Leah Rodgers and Sarah Mariuz' story is the ultimate example of twinning. The 35-year-old twin sisters—who have shared almost everything growing up—ended up giving birth to their first children on the same day at the same time.
And no, none of it was planned!
On June 30, Rodgers' son, Reid Joseph, was delivered at 1:18 a.m., in Denver, Colo., while Mariuz' daughter, Samantha Lynne, was born at 1:18 a.m., in La Jolla, Calif.
"It's that magical twin connection, I suppose," Mariuz (pictured on the right in the above photo) told People. "There have just been certain things in our life where things just match up—it's odd."
That twintuition was evident even at pregnancy.
The sisters realized they were pregnant around the same time in 2015 and planned to tell each other during their Thanksgiving celebration, but Rodgers immediately knew Mariuz was pregnant once she saw her sister (who was born 11 minutes after Rodgers) at the front door.
"My prediction was that she was five days behind me, and it turned out her due date was four days after me," Rodgers said.
When Mariuz found out her sister's due date was so close, she ran down the hallway to get the ultrasound picture and slapped it down next to Rodgers' photo. "We were jumping up and down, just so happy for each other. Everyone was just in shock," Mariuz told Today.
The twins celebrated and marked pregnancy milestones together, including having a joint baby shower. And we won't be surprised if they'll be celebrating their kids' milestones together, too. They're already planning for their babies to meet sometime in Christmas.
"Our journeys aligned, even giving birth!" said Mariuz. "Twins have a special bond—it's hard to explain."
Photograph by: Leah Rodgers and Sarah Mariuz