Baby Beats Insane Odds to Share a Birthday With His Dad & Grandpa

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I don't know what the chances are of a baby sharing a birthday with his or her parent, but thanks to this amazing story, I now know how rare it is for three generations to be born on the exact same day: rare. Like, really rare. As in, a 0.000751 percent chance.

Despite the staggering odds, October 3 turned out to be an extra special day for the Nixons of Waymart, Pennsylvania. Little Ryan Charles Nixon was born right on his due date -- which happens to be the same birthday he shares not only with his father, but with his grandfather as well.

Three generations of sons born on the same day! Seriously, how awesome is this family's birthday parties going to be?

Ryan Nixon's grandfather Clifford Charles Nixon was born on October 3, 1961, and his son Justin Ryan Nixon was born on the same day in 1989. The entire family must have been shocked when Justin's wife Katie was given a due date of October 3, but it seemed highly unlikely that their baby would arrive as scheduled -- she actually started having contractions more than a month ago. Doctors predicted she had less than a 5 percent change of giving birth in October.

Unbelievably, Ryan was born via C-section right on time. As for the birthday serendipity, his mom couldn't be more pleased:

It was perfect. The whole pregnancy, I was hoping that it would happen. (...) I thought I wasn't going to make it to October, let alone the third.

I'm sure this has happened to other families, but it's definitely the first I've heard of it. I can only imagine how fun it will be to celebrate all three generations each year -- I'm picturing three different cakes, each with a variety of candles (Grandpa's will be the fire hazard, natch).

Do you know of any kids who share a birthday with one of their parents -- or a grandparent? Or both?

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nonmember avatar Nicole

Thats amazing! My kids share a birthday as well, they are both born on dec 25th Christmas day! Two years apart. And I thought that was rare.

Lisa Topper Baker

That's awesome! My daughter was born on my birthday. Maybe someday I'll have a grandchild born on 3/19 as well!

Histo... HistoryMamaX3

We have 4 generations in 3 days... My great grandmother on Oct. 25th, Her son (my grandfather) on the 24th, His daughter (my aunt) on the 24th, and my sister was born on the 23rd.

My son was scheduled for a c-section on the 23rd... doctor's choice! I laughed and figured it might be cheating to get the 5th generation in the same loop via a scheduled c-section but he decided to come on his own time any way- on the 5th. :-)

Heather Swagga

My aunt and I share a birthday.

nonmember avatar Lydia

My son and I share the same birthday, also with my grandfather, who sadly passed away last week. He was 91, I was born on his 60th birthday, and my son was born on my 27th birthday.

Sharon Fleming Patterson

My nephew and my mom share a birthday. Nephew came on his due date, too. :)

jenni... jenniferlee_12

My son was born on mine and my twin sister's birthday. He was due on my aunt's birthday, but decided to hang out for three days and come on ours. This baby I am carrying now is due within days of my father's and cousins birthday (they have the same one) and it would be awesome for the baby to share a birthday with grandpa. 

Courtney Puzzo

two of Paul Newman's daughters almost share a birthday as in Eleanor born April 8th 1959 & Claire born April 21st 1965 and his oldest daughter from his first marriage Susan almost shares a birthday with his Widow Joanne Woodward. correct Joanne was born February 27th 1930 and Susan was born February 21st 1953. incoinsidentally He & Joanne were o Broadway together in William Inge's Picnic and had 2 shows that Saturday as is typical on a weeked an afternoon Matinee and a night show.

Katriena Young

My grandparents wedding anniversary is Jan. 5. My dad's birthday is Jan. 6 My cousin's birthday is Jan. 7

Klang... Klangdale

My due date was 4/ best friends was 4/24...however she went into labor and delivered on 4/21..she had her son..which is also her fathers birthday and her husbands..all the important men in her life!!! So i was fine being up at the hospital cheering her on...with no sign of my little one coming on my due date..instead I got a "nephew":)

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