What happens when you and your twin sister become pregnant at the same time? Apparently, you give birth at the exact same time on the exact same day, too. At least, that’s what happened to twin sisters Sarah Mariuz and Leah Rodgers.
The 35-year-old identical twins both gave birth to their first child this past Thursday. The amazing part about all of this is that their babies were born at the same exact time in each sister’s respective time zone. Rodgers welcomed her baby boy at 1:18 a.m., in Denver, Colorado, while Mariuz’s daughter was born at 1:18 a.m., in La Jolla, California. That’s seriously some twin synchronicity right there.
Not shockingly, the sisters weren’t all that surprised by the parallel events–Rodgers stated in TODAY:
“We’ve always lived in separate places, but all of us—we have two sisters—are very close in age and very close. But certainly there’s another connection at the twin level.”
The twins learned they were pregnant around the same time, and even planned to tell each other on Thanksgiving, since they were celebrating it together. Of course, without fail, as soon as Rodgers saw her sister, she already knew the happy news, explaining:
“She showed up to my front door and I welcomed her and Nick [Mariuz’s husband] inside. And I had this crazy twin intuition—I call it my ‘twintuition’—and I knew she was pregnant, too.”
However, Mariuz, who is the younger of the two by 11 minutes, let her older sister break the news first, because she wanted her sister to have “her moment.” Mariuz couldn’t keep her own news secret for very long when she realized their due dates were only four days apart. She explained how their family was in shock:
“I ran down the hallway and got the ultrasound pic out of my purse and slapped it down next to Leah’s. We were jumping up and down, just so happy for each other. Everyone was just in shock.
Rodgers added how they didn’t plan on having kids at the same time, which is why it was even more remarkable, stating:
“We were at our older sister’s wedding recently, and, well, two pregnant chicks together, people couldn’t stop talking about this. They kept asking us, ‘Was it planned?’ No! It was kind of entertaining.”
As of now, both moms and babies are home from the hospital and doing well. I’m sure it’ll be interesting to see how their kids’ personalities come out–and who they take after.