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They were supposed to be born two weeks apart; now they share the same birthday

Brother and sister Rick and Elizabeth Matthews welcomed new babies into their family on Sept. 1, born just hours apart at Wesley Medical Center. Clockwise, from left: Anthony Stronach, Elizabeth Matthews, Vanessa Puicon, Rick Matthews, Kenny Matthews, Catalina Matthews, Adrian Matthews and Robin Stronach.
Brother and sister Rick and Elizabeth Matthews welcomed new babies into their family on Sept. 1, born just hours apart at Wesley Medical Center. Clockwise, from left: Anthony Stronach, Elizabeth Matthews, Vanessa Puicon, Rick Matthews, Kenny Matthews, Catalina Matthews, Adrian Matthews and Robin Stronach. Courtesy photo

Brother and sister Rick and Elizabeth Matthews swear it’s coincidence that both their babies were born just hours apart at the same hospital.

Wichitans Rick Matthews and his wife, Vanessa Puicon, weren’t expecting their third child’s arrival for a couple more weeks.

But baby Adrian Joshua Matthews decided at 4:45 a.m. on Sept. 1 that he was ready. And at 5:20 a.m., the 6-pound, 7-ounce baby boy was born at Wesley Medical Center.

“We rushed in and barely made it there,” Rick Matthews said on Monday.

Just a few doors down, Rick’s sister, Elizabeth Matthews, also of Wichita, was in labor with her first child. She had checked in at Wesley with fiance Anthony Stronach earlier, at around 10 p.m. on Aug. 31.

And at 9:05 a.m. on Sept. 1, 8-pound, 10-ounce baby Robin June Stronach was born.

“She’s doing very good,” Elizabeth Matthews said. “She’s pretty happy and calm.”

Because it was his sister’s first pregnancy, Rick said he and Vanessa waited several months to announce they were expecting a third child.

“We actually didn’t tell anyone almost till it was halfway over,” he said. “We were keeping it secret. We didn’t want to steal her (Elizabeth’s) thunder.”

“I figured that was the case,” Elizabeth Matthews said.

But once news was out that the two siblings were expecting, the speculation began about both babies being born on the same day. That’s despite baby Adrian’s Sept. 17 due date, and baby Robin’s on Sept. 3.

“Yeah, what are the chances of that?” Rick Matthews said of the chance that the cousins whould share the same birthday.

Elizabeth Matthews considered it as well.

But not seriously.

“I thought about that and would joke about that,” Elizabeth Matthews said. “I thought it was a very small possibility it would happen.

“And it happened.”

Jerry Siebenmark: 316-268-6576, @jsiebenmark

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