Becoming a niece or nephew’s aunt or uncle is a very special time in anyone’s life. It’s even better if you have a small child who can now play with someone.
For these identical twin sisters, their kids weren’t just getting an age-mate, they were also getting a near twin.
Erin Cheplak and Jill Justiniani are twin sisters who live in Yorba Linda, California. They are identical twins. Since they can remember, the sisters have always done everything together.
Now, they both had babies on the same day. Oliver and Silas were born at the same hospital on the same day to Justiniani and Cheplak. Aside from that, both boys were the same size when they were born. They weighed 7 pounds and 3 ounces and were 20 inches long.
Erin Cheplak told the press, “The twinning goes on.” Zach, who is Erin’s husband, is also one half of a pair of fraternal twins. Erin and Zach got married in a small ceremony during the pandemic. In August 2021, they had a bigger party to celebrate.
On the morning of their wedding reception in August 2021, she got a call from her sister, who told her she was pregnant. Jill Justiniani and her husband, Ian Justiniani, were expecting their first child. Since 2019, they had been married.
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Erin Cheplak told the press, “I screamed and woke up my husband.” She also said, “It was such an exciting time.”
The Cheplaks found out they were pregnant a week later, while on their honeymoon in the Maldives. They called their parents to tell them the good news.
Erin Cheplak talked about what she did. She said, “When I took the pregnancy test, I saw two very faint lines. I wasn’t sure if I was seeing what I thought I was seeing, so I FaceTimed Jill in the Maldives. She said, “Yes, that’s it.” It’s over.'”
The twin sisters had been very close to each other their whole lives and were excited to be able to go through the process of becoming mothers together. They said that being able to talk to each other and help each other out made it easier for the sisters to deal with their fears, unknowns, and worries about becoming moms.
The sisters lived only 45 minutes away from each other, and they both said that their husbands had a joke that they kept bringing up while they were pregnant. The two men thought they would both give birth on the same day, but doctors told them that was not likely.
Erin Cheplak was due on May 15, while Jill Justiniani was supposed to have a C-section on May 5. But when Erin woke up on May 5 with a funny feeling in her stomach, she thought it was because she was nervous about her sister’s C-section later that day.
But it turned out that it wasn’t just her sister’s nerves; it was also her own period. She called her husband and hurried to the hospital as she was getting ready to give birth.
The Cheplaks and Justinianis were all at the same hospital. While the women were waiting for their babies to be born, they switched rooms to keep everyone happy.
Later, Jill Justiniani said that she could not believe this was happening because the odds were so low. She said, “We’ve just been so close and inseparable that it made sense in a very strange way.”
The Justinianis had their son Oliver at 6:39 p.m. local time, and 5 hours later, at 11:31 p.m. local time, his cousin Silas was born to the Cheplaks.
Now, the sisters only live 5 minutes away from each other. They both said that they were glad to be mothers at the same time.
The twins who both work as occupational therapists for kids are even closer now that they lost a sister 10 years ago. They feel that the family they still have is even more important to them.