Sixteen summers ago

Sixteen summers ago, my sister in law and I were pregnant at the same time. Due the very same day, actually, August 15th. It was my 4th and her first. Her baby seemed anxious to arrive first — she was on bed rest beginning in mid-pregnancy.

In mid-June I also began having signs of preterm labor, and got quarantined to the couch with my own prescription for anti-labor medicine. I jokingly attributed my early labor to the stress of teaching vacation bible school. More likely it was the rocks I was pulling on a sled around our property as I worked on landscaping around our new home. (I know. Yikes.)

July rolled in and we were both looking forward to the end of the month, when our due date would be only 3 weeks away and we could quit the medicine. I took my last terbutaline on a Sunday. Two days later, on Tuesday afternoon my water broke and I started having contractions, wimpy ones. After a few hours John and I met my mom at the birthing center to see what was up.

Not much. I was 3 centimeters dilated, and the contractions had gotten stronger. But I had to walk to keep them going, because they quit if I stopped moving. Late in the evening I’d gotten only to 4, and was getting tired of this wimpy but uncomfy labor pattern. The doctor suggested a pill to stimulate better contractions so we could get this show on the road. I was given that a little after 11. By 11:30 I was having gang-buster contractions. Such good contractions, in fact, that our sweet Daniel was born 46 minutes later, at 12:16 AM on July 27th.

He weighed 8 pounds 1-1/2 ounces. I can’t imagine how big he’d have been if he’d not been born til mid-August! Three days later my sister in law gave birth to her baby, also a boy, who also didn’t seem to have needed any more growing time– he weighed 8-4!

Over the years we’ve really enjoyed having kids the same age, and they’ve enjoyed each other as well. So this week to celebrate their 16th birthday, we had a joint party in their honor. Happy birthday, you two!


  1. Happy 16th birthday to the cousins.

    My birthday is July 26th, but I’m a bit older.

  2. Congratulations. That photo of moms and the birthdays boys made me a little teary, very sweet.

  3. Still darling. The picture of the 3 h’s, ha;;y, healthy and handsome. Of course I may be a little biased!

  4. Christine D. says:

    We will always remember the early morning phone calls three days apart while we were vacationing in Hawaii. Those were the best wake up calls of the trip! Memorable moments and even more memorable nephews. The Lord has blessed indeed!

  5. Oh how sweet! the bottom picture showing 2 teens and their mommas is just beautiful 🙂

    My middle son and his cousin were born 7 weeks apart in 1983. Then their weddings were in Autumn, then Spring, with 8 months between.
    Good Family memories are the best to have.

  6. awhh…i love the pictures! what a wonderful connection. your family is so wonderful. xo

  7. Aw, great pictures…love the last one especially.

  8. Great I have read your article and by the way I found you website on Yahoo and I think after I read several post on you website especially this one I have my own opinion about what should I tell on the next meeting with my friends, maybe next week I will tell my girl friendabout this one and get debate.

  9. JenniferO says:

    What a blessing these boys and all of our family have been to us! Amazing to read “our” story in print. More amazing is our Lord who has seen us through. I should have given you the picture of us holding the boys at the baby dedication to compare the 16 years. All the love and thanks I can give!

  10. How fun! Happy Birthday to the Boys!
    My sister (who’s nine years older) and her husband tried for 18 years to have a baby, but alas… Until, I finally married and within two years was expecting my first. She called to tell me her doctor wouldn’t let her travel to see me when she was nine months pregnant! Wha”?? Her baby and my Josiah were due on the same day (June 27th) but her baby held off for one more week and was born on the 4th of July. We just came home night before last from spending time with them in TX and wow(!) it was fun!

  11. I enjoyed reading this as your story just about matches mine!! My 4th’s due date was Aug 15th, I was putting my self into pre-termish labor, and had to be put on mild restrictive activity. Thankfully no bed rest or meds. He came 2 1/2 wks early on.. July 27th! He was a great birth weight, and was definitely ready to make his appearance.
    He is a week old today, and I’m looking forward to the next 16years!

  12. Happy birthday to them!!!

    Funny enough, my SIL and I just had babies 5 weeks ago. They are a day apart, my 5th, her first, both over 9lbs 😀