As an only child, I've never quite understood (and never will understand) the unspeakable bond that's shared between siblings, in particular, sisters. I've often wondered what it would be like to have a sister who was also a mom so we could experience the joy (and angst) of raising kids together.
And that's why I'm completely blown away by the story of three sisters in Utah who welcomed baby boys in July -- two of whom arrived a little over an hour apart.
Misti Stokes' baby boy was born on July 3, and then both of her sisters, Courtnee Hoffman and Kristal Turner, delivered their little ones last Saturday -- in the same hospital in rooms right across the hall from each other.
And I know what you're probably thinking -- these women must have timed their pregnancies so they'd have babies right around the same date.
But believe it or not, that isn't the case. When Misti found out she was pregnant, her sister Courtnee must have had a hunch or something -- because she asked if Misti had an extra pregnancy test she could take. When it came out positive, the two girls figured their sister Kristal would feel left out -- and that's when she revealed that she was pregnant too.
Totally wild, right?
And one of my favorite parts of their whole story is what went down when Courtnee and Kristal went into labor. When Kristal arrived at the hospital to have her baby, she ran into her mother in the hallway -- and she figured Kristal was there to visit Courtnee who was in the process of giving birth. At that point, she told her she was in labor too. Can you even imagine how exciting that moment must have been for the girls' mom?
What a crazy turn of events. I should also probably mention that both of these women went into labor naturally -- there were no inductions -- so it's all just a wacky coincidence that they gave birth about an hour apart.
And now all three of these sisters have baby boys who are the same age who will grow up together and hit all their major milestones right alongside each other.
I'm sure they already had a powerful connection before they had kids, but it must be multiplied by 100 now that they've all become moms at virtually the same time. Again -- I don't have siblings, but I'll never forget the first "mom friend" I made after I had my son. Her baby was just a few weeks older than my little guy, and having her in my life made the process of adjusting to motherhood so much easier and more bearable.
As far as these three sisters are concerned, they'll never once have to worry about a lack of support, that's for sure. Oh man -- can you imagine how much fun birthday celebrations are going to be for those kids from here on out?
Do you have a sister or close friend who is due around the same time as you?
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