Does your child share any special dates with a family member?
by Jeanne Sager
Oh my cuteness! A little boy named Sanders Delperdang was born on Tuesday, April 2. That's exactly 29 years after his dad was born. Oh, and 62 years after his grandpa was born. Yup, all three generations of men in the Delperdang family were all born on the same day!
Now I don't have to tell you that the odds of that are pretty slim. Sharing a birthday with just one family member is rare. Sharing it with two? Practically unheard of.
The Delperdangs are -- not surprisingly -- over the moon. But here's betting this is extra special for one of them in particular.
Darrel Delperdang, aka Grandpa, gets to share his big day with his son, Chase, and now his grandson.
Granted, Gramps was probably going to love the little bundle anyway, but there's something extra special about a grandchild born on your birthday. You don't just share genes; you share something you can talk about, joke about, even when the kid hits those awkward teen years when they can be hard to relate to.
How do I know? My eldest cousin was born on my grandfather's birthday, and the relationship they had was one the rest of us cousins couldn't touch. I say that without a hint of jealousy; I till loved my grandfather. If anything, the repartee between my cousin A. and Grandpa was touching to watch. And hilarious too -- nobody could make him belly laugh like her.
I know it was something my grandmother would have loved to share with one of her grandkids. When I was due just a few days after her birthday, she was pulling for me to give birth early. As she told me (more than a few times), it was her turn! (Turns out my kid didn't agree; not only did she not arrive on Grandma's birthday, but she was eight days late). Grandma had to settle for sharing an astrological sign instead.
But the Delperdangs will have one heck of an April for years go to come. What a great way to start the little guy's life.
Does your baby share anything super special with their grandparents?