This family should play the lottery!

By Melissa Willets

They say welcoming a baby is the best gift ever, and for one couple, their child's birth was actually the best birthday gift ever...for both of them. Australian parents Caitlin and Tom Perkins actually share the birthday of August 8, 1986. Curiously, they were born just 50 minutes apart. And as Pop Sugar reports, when their baby's due date happened to fall in August, some friends joked she might be born on the 8th, too.

Except it didn't turn out to be a joke. Caitlin went into labor a week early, and delivered daughter Lucy Marie on her and Tom's birthday. The new mom's doctor was so awestruck by the coincidence that he took to Facebook the next day to post about the birth.

"HOLD THE PHONE! You are not going to believe this story!" Dr. Brad Robinson wrote. "This is Caitlin, Tom and their brand new daughter Lucy. So get this ... both Caitlin and Tom turned 30 yesterday. Born within 50 minutes of each other on 16/08/86. Guess who else now has a birthday on 16 August? YEP. Lucy was born yesterday after SPONTANEOUS labour on the same day as her parents! The chances of that happening are 1 in 48 million!"

Perhaps the word "coincidence" understated the sheer incredulity of a baby being born on her parents' birthday. Meanwhile, can you imagine the parties these three will throw on August 16?!

In his post, Dr. Robinson added he felt bad because he'd been among the jokesters predicting Lucy would be born on this day. "So she now blames me for putting a hex on her!" he wrote. "How incredible is it that the three of them now have the same birthday? And what a gorgeous family they make!"

Indeed. Welcome to the world, baby Lucy!

Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.



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