Mum shares birthday with both her children – despite due dates being weeks apart


A mum shares her birthday with both of her children – despite their due dates being weeks apart.

Sophie Cheffins gave birth to her eldest son Noah, 10 days after his due date and couldn’t believe he arrived on her birthday.

But exactly five years later – to the day – her second son, Jacob, was again born on her birthday after Sophie went into labour more than two weeks earlier than expected.

Both Noah now 8, and Jacob now 3, were born on December 11 – on Sophie’s 26th and 31st birthday.

The family from Southend, Essex, now enjoy joint celebrations with three birthdays and Christmas all in the same month.

The 34-year-old mum of two said: “We certainly didn’t plan it like this, in fact it wasn’t very well planned at all.”

Neither of her two boys were due on her birthday, with Noah arriving 10 days late in 2012 and Jacob arriving 19 days early in 2017.

Once Noah’s due date passed, Sophie said she joked that her first born would make his long awaited appearance on her special day.

She said: “I should have put a bet on it, I’m not sure what the odds are of it happening twice.
“With Noah nurses induced me on the 10th and my waters broke at midnight so I just knew he was going to share my birthday.”

Noah arrived at 4.11am and Sophie spent her birthday in hospital, but was able to leave that evening with the best present she could have wished for.

Smiling she added: “We had a double celebration that day and both Michael and my mum made sure I still had a birthday card amongst all the new baby gifts and messages.”

A year later, we had a birthday party for Noah turning one. Celebrating your own birthday as you get older or once you have kids isn’t such a big deal.

“We try and go out the weekend before, but I don’t mind.”

In 2017, Sophie and Michael found out they were expecting a second boy and the midwife joked he might also share the same date.

Sophie said: “It didn’t enter my head that Jacob would come on my birthday, I was more concerned about Christmas day as his due date was 30th December.

“My birthday was 19 days before his due date, so I wasn’t worried – until the first week of December.

“We were in the middle of moving house with a 4 year old, Christmas around the corner and suddenly I felt different and I just knew Jacob was going to be early.”

Sophie woke up at 7am on her birthday as her waters broke and at 3.52pm, her second son arrived.

She said: “I could not believe I was in labour on my birthday again, it was such a shock as he was so early and the house move was delayed so everything was crazy.”

It was also Noah’s 5th birthday – and he wasn’t thrilled to share his special day.

Sophie said: “He was at school and my mum picked him up and he didn’t understand that his baby brother was coming, he just wanted his parents and presents.

“My mum got him a cake and her gifts but he said it was a rubbish birthday – I later told him labour wasn’t my idea of a fun birthday either.

“He did fall in love with Jacob when he met him and they get on great.

In fact Mum Sophie has never celebrated her birthday on her own.

She said: “Even in school, I shared my birthday with my best friend. We had joint parties and as we grew up, we would celebrate together.

“I’ve since spent two birthdays battling contractions and since the boys were born most birthdays we have been at a soft play and of course doing something special for them.”

And it’s not just the brothers who share their birthday, their cousin is also born on the same date.

Sophie organises two personalised banners, two sets of number balloons and often two cakes.

She said: “The last few years have been ok, they have both been a good age to enjoy soft play, but I think as they get older it will be harder to find something they both like because there is 5 years between them.”

Dad Michael, 31, said: “I like to keep things simple in life, like having both your children and your wife’s birthday on the same da. I have no excuse now to ever forget Sophie’s birthday.”

Sophie added: “When I think about it, it is crazy. With 365 days in a year, so what are the chances?.”