British identical twin brothers Richard and Ben Fearon are as close as they can be. They live down the road from each other in the same town, work at the same refinery and, as of this weekend, became fathers within an hour of each other.
The brothers and their partners were (naturally) in neighboring rooms at Princess of Wales Hospital, in Grimsby. Louie George was the first baby to arrive, at 4:05 a.m., to proud dad Richard and his partner, Annabel. Not to be outdone, an hour later Ronnie James was welcomed into the world by his parents, Ben and Kayleigh.
"I'm very close to my brother but we didn't expect this," Richard told the Mirror. "We do a lot together and we were in and out of hospital together on the day. It shows how close we are."
The new moms were also surprised that their sons arrived on the same day. "We were joking about it through our pregnancies about if we would go into labor on the same day," Annabel said. "But I never thought it would happen. I thought they would come on separate days."
Their assumption makes sense. After all, it's not every day that identical twin brothers welcome babies into the world on the same day. (Ben told the Mirror that the odds were 150,000 to 1.) Amazingly, so far this month, we've seen it happen twice. Besides the Fearon brothers, Texas identical twins Karen and Kathy gave birth to their kiddos on June 17.
Although the baby boys aren't brothers, the Fearons hope they're just as close. "Hopefully they will look out for each other, too," Ben said. "I'm sure they'll be more like brothers than cousins."
Congratulations to the happy families!
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Bonnie Gibbs Vengrow is a New York City-based writer and editor who traded in her Blackberry and Metro card for playdates and PB&J sandwiches—and the once-in-a-lifetime chance to watch her feisty, funny son grow up. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+.
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