clockA mom has given birth to a baby girl exactly two years after the girl's big sister was born. And by exactly, I mean these sisters were born at the same time of day, two years apart. Their births are the same -- almost to the minute. It couldn't have been better if she'd planned it.

Of course, she didn't plan it. That's the miraculous part of Nicole Charles' daughters' unique birthdays.

The mother of two went into labor during daughter Nia Rose's birthday party on August 23, and at 11:38 p.m., Sophia arrived. Nia was born at 11:43 p.m. on August 23, 2011.

The sisters are two years and five minutes apart.

How crazy is that? Being born two years apart to the day would be cool enough, but the fact that it came down to the hour makes it that much more special.

And trust me, it IS special.

My cousin was born on my grandfather's birthday. As the first grandchild in the family, she probably would already have had a special bond -- just as the Charles sisters would already be bound as siblings -- but their birthdays tied them together in a way that none of us cousins could ever replicate.

What I really appreciate about the coincidence for the Charles family (and for my own!) is that it was accidental. I'm not knocking C-sections here, folks, but when a mom plans a C-section just so her kid will share a birthday with a family member (or herself), it sort of takes the magic out of it. But when a mother spontaneously gives birth so the child's special moment coincides with another family member's, it's a mark that brings the two closer together.

Do you have a birthday coincidence like this in your family?

 

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