July 1 is an important date for the Eppard family which has a rich birthday tradition. In a rare coincidence, three members of the family share the birthday.
The Littleton family in Colorado welcomed Beauden Mathew James Eppard on July 1, 2017, are all set to celebrate three birthdays together, reported The Denver Channel.
The Eppard family was ecstatic to add another member with the same birthday, something which happens once in 33,000 births.
The tradition goes back four generations for them. The little boy is the third male to be born on July 1.
Celebrating the unexpected birth is Connor James Eppard, the baby’s father. He was born on July 1, 1990, becoming the second in the family after his grandfather to have the same birth date.
Connor said, “We had to keep up the tradition. Having him come on my birthday and my grandfather’s birthday, it’s a pretty amazing thing.” The baby is named after his father and great-grandfather.
The baby’s 86-year-old great-grandfather, James Morrisette, described himself as a “reasonably spry old fellow.” His wife joined him in hooting and screaming in excitement after they learned of their great-grandson’s arrival.
He said that he did not cry this time around. He had cried like a baby when his grandson, Connor, was born. He was extremely happy with the news and said it was “all part of God’s plan.”
The newborn’s mother, Jordan Eppard, revealed that the pregnancy did not go as well as they had hoped for. It had several twists and turns as the doctors broke her water and she was not progressing as expected.
They did not want to have a C-section but were forced to as the baby’s head was stuck in the birth canal. Doctors went in for an emergency surgery.
Beauden’s due date was three weeks after July 1, but the family said it all worked out just fine. They do not have a party on July 4, but on July 1. They intend to continue the birthday celebration in grand style.
Mathematician Dr. Ben Dhyr, Associate Professor in MSU Denver’s Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences, said that finding the coincidence was more common than many think.
He said that there was one in 33,374 or .0029 percent chance of three family members in four generations having the same birthday.
Dhyr explained that if 23 people are in a room together, there is a high chance of two of the 23 people sharing their birthdays.
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