My husband and I were still in college when we were expecting. We were active in our church congregation where we also learned that another couple was also expecting, and would you believe, had the same due date as us! It was a pretty funny coincidence. I mean who shares a due date with someone they know personally?
My husband and I didn’t find out we were expecting twins until our first ultrasound appointment at 18 weeks gestation. We were shocked when the ultrasound technician said, “Did you know you were having twins?” Of course we didn’t! We were utterly surprised.
We had fun announcing at church the following Sunday that we were having a little girl… and another little girl! The couple that shared our due date was like, “You’re making us nervous! We have our ultrasound appointment this week. What if we are having twins too?”
And wouldn’t you guess, this couple had their ultrasound appointment to confirm that they too were also having twin girls!?What are the chances of that happening, that two people who live in the same city, not far from each other, would have the same due date and both be having twin girls as their first pregnancies?
Oh, and we even had the same doctors to boot! And we both moved to larger apartments before our babies were born. The parallels were astounding.
It was fun and exciting having someone to share this new phase of life with, even though we didn’t really know them that well. We found ourselves bonding to them from our shared circumstances. She and I were going through our twin pregnancies, something that few people get to experience, let alone with someone they know, at the exact same time. We would greet each other with, “So, how is my twin?” We were each others’ twins. We were mom twins.
As our pregnancies progressed, we got to know each other better. We went to each other’s baby showers and complained to each other, and stressed to each other. We compared stories of ultrasounds, non-stress tests, prenatal vitamins, whether we liked our doctors or not, our worries about having a C-section, twin names, how we planned on feeding our babies, needed baby gear and nursery décor, and so much more.
As the end of our pregnancies neared, we found we were both able made it to the full-term mark. And guess what? We were both scheduled for Cesarean sections, and for the same day. Her Baby A was breech, and both of my girls were breech, and since we were full-term, were scheduled, by our shared doctors, to be delivered via Cesarean section on the same day, at 37 weeks 6 days gestation. My twin mom was scheduled a few hours before myself. Our twin daughters all share the exact same birthday.
Our twins have twins.
While we both stayed at the hospital for a few days recovering from our surgeries, we took some time to go visit each other’s rooms at the hospital and ooh and aah at each other’s new babies. Her twins look very identical, while mine do not. We talked about how our deliveries went, our recoveries, and how breastfeeding/bottle-feeding were going so far.
And wouldn’t you know, the names we picked out for our twins even shared some similarities? I had an Alison Louise, she an Eloise. I had a Lisa, and she had a Lucy.
Now that more than three years have past since our lives were brought together and shared in a such a fun, unique, and rare happenstance, we find each other living far apart, in different states. We don’t talk very often, as we were never really that close of friends, but every year on my daughters’ birthday, I always think about my twins’ twins, and my Mom twin, wishing them happy birthdays too.
Maybe someday we’ll find the opportunity to get these two sets of twins together and let them play. How fun that would be.
And I always wondered if our lives would find more parallels, but for the most part, they haven’t. While there are other things that are kind of similar, this twin phenomena is quite enough already!
Have you ever met someone who shared so many similarities to you? At the same time? Do your twins share a birthday with another set of twins? Did you know another pregnant woman expecting twins (or other multiples) when you were? Let me know!
ldskatelyn is the proud mother of three-year old twin daughters and a three-month old bouncing baby boy. She finds humor in her twin coincidences, and was thankful to have someone to share it all with. Find out more about her and her family at What’s up Fagans?