Tuesday, July 31, was a doubly-special day for the extended Mullin family as they welcomed babies born to two brothers, according to a press release from Concord's Emerson Hospital where the babies were born.
At 3:42 a.m., Jennifer and Christopher Mullin of Bolton welcomed Camden James, weighing 6 pounds, 3 1/2 ounces. Sofia Grace followed at 2:46 p.m., weighing 5 pounds, 10 1/2 ounces, born to Jenilee and Gregory Mullin of Westborough.
"We had joked about this a few times, that if Sofia ended up arriving a couple of weeks late, and Camden arrived a couple of weeks early, they might end up sharing a birthday," Christopher said. "But not one of us ever imagined it would actually happen."
Since Jennifer's due date was not until August 21, she went to work as usual on Monday, helped get dinner ready, put her 13-month-old son to bed and was cleaning the house when her water broke. Jenilee, whose due date was August 2, was already at Emerson Hospital when her sister-in-law sent the text message around 9:30 p.m. alerting them of her impending arrival.
"She was in the middle of labor when she got here," Jenilee said, "but we were taking pictures and having a grand old time."
Both women enjoyed smooth pregnancies, with Jennifer assisted by Christina Thomas, M.D. and Jenilee assisted by Richard Rubin, M.D., both of Concord OB/GYN Associates in Concord and Westford.
Camden is Jennifer and Christopher's second child; their older son, Bradyn Lucas, was born at Emerson Hospital on June 22, 2011.
"All the staff here is amazing," Jennifer said. "I feel so comfortable, so at home."
With their dark hair and similar size, Jennifer said the baby cousins almost look like twins. They will even share a godfather: George Mullin, Jr., Christopher and Gregory's oldest brother.
Of the situation, Jennifer said she is reminded of the movie "Father of the Bride Part II," in which the mother and the daughter go into labor at the same time. Jenilee agreed, especially since the brothers' parents used to own a video store.
"It really does feel like something out of a movie," Jenilee said.
While there has been a lot of laughter, Gregory said he has appreciated being able to share this experience with his family.
"We've definitely been joking," he said, "but waking up and being able to go across the hall to visit my brother, sister-in-law, and nephew has truly been special."
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