When the Eppard family welcomed the newest member of their clan, they realized something amazing about him. That’s because little Beauden’s arrival, two weeks premature, would make his birth part of a staggering statistic. There would only be one child like him in every 33,000, in fact. But what made him so special?
Well, the unusual circumstances of Beauden’s birth were set in motion not long before his due date, which had been previously estimated as July 17, 2017. When mom Jordyn went for an ultrasound a couple of weeks prior to her baby’s anticipated arrival, for instance, she received what may have come as surprising news. Basically, the scan revealed that the child’s shoulders and head were bigger than had been expected; nonetheless, since his length remained much the same, the doctors saw no cause for alarm.
This all changed, though, when Jordyn went into labor early. “We had just bought a house and moved in on [June] 29,” dad Connor subsequently told ABC News. Then, the following day, his wife’s contractions would start. And Connor now believes that the stress of moving home may have caused the birth process to begin prematurely.
Thankfully, the couple had had an appointment on that very same date to see a doctor for the baby’s final ultrasound and check-up. And the scheduling was fortuitous, it seems, as the medical professional would alert the Eppards to their impending arrival. Indeed, Connor would later tell ABC News, “The doctor went through the routine and said, ‘You guys should go across to the hospital. I think you’re in labor.’”
Jordyn was in labor for 24 hours in total, in fact – a scenario which she would later describe as “the worst experience ever.” And, to make matters worse, the baby seemed to have become stuck during the delivery, so doctors had also urged the mother to have an emergency C-section. Nonetheless, baby Beauden Eppard was eventually born at a healthy 8 pounds and 11 ounces on July 1, 2017.
“I did not want him to come on the first at all because it was 17 days early,” Jordyn later told Today. “That can sometimes cause problems. For me, I just wanted him to be healthy more than anything.” Her husband Connor agreed, adding, “We didn’t necessarily want him to be born two weeks early because there’s always a risk.”
“When they started measuring the head, we laughed about… the possibility [of Beauden arriving early], because he was already so big,” Connor continued. “But when it actually started happening we were just like, ‘No way. This is crazy.’” So, what precisely was so amazing about Beauden’s premature birth?
Well, that’s because it took place on Connor’s birthday: Beauden’s father was born on July 1, 1990. But that’s not all, because Beauden’s birth coincided with another important date as well. You see, Connor’s grandfather – and Beauden’s great-grandfather – James “Jim” Morrisette was also born on July 1, way back in 1931.
And, understandably, Connor couldn’t wait to call Jim to let him know about the incredible coincidence. “I called my grandpa and said, ‘Hey, grandpa, grab a seat for this one,’” Connor told ABC News. “He kind of laughed, and I think he could hear Beau crying in the background. Next thing you know, he was in the car driving down to the hospital.”
“It’s beyond my words,” Jim would later say of his great-grandson’s birth. “It was so exciting, it was just hard to believe. I’m 86 now, and I don’t know how many more birthdays I’ll have. But that’s a special incentive to keep going, for sure.” Recalling that he’d cried floods of tears when Connor was born, Jim added, “I didn’t cry this time. I was just joyous. It’s all part of God’s plan.”
Jordyn, meanwhile, would suggest that her husband had secretly wanted their son to be born on July 1. “Connor and his grandpa are very, very close, so they were all rooting for it,” she explained to ABC News. “I couldn’t imagine it any other way, it’s very special. Him being born on [July 1] is the cherry on top [of] this whole pregnancy.”
It’s no surprise, then, that Connor would look upon his grandfather as an inspiration – perhaps not just for himself, either, but now also for his baby son. “Grandpa is the prototype gentle, old man,” Connor told Today. “I hope someday I can be like that. He’s a great guy, truly a role model.”
Furthermore, although the couple had chosen the name Beauden Matthew long before their baby’s birth, this seeming miracle convinced them to alter their decision. To wit, they decided to add in his father’s middle name, James – which of course is also the forename of his great-grandfather. “When he was born on the first, we knew we had to keep with tradition and throw a James in there,” Connor explained.
However, it isn’t just this shared bond that has drawn news reporters to the story; the statistics behind this strange coincidence have also attracted the media’s attention. Indeed, mathematicians have studied the likelihood of three members of a family in four generations being born on the same day. And while they found that it’s more common than some might expect, the chances are still extremely low.
In particular, Dr. Ben Dyhr, an associate professor in MSU Denver’s Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences, has crunched the numbers. And as a result, he worked out that the odds are roughly one in 33,374, or 0.0029 percent. “The more children in each generation of the family, the more likely a sequence of consecutive birthdays becomes,” he explained to Denver TV station KMGH. “[These] odds assume that only one boy was born to each generation of the family.”
In reference to some other research that he’d conducted, Dr. Dyhr also revealed that if 23 people were in a room together, “it is more likely than not that two of the 23 people share birthdays.” In the Eppards’ case, however, the three male members of the family share not only the day on which they were born, but also the same genes.
Indeed, the only male not to share this birthday bond in the past four generations of Eppards is Connor’s dad Rik, who was born on December 9, 1963. And Connor would tell ABC News, with a laugh, that this was the “wrong time of the year.” Nonetheless, he also added that “when Beauden was born, my dad was beside himself, so excited.”
What’s more, an annual event that the Eppards celebrate will soon become even more special. That’s because they throw a big party on July 1 to celebrate Connor and Jim’s birthdays; now, then, they have one more man in the family to make a fuss of on that day.
So, forget July 4 for this family – July 1 will remain a more important celebration for the Eppards. “We always have a huge first of July party,” Connor said to ABC News. “We get all the family together and we do a big barbecue or crawfish boil, big seafood boil. Now it’ll be fun to have another reason to celebrate. It’s been a whirlwind.”
Since Beau’s birth, however, the family have had some other big moments. Beauden has enjoyed his first cuddles with big sister Paisley, for instance. And on July 30 his parents celebrated yet another milestone in their lives – their fifth anniversary. “[I] couldn’t imagine going through this crazy roller coaster ride with anyone else,” Jordyn wrote on Facebook to commemorate the occasion.