Joshua Smith arrived in the world last Wednesday. He was three months early.
Kimberly Smiths due date was Dec. 27, but Joshua came sooner than expected.
There was no baby shower. She and her husband, Mario, thought they had plenty of time to pick out a middle name.
Joshua weighed 2 pounds, 6 ounces and measured an eyelash under 14 inches. He will spend his first few months in Pediatric ICU at The Medical Center of Central Georgia.
When he gets a little older and learns to share his toys, he will have to learn how to share something else.
His brother, Daelan, was born on Sept. 25, 2001.
His sister, Marli, was born on Sept. 25, 2010.
And he was born on Sept. 25, 2013.
You would have to Google far and wide to find a family that has three children, all with the same birthday, and there arent any triplets or twins in the mix.
The Smiths, who live in Byron, created quite a stir in the Family Birth Center last week when word of their unusual triple play started making the rounds. To add even more birthday cake on the plate, Kimberlys birthday was on Saturday. She was 32.
It was amazing, she said. What are the odds of all three children having the same birthday? Its like God put a bow on it and made it extra special.
When she found out she was pregnant with Daelan in 2001, her due date was Sept. 28, her birthday. She was hoping for something on either side of that date, so her firstborn wouldnt have to share a birthday with his mom.
She got her wish, but those were emotionally trying times. Daelan was born at Coliseum Hospital at 10:27 a.m. on Sept. 25, 2001 -- two weeks to the day after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Nine years later, Marli showed up on a sonogram and history repeated itself on both counts. Her due date also was Sept. 28, and she was born on Sept. 25.
At first, I was hoping it wouldnt be on Daelans birthday, Kimberly said. I wanted him to have his own day.
By the time Daelans birthday arrived, Kimberly had changed her tune. It would be kind of neat, after all. She began having contractions at 4 a.m. They rushed to the Medical Center, where they spent the next 20 hours rooting for the stork to show up before midnight.
We had a cheering section, said Kimberly. It was close. She was born at 11:59 p.m.
Over the past few months, Marli has been asking Kimberly questions about having another baby. She wanted to know about her baby brother, and I would tell her she would have to wait until after Christmas, Kimberly said.
Last Sunday, Kimberly did not feel well and decided to make an appointment with her doctor on Monday. Marli asked if she was going to bring home her little brother.
No, said Kimberly. Im just going to check on him.
When she reported to her job at Geico on Monday morning, she told her co-workers she was headed to the doctor and would be right back.
She never returned to work. She was already dilated. The doctors made attempts to slow the labor. By Tuesday, she had reached the point of no return.
It was evident the baby was not going to wait, she said. When we prayed, we had an incredible peace about it.
She added a request to her prayer.
P.S. It would be cool to have another Sept. 25 baby.
At 9:42 p.m., her prayers were answered. Mario and her sisters, Cindy Brown and Brandy Hughes, were in the delivery room with her.
One thing is certain. When the 268th day rolls around every year, no one will go hungry. If you like to eat birthday cake, the Smith house will be the place to be.
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