to his commander.

"Luckily I was blessed with a very good and understanding team out there in Afghanistan that supported me along the way," said Matthew Pettit.

"I wouldn't have been able to do it if he wasn't there," said Arianna Petitt.

Arianna said she and her sister texted through their hospital stays. Arianna said she worried about her baby sister who's diagnosis of pre-eclampsia forced an induction. 

"I'm so proud of her... Luckily we had a few hours difference so that mom and dad had time to drive," said Arianna.

McAbee also had time to share updates with family and friends on Facebook where he got at least one idea for his family's new additions.

"When it was all over with I put "We survived the great birthing of 2018". Somebody said you need that on a t-shirt... those babies will get that shirt," said McAbee.

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