A FAMILY has been dealt a double dose of joy after two cousins were born within just five hours of one another.
Though brother and sister James-Samuel and Samantha Weekes-Bradwell, both from South Shore, were expecting babies with their partners this month they never dreamed they’d arrive so close together.
Although 23 days earlier than expected Samantha and partner Mitchell Cracknell went into Blackpool Victoria Hospital for an induced labour on Sunday, January 13.
And when James’s partner Danielle Allen heard the news of Samantha’s labour she began to have contractions herself – four days later than expected.
Now the family, including double first-time grandparents Sarra Weekes and Jeffrey Bradley, have their hands full with the delightful duo, Mia-Jade and Oliver-James.
Grandmother Ms Weekes, 42, said: “I was joking, saying it would be funny if they had them on the same day. We’ve waited long enough for grandchildren, this is just amazing.
“We’ve got special babies.”
Mia Jade was born to Samantha, 21, and Mitchell, 22, at 1.56am on January 14, weighing 7lbs 10oz.
Just under five hours later, at 6.36am, Oliver-James was born to Danielle, 23, and James-Samuel, 19, weighing 8lbs.
Samantha said: “Mum’s always been pestering us for babies, but I still can’t believe this.”
And proud dad James-Samuel said: “It’s just the best thing that has ever happened.
“I was telling Danielle to hold him in, let Sam have her day.”
Danielle added: “Oliver must have thought it’s his day too.”
The odds of such a birth come in at 500/1 according to Ladbrokes.
Ms Weekes added: “I got home the first time at 4am but was back again straight away when James rang.
“When I went back the midwives said, have we not just let you out?”
Alison Leyland, a specialist midwife at The Vic, said: “I have been a midwife since 1984 and I have never seen this happen before, it must be extremely unusual.
“It was so lovely to see.”