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The 133,225-to-one miracle

A FAMILY now have more reasons to celebrate, as all four of their children remarkably share the same birthday!

Happy returns: Peter Dunn and his partner Emily Scrugham with their children Sam, twins Nicole and Brook, and baby brother Ryan. The children were all born on January 12

Emily Scrugham and Peter Dunn, of Ehen Road, Cleator Moor, welcomed their latest addition to the family on Sunday.

Baby Ryan shares his birthday with his five-year-old brother Sam, and his two-year-old twin sisters Brooke and Nicole.

Emily, 22, said: “I really can’t believe we have another birthday on the same day, it certainly wasn’t planned!”

None of the babies were due on January 12. Sam was two weeks late, the twins were one month early and Ryan was three days late.

The odds of the children all sharing the same birthday is a staggering 133,225-to-one.

“Sam has only had two birthdays where I haven’t been in hospital,” said Emily. “The twins had to be delivered by emergency caesarean section as doctors couldn’t find their heartbeats. I didn’t want them to be born on his birthday but I didn’t have a choice.

“And this time round, I went into labour at 9pm on Saturday (January 11) and Ryan appeared at 3am, meaning we now have an extra special little family.”

Peter, 24, said: “I’m still trying to work out if it would be easier to have birthdays spread throughout the year or all on the same day. It doesn’t matter though, we plan to make every birthday a real family event where birthdays get celebrated individually and together.”

This year, Sam had his own cake and Brooke and Nicole shared one while waiting for mum to come out of hospital. Emily said she would never dream of moving their birthdays so they could have their own day to celebrate, “They were all born on January 12 so it will be celebrated on that day.”

Further down the line the couple will have to plan a 21st, an 18th and a 16th birthday party all for the same day.

“It will always be tough just after Christmas but we will shop for bits and bobs all year round to try and take some of the strain.” said Peter.

The new arrival seems perfectly settled in the busy household and Emily said he even sleeps better when it is louder.

This unique family said they are looking forward to the normal challenges and sleepless nights of having four children aged five and under.

Have your say

Happy birthday to your children. Im born at January 12th as well (1962). My former students (from university) has baby born at January 12th as well. Its really nice day for entrance to this world!
Best wishes

Posted by Vlastimil Kostkan on 19 January 2014 at 22:10

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