Brothers, babies and the odds
The newest additions to the Boman family from Twin Valley, Minn., will be blowing out a lot of birthday candles together in the future. Cousins Carter and Titan both left their mothers' wombs by C-section on Monday at MeritCare Hospital in Fargo....
The newest additions to the Boman family from Twin Valley, Minn., will be blowing out a lot of birthday candles together in the future.
Cousins Carter and Titan both left their mothers' wombs by C-section on Monday at MeritCare Hospital in Fargo.
"Neither one wanted to wait," said Titan's mother, RaChelle Boman, 29.
"They wanted the same birthday," added her sister-in-law, Jill Boman, 32.
The boys' fathers, Seth, 28, and Scott, 33, are brothers.
Seth and RaChelle live on the family farm near Twin Valley, Minn., where Seth farms with his uncle.
Scott and Jill live about a mile down the road, and Scott helps out on the farm when he's not driving truck for Food Services of America.
The women's due dates were about a month apart - RaChelle's on May 16 and Jill's on June 17.
But around midnight Sunday, complications forced Jill and Scott to drive to MeritCare for an emergency C-section. Jill gave birth to Carter at 5:51 a.m.
Meanwhile, RaChelle wasn't feeling well, either, but she said she decided to go to work that morning to finish training in a new worker. She initially wrote off her discomfort as Braxton Hicks contractions, but a nurse urged her to call her doctor in Fargo. By 11:15 a.m. she was hooked up to a monitor at MeritCare, knowing that Jill had just given birth hours earlier.
RaChelle's C-section was originally planned for today, but she and Seth decided to go ahead with it about 2:30 p.m. Monday, she said.
Twenty minutes before Titan was born, Jill got a call from her mother-in-law asking if she needed anything from home.
"We were just waiting to hear more about Carter, and she said, 'By the way, Seth and RaChelle are in Room 419,' " Jill said.
Seth and RaChelle took Titan home Thursday. Carter, who was born a month early, was still in the neonatal intensive care unit, but he was off his breathing tube and feeding, his mother said.
"He's doing good," Jill said, adding she was excited to hold her new son for the first time.
While family members were happily surprised that the two boys were born so close together, it's not unheard of in the Boman family. Seth has a male cousin just 11 days younger than him.
"And they're right down the road, too," RaChelle said.
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