Every baby is unique. And they’ll all a miracle. To think that a human life begins to form when two people get together is mind-blowing. Everyone comes from that single act and grows to become a person of their own. While every birth is fantastic, some have more going on than others. And, statistically speaking, this one surpasses anything considered a “normal birth.” Beauden Matthew James Eppard is a statistical miracle. This baby boy entered the world in somewhat normal circumstances. But the day that he finally decided it was time to enter the world makes his birth utterly extraordinary.
Baby Beauden was born on July 1. While the odds of that happening are about 1 in 365, this baby’s birth is unique because of his family history.
His father, Connor James Eppard, and his great-grandfather, James Elmer Morrisett, also share the July 1 birthday.
When she first learned that she was pregnant with the boy, Jordyn Eppard was excited, but not about the soon-to-be coincidental birthdate. Her due date was in the middle of July, so she didn’t consider that Beauden would come into the world on July 1 and make it a third generational coincidence.
“When we found out last fall that we were going to have a little baby, it just happened that the due date was close,” Connor, 27, who lives in Littleton, Colorado, told TODAY. “We kind of joked about having all three of us on the first, but didn’t really take it seriously.”
But a couple of weeks before her due date, Jordyn started having labor pains. And that’s when she realized that the little boy might share the birthday with his father and grandfather.
Then on July 1, Jordyn was rushed to the hospital to undergo an emergency Cesarean section. She told TODAY all about the beautiful birthday coincidence.
“I did not want him to come on the one at all because it was 17 days early. That can sometimes cause problems,” Jordyn said. “For me, I just wanted him to be healthy more than anything.”
On the day of his birth, everything went swimmingly. The C-section was necessary because he was a big baby and would have made a vaginal delivery dangerous.
When everything was done, Connor’s grandfather, James Morrisette, received the shocking phone call. It came at about 2 p.m.
“Hey grandpa, you might want to sit down for a second,” Connor told TODAY. He knew he would be shocked.
In the background of the call, Morrisette and his wife heard the baby crying. He was in disbelief. A few hours later, they arrived at the hospital to meet the miracle baby.
To have three out of four generations born on the same day is statistically improbable. It is just one chance out of 33,374, Dr. Ben Dyhr, a mathematics and computer science professor at Metropolitan State University Denver told the local news station Denver 7.
The parents added James to the baby’s name to honor his great-grandfather.
“Grandpa is the prototype gentle, old man. I hope someday I can be like that. He’s a great guy, truly a role model,” Connor told TODAY.