Baby boys, double delight
By EMMA O'NEILL
SOME families are close, but sisters Geraldine Watt and Danielle Marson are closer than most.
The sisters were in labour at the same time in Lismore Base Hospital on Tuesday afternoon.
Mrs Watt gave birth to Joseph at about 5.15pm and 90 minutes later, Mrs Marson gave birth to Charlie.
The boys were due two and a half weeks apart, but Charlie arrived 12 days late and Joseph six days early.
Mrs Marson went into hospital on Monday night to be induced and Geraldine Watt arrived at the hospital, already in labour, on Tuesday morning.
Despite being in labour, Mrs Marson was excited to hear that her sister had given birth nearby.
"It was definitely not a race between us and when the doctor told me about Joseph I was really excited," she said.
The girls had compared notes throughout their pregnancy and shopped together for their baby items.
Now their sons will share a birthday.
Both boys were delivered by Dr Steel and the sisters quickly became celebrities within the ward as their story spread.
The boys are the first grandchildren for the girls' parents, Heather and Kevin Flack.
The highlight for Mrs Flack was being able to hold both grandchildren in the hospital at the same time, something few grandmothers get to do.
"Kevin and I were so excited to get two grandsons so close together," she said. "I couldn't stop shaking."
Mrs Flack said being in the maternity ward brought back memories of giving birth to her own girls where Geraldine arrived late and Danielle arrived earlier than expected, the opposite of their boys.
After having a chuckle about the co-incidence, the new mums started planning joint birthday celebrations.