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Hagerstown woman welcomes two grandsons born on the same day

Linda Gordon said she was overwhelmed by what happened Sunday

June 05, 2012|By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com
  • Monique Broadus's and Dominique Weedon's mother, Linda Gordon, right, holds Lakym and their grandmother, Brenda Washington, left, holds Kenyen.
By Caleb Calhoun, Staff Writer

Hagerstown residents Monique Broadus and her brother, Dominique Weedon, each already had a child born in the same year.

But on Sunday, they each had a child born the same day.

“It’s interesting,” said Broadus, 19. “Our kids are all related and around the same age. They’ll grow up together.”

Broadus gave birth Sunday at 5:14 a.m. to her son, Lakym Allen, while Hagerstown resident Kiera Smith gave birth to her and Weedon’s son, Kenyen Weedon, at 2:50 p.m. Sunday.

“It’s been busy,” Broadus said. “But it’s cool, and it’s nice.”

Weedon, 22, also said he was very happy for his sister and himself.

“I remember when (Broadus) was a ballerina,” he said. “Now she’s having a kid the same time as her older brother. It’s joyful.”

Broadus said her first child, Kaveon Dorm, was born in March of 2010. Weedon and Smith had a child, Kamron Weedon, that same year in June.

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Linda Gordon, Broadus’s and Weedon’s mother, said it will be good for the kids to all be similar ages.

“They’ll all be doing things together and getting along,” she said. “Growing up together will be great for them.”

Weedon pointed out other advantages to them being the same age.

“They can celebrate birthdays at the same time and save us some money,” he said, jokingly. “They can learn together.”

Gordon said she was overwhelmed by what happened Sunday.

Broadus was not expecting her child for another week and went swimming the Saturday before, while Smith, 22, was not expecting her child until the end of the month, according to Gordon.

“It all happened so fast,” Gordon said. “It was a relief, and I was excited when they were born.”

Broadus checked into labor at 2 a.m., and Smith checked in at 8:30 a.m.

Broadus’s and Weedon’s grandmother, Brenda Washington, of Hagerstown was also at the hospital. She said it has been a pleasure to have young great grandchildren of  similar ages.

“I didn’t expect to have two great grandchildren born the exact same day, but I’m glad,” she said. “Any time you have your children and grandchildren, and great grandchildren, and they’re all doing well in every phase of their lives, it’s a blessing.”

Broadus left the hospital Tuesday morning.

Jennifer Brown, a registered nurse at Meritus Medical Center who helped take care of Broadus, said that it is very rare to have two babies from the same family born the same day.

“I don’t think I’ve taken care of the same family at the same time in six years of being on labor delivery,” she said. “A lot of times families will have people pregnant at the same time, but not delivered at the same time. It’s very unique.”

The father of Lakym was present but did not wish to be identified. Weedon said he also has two other children.

Gordon said she is looking forward to watching the kids grow up.

“I know I have to be there for them,” she said. “This is very exciting.”

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