These Best Friends Gave Birth Just Hours Apart. Then A Year Later History Repeated Itself

Alicia Renna and Nicole Shaw were best buddies. Throughout their lives, they’d stuck by each other through thick and thin. So, when they had their first children on the exact same day, they celebrated the happy coincidence together. Little did they realize then that just a year later they would receive life-changing news that would leave them both staggered.

Alicia and Nicole have known each other for practically all of their respective lives. Indeed, they first met one another at their kindergarten near Boston, Massachusetts. And it didn’t take long for them to strike up a friendship.

Explaining their relationship to website Parents.com, Nicole revealed, “We met when we were in kindergarten and were friends all throughout our childhood. But it wasn’t until after high school that we became as close as we are today.”

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Growing up, the pair often fantasized about their futures. They hoped that they would remain friends for life, ticking each milestone off together. Whether it was getting married or having children, the pair wanted to be by one another’s side throughout it all.

However, when Alicia and Nicole reached adulthood their lives took different paths. Renna remained in Massachusetts while Shaw moved to New Hampshire. Yet despite the distance in their relationship, the women remained as close as ever.

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Geography notwithstanding, as the years passed, it appeared that Alicia and Nicole were on the exact same course through life. They both married around the same time and then, one year later, they both started trying for a baby. However, each chose to keep their family aspirations secret from one another.

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When Alicia fell pregnant with her first child, she couldn’t wait to break the news to Nicole. She was no doubt excited to surprise her long-time friend with her happy announcement. However, little did she know that Shaw also had some news of her own.

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Yes, it turned out that Nicole had also taken a pregnancy test and had discovered she, too, was pregnant. But as a cautious first-time mom-to-be, she decided to wait until her tenth week of pregnancy before she revealed her own happy news.

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Recalling the moment that her friend finally divulged her secret, in January 2018 Alicia told PopSugar, “I won’t forget that phone call. I was driving home from work when she told me.” However, the amazing coincidence didn’t just end with the timing of the pair’s pregnancies.

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Not only were the childhood friends expecting together, their babies were scheduled to arrive on the exact same day. “I was so excited when she told me her due date, which was the same due date as me, that I had to pull over,” Alicia admitted. “I started crying with excitement!”

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Throughout their pregnancies, then, Alicia and Nicole supported each other. They celebrated all the highs together and helped one another through the lows. But no spell was tougher for the pair than when both went beyond their due dates.

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Speaking to PopSugar, Nicole described this time as “the longest week of our lives.” Once again, though, the pair were there for each other supporting each other through their discomfort. And when they ended up being induced just one day apart in separate hospitals, they remained in frequent contact.

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So, given that one of the women had a 24-hour head start, the chances of their babies being delivered on the same day now seemed to be receding. However, it seemed that their firstborns were destined to share a birthday.

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Recalling the experience, Alicia told PopSugar, “I remember texting her during labor being like, ‘I can’t believe this is happening!’ At one point she texted me [a picture of] her baby girl Charlotte and I remember saying congrats and then my doctor said, ‘It’s time to start pushing!’ About five hours later, I got to finally show her AJ!”

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In the end, Nicole’s daughter Charlotte and Alicia’s son Anthony John (AJ) were born just five hours apart. And just like their moms, the pair hit it off right away. Indeed, by the time the infants were one year old they were firm buddies.

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Furthermore, through Charlotte and AJ, Alicia and Nicole became even closer. The old friends swapped parenting tips and provided each other with encouragement during those difficult late-night feeds. “I really think having her to fall back on during those first few weeks is what kept me sane,” Renna revealed to PopSugar.

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However, the two women’s cosmically intertwined story didn’t end there. In fall 2017, Alicia and Nicole discovered they were pregnant once more. And amazingly, yet again, they were both due on the very same day. This time round, it was Shaw who called to break the news to Renna.

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It had been a difficult few months for Alicia. In summer 2017 she had suffered a miscarriage, and as a result she wasn’t expecting to conceive any time soon. But when Nicole called her to say her second child was on the way, Renna admitted that she believed she might be pregnant again too.

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Given her recent trauma, though, Alicia had been too scared to find out for sure. But with encouragement from Nicole, she took a test there and then while still on the phone. “Sure enough, it was positive,” Renna revealed on Parents.com.

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Then, later, a doctor confirmed that their babies were, incredibly, due on the same day yet again. So, now the pair are both busy preparing for their new arrivals once more. “We couldn’t have planned this if we tried,” Nicole told PopSugar, with Alicia adding, “That’s how I knew everything truly happens for a reason!”

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