A mother, father, and newborn baby in Indiana all share a birthday after the baby was born on Dec. 24.
Amber Kelly gave birth to her firstborn, a daughter, Violet Kelly at IU Health Arnett Hospital in Lafayette.
Now, all three members of the Kelly family share the same birthday.
“We are still kind of in shock because we joked about it. I mean I joked about it a ton,” Amber Kelly told WLFI.
“I still am in disbelief,” added father Sean Kelly. “I didn’t believe she was going to come early, especially that early on the 24th. That was surprising to me.”
Nurses said that the situation is definitely unusual.
“Very rarely do we see where everybody has the same birthday, so that in itself I think it’s really cool and something to be celebrated,” said nurse Alicia Wozniak. “The crazy thing about babies is they always have their own times when they come anyway.”
The hospital shared several news stories about the stunning situation.
“Sean and Amber Kelly got the best birthday present, their first child. Mom, Dad, and baby all share Christmas Eve birthdays. A beautiful family that blessed our team with so much joy and happiness on Christmas Eve,” the hospital said in one Facebook post.
“The Kelly family headed home from the hospital today. They shared a bit of Christmas magic with us all,” the hospital added on Dec. 26.
According to an essay published on Love What Matters, having a birthday on Christmas Eve can be tough because it’s right before Christmas.
“The hardest part about my birthday growing up was that there really isn’t another day of the year to look forward to. Celebrating happened so fast over the course of two days and then I waited another 364 days to do it again,” wrote Molly Schultz.
“It felt like the year just dragged on and on. As a kid, waiting felt like an eternity since the only huge celebration happened during that week of Christmas.”
The Kelly Family headed home from the hospital today. They shared a bit of Christmas magic with us all.
Births in the United States
Approximately 3.86 million births took place in 2017 in the United States, according to a report (pdf) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published in November 2018. Data was gleaned from birth certificates.
That number was down 2 percent from 2016. Birth rates declined for women 39 or younger but increased for older women. The birth rate for women in their 20s continued to drop, a trend that started in 2006, and hit a record low for 20- to 24-year-olds, at 71.0 births per 1,000 women.
The rate for women aged 30 to 34 had been increasing in recent years but declined 2 percent from 2016 to 2017, the first decline since 2010. The birth rate for women aged 35 to 39 also declined by 1 percent, the first decline since 2010.
But the birth rate for women aged 40 to 44 was up to 11.6 births per 1,000 women, a 2 percent increase since 2016, and continuing a trend since 1985.
Women aged 45 to 49 saw a birth rate of 0.9 births per 1,000 women, a figure unchanged from 2016, but the number of births to women aged 45 and over rose 3 percent from 2016 to 2017. There were 840 births to women 50 or older, essentially unchanged since the previous year, although the number has been increasing since 1997.