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New parents share birthday with daughter

Brian, Jessica and baby Ally Fike were all born on Dec. 11

December 22, 2010|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com
  • Jessica and Brian Fike are shown with their newborn, Ally Madison Fike. The Fikes and their daughter all share the same Dec. 11 birthday.
Jennifer Fitch, Staff Writer

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Birthday celebrations are getting ever bigger in the Fike household, where father, mother and baby all share the same Dec. 11 birthday.

When Ally Madison Fike was born six days early, she entered the world on the same day as her parents. Her father, Brian, was born Dec. 11, 1983, and her mother, Jessica, on Dec. 11, 1985.

Jessica Fike entered Waynesboro Hospital late Dec. 10 after her water broke. About 20 minutes before midnight she spoke with her doctor.

"She said, 'I'm pretty sure your baby's birthday will be on your birthday, too,'" Fike said.

Fike spent 12 hours in labor, and Dr. Jean Lessard delivered Ally at 12:48 p.m. on the 11th.

"When I looked back, I thought, 'Did I tell Brian happy birthday today?'" Fike said.

The couple, who married in July 2008, met at Bridgewater College in Virginia. There, they often celebrated their joint birthday with friends.

Brian Fike moved to Hagerstown and later to Waynesboro for work. The couple started trying to conceive their first child last winter.

"We found out in April we were pregnant. When I went to the doctor to confirm it, they did the calculations, gave us the due date and I just laughed," Jessica Fike said.

She described being surprised by the pregnancy and the Dec. 17 due date's proximity to the shared birthday.

"It was a little bit of a double shocker," she said.

Grandparents Jeff and Pam Fike of Blackwater, Va., and Paul and Carole Vilella of Connellsville, Pa., all have been able to visit Ally, who is feeding and sleeping on a schedule. The new parents have relied on advice from their parents.

"Neither of us had ever changed a diaper," Jessica Fike said.

She predicted birthdays will now involve a big party and efforts to make Ally feel important that day.

"The past couple years it has been low-key," she said.

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