Glory Johnson Welcomes Twin Daughters Ava Simone and Solei Diem Several Months Premature

10/19/2015 at 12:15 PM ET

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Glory Johnson‘s daughters have made their debutΒ — months early.

“Babies Ava Simone & Solei Diem arrived on Monday! Born a little earlier than expected, I have no worries because these babies are fighters just like I am,” the WNBA star, 25,Β wrote on Instagram Sunday, sharing photos of her baby girls’ hands and feet.

“We all know God makes NO mistakes and by his grace, everything will work out for the greater good. We will continue to trust God as they are in his hands. Continue to keep us lifted because there is sooo much power in PRAYER!!!”

Ava and Solei each weighed in at 1 lb. 7 oz. when they were delivered on Monday, Oct. 12, Johnson wrote. They were originally due in February. Further information about the girls’ health is not available at this time.

Johnson, who plays for the Tulsa Shock, announced her pregnancy in June, explaining that she conceived via in vitro fertilization with a donor’s sperm. She revealed the sex of the babies in August.

She married fellow WNBA player Brittney Griner in May, shortly following each of their arrests for domestic violence, but the Phoenix Mercury star filed for an annulment the day after Johnson’s pregnancy announcement. The annulment was denied in August and the pair remain legally married.

Johnson, who sat out this WNBA season due to her pregnancy, will serve a seven-game suspension once she returns to work. Griner completed her own suspension in June.

— Sarah Michaud

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cds on

Wow! These little babies are four months early — not due until February. I hope they make it.

Sara on

That’s actually pretty scary how early they were born. I hope this turns out ok for them. Healing thoughts sent their way.

yasmine on

Thoughts and prayers for the long journey ahead!

LV on

Prayers for both babies!

Sue's on

Wow, there must be a lot of stress going on the household.

Summer on

Wow! I’m due January 21 and am 26 weeks, so these little ones have to be super close to the 24 week cutoff most hospitals use for determining whether to provide aggressive care vs. supportive care. My heart goes out to her and those sweet little babies. I can’t imagine how scared she is.

Guesst on

“Born a little earlier than expected”…that seems like an understatement. I guess it’s good that she can be so calm about it. I would be worried sick….God or no God.

jeans75 on

GO away with the hospital pictures of people in bed looking like this. This is not a picture of anything other than a super narcissistic idiot with too many problems to be in any more magazines with her “marriage” /domestic violence charges/try for annulment/play suspension/etc. Who cares. This is her private life on display for only more attention through social media she couldn’t get to fast enough.

Anonymous on

Hope they’re okay. I am amazed in this day and age twins are still considered high risk for being premature. I have twins 16 years ago and they were each shy of 7 lbs (6.2 and 6.14) and born at 38 weeks, which is full term for twins. I was truly blessed. God Bless!

HRF on

I am sorry for Glory, this is going to be incredibly tough to go thru, alone and stay strong for these two little girls. My heart sank when I read they were due in February. I hope they make it, but its very very early.

Rachael on

Premature? Wow, that’s an understatement… I can’t imagine anything short of a miracle these babies survive, and if so, the health problems they may have. How scary, she’s going to need every prayer she can think of, hope they survive

Anonymous on

Congrats to her, and I hope the girls make it! Since they ARE both girls, I wonder if they were identical mono/mono twins (sharing the same inner and outer sacks in utero). Those are often born extremely early.

Anonymous on

ooh my gosh… all i can say is good luck. this may not end well. i lost a set of identical twin boys at 24 weeks. but because i was pregnant with 2 babies they only matured up to 22 weeks…

guest 2 on

ooh my gosh… all i can say is good luck. this may not end well. i lost a set of identical twin boys at 24 weeks. but because i was pregnant with 2 babies they only matured up to 22 weeks…

Kestrel on

Yes, God is so good…because no baby has ever died before? No preemie has ever failed to survive or has suffered irreversible physical issues because of it? Thanks the doctors, lady. They gave you these kids and they are the ones that will keep them alive and well if at all possible. And if they don’t survive? Let me guess – your god needed 2 more angels or they are waiting for you in heaven?
What an idiot.
It’s hard to believe she is praising a god that calls her – 6 times, no less – an “abomination” for her relationship that failed within hours of her pregnancy’s beginning.
How can a person be condemned over and over but then declare her faith? If she was mocked and tormented by a person and then went on to declare how wonderful THEY were, everyone would be incensed.
Even though it took me years to see the truth of it (and only seeing the truth after pursuing a Religious Education degree) it’s hard to understand how someone in such an obviously anti-biblical situation can call on the bible’s teachings.

Anonymous on

Kestrel- It’s both/and, not either/or. The doctors have a major role to play in saving preemies…and so does God (IMO, God works through the doctors in that instance). And it was Glory and her partner that were responsible for her marriage ending, not God…which she obviously realizes.

In any case, what is it hurting you if she chooses to believe God is the reason her babies will survive?

Paula on

Her girls are fighters, just like Glory. God bless.